In this world, there are more than 7,000 languages spoken with dissimilar histories, origins, and sounds. Some languages you choose to learn and some speakers are the numbers of people that speak certain languages as their second language. In this article, we are going to look at the 10 most spoken languages in the world based on the 2021 update. In this updated edition we are going to give the count of native speakers of each language.

Mandarin (920 million)

The number one on the list is Mandarin Chinese. It is one of the many dialects spoken in China. It is the official language of the People’s Republic of China. The inhabitants of China are around 1.4 billion and 70 percent of them speak Mandarin as their father language. The 920 million population covers a vast area of China and about 33 countries around the globe.

Spanish (470 million)

The second most spoken language is spoken by 31 countries which are mostly located around in Spain and Latin America. It originated in the Castile region in Spain. It is regarded as one of the easiest languages to learn due to its phonetics.

English (370 million)

English is the 3rd most spoken language with its population spread out in parts of different continents. This language is the first language in more than a hundred countries. It is referred to as one of the most influential languages being chosen as the first second language by people globally. It is a Germanic language due to its structure of words and sentences however it is influenced by a variety of languages.

10 Most Spoken Languages in the World
10 Most Spoken Languages in the World

Hindi (340 million)

4th most spoken language Hindi is the first language in seven countries the primary ones are India and Nepal. The reason behind the hit of this language is the utter population of people in the countries in which it is spoken.

Arabic (270 million)

Arabic is the fifth most spoken language spoken in 60 countries by about 270 million people. This language is considered a holy language to the people who believe that Quran ought to b read only in Arabic. It is a difficult language even to understand by speakers of the same language having various dialects.

Portuguese (250 million)

Number six Portuguese is mostly spoken in continents such as South America and Africa. The reason why the population of this language has increased is the New Orthographic Agreement of 1990, according to this international treaty which has been created for the orthography of the Portuguese language that it is to be used by every country which has it as their official language, which is 9 countries. It is developed from Latin and related to modern Spanish.

Bengali (230 million)

Although this language in the 7th rank is spoken mostly as native in a few nations, especially in India and Bangladesh, the 230 million count makes it close to the 6th rank in the list Portuguese. The national languages of India and Bangladesh are Bengali or Bangla.

10 Most Spoken Languages in the World
10 Most Spoken Languages in the World

Russian (150 million)

Russian is the 8th most spoken language and the largest among the Slavic languages. It is the official language in four nations so for 150 million populations it is the first language. Russian is claimed as the native language by 16 countries. It is mostly used by nations that were once part of the Soviet Union.

Japanese (130 million)

In the 9th position of this list is Japanese. This language is an isolated language being spoken only in one country. It contains several thousands of onomatopoeia (sounds defined by words); they are beneficial for manga and comics.

Punjabi (113 million)

The 10th language on the list is Punjabi. Punjabi is spoken by about 113 million people of the population. It is mostly used in the neighbouring country of India, Pakistan. Since the number is close to the Hausa language, Punjabi is the fourth most common in Britain. This language is considered a far-away cousin of English because it is a part of the family of Indo-European languages.

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