most spoken languages

Most Spoken Languages

Most Spoken Languages Around the World Today

Worldwide billions of people converse with each other using 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.

What’s the most spoken language in the world? Are around 1 billion Chinese people Mandarin is the first choice. 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 Languages Total (millions) Language Family Spoken in these countries
Chinese (including Mandarin)
1,282 Sino-Tibetan. PR-China, Taiwan, Singapore.
Spanish 528 Romance. Spain, Mexico, Central & South America (except Brazil), United States.
Hindustani (Hindi & Urdu) 544 Indo-Aryan. India, Pakistan.
English 984 Germanic. UK, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa.
Arabic 422 Semitic. Arabian Peninsula, North Africa, Iraq, Middle East, Sudan, Somalia and others.
Malay (Indonesian & Malaysian) 281 Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian. Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Singapore.
Bengalese 261 Indo-Aryan. Bangladesh, India.
Portuguese 229 Romance. Portugal, Brazil.
Russian 267 Slavonic. Russia, Russian Federation.
Japanese 128 Japanese-Ryukyuū. Japan, USA, Brazil.
Hausa 150 Afro-Asiatic, Chadic. Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Togo and Libya.
French 229 Romance. France, Switzerland, Belgium (Wallonia), Africa, Canada, Luxembourg, Monaco.
German 129 Germanic. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Eastern Belgium.
Persian 121 Indo-European, Iranian. Iran, Iraq, Russia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan (as Dari), Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (as Tajik).
Swahili 107 Niger–Congo language, Coastal Tanzanian, Bantu. Tanzania, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique (as Mwani), Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Comoros, Mayotte, Zambia, Malawi, South Sudan and Madagascar.
Javanese 85 Austronesian. Indonesia (Java).
Turkish 71 Turkic, Oghuz. Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Iraq, Syria, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Romania, Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Vietnamese 68 Austro Asiatic. North and South Vietnam, USA, Cambodia, France, Germany.
Punjabi 148 Indo-Aryan. Pakistan, North-West India.
Korean 78 Altaic. North and South Korea.
Telugu 92 Dravidian. India.
Italian 68 Romance. Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, United States, San Marino.
Marathi 74 Indo-Aryan. India.
Tamil 75 Dravidian. India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius.

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