The 20 most spoken languages ​​in the world

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There are more than 6000 languages ​​and dialects around the world, and do you know what the top 20 languages ​​are? What are the most spoken languages? How many natives speak this language and in which countries? In this article we will share with you a table showing the 20 most spoken languages ​​in the world.

Remembering that we are going to use an average, and we are not going to name all countries that have natives. Bearing in mind that this ranking is never correct, several surveys achieve different results, over the years this ranking changes and fluctuates but remains almost the same.

Recalling that Chinese includes all dialects in addition to Mandarin, which has a total of 935 million speakers. It is worth remembering that the percentage or worldwide fraction of natives is not entirely in accordance with the number of speakers.

Top 10 of 2017 without details: 

  1. Mandarin - 1,051 million - China, Malaysia and Taiwan.
  2. Hindi - 565 million - India, northern and central regions.
  3. English - 545 million - USA, UK, parts of Oceania.
  4. Spanish - 450 million - Spain and the Americas.
  5. Arab - 246 million - Middle East, Arabia, North Africa.
  6. Portuguese - 218 million - Brazil, Portugal, Angola.
  7. Bengali - 171 million - Bangladesh, northeast India.
  8. Russian - 145 million - Russia and Central Asia.
  9. French - 130 million - France, Canada, West and Central Africa.
  10. Japanese - 127 million - Japan.

Top 20 of 2010 detailed: 

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Position Language Speakers
% Countries
1 Chinese 1.302.000.000 19,1% China, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand
2 Spanish 427.000.000 5,85% Andorra, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, United States, Venezuela
3 English 339.000.000 5,52% Australia, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji Islands, Gambia, Guyana, India, Ireland, Israel, Lesotho, Liberia, Malaysia, Micronesia, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa , Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Switzerland, Tonga, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu, Zimbabwe, and several Caribbean islands
4 Arabic 267.000.000 4,70% Middle East, Arabia, North Africa
5 Hindi 260.000.000 4,46% India, Nepal, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda
6 Portuguese 202.000.000 3,08% Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, France, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe
7 Bengali 189.000.000 3,05% Bangladesh, India, Singapore
8 Russian 171.000.000 2,42% China, Israel, Mongolia, Russia, United States
9 Japanese 128.000.000 1.92% Japan, Singapore, Taiwan
10 Javanese 84.000.000 1,25% Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore
11 Korean 77.000.000 1,14% China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand
12 German 77.000.000 1,39% Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland
13 French 76.000.000 1,18% Andorra, Algeria, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Canada, Congo, Zaire, Djibouti, France, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Luxembourg, Mauritania, Monaco, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Vanuatu
14 Telugo 74.000.000 1,15% India, Singapore
15 Marati 72.000.000 1,10% India
16 Turkish 71.000.000 0,99% Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Turkey, Uzbekistan
17 Urdu 68.000.000 0,95% Afghanistan, India, Mauritius, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand
18 Vietnamese 68.000.000 0,95% Vietnam, China
19 Tamil 67.000.000 0,94% India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka
20 Italian 59.000.000 0,90% Croatia, Eritrea, France, Italy, San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland

Most studied languages

In addition, we will see a small list of the most studied languages ​​in the world so you can compare the importance. If you liked the article don't forget to share and leave your comments.

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1 English
2 German
3 French
4 Spanish
5 Mandarin
6 Dutch
7 Portuguese
8 Italian
9 Russian
10 Japanese