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Because apart from being spoken as an

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is also spoken in a dozen other countries, many of which are situated in Africa, by close to 200 million people.

The different Arabic dialects are unfortunately not always understandable from one to the other.

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Although we can do the math another way. The population of Russia alone is 144 million. There are also three bordering states where almost everyone speaks Russian either as the first of second language: Ukraine (45 million), Belorussia (10 million), Kazakhstan (18 million). Population of Uzbekistan is 32 million; estimated 50% to 80% people there can speak Russian. There are over 20 million people living in the other ex-USSR republics and its safe to assume 30% of them speak Russian. 240 million at the lowest estimate.

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Weve already spoken about themost useful language. Especially in theprofessional environment. A list we determined by looking at thediffusion of languages around the world,their interests from an economical and political point of view, as well as the geographical proximity with the country of origin. Today, were going a step further by ranking themost widely spoken languages.Doing so wasnt that easy, however. Among all the scientist who have tried taking on this task (only for ranking languages according to the number of people who speak it), few agree on the 4th, 6th and 10th place Also, as this classification is based on thenumber of speakers, the data does vary quite regularly.

(The Quran is only to be read in Arabic). The thing is, its quite

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In order to help you understand more about this subject, weve chosen to rank these countries according to the number of speakers that learned the language as theirfirst language,also calledmother tongue(in other words, heard from birth).

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Spoken in nearly 16 countries A nice 150 to 160 million inhabitants.

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. By learning it, you wouldnt have any difficulties learning any of the languages that are similar to it. Well, relatively speaking!

and, just to make it that little bit harder, it has

by millions of people, it is also the first second language chosen by many people around the globe.

This is just an attempt, and not theofficialtop 10. Because when talking about theranking of the most spoken languages,it can be somehow difficult to get everyone to agree

Mandarin Chinese. Here, even though we would have liked to create a bit of suspense, the result is no surprise. With more than one billion inhabitants, although not all speak the same dialect, one of the manyChinese languageswas bound to be in first place. Well,Mandarinis spoken by close to860million people* and in nearly 33 countries around the world (mostly in Asia, though).

, which is spoken in 31 countries, mostly spread out in

So, heres theTop 10 of the most spoken languages:

. English speakersnative speakers, that isare in between 330 and 350 million to be spread out around all continents. Which is a small advantage to those that want to learn it (or already know it). Whether youre in Africa, Asia, Oceania youll always come across at least one country that has it as its official language. English is also one of

Please note that although it is themost spoken language,Mandarin Chinesecan be rather challenging to learn. Well, of course, nothings stopping you to learn it! But do know that youll have tohave motivationand patience.

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Unfortunately, we dont really know because many languages are fighting to be the 10thmost spoken language in the world.This position, just as the previous ones, vary according to different factors, which themselves vary, such as the number of inhabitants, for example.

to help you learn a language on your own. The best way to get started is visiting this page where you can find a

as it is only spoken in Japan (or nearly) by nearly 130 million inhabitants. Somewhat of a record, really.

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*The different data given come from different sources. They can be found in the websites ofethnologie(2015), lorganisation internationale de la francophonie(2014) andnationalencyklopedin(2010).

just as Hindi, is only spoken in 4 countries, and mostly in India and Bangladesh. Despite this, this language does have 200 to 250 million speakers.

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, once again, not a big surprise. Whys that? English is the

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There are more than 6,000 languages registered around the world. More than 6,000. Can you put your mind around that? It would be really hard to register all of them. InPapua New Guineaalone, the country with the most languages, there are more than 800 languages So were certainly not going to start doing this tedious task. Were only revealing you the top 10 of the most widely spoken languages (thats it).

(this and Spain). Spanish boasts of around 400 million speakers. And nearly as many non-native speakers!

, which sometimes make it unintelligible to those in different

Im afraid youve greatly underestimated the number of Russian speakers. The population of the USSR was 293 million in 1991 and nearly everyone spoke Russian as the first of second language. Although poor demographics and emigration have reduced it by some 10%, its still a very large number.

is spoken in close to 60 countries by around 240 million people. Arabic is also a

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which figures in this list mostly thanks to Brazil and its immensity.

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is spoken in only four countries (mostly in India and Nepal). Its success is mostly due to the sheer number of inhabitants in these countries. Hindi counts 260 to 300 million speakers. Please note: there are close to a hundred

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There are also 3 million Russian native speakers in the United States, over 1 million in Germany, almost 1 million in Israel, 0.5 million in Canada, up to 1 million in all other countries. No estimation on those who have studied Russian as a foreign language worldwide.

In any case, whether it is one of themost widely spoken languagesor not, bear in mind that its important tolearn a languagewhich will be useful in aprofessional environmentor for leisure (Im talking about traveling, of course). However, nothings stopping you tolearn one of these languagesjust out of curiosity

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