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World Languages
Summary

by Vaughn Aubuchon

Here is a chart showing the 64 most spoken languages in the world. Mandarin is number one, with twice as many speakers as Hindi, the number 2 language. Spanish is number 3, followed by English.

This table lists every major language, in descending order by the number of speakers. The major country in which the language is spoken is also given.

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300

140



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Main World Languages
Listed by
Number of Speakers

Language

Native Speakers / Primary Country
# of TOTAL Speakers
(millions)

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1

Mandarin

863
1,025
2

Hindi

357
476
3

Spanish

352
409
4

English

335
497
5

Bengali

200
207
6

Arabic

200
235
7

Portuguese

173
187
8

Russian

168
279
9

Japanese

125
126
10

German

99
126
11

French

75
127
12

Malay-Indonesian

57
170
13

Urdu

Pakistan

104
14

Punjabi

India

94
15

Korean

Korea

77
16

Telugu

India

75
17

Tamil

India

74
18

Cantonese

China

71
19

Marathi

India

71
20

Wu

China

70
21

Vietnamese

Vietnam

68
22

Javanese

Java

64
23

Italian

Italy

62
24

Turkish

Turkey

61
25

Tagalog

Phillipines

57
26

Thai

Thailand

52
27

Min (China)

China

50
28

Swahili

Africa

49
29

Ukrainian

Ukrain

47
30

Kannada

India

46
31

Polish

Poland

44
32

Gujarati

India

44

5,144 million

40

100 - 450

100

60

140


Language

Primary Country

# of TOTAL Speakers
(millions)

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33

Hausa (Niger)

Africa

39
34

Malayalam

India

36
35

Persian

Iran

35
36

Hakka

China

34
37

Burmese

Myanmar

32
38

Oriya

India

31
39

Romanian

Romania

26
40

Sudanese

Africa

26
41

Yoruba

Africa

22
42

Dutch-Flemish

Nether.-Belg.

21
43

Serbo-Croatian

Croatia- Serbia

21
44

Amharic

Africa

21
45

Pashtu

Pakistan

19
46

Sindhi

Pakistan

19
47

Uzbek

Uzbekistan

18
48

Igbo

Africa

18
49

Nepali

Nepal

16
50

Hungarian

Hungary

14
51

Fula

Africa

13
52

Sinhalese

Sri Lanka

13
53

Czech

Czech

12
53

Greek

Greece

12
55

Kurdish

Iran, Iraq

11
56

Azeri

Azerbaijan

11
57

Oromo

Africa

10
58

Byelorussian

Belarus

10
59

Madurese

Indonesia

10
60

Assamese

India

10
61

Malinke-Bambara

Africa

9
62

Swedish

Sweden

9
63

Zulu

Africa

9
64

Afrikaans

Africa

9

596 million

5.74 Billion Total speakers

40

100 - 450

100

60

140



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This Vaughns World Languages Summary
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