Top 10 Most Widely Spoken Languages In The World

Interested in knowing more about Most Widely Spoken Languages in the world? Continue Reading… According to the data from the Ethnologue language database, there exist over 7,000 unique languages spoken all over the world. These languages are clearly unique to different groups and completely strange to others.

Some languages though have gained recognition around the world. Perhaps as a result of conquests or recent globalization, these languages have spread widely and have become integrated into various peoples and cultures.

Below are the Most Widely Spoken Languages in the world according to the total number of speakers.

10 Most Widely Spoken Languages In The World

Top 10 Most Widely Spoken Languages In The World

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  1. English ( 1.132 billion speakers)

With over 1.132 billion speakers of this language, it ranks as the first most widely spoken language in the world.

Modern-day English developed from various linguistic influences, which came from the languages of Germanic tribes, Normans, Celts, and Vikings. Britain did more of spreading the language through its various conquests, interactions, and trade with the rest nations of the world. English has become the primary native language of states like the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Nigeria, Australia, Namibia, and many others.

  1. MANDARIN CHINESE (1.116 billion people)

It is a part of the Sino-Tibetan linguistic community which stretches across much of Asia. Mandarin Chinese consists of various dialects, which varies from one another. Besides China, which is its origin, Chinese Mandarin is also spoken in Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. For the language to be easy to learn, the Chinese government in the 1950s established a system of writing in simplified characters while keeping the traditional characters. It is next to English on the list as the second most widely spoken language in the world.

 

  1. HINDI ( 615.4 million speakers)

The Hindi language originated from Sanskrit, an early language that was spoken by Aryan settlers in northwest India. Over the years, Hindu was influenced by Dravidian, Turkic, Portuguese, Persian, Arabic, and even English. Hindi is currently modern Indo-Aryan Language and is now the dominant language in India, and it is also spoken in Nepal, US, South Africa, Yemen, and Mauritius. It is spoken by over 615.4 million people all over the world. It is the 3rd most widely spoken language in the whole world.

 

  1. SPANISH (534.3 million speakers)

Spanish is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world with over 534.3 million speakers. It is also the official/ primary language in Spain and various Latin-American countries such as Argentina, El Salvador, Chile, Mexico, Guatemala, and even Costa Rica. It is one of the Ibero-Romance group of languages, which originated from several dialects of Vulgar Latin in Iberia after the Western Roman Empire collapsed in the 5th century. Spanish has additionally been influenced by other languages. About 75% of modern Spanish vocabulary is gotten from Latin, including Latin borrowings from Ancient Greek, and up to  8% have been influenced by Arabic during the Al-Andalus era in the Iberian Peninsula.

  1. FRENCH ( 279.8 million speakers)

French descended from the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire. Due to French and Belgian colonialism from the 16th century onward, French was spread to new territories in the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The second best speakers reside in Francophone Africa, specifically in Gabon, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritius, Senegal and Ivory Coast. French is one of the official languages in 29 countries all over multiple different continents, in which most of them are members of the Organization Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the association of 84 countries which share the official use or teaching of French. It is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world.

  1. STANDARD ARABIC ( 273.9 million speakers)

Modern-day  Standard Arabic, also called  Literary Arabic was developed in the  19th century and is the teaching standard across the Middle East, North Africa and parts of  Africa, it is also one of the official languages of the United Nations. It was made the official language of all Arab League countries and is the only accepted form of Arabic allowed to be taught in schools, It is also the most printed material by the Arab League including books, newspapers, magazines, official documents, and reading primers for little children. Spoken by over 273.9 million people, it is the sixth most spoken language in the world.

 

  1. BENGALI ( 265.0 million speakers)

Bengali ranks as the 7th most spoken language in the world. It is an Indo-Aryan language which was passed down from the Sanskrit and Magadhi Prakrit dialects majorly spoken by the Bengalis in South Asia. Bengali, has progressively developed since the Bengali Renaissance and is considered one of the most prominent and diverse literary traditions in Asia. Bengali is the official language accepted in Bangladesh, it is also widely spoken in India, and Sierra Leone as well as in the UK, the US, and the Middle East.

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  1. RUSSIAN  ( 258.2 million speakers)

Russian developed from the Polanian dialect, which is an official language in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, it is also widely used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Caucasus and also Central Asia.  Having over 258.2 million speakers, it is the 8th most widely spoken language in the world. It was also the de facto language of the Soviet Union up until 25 December 1991. Russian is still an official language  in all the post-Soviet nation-states, 30 years after the collapse

  1. PORTUGUESE (234.1 million speakers)

It is known to be a Western Romance language which has its origin in the Iberian Peninsula. It is the only official language of Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola, and São Tomé and even Príncipe. It is also a second official language in East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, and Macau in China. Portuguese ranks as the 9th most widely spoken Language in the world.

  1. INDONESIAN ( 198.7 million speakers)

Indonesian is the 10th most widely spoken languages in the world. with having up to 198.7 speakers and it’s the last on this list. It is the official language of Indonesia, the fourth most populous nation in the whole world. Out of its large population, the majority of the people speak Indonesian. Since centuries ago, It is has been used as a lingua franca/ official language in the multilingual Indonesian archipelago.