An estimated 840 million people speak English around the world. Known as the global business language, there are 335 million people on the planet who speak it as a first language and 505 million who speak it as a second language.
#1 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The United States of America is the world’s largest English-speaking country. Approximately 225 million Americans speak English as a first language, while 43 million speak it as a second language. That’s a grand total of 268 million English speakers which makes the USA, a country with the largest number of English-speaking populations.
India is next on the list, with 125 million English speakers. But only 226,449 of those speak it as a first language. For the rest, it’s a second language.
Nobody in Pakistan really speaks English as a first language. 49% of the population do speak it as a second language. That accounts for almost 94,321,604 English speakers.
The Philippines has two official languages: Filipino and English. Only around 37,000 Filipinos speak English as a first language. However, a little over 92% of the population can speak it as a second language. Out of the latest Filipino population, it is estimated that there are 90 million English speakers in the island nation.
Around 53% of the population (79 million people) can speak English in Nigeria, and a small percentage has awesome native proficiency in the English language.
#6 UNITED KINGDOM
98% of people in the UK speak English. But the UK’s comparatively small size and population mean that larger countries like Nigeria and the Philippines actually have more English speakers. The UK has 59.6 million speakers and that’s what makes them 6th on this list.
As we can see from the statistics, more than half of our population in Nigeria speaks English. I think we should shift our focus a bit to promoting our dialect as a first language before English.
What do you think?