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Top 10 English-speaking countries in the world

Rank 10: Italy. Percentage of English speakers: 29. Total number of English speakers: 17,000,000. Photo – AFP

Top 10 English-speaking countries in the world

English is the third largest language by the number of native speakers worldwide, after Mandarin and Spanish. However, it remains the most spoken language beyond countries where it is spoken natively. About 360 million people speak English as their first language and an estimated 700 million to one billion speak it as a second language.

India has the second largest number of English speakers even though only slightly more than 11 percent Indians speak the language.

Here is a list of the top 10 English-speaking countries by population (as per the latest figures available):