Which are the top 10 most spoken languages in the world?
Many people who are interested in languages want to get information about the most spoken languages in the world. As a matter of fact, many people can decide on the language they want to learn after English.
In our list below, you can see which are the 10 most spoken languages in the world along with statistics and other information. The ranking can be surprising for many. As a matter of fact, English does not rank first numerically. Here is the list of the most spoken languages in the world.
The Most Spoken Languages In The World
1 Chinese, 1,117 million
Contrary to what many think, the most spoken language in the world is Chinese, not English. Mandarin Chinese stands out here. As you guessed, the biggest factor in Mandarin Chinese taking the first place is the population of the People’s Republic of China. However, it is among the languages that are started to be learned by people with different native languages throughout the world. The gradual growth of China’s economy and the fact that people from the Chinese people migrate to different parts of the world and interact with other cultures are effective in this case.
2 English, 1,132 million
English stands out as the second most spoken language in the world among the most spoken languages. The biggest reason why it comes after Chinese is the size of China’s population. In general, we can say that English ranks first in the list of most spoken languages in the world. As a matter of fact, although Chinese stands out in terms of number, English is the most important language in terms of prevalence. English is prominent worldwide both in business life and education. For this reason, the number of people whose native language is not English and who can speak English is very high. However, countries where English is spoken as the mother tongue include countries such as Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malta.
3 Hindi, 615 million
Hindi takes the 3th place in the list of the most spoken languages in the world, especially with the help of population size. As a matter of fact, the rate of increase in the population of India has exceeded China and it is expected to exceed China in terms of population in the coming years. With all of these, Bollywood, the Indian movie industry, is very popular around the world. With the effect of this, many people around the world whose native language is not Hindi are starting to learn Hindi.
4 Spanish, 534 million
After Hindi, the most spoken language in the world is Spanish. The two main reasons for this are both the high number of countries where Spanish is the mother tongue and the fact that Spanish is among the languages accepted worldwide. As a matter of fact, with a few exceptions such as Brazil, the mother tongue of most Latin American countries except Spain is Spanish. However, after English, which is the main language in North America, the most spoken language is Spanish.
5 Arabic, 274 million
Arabic is among the 5 most spoken languages in the world. In this, both the size of the Arabian Peninsula in terms of population and the Arabic language of the Qur’an help. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims around the world are learning Arabic to read and understand their holy books in their native language. In addition to all these, the fact that Arabic has an authentic atmosphere, especially with the effect of both its alphabet and its phonetic structure, enables many westerners who are interested in eastern cultures to learn this language.
6 French, 280 million
French ranks 6th among the most common languages in the world. French is among the roman languages in the Indo-European language family. The fact that it is widely spoken in the former French colonies where French culture is dominant and that French is among the languages accepted worldwide makes this language one of the top 10. Apart from France, it is spoken in countries and regions such as Canada (Quebec), Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco. In addition to these, French is spoken in many African countries.
7 Bengali, 265 million
Bengali ranks 7th among the languages most spoken in the world. The origin of this language covers the Bengal region of Southeast Asia. The region in question today includes places such as Bangladesh, West Bengal state of India. The high population in the region helps Bengali to be on this list.
8 Russian, 258 million
As you can imagine, Russian is among the languages that managed to rank among the top 10 most spoken languages in the world. Among the countries where Russian is used most, where the Cyrillic alphabet is used, there are countries such as Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, except Russia. Both the population of Russia and the fact that the countries that Russia has penetrated in terms of culture during the Soviet Union period can be shown as a factor in the Russian language being included in this list. As a matter of fact, although many countries pursue policies that support their local languages with the dissolution of the USSR, many people still speak Russian in countries such as Estonia and Lithuania. Additionally, Russian language education is compulsory in the schools of countries such as Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia.
9 Portuguese, 234 million
Portuguese is among the 10 most common languages in the world. It is among the Indo-European language family. Apart from Portugal, there are countries such as Brazil, Macau and Goa among the countries where Portuguese is the official language. It is spoken by approximately 190 million people in Latin America, including Brazil. It is similar to languages such as Spanish, Italian and French.
10 Indonesian, 199 million
It may be surprising, but indinesian ranks 6th among the languages most spoken in the world.