Language is one of the most important things that a human being has. Through language, people can communicate with one another, and go on with their daily life in an orderly fashion. Each country has its own language, and this language is further sub-divided into dialects.
Take a look at the most spoken languages in the world. These languages are used by the majority of the people all over the world, regardless of nationality.
The Most Spoken Languages Worldwide
1. Mandarin (1,197,000,000)
Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world. Apparently, Mandarin is the official language of the most populated country on the planet: China. It beats English 2 to 1.
2. English (508,000,000)
Although the English language comes only at the second spot, it is still the official language used by more countries than other languages.
3. Hindustani (497,000,000)
India’s official language and is being spoken by the majority of its population is Hindustani. However, the language is further divided into numerous dialects. The prevalence of English in India won’t make Hindustani from surpassing it.
4. Spanish (392,000,000)
The Spanish language is widely spoken in the South and Central American countries. Likewise, there’s a great interest in Spanish in the U.S., as some of the English words were based from Spanish.
5. Russian (277,000,000)
Russian is one of the six languages in the UN. The Russian language is not only spoken in Mother Russia, but likewise in adjacent countries like Kazakhstan and Belarus.
6. Arabic (246,000,000)
Arabic is one of the oldest languages in the world. Hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world speak Arabic. In 1974, UN declared the Arabic language as the sixth official language.
7. Bengali (211,000,000)
Everyone in Bangladesh knows how to speak Bengali, even though the country itself is surrounded by India.
8. Portuguese (191,000,000)
Portugal won its independence from Spain in the 12th century. Since then, it expanded all over the world through its famous explorers and navigators like Prince Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama.
9. Malay-Indonesian (159,000,000)
There are many dialects in the regions adjacent to Malaysia and Indonesia. However, the dialects trace their roots to the same language.
10. French (129,000,000)
Some call French as the language of love. And with an estimated 129 million French speakers, we could not agree more. French is also spoken in other countries like Belgium, Cameroon, Haiti and Canada.