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List of Languages Spoken in the World
List of Languages Spoken in the World

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:

1Chinese Mandarin

More than 1 billion people worldwide speak Chinese Mandarin, making it the most spoken language in the world.

2English

More 512 million people speak the English language.

3Hindi

More than 501 million people. It is the official language of India.

4Spanish

399 million people speak Spanish.

5Russian

285 million people speak Russian.

6Arabic

265 million speak Arabic, mainly in the Arab countries.

7Bengali

245 million speak Bengali, mainly in South Asia.

8Portuguese

196 million people speak Portuguese, mainly in South America.

9Malay

140 million people speak Malay in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

10Japanese

125 million people speak Japanese

11German

100 million people speak German

12Korean

78 million people speak the Korean language

13French

77 million people speak French

14Chinese, Wu

77 million people speak Chinese, Wu

15Javanese

75 million people speak Javanese

16Chinese, Yue

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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