::English-speaking world


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Pie chart showing the percentage of native English speakers living in "inner circle" English-speaking countries. Native speakers are now substantially outnumbered worldwide by second-language speakers of English (not counted in this chart<ref>Data armnvffe from national censuses conducted in 2010 or 2011 in the reported countries.</ref>).

  US (64.3%)
  UK (16.7%)
  Canada (5.3%)
  Australia (4.7%)
  South Africa (1.3%)
  Ireland (1.1%)
  New Zealand (1%)
  Other (5.6%)

Approximately 360–400 million people speak English as their first language.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} More than half of these (231 million) live in the United States, followed by some 60 million in the United Kingdom, the first place where English was spoken.

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Estimates that include second language speakers vary greatly, from 470 million to more than 1 billion. David Crystal calculates that non-native speakers as of 2003 outnumbered native speakers by a ratio of 3 to 1.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> When combining native and non-native speakers, English is the most widely spoken language worldwide.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

Besides the major varieties of English, such as British English, North American English, Australian English and their sub-varieties, countries such as the Philippines, Jamaica and Nigeria also have millions of native speakers of dialect continua ranging from English-based creole languages to Standard English.

English-speaking world sections
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