Published On: Wed, Oct 7th,

Top 10 Most Spoken and Most Popular Languages In The World

Around the globe there are more than 7000 known languages but only dozens have been considered as most popular languages or most spoken languages in the world. Language can be defined as best way to communicate and one of impressive and direct way to understand the need and want of others and vice versa.

Well, it is definite thing that if someone is unaware from any language and he had great difficulty to express him before other at every point even didn’t ask other for right path for final destination.

The need of language is similar from child to elder because it is way to ask, to feel, to tell, to fetch and finally to understand. There are different languages have been spoken in different regions around the globe following the geographical and cultural differences between masses.

Here we have arranged top most spoken languages all over the world with respect to its total speakers not only on its native land.

10: Malay (220 million)

The major language of the Austronesian family Malay is national language of Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore which has total speakers around 220 million including native and foreigners. Malay has five historical background including Old Malay, Transitional Period, Malacca Period, Late Modern Malay, and modern Malay. One of most spoken language in the world Malay has also been spoken in East Timor, Thailand, Cocos and Christmas Islands in different forms and different names with respect to its native speakers across the world.

9: French (220 million)

French is a Romance language belonged to the Indo-European family apparently descended from languages such as Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian, and Catalan among others. French is the official language of 29 countries including France, southern Belgium, western Switzerland and Monaco among various communities in Canada while it is the second-most widely spoken mother tongue in European Union. With total speakers of more than 220 million all around the world it is being added in top most spoken languages in the world with rich history as international language of commerce, diplomacy and literature.

8: Portuguese (250 million)

Portuguese is another one of most spoken languages in the world and romance language with 250 million speakers approximately on earth while it is official language of Portugal, Mozambique, Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe. One of most natively spoken language and major language of the Southern Hemisphere Portuguese is the most spoken language in South America. The official language of European Union, Mercosul and African Union it has been termed as the language of Camões” following the greatest literary figures in Portuguese language.

7: Bengali (270 million)

The native language of Bengali region containing present-day nation of Bangladesh, Indian states West Bengal, Tripura and southern Assam which is second most spoken language in Indian and one of most spoken language all around world following total 270 million speakers. There have been some regional differences in usage, accent, and phonetics of the Bengali language which is an important contributor to Bengali nationalism having rich literary tradition and cultural diversity heavily linked Bengali identity with the Bengali language as most of students and activists sacrificed their lives at Dhaka protesting against language discrimination.

6: Russian (260 million)

The widely spoken language in Ukraine, Moldova, Latvia, and Estonia Russian is an East Slavic language and official language in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, the total number of speakers of all around the world are 260 million. The language stands among one of the six official languages of United Nations and can be distinguished between consonant phonemes with palatal secondary articulation. One of most spoken language around the planet and geographically widespread language of Eurasia Russian has 144 million native speakers in Russia.

5: Hindi (380 million)

The standardized and Sanskritised register of the Hindustani language Hindi is one of officials languages in India which has total 380 million worldwide making it one of most spoken languages in the world. The tens of millions include native speakers in total figure among other popular languages which have been spoken in Indian with respect to its geography and culture. According to Linguistic standards Hindi and Urdu are same language; however, Hindi is written in the Devanagari script and uses more Sanskrit words while Urdu is written in the Perso-Arabic script which marks difference between both of them.

4: Arabic (490 million)

Belonged to the Afroasiatic family The Classical Arabic language of the 6th century Arabic is been spoken in wide regions across Western Asia, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa. With total number of speakers of more than 490 million around the world Arabic is one of most spoken languages in the world which is used in most written documents and Central Semitic language. The modern written language is derived from the language of the Quran and widely taught in schools and universities that purely follows the grammatical standards of Quranic Arabic and uses almost same vocabulary.

3: Spanish (500 million)

Originated in the Castile region of Spain is a Romance language which has hundreds of millions of native-speakers while stretched all around the world with more than 500 million speakers for which it has been added among the most spoken languages on the planet. Spanish vocabulary comprised of diverse range of words from Ibero-Romance languages, Arabic, Occitan, French, Italian and Sardinian among other Indigenous languages of the Americas. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and official language of several international organizations in the world.

2: English (850 million)

The West Germanic language Englishis an official language of almost 60 sovereign states and most commonly spoken language in the various western nations including United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand among others African, and South Asian countries. The official language of the United Nations and the European Union English has developed over the course of more than 1,400 years. Worldwide influence of British Empire it has spread around the masses on the globe becoming one of most spoken language in the world having 850 million approximately.

1: Chinese (1,380 million)

The mutually unintelligible language varieties Chinese is top most spoken languages in the world with 1.2 billion native speakers including millions across world. Natives of china mostly described varieties of Chinese language as dialects of a single language but actually they are diverse from each other belonged to a family. The official language of China and Taiwan Chinese is also one of four official languages of Singapore and one of six official languages of United Nation while other most Chinese spoken countries include Canada, Indonesia and Philippines.

  • Aulsid Wijaya

    In number 10, its Indonesian, not Malay. Ok if Indonesian has same root with Malay but both of them are different. So the number 10 is Indonesian, not Malay. Because Malay and Indonesian are different. It same like Portuguese and Spanish. They have same root but of course both of them are different.


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