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The 20 most spoken languages in the world

Updated: Feb 26, 2019


What are the most spoken language in the world? This is a good question that we answered for you!


>1 BILLION NATIVE SPEAKERS


1. CHINESE

Chinese includes about 12 different forms and dialects but the most spoken is Mandarin, which is about 70 percent of China’s population.


>100 MILLION NATIVE SPEAKERS


2. SPANISH

Spanish speakers live in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela. Funny fact: there are almost as many native Spanish speakers in the US as there are in Spain.


3. ENGLISH

They mostly live in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. But English is one of the most spoken languages in the world: it is the mother tongue of many countries inhabitants (because of previous colonies for example). It is, moreover, the most spoken language if you consider the people who use it as a second language.


4. HINDI

They are mainly found in India and Nepal.


5. ARABIC

Like Chinese, Arabic is another language with a range of different forms and varieties.


6. PORTUGUESE

If you only consider the population of the Portugal it is nothing but you shouldn’t miss Brazilians!


7. BENGALI

Most of them live in the Bangladesh, but also in India.


8. RUSSIAN

Most of them live in Russia but also in Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.


9. JAPANESE

They all live in japan.


>50 MILLION NATIVE SPEAKERS


10. LAHNDA

Lahnda is the name of related Punjabi languages and dialects spoken in Pakistan.


11. JAVANESE

Most of them live in Java island in Indonesia.


12. GERMAN

The great majority of them live in Germany, but they also live in Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg.


13. KOREAN

They live in North and South Korea.


14. FRENCH

They are divided in more than 50 countries and territories, including Canada, Belgium, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and France of course.


15. AND 16. TELUGU AND MARATHI

They are the 3rd and 4th most spoken languages in India.


17. TURKISH

Almost all of them live in Turkey, but also in Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus, and Kazakhstan.


18. TAMIL

Tamil is India’s fifth most spoken language, also spoken in Sri Lanka and Singapore.


19. VIETNAMESE

Spoken in Vietnam.


20. URDU

Urdu is the sixth Indian language also spoken in Pakistan, Nepal and Mauritius.


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