This article provides a list of languages spoken around the world.
What is Language?
Language refers to a system of human communication that involves a series of sounds made with the mouth. This is also known as speaking or verbal communication. The ability to use sounds to communicate thoughts and feelings is known as speech and is a basic human trait. The scientific study of language in any of its senses is called linguistics.
Although humans began with a single form of communication, the number of languages spoken in the world ranges anywhere from 3000 to 6000. As humans evolved and moved to different areas of the world, their spoken communications evolved along with them.
New languages emerged as did different dialects and accents. Over time, those subtle differences developed into completely different languages.
Unfortunately, there is no universal form of communication, which leads to complications in communications across cultures and borders.
List of Languages Spoken in the World
Following is a list of languages spoken in the world and the approximate number of people that speak it. Please note that each may contain many different dialects based on regional and cultural differences:
More than 1 billion people worldwide speak Chinese Mandarin, making it the most spoken language in the world.
More 512 million people speak the English language.
More than 501 million people. It is the official language of India.
399 million people speak Spanish.
285 million people speak Russian.
265 million speak Arabic, mainly in the Arab countries.
245 million speak Bengali, mainly in South Asia.
196 million people speak Portuguese, mainly in South America.
140 million people speak Malay in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
125 million people speak Japanese
100 million people speak German
78 million people speak the Korean language
77 million people speak French
77 million people speak Chinese, Wu
75 million people speak Javanese
71 million people speak Chinese, Yu
The number of people who speak each language continues to change every day, but the rank order of the list stays relatively consistent.
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