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References[edit]

I have taken the table (and its references) directly from the article English language without verifying the sources. Joeldl (talk) 13:07, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

No redirect to Anglosphere[edit]

Previously, this was a redirect to Anglosphere. As many parties have pointed out at Talk:Anglosphere, this is inappropriate. There are two main reasons:

1. The phrase "English-speaking world" is much more common than "Anglosphere". (37,000 hits on Google Scholar to about 200.)

2. The term Anglosphere has certain ideological connotations absent in English-speaking world. In fact, the term Anglosphere is most commonly encountered in discussions centring on the ideas of the author JC Bennett, as discussed in the article Anglosphere. A search on Google Scholar will show this.

This article is currently a stub, but should grow. In the meantime, articles referring to the English-speaking world in general and not intending specific reference to the ideas of James C. Bennett and his Anglosphere Institute should link here (or, alternatively, to English language#Geographical distribution), and not to Anglosphere. Joeldl (talk) 13:07, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

I agree entirely. Anglosphere should not be used as a synonym for English-speaking world. Anglosphere is not a common term and Wikipedia policy is to use common terms.--Doug Weller (talk) 08:35, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

2nd map[edit]

I have to disagree with the removal of the 2nd map. I don't feel that it constitutes original research anymore than the light blue countries on the first map do, as none of those have any sort of citation either. I feel that the green map is accurate, especially in regards to the Scandavian nations, as every person I've met from that region says English-knowledge is standard in their home countries. --Leodmacleod (talk) 16:41, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

The light blue countries are those in which native English-speakers are not in the majority, but English is an official language of the country. These are objective criteria, easily verified for example at the website of Ethnologue. The criteria for inclusion are relatively straightforward and are clearly a reasonable sense of what "English-speaking" means. The map may contain errors; this is being discussed currently at the Wikimedia Commons discussion page for that image. However, the second map does not rely on clear, objective criteria, and does not cite a source. Contrary to the first map, there is currently no evidence that this can be remedied.
At the moment, I count two editors in favour of adding the map, and two opposed. Therefore there is no consensus for its addition. I am requesting that consensus be achieved before adding it again. Joeldl (talk) 09:03, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
In that spirit, Sweden#Language, Iceland#Language, Greenland#Languages, Bangladesh#Demographics, Demographics_of_Oman#Languages, Suriname#Languages. There's a start. Though it might be a good idea to check all those citations as well, before using them in constructing a map. I think one would have to go through country by country on this to really get it right. After all, do we really know if the map is 100% complete. However, on that point, Joeldl is right. The criteria needs to be a little stricter. Thatthat, any help on that? --Leodmacleod (talk) 18:46, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
Uhhh dudes?? I mean, wtf? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Anglospeak(800px)Countries.png
Agreed, Scandinavian countries should be considered part of the English speaking world. Currently this "English speaking world' article is pretty low quality. Approx 89% of Norwegians and Swedes speak English, 86% of Danes, 63% of Finns, and not sure about Iceland and Faroe Islands. Source is List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population which is a much more informative article than this one, and includes a useful map http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Anglospeak-percentage-knowledge.svg, although it could be improved, e.g. Norway should be dark green.ICouldBeWrong (talk) 22:19, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

What is that?! South Africa is not a majority English-speaking nation!83.70.248.20 (talk) 19:30, 1 November 2009 (UTC)Si Lapu Lapu

You're absolutely right. (I assume you're talking about the remaining map.) I note that the description of this map on its own page ("Countries of the world where English is an official or de facto official language, or national language, in dark blue; countries where it is an official/non-official but not primary language in light blue.") differs from the description in its caption on this page ("Countries in dark blue have a majority of native speakers. Countries in light blue have English as an official language, de jure or de facto."). The caption on this page is clearly wrong in the case of South Africa and so I believe the caption should be corrected to match the map's own description. Serenerandomness (talk) 05:57, 2 December 2009 (UTC)

Proposed merge[edit]

if the desire is to merge Anglosphere into this, I guess it might be considered. But Anglosphere is a very specific concept and this should not be merged into it. Dougweller (talk) 06:46, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Agreed for the reasons stated. I have removed the merge tag (again), as no one either here or at Anglosphere seems to be offering any reasons for a merge. If someone really thinks they should be merged, please explain why before adding the tag again. As fully discussed at Anglosphere, these are not simply synonyms. CAVincent (talk) 12:50, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
if thr to merge anglshers into this,i guess it might it might be considered but angloshere is a very specific consept  — Preceding unsigned comment added by 120.88.42.248 (talk) 09:19, 10 February 2018 (UTC) 

2,000,000 native English-speaking Singaporeans?[edit]

Is the figure for Singapore English-speaking people correct? I doubt it. I found out a reliable source (from Singapore Department of Statistics' website) which shows a 2005 survey reporting around 880,000 people speaking most frequently English at home. IMHO the figure and its current reference should be changed. 82.54.227.3 (talk) 00:01, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

I agree, for 2 reasons: - the source (the book) is authored by Singapore's ex-president, who apparently tried to present his country as a modern, globalised country. - I have been many times to Singapore - some younger people speak flawless English, but most people have only a working knowledge of the language, and I have been to all kinds of situations, university, business, restaurants, hotels. I would say that the degree of English penetration in Singapore is not higher than in Europe, definitely lower than in Scandinavia, for example, which has almost no native English speakers. I would be super-surprised if more half of the population (4 Mio.) are native speakers and have failed to show up on my radar. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Neumannkun (talkcontribs) 03:15, 29 August 2009 (UTC)

Nigeria in Dark Blue?[edit]

Is there really a large minority of native English speakers in Nigeria? If pidgins are included, then surely Sierra Leone and several other countries should be in dark blue too (or all of them should be in light blue, or a third colour)? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 41.185.146.101 (talk) 10:46, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Madagascar[edit]

The country no longer have english as an official language. --Aréat (talk) 14:35, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

Bangladesh[edit]

If Malaysia, where English is not an official language, can be included, then why isn't Bangladesh? Our legal and political systems are inherited from the British, and English is widely used in the courts, in media and in education. Its the de facto second language of the country. --111.221.0.2 (talk) 19:02, 31 August 2012 (UTC)

West Indies (Was "Belize (and Creoles in general)")[edit]

Why is Belize treated differently (as an "official" but not "majority" language English country) than the other Carribbean counries where the primary language is an English based creole (which are all curently treated as English "majority language" countries)? It might make sense to have a 3rd group (in addition to "majority language" and "official language") for countries where the majority language is an English based creole. Or treat them all as English majority countries; my impression is that Caribbean English based Creole speakers are almost universally fluent in "standard" English, and drawing the line between Creole and "standard" can be difficult. I'm moving Belize to the majority category, but the map will need to be updated with a dark blue. I'm not opposed to the alternative; changing all of the Creoles speaking Caribbean (Jamaica, Guyana and the lesser Antilles) to "official" English countries colored light blue, but either way it should be consistent.

I'm not at all familiar with Melanesian English based Creoles, but these should be examined as well. Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu all have an English based Creole more widely spoken than standard English (although native languages predominate in these countries).Plantdrew (talk) 20:29, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

I was wondering the same thing. It seems straight out of the 19th century to claim that people in the English-speaking West Indies don't speak English as their first language just because they're on a creole continuum. What's the difference between saying that and saying that blacks in the U.S. somehow don't speak English natively just because many also speak AAVE? There may only be six countries white enough to be included by those who fancy an Anglosphere, but it is simply incorrect that, as the article says, "There are six countries with a majority of native speakers of English". I will hold off for a few weeks, but if no one responds with countervailing points, I may heavily revise this. --Steve Foerster (talk) 17:22, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
There having been no argument to the contrary, I've made this change. --Steve Foerster (talk) 16:48, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

I note that Trinidad and Tobago is not listed in the article as either a country with a majority of native speakers or one with English as an official language. I know next to nothing about Trinidad, but according to articles elsewhere, it should be on one of those two lists. I don't know which one, or I'd just go ahead and add it. (Based on what it says in the T&T article itself, it looks like it depends on how you're treating creoles these days.) 2602:306:CD2C:54C0:386D:EC9C:D4C4:7E1D (talk) 16:54, 28 January 2017 (UTC)

Thanks, I have fixed this. It was an oversight, not a purposeful exclusion. --Steve Foerster (talk) 19:09, 30 January 2017 (UTC)

This article and the Anglosphere article[edit]

I've started a discussion at Talk:Anglosphere. In the last few years, that article has been gradually changed to a redundant version of List of countries where English is an official language. I'm thinking of restoring the content about the Anglosphere as a sociopolitical concept (covering primarily the UK+US+CA+AU+NZ) with more prominent links to this page. Making Anglosphere a disambiguation to both this article and something like Anglosphere (sociopolitical concept) might be another option. If you have any thoughts on this, please reply at Talk:Anglosphere Plantdrew (talk) 04:02, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

"English-speaking countries in order of total speakers"[edit]

I am sorry, this is completely moronic. The section title implies "total speakers" means "English speakers"; but the list is ordered by total population. What does "speakers" mean? People who speak? As opposed to what, people with a speech impairment? So if there is a single native English speaker who lives in China (as I am sure there is), China rather than India must be at the head of this list by virtue of having the larger population. After pointing out that the ordering rationale is misguided, let me point out that it is at least as misguided to duplicate the effort at List of countries by English-speaking population, especially because both lists are sortable by column. The best would be to lose the list on this page and just link to the main article. --dab (𒁳) 16:16, 6 December 2014 (UTC)

Most widely spoken[edit]

There was a sourced text about English possibly being the most widely spoken language. However, given the difficulties in defining terms the text also mentioned Chinese as a candidate. This has now been replaced by an unsourced text that simply states that English is the most widely spoken language. This is something that very much depends on definitions and uncertain estimates, and I think that the article should at least explain under what presumptions English is taken to be the no 1 language in the world. Sjö (talk) 11:47, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for taking it to the talk page. Having checked my sources (forgot to include them) and other sources on the subject you were correct to revert. Most sources do not distinguish between 'widely spoken' and 'numbers of native speakers' and 'numbers of non-native speakers'. While I stand by my assertion that English is the most widely spoken language the sources do not support my edit. And it is sources not my opinion that counts in Wikipedia (as I keep reminding other editors). Sorry for any confusion. Please revert to the previous editRobynthehode (talk) 12:34, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

Sources should be collected on article talk page[edit]

I've been hunting up sources for the current update of English language, and of course one section of that article refers to this article as a main article. What sources have you been finding about the number of native speakers of English and the number of second-language speakers of English? I'll try to share some sources here as the discussion continues. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 20:07, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Is anyone up for extensively revising this article from top to bottom? Now that I have gathered sources for editing the corresponding section of the main English language article, it's possible to give this article a revision that will make it more current and cite better sources. Who else is interested in this? -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 13:17, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

Data is not correct[edit]

The data given on this page is not correct. It says 231 million people in U.S. are native english speakers. However, in pie chart it is said 64.3% of U.S. people speaks english. The current population of U.S. is 318 million. Hence only 204 million of U.S. people are native speakers. Kindly correct this.Similarly , U.K. have 16.7% speakesr. The current population of U.K. is 64.1 million. Hence total speakers would have been 10.68 not the one mentioned.61.3.93.53 (talk) 05:24, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

What's a reliable source that can clear up this issue? -- WeijiBaikeBianji (Watch my talk, How I edit) 13:27, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

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