[Community-Discuss] Target large communities (was: Community-Discuss Digest, Vol 252, Issue 1)

Arnaud AMELINA amelnaud at gmail.com
Sat Jan 20 15:27:01 UTC 2018

Dear Owen why are you supprised that the first African language come 4th in
your statistics  ?


Le 16 janv. 2018 21:47, "Owen DeLong" <owen at delong.com> a écrit :

If we’re looking for liguistic priority, perhaps we should focus on
demographics by popluation…

This is my best attempt to incorporate both native and non-native speaker
statistics. Reliable sources for the information are difficult to find and
it took multiple sources using inconsistent data formats to attempt to
compile the list.

Sources included a variety of wikipedia pages and other google searched

I’m the first to admit this is not a scientific survey and may have issues
with accuracy.

In order, the top 10 are:

English (196M)
Arabic (140MM)
French (120MM)
Swahili or Kiswahili (100MM)
Hausa (70MM)
Berber (56MM)
Yoruba (28MM)
Oromo (26MM)
Amharic (22MM)
Igbo (18MM)

Total: 776MM

So the top 10 languages would cover roughly 15/16ths of the population.
If we move cover the top 5, we get 626MM or roughly 3/4 of the population.
The top 3 (English, Arabic, French) will cover 456MM or roughly 1/2 of the

I do find it interesting that the first African language comes in at number


> On Jan 16, 2018, at 07:58 , sm+afrinic at elandsys.com wrote:
> Hi Mohammed,
> At 06:24 AM 16-01-2018, mohammed at ntc.gov.sd wrote:
>> I believe If we want to rebalance the language gap we have to target
large communities and reach the largest segment of them. Arabic-speaking
African countries are more than ten countries. So, it's of high importance
that the site should be translated into Arabic to ensure greater access to
the community. It's worth mentioning that the main reason why Arab don't
participate in AfriNIC or any other ICT-related event is the language.
>> As to who is going to do the translation, we can ask help from Arab
volunteers. I, myself, would be very happy to participate in the
translation process.
> Thank you for providing the above input.  I wondered why the
participation from Arabic-speaking African countries was relatively low.
> Regards,
> S. Moonesamy
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