The 10 Most Common Languages

I think your study is either biased or only an assumption to know the population of English Speaking peoples viz-a viz Hindi Speaking people. In case of English you are considering its first speakers, second speakers and third speakers and In case of Hindi you are considering only people who have Hindi their Mother tongue and not considering the second and third speakers. If you keep both Hindi and English on same perimeter then Hindi will definitely surpass to the English.

Estimating these most common language populations can be tricky, and there is a range of data available.

I speak Punjabi, Hindi/Urdu, English (of course), Gujarati, Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin

wrong English is the most commen langage

I am Canadian and French speaking like 10 million of us in Canada, so do not count 35 million for Canada and by the way In India they speak Hindi so don,t count them either, just because most people around the world know more than one language does not automatically cancel their native tongue. In the US there is a great number of people for whom Spanish is their native tongue not English.

Quiz yourself: See how many of these most common languages you can name before looking at the list.

Probably at least 4x as many people speak english 2 billion as Hindi maybe 500m MAX and not fluently. Try travelling round your country and tell me how many speak Hindi well its not the majority, your country has 20+ languages.

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Fluctuations in different estimates can be attributed to population growth, as well as how linguists choose to group dialects and microlanguages into larger groups. The most common languages can also vary depending on whether studies include only primary languages, or all languages spoken in a population.

Moreover, Castillian or Castellano isnt a dialect of Spanish, but a synonym. In Spain we say EspaƱol or Castellano to refer to the whole language, even though American Spanish speakers dont use to do.

How many people speak French? It seems that adding Francophone Africa, in particular the DRC, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Quebec, there might be more than 220m. That is according to the US Census Bureau

Actually, it is a dialect of Spanish. Check out the country Catalonia; they speak that language there, and the country is in a Spanish district; Spain.

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With 205 million speakers, Bengali is also the second most widely spoken language in India, popular in the easternmost states. Bengali is an official language of both India and Bangladesh.

but that does not mean its the most commen language and btw you spelled language wrong

Keep in mind that this list is composed of native speakers so people who learned Mandarin in college, for example, are not included in the total number of Mandarin speakers.

One of the five major dialects of Chinese, Mandarin is the official language of China and Taiwan, as well as one of the four official dialects of Singapore. Approximately 14.4 percent of the worlds population are native speakers of Mandarin.

But, if you have evidence that your claim is right, I would really like to know the truth.

Arabic, spoken by 295 million speakers worldwide, is also the language of Muslim holy writings. It has also influenced other most common languages Spanish has approximately 4,000 words with Arabic roots.

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I dont think so. Africa has different dialects of French. I am fluent in French and I know that the French spoken in Africa is a bit different to the French spoken in France.

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I dont know why Im doing this right now. Im supposed to be doing homework. XD

This article couldnt be more inaccurate, this is just going of basic false general statistics, no research at all, how can English be second with 360 million??? The us population is about 316 million, theres over 275 million people alone speaking fluent English if not more, U.K. Population of 64 mil at least 60 million fluent English , India about a billion + , 125 million fluent in English , Nigeria 160 plus million people with English as the official language 80 million speak English fluently, Ghana 18 million , Australia etc no less than 800 people speak English fluently everyday almost forgot Mexico which borders with the USA , 15 million + , you cant say that for Spanish so how can English be number 3 on the list???

To say Spanish is increasing more quickly than English is just a bizarre claim.

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English is spoken by about double the number of Chinese, you should research better. David Crystal is a good accurate source for this information.

most people are learn english because its a rich country

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and there is more I wish to say but I dont want to take up to much space

Thanks for doing that research people. I won the bet. $20. Lol

Arabic did, in fact, influence the Spanish language, specifically Castilian Spanish. During the conquest of 711 C.E. when Arab armies entered the Iberian Peninsula, they brought the language with them and its influences are still heard today. Heres a great read on the history of how Arabic entered the Spanish language:

No because most people in the Francophone countries do NOT speak French, but a native language.

Would that not make France a more spoken language than some mentioned above?

How do you know that? It clearly states above that Mandarin is the most spoken language. Also, if you search it on Bing, the information is the same. By the way, you spelled commen wrong. It is supposed to be spelled common. Sorry if Im being rude, but Im a grammar Nazi. XD

What happened to Malay (Bahasa Indonesian, Bahasa Malaysian). Would have around 250 million speakers between Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (national language of all four countries). Also spoken in Southern Thailand.

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Nope. Think about the continents. Are the places with the most English speakers the biggest? No. Spanish is closer to latin roots than English.

Although they have different written forms, Hindi and Urdu share a history, many common words, and a grammar. Many linguists consider them different registers of the same common language. Over 310 million people speak one of the two.

Actually, no one of them came from the other. Spanish is a Romanic, then Indo-European, language and Arabic is a Semitic one. Although, as says Chelsea, Arabic left many lexical influences onto Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan, mainly on the southern dialects.

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This statistic is not correct. For example, it says that there are 360 million English speakers. That is way off! The United States has a population of about 320 million. England has another 53 million. Canada has 35 million. Australia has 23 million. Approximately half of Europe speaks English. Many Chinese study English. The list goes on and on. Many dwellers of India and they know English. Just wait one day and youll get a call from the IRS from some place in India. This is not racism just a fact. You do the math and youll see that there are far more than 360 million English speakers. The list above is off-putting.

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and what I wish to say is that in India there are more than 20 languages spoken not everyone speaks Hindi

With more than 955 million speakers, Mandarin claims the top spot as the worlds most common language and one that often requires professional translation services.

Catalan is not a dialect of Spanish. Its a totaly different language. Instead, Andalusian doesnt exist as a language nor a dialect. There are several andalusian dialects from Spanish, as Sevillano, Granadino, Jerezano . You cant put both words in the same sentence as if they were similar things.

Out of the approximately 125 million people who speak Japanese, 124 million live in Japan and the island group of Okinawa. This makes it unusual among the most common languages in its geographic concentration.

Russians 155 million speakers make it the worlds eighth most common language. It is also one of the six officiallanguages of the United Nations, along with Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French and Spanish.

yeah ur right 229 million french speaker in the world !! but wait 76 million speaker as first language and 153 million speaker as a second languge (native languge)

why Hindi/urdu is not offical UN language, though 4th most spoken in the world

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English used to be the second-most common language, but Spanish-speakers have increased much more rapidly over the past 15 years. Still, scholars have named English the worlds most influential language, due to the number of speakers (360 million) and the number of countries in which it is spoken.

Hi, more than 100 million Tamils are there in the world, please consider fresh list ASAP.

I find it very interesting that Spanish and Arabic have 4000 words rooted in each other. Is there a way to tell if the Spanish came from the Arabic or if the Arabic came from the Spanish? I know English and Spanish have similar occurrences.

I have been severely helped by this thank you so much!

By the way Santosh its quite funny you compare Hindi to English. English is a global language. Most people I met in India dont speak Hindi at all let alone outside India.

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Fifteen years ago, German held the tenth spot, though Punjabi has recently surpassed it. With 102 million speakers, Punjabi is mainly spoken in India and Pakistan, and is a native language of 1.44 percent of the worlds population.

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Its prominence in the Americas as well as in Europe makes Spanish one of the most common languages, with 405 million speakers. The Castiliandialect in Spainis held as a national standard, although Andalusian and Catalan are also spoken.

ding dong this is wrong. English is number 1

Please consider Tamil Language also , which is not care by Indian Goverment and trying to destroyed from part of iNdia.

I can understand that you are a very butthurt english speaking person, but if you would have done your research, you would know that spanish has more people that speak it as their first language.

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Although Spanish is a romance language, Arabic did heavily influence the Spanish language we know today, as Chelsea mentioned. There are hundreds of Spanish words with Arabic origin, for example, all the words beginning al- and of course ojal which references the arabic god Allah. This article highlights several others ( Hopefully you will see that Arabic did in fact shape the Spanish language, it was not simply tangential to the development of the language.

do you have a separate list for non-native languages ?

Thanks. This answers many questions!

Out of the 215 million Portuguese speakers worldwide, nearly 150 million of them speak Brazilian Portuguese, the most common language variant. Portuguese is also the official language of other countries including Angola, Mozambique, and clearly Portugal, among others.

What are the worlds most common languages?

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Just a reminder, this list is composed of native speakers only. That means anyone who learns a language, like English, as their second or third language, is not included in the total count. This data is also taken from a 2010 census. Heres a look at some more recent counts:

I think it should be 1English, 2French 3. Spanish 4. Russian then China, Arabic

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These numbers were taken from the 2010 edition of Nationalencyklopedin, a Swedish language encyclopedia.

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Around 2 billion people speak English its the global language being taught as the primary foreign language globally. Estimates of English are often bizarrely low both in Native speakers and non-native speakers.

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