by Vincent Dowd
Researchers have been analysing the Twitter traffic in London, to identify which languages people are tweeting in. English still accounts for nine out of ten tweets in London, but the research also reveals many other languages communicating across the capital.
(…) For six months, researchers (…) used a computer programme to identify which languages they were in; that’s 3.3 million tweets in a total of 66 languages. 92.5% were in English, but the fascinating detail comes in the analysis of the non-English portion.
The biggest presence was of Spanish language tweets, followed by French, Turkish, Arabic, Portuguese and German. (…) The pre-eminence of Spanish tweeting may, in part, be due to the recent influx of young Spaniards seeking work, as well of course as London’s resident Latin American population.
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. What do you think: If somebody analyses tweets in Japan, what languages could be found?
2. What do you think: is 92.5% a lot? What percentage of tweets sent in Japan would be in Japanese?
3. Make your own sentences with the words written in bold.