Number of English Speakers
How many English speakers are there in the world?
There are 328 million speakers worldwide having English as their first language. This is according to the Summer Institute of Linguistic’™s 16th edition of the World Ethnologue published in 2009. English is the third largest language in terms of number of first-language speakers. It is first in terms of the number of countries that speak the language, with 112 English-speaking countries worldwide. This number does not include persons who speak English as a second or third language, and estimates place it at about 600 million worldwide.