Top 10 Most Spoken Languages Worldwide 2017 List of Widely Spoken Languages

Top 10 Most Spoken Languages Worldwide 2017 List of Widely Spoken Languages

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Top 10 Most Spoken Languages Worldwide

Top 10 Most Spoken Languages WorldwideAre you like us and sometimes wonder yourself some good-damn questions like which are the Top 10 Most Spoken Languages Worldwide? Does my native language even belong to top 10 or not? Well from now onwards you are not going to wonder anymore as we have prepare fully fledged and detailed list of widely spoken languages worldwide.

Before we start let us tell you something. There are over 7.2 billion people speaking well over 7000 languages and the share of 3.6 billion people amongst them speak the top 10 languages. That’s incredible, right?!

So tighten your seat belts and move on to the below part where we have summarized list most important function of the human body that is language. Let’s move on to them and know more about the top 10 most spoken languages worldwide 2017.

Top 10 Most Spoken Languages Worldwide

RankLanguageTotal
1Mandarin Chinese (incl. Standard Chinese)1051 million
2English840 million
3Spanish570 million
4Hindi490 million
5Arabic422 million
6Malay (incl. Indonesian and Malaysian)281 million
7Russian275 million
8French272 million
9Portuguese262 million
10Bengali245 million

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#1. Mandarin Chinese (1051 million) 

Mandarin, the language of the most populated country of the world, Chinese or Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language, with more than 1051 million speakers. This language is tough to learn as it constitutes of complex tones, which bear a close resemblance to each other and sometimes, it is hard to distinguish one tone from the other. Now move all your assumptions away as Chinese is the most spoken language worldwide not English.

#2. English (840 million)

Next among the most spoken languages in the world is English which is spoken in almost every country around the world and has nearly 840 million speakers. USA, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada, South Africa and Hong Kong are some of the countries where this language is immensely popular. No need to say anything more.

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#3. Spanish (570 million)

With nearly 570 million speakers around the world, Spanish becomes the third most spoken language in the world. Besides being the language of Spain, it is spoken in nearly all Central American and South American countries. This language also furnished many words to the English language.

#4. Hindi (490 million)

Since India is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, its language Hindi becomes the fourth most spoken language around the globe, with as many as 490 million speakers. Despite English becoming a popular language in the country, the prominence of its official language is still unsurpassed. The success of the Hindi film industry on a global level is another reason of popularity of this language.

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#5. Arabic (422 million)

Arabic is another widely spoken language, which has an estimated 422 million speakers around the globe. It is one of the oldest languages in the world and is spoken widely in countries of the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan and Syria. It was also declared as the sixth official UN language in 1974.

#6. Malay (281 million)

Malay-Indonesian is spoken – surprise – in Malaysia and Indonesia. Actually, we kinda fudged the numbers on this one because there are many speak of Malay, the most popular of which is Indonesian. But they’re all pretty much based on the same root language, which makes it the ninth most-spoken in the world. Indonesia is a fascinating place; a nation made up of over 13,000 islands it is the sixth most populated country in the world. Malaysia borders on two of the larger parts of Indonesia (including the island of Borneo), and is mostly known for its capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

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#7. Russian (275 million)

The next language to make it on the list of most spoken languages in the world is Russia, which is spoken not only in the country of its origin, but also a number of other such as Kazakhstan, Belarus and the US. It is also one of the six official languages of the UN and has more than 275 million speakers at present.

#8. French (272 million)

One of the most commonly spoken languages in the world is French, which has an estimated 272 million speakers. Besides being the official language of France, it is commonly spoken in many other countries around the globe, such as Canada, Belgium, Cameroon, Haiti and Rwanda.

#9. Portuguese (262 million)

With an estimated number of 262 million speakers around the globe, Portuguese becomes the ninth most spoken language in the world. The reason behind this is that the Portuguese were born explorers, who spread their roots in all parts of the world, establishing their colonies in a number of countries like Brazil, Mozambique, Macau, Angola and Venezuela, where this language continues to be popular till date.

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#10. Bengali (245 million)

Bengali is another widely spoken language, which is spoken by over 245 million people around the world. Besides being the principal language of Bangladesh, which has a population of 120 million Bengali speaking people, the language is equally popular in the Indian states surrounding the country.

Surprise, surprise, the most widely spoken language on the planet is based in the most populated country on the planet beating second-place English by a 2 to 1 ratio. We hope you enjoyed my sum up of the most spoken languages.

Thank you for reading and now feel free to share this ultimate Top 10 Most Spoken Languages Worldwide 2017 with own friends and pass them knowledge too.

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