January 19, 2016
Source: Prensa Latina
Spanish is the mother tongue of 470 million people and the third most-used language on the Internet, second only to English and Chinese, the Instituto Cervantes revealed here today.
According to Cervantes Institute Yearbook 2015: Spanish in the World, 7.9 percent of Internet users communicate in that language, besides it is the second mother tongue in the world by number of speakers, after Mandarin Chinese.
Spanish take the same position on the two main social networks, Facebook and Twitter, both with huge potential for growth in their use.
The Instituto Cervantes, responsible for promoting and teaching of Spanish and spreading of Ibero-American culture, said that Spanish was the second most-used language on Twitter in predominantly English-speaking cities like London or New York.
According to the yearbook, 6.7 percent of the world's population is already Spanish-speaking.
The forecasts estimate that in 2030 the Spanish speakers will be 7.5 percent of the world's population and that within three or four generations, 10 percent will speak Spanish.