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Most Spoken Languages

Top 24 Most Spoken Languages in the World

Worldwide over seven billion people converse with each other in over 7000 different languages. It’s not easy to find up to date and accurate  statistics so think of this list as a “rough guide” to the most spoken languages in the world. The top 24 most spoken languages in the world are listed below. The totals include native and second language speakers.

Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world. It’s spoken by almost 1 billion Chinese. Mandarin is part of the Chinese family of languages which is made up from thirteen different groups including Wu Chinese (which includes Shanghainese), Yue Chinese (which includes Cantonese) and standard Chinese.

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Most Spoken LanguagesTotal (millions)Language FamilySpoken in these countries
Chinese (including Mandarin)
1,282Sino-TibetanPR-China, Taiwan, Singapore
Spanish528RomanceSpain, Mexico, Central & South America (except Brazil), United States
Hindustani (Hindi & Urdu)544Indo-AryanIndia, Pakistan
English984GermanicUK, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa
Arabic422SemiticArabian Peninsula, North Africa, Iraq, Middle East, Sudan, Somalia and others
Malay (Indonesian & Malaysian)281Austronesian, Malayo-PolynesianIndonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Singapore
Bengalese261Indo-AryanBangladesh, India
Portuguese229RomancePortugal, Brazil
Russian267SlavonicRussia, Russian Federation
Japanese128Japanese-RyukyuūJapan, USA, Brazil
Hausa150Afro-Asiatic, ChadicNiger, Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Togo and Libya
French229RomanceFrance, Switzerland, Belgium (Wallonia), Africa, Canada, Luxembourg, Monaco
German129GermanicGermany, Austria, Switzerland, Eastern Belgium
Persian121Indo-European, IranianIran, Iraq, Russia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan (as Dari), Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (as Tajik)
Swahili107Niger–Congo language, Coastal Tanzanian, BantuTanzania, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique (as Mwani), Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Comoros, Mayotte, Zambia, Malawi, South Sudan and Madagascar
Javanese85AustronesianIndonesia (Java)
Turkish71Turkic, OghuzTurkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Iraq, Syria, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Romania, Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Vietnamese68Austro AsiaticNorth and South Vietnam, USA, Cambodia, France, Germany
Punjabi148Indo-AryanPakistan, North-West India
Korean78AltaicNorth and South Korea
Italian68RomanceItaly, Switzerland, Slovenia, United States, San Marino
Tamil75DravidianIndia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius

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