What are the most spoken languages in the world?

  • What are the most spoken languages in the world?

    What are the most spoken languages in the world?

    In the estimations of speakers per language a great difference exists if we compare the speakers by native language or the speakers as a second language.

    The 10 most spoken languages as a native language:

    1. Chinese: Spoken by more that 900 million people as a native language, it is the most spoken language in the world.
    2. Spanish: Around 450 million people in the world speak in Spanish as their native language.
    3. English: Around 380 million people in the world speak English as their native language.
    4. Hindi: Spoken by more than 300 million people as a native language.
    5. English: Around 280 million people in the world speak English as their native language.
    6. Portuguese: With more than 200 million people that speak it as a native language, the contribution from Brazil, Mozambique and Angola make Portuguese the sixth most spoken native language.
    7. Bengali: Around 200 million people in the world speak it as their native language.
    8. Russian: Around 170 million people in the world speak Russian as their native language.
    9. Japanese: Around 130 million people.
    10. Punjabi: Around 100 million people, around India and Pakistan, speak Punjabi as their native language.

    The 5 most spoken languages as a native language and as a second language:

    1. English: Around 1,120 million people in the world speak English as their first or second language. More than 60% of the people that speak English, speak it as a second language.
    2. Chinese: Around 1,100 million people.
    3. Hindi: Around 534 million people, almost double than those that speak Hindi as a native language.
    4. Spanish: It is calculated that more that 500 million people speak Spanish as a first or second language, it is calculated that only 13% of these speak it as a second language.
    5. Arabic: More than 400 million people.

     

    Language Natives Second Language Total
    English 380 million 740 million 1,120 million
    Chinese 900 million 200 million 1,100 million
    Hindi 300 million 234 million 534 million
    Spanish 450 million 70 million 520 million
    Arabic 280 million 130 million 410 million

     

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