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Most spoken language in the world

Most spoken language in the world

Language is commonly defined as a body of words common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area or the same cultural background. There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. However, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers and the vast majority of the world speaks less than 150 languages. There are currently ten languages which can be considered to be the most spoken in the world.

Language is commonly defined as a body of words common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area or the same cultural background. There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. However, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers and the vast majority of the world speaks less than 150 languages. There are currently ten languages which can be considered to be the most spoken in the world.

The list is as follows:
Chinese (Mandarin) – It is important to state from the onset that China has many dialects and Mandarin is just one of them. From a global perspective, of the more than 6.6 billion people in the world, 14.1% of them speak Mandarin Chinese which translates into 935 million Chinese. This therefore puts Chinese in the number one position.
Spanish – The Spanish language has 387 million speakers. This accounts for 5.85% of the world. Spanish also enjoys a slight edge over other languages because it’s also spoken in the American regions and it’s also believed to be one of the easiest languages to learn.
English – English may not be on the number one spot in terms of numbers but it’s massively used on the global scale and remains very dominant in business and trade. It’s also perceived to be a status language. English native speakers currently stand at 365 million.
Hindi – The republic of India from which this language originates is the seventh largest country by area and the second most populous country in the country with 1.2 billion people. India has 122 languages recognised by law as official languages but Hindi remains the most popular which many can speak or understand. Hindi native speakers therefore stand at 295 million.
Arabic – Modern Standard Arabic is composed of a number of Arabic dialects such as Egyptian Arabic, Moroccan Arabic and Algerian Arabic etc. These dialects on their own can never make the top ten but when combined into one language, Arabic native speakers’ stand at 280 million.
Portuguese – The Portuguese language is a language that draws its strength from the fact that it’s spoken in Portugal and a number of countries in South America such as Brazil. Portuguese therefore takes the number 6 spot with 204 million native speakers.
Bengali – Not many people are even aware of the existence of this language. Bengali is the native language to the South-eastern region of Asia known as Bengal. It takes the number 7 position with 202 million native speakers.
Russian – Russian is the 8th most spoken language in the world by number of native speakers with 160 million speakers. It is mainly spoken in the Russian federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and it happens to be one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
Japanese – Japanese is considered to be the most polite language on the top ten. Seemingly two different languages are used with regards to individual status and respect level. Japanese is spoken by 127 million people.
Punjabi – Punjabi is an Indo – Aryan language spoken by 130 million native speakers worldwide making it the 10th most widely spoken language in the world.
This list will never remain the same because with the advent of globalisation and the world becoming smaller, some languages will become less dominant and others will become more dominant depending on how many people choose to speak another language.

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