It is computed that at the opening of the present century there were about 21,000,000 people who spoke the English tongue. The French-speaking people at that time numbered about 3.1,600,000, and the Germans exceeded 30,000,000. The Russian tongue was spoken by nearly 31,000,000, and the Spanish by more than, 26,000,000. Even the Italians had threefourths as large a constituency as the English, and the Portuguese three-eighths. Of the the 162,000,000 people, or thereabouts, who are estimated to have been using these seven languages m the year 1801, the English people were less fchan 13 per cent., while the Spanish were 16, the Germans 184, the Russians 189, and the French 196. This aggregate population has now grown to 400,000,000, of which the English-speaking people number close upon 125,000,000. From 13 per cent, the English advanced to 31 per cent. The French speech is now used by about 70,000,000, the Spanish by 40,000.000, the Russian by 70,000,000, the Italian by about 30,000,000, and the Portuguese by about 13,000,000. The English language is now used by nearly twice as many people as any of- the others, and this relative growth is almost sure to continue, English has taken as its own the North American continent, and nearly tlio whole of Australasia. North America alone will soon have 100,000,000 of English-speaking people, while there are 40,000,000 m Great Britain and Ireland. In South Africa and India also the language is vastly extending.
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Different Languages., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2508, 3 September 1890
Different Languages. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2508, 3 September 1890
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