13 Nov '17

Top 30 Spoken Languages in the World

Rank Language Family Speakers (Millions) Where Spoken (Major)
1 Mandarin Sino-Tibetan 1151 China, Malaysia, Taiwan
2 English Indo-European 1000 USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand
3 Spanish Indo-European 500 Mexico, Central and South America, Spain
4 Hindi Indo-European 490 North and Central India
5 Russian Indo-European 277 Russia, Central Asia
6 Arabic Afro-Asiatic 255 Middle East, Arabia, North Africa
7 Portuguese Indo-European 240 Brazil, Portugal, Southern Africa
8 Bengali Indo-European 215 Bangladesh, Eastern India
9 French Indo-European 200 France, Canada, West Africa, Central Africa
10 Malay, Indonesian Malayo-Polynesian 175 Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore
11 German Indo-European 166 Germany, Austria, Central Europe
12 Japanese Altaic 132 Japan
13 Farsi (Persian) Indo-European 110 Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia
14 Urdu Indo-European 104 Pakistan, India
15 Punjabi Indo-European 103 Pakistan, India
16 Wu Sino-Tibetan 90 China
17 Vietnamese Austroasiatic 86 Vietnam, China
18 Javanese Malayo-Polynesian 85 Indonesia
19 Tamil Dravidian 78 Southern India, Sri Lanka, Malyasia
20 Korean Altaic 78 Korean Peninsula
21 Turkish Altaic 75 Turkey, Central Asia
22 Telugu Dravidian 74 Southern India
23 Marathi Indo-European 72 Western India
24 Italian Indo-European 62 Italy, Central Europe
25 Thai Sino-Tibetan 60 Thailand, Laos
26 Burmese Sino-Tibetan 56 Myanmar
27 Cantonese Sino-Tibetan 55 Southern China
28 Kannada Dravidian 47 Southern India
29 Gujarati Indo-European 46 Western India, Kenya
30 Polish Indo-European 46 Poland, Central Europe

http://www.krysstal.com/spoken.html

About The Author

An accomplished author, Jason brings a diverse skill set to MKTG. He originally started at the company as a research assistant and, after spending time overseas, returned to the team in 2008 as Manager of Special Projects. In his current role, Jason oversees MKTG’s special projects, with a particular focus on employee development, training, multimedia translation requests and other large-scale or special-skill opportunities.

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