Which languages are the most widely spoken around the world, and how do you translate them?
The World’s Top 10 Most Spoken Languages
1. 1.3 Billion Native Chinese Speakers
The number of native speakers varies widely — Ethnologue estimates 1.3 billion native speakers, with around 1.1 billion speaking Mandarin — but there’s no doubt it’s the most widely spoken language on the planet
If you want to learn a language spoken by one in every six people on the planet, this is the one for you. Because Chinese is a tonal language with hundreds of colophons, it will undoubtedly keep you occupied.
2. Spanish (native speakers: 471 million)
Spain, Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, El Salvador, and Panama are among the most pressing Spanish-speaking countries.
With around 471 million speakers, Spanish is still ahead of English. If we merely look at, Spanish is your stylish choice, if you want a language that will open up entire continents to you. As with all of the languages on this list, the politics of language-related identity are hotly debated. Ask Catalan or Quechua speakers if Spanish is their first language, and you’ll get a wide range of responses. However, it is the primary language of the vast majority of South and Central America, Spain, and, ahem, large swaths of the United States.
3. 370 Million Native English Speakers
The United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are among the most important English-speaking countries in the world.
If you’re reading this, you might be one of the 370 million or so native English speakers, or one of the 978 million who speak it as a second language. demonstrates English’s amazing success as a commercial, travel, and transnational communication language. English will continue to dominate the world stage for the foreseeable future due to the relative ease with which it can be picked up (especially when compared to Chinese) and the ubiquitous soft power of US culture. For some, English is still associated with special occasions and a higher standard of living.
4. Hindi has a native speaker population of the 342 million people.
Map of India, with highlighted areas where Hindi is spoken.
India has 23 official languages, including Hindi and Urdu. It’s still debatable whether this is one language — Hindustani — or two cants. Hindi, which is spoken primarily in northern India and the Pakistani corridor, is written in devnagri script, whereas Urdu is written in Persian Script. The argument regarding its role in Indian education and society has resurfaced at this time. The Prime Minister, a Hindu nationalist, is attempting to have Hindi replace English as the principal language of sanctioned communication and education in southern Indian countries, a scheme that has been met with opposition. If you ever travel to India, though, a little Hindi will get you a long way. Plus, what’s not to like about the language that gave us soap, jungle, jodhpurs, and bungalows?
5. Arabic is the widely spoken language in the world, with 315 million native speakers.
Arabic is spoken in the following countries in the Middle East and North Africa:
According to a recent estimate, 315 million people speak Arabic. However, this is yet another example of statistics failing to represent the whole story. Arabic, like Chinese, has so many diverse cants that it is basically a number of languages gathered together for convenience’s sake. Modern Standard Arabic is a largely written version of Arabic that is closely related to Classical Arabic. Nonetheless, the spoken forms of Arabic in Oman and Morocco, for example, are so dissimilar that a couple of gospel professors from these nations would be able to discuss the finer points of ancient textbooks while still attempting to eat lunch.
6. 232 Million Native Portuguese Speakers
List of important nations where Portuguese is spoken. Mozambique, Portugal, Brazil, Angola, and Angola
Another language whose popularity is based on its social history. Aristocratic Portuguese dealers and trimmers took their language to Africa, Asia, and the Americas beginning in the 15th century. Although Portuguese’s spread was initially linked to Europeans, the established countries created their own lively communities, which eventually converted the language. Currently, 232 million people speak Portuguese natively in countries such as Brazil, Goa, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-e, and Macau. including Machado de Assis’s language, Bossa Nova, Mia Couto’s, and Fernando’s
7. Bengali is the widely spoken language in the world, with the 229 million native speakers.
Bengali is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.
Admit it: you didn’t expect Bengali to be among the most widely spoken languages. The British partitioned Bengal in 1947, dividing (mostly Hindu) West Bengal, now India, from its (largely Muslim) counterpart East Bengal, now Bangladesh. It’s the language of the Andaman Islands, delectable sweets, and a population of 130 million Bangladeshis, many of whom are particularly vulnerable to climate change. The population is expected to treble in the next century, while 15% of the land area is expected to vanish due to rising sea levels. Russian is the eighth most spoken language in the world, with 154 million native speakers.
8. Russian is the world’s spoken language, with around the 154 million native speakers. It is produced the scholarly likes of Nabokov, Chekhov, Gogol, Tolstoy, and Pushkin, and remains one of the six languages spoken in the United Nations.
9. Japanese — Native Speakers: 126 Million
Japan is home to nearly all of the 126 million native Japanese speakers, making it the most geographically concentrated of all the languages on this list. Japanese uses both hiragana and katakana jotting systems, as well as Chinese Kanji characters extensively. Outside of Japan, the highest concentrations of Japanese speakers can be found in the United States, the Philippines, and Brazil.
10. (Western Punjabi) — Native Speakers: 118 Million
India’s Chart Pakistan is straining the Punjabi-speaking region.
With a native speaker population of roughly 118 million, the last slot on the list goes to…, a Pakistani language that predominantly contains Western Punjabi! (Sorry, German — you’ve been dropped from the top world languages a number of times.) Eastern Punjabi, which I speak, is not included in this. When the British left, the Punjab was cut in half, and millions of people were forced to abandon their businesses and families. However, they are sluggishly exacting their retribution, with Bollywood-style Punjabi songs accounting for half of the map-. If we’ve ever seen a comeback, that’s it.