Spanish second-most used language in the same way that Linux is the second-most used OS

Monday, May 21, 2012

From here in Spanish. The numbers here are reminiscent of a lot of other areas where there is a huge dominance by one element while the others fight over the remainder: Qwerty vs. Dvorak vs. all the rest, Windows vs. Linux vs. all the rest, Esperanto vs. Ido and Interlingua vs. all the rest.

Spanish is the second-most spoken working language in the world, according to a study done by IPSOS in 24 countries throughout the world. 5% of workers use Spanish to communicate with employees or clients of other countries, more than Chinese (4%), French (3%), German (2%), Arabic (2%), Hindi (2%), Italian (2%), or Russian (2%). English continues to be well ahead of the pack as the most spoken language, with 67% of the total.

Spanish is the foreign language most used in the UK, Brazil and the United States, and the second-most used in France and Germany.

In Spain, 24% of citizens have a job that requires interacting with people from other countries, only surpassed in Europe by Belgians (33%), Italians (26%) and British (22%).

The countries where this study was carried out: Germany, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, South Korea, Spain, United States, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, UK, South Africa, Sweden and Turkey. It used 500 to 1000 interviews in each country with people aged 18 to 64, and has a margin of error between 3.2% and 4.5%.


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