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7 Most Spoken Languages in the World

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You might have come across this question, what are the 7 world’s most spoken languages?

It is so interesting to note that over  6000 languages are spoken around the world. These languages make the world an interesting and diverse place to live in.

Unfortunately, some languages are less popular than others. Take a language like Muye in Nigeria, how many people in the world know how to speak it.

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Other languages however are very popular and widely spoken around the world. These Languages are also the choice of many new language learners around the world.

In this post, I will take you through the seven most popular languages in the world including basic facts about these languages. Here are the seven (7)  most spoken or most popular languages in the world.

#1. English

English Language is the most popular language and also the most spoken language in the world with over 1.3 billion speakers. English has become the language of the one world. It is widely used in media and diplomacy. The English Language belongs to the Germanic language family and sub-class of the Indo-European Languages. It is spoken in Europe, America, Australia, Asia, and many parts of Africa as both an official language or a second language.

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#2.  Mandarin Chinese

The second most spoken language is Chinese Mandarin, it is the most popular in the world, thanks to China’s growing influence. Mandarin is gaining wide acceptance as a second language around the world. The Chinese Mandarin has an estimated number of speakers of over 1.1 billion people. It is widely spoken in Asia. Also, Chinese Mandarin has the reputation of being the language with the highest number of native speakers. So if you are probably thinking of doing business in Asia, learning Chinese Mandarin may come in handy for you. Chinese Mandarin Belongs to the Sino-Tibetan language family

In terms of local native speakers, Mandarin is the second most spoken language in the world.

Mandarin Chinese is the official language of China,  and it is spoken in Singapore, Taiwan, and Hongkong. Mandarin Chinese is recognized as one of the six.official.languages of the united nations.

#3. Hindi

The third most popular language in the world is Hindi, no thanks to India’s growing population.

With about  600 million Hindi speakers, it is not surprising that Hindi is the third most popular language in the world. Apart from that Hindi is the official language of India, and is also spoken in several east Asian countries like Nepal, Fiji, Mauritius, and Guyana.

#4. Spanish

With over 534 million speakers, Spanish is the 4th most spoken language in the world. The language is a  subfamily of Indo-European Languages. Spanish is spoken in at least 22 countries and about four continents have Spanish as one of their official languages. According to Duolingo,.Spanish is a language favorite for learners of languages.

It has been projected that by 2030, 10% of the world’s population will be able to communicate in Spanish. So Spanish is the language of the future.

#5. French

With about 281 million speakers. French is ranked as the 5th most spoken language in the world. About 43% of English words have their origin from french.

It is spoken widely across the world – from  France and sections of Canada to many other African countries such as Senegal, Cameroon, Niger, Benin Republic, etc.

#6. Arabic

With over 273 million speakers, Arabic belongs to Semitic and Afro-Asiatic Language families. Arabic is spoken in different countries and is also the official language of many Islamic countries. Muslims all over the world must learn this language as it’s the language of their Holy book. It is closely related to Hebrew. Amharic, and Aramaic. Arabic has heavily influenced many  European languages like such as Spanish and Portuguese, Romanian.

#7. Bangla/Bengali

With about 265 million speakers, Bangla or Bengali is the seventh most spoken language in the world. Bangla belongs to the Indo-Aryan language family and is closely related to Punjabi, Hindi Marathi, and  Nepal.

Bengali, referred to as Bangla by many English speakers is regarded as the second most beautiful language after French.


Related questions to the most spoken language in the world

What is the most spoken language in the world?

The most popular language in the world is English with about 1.3 billion speakers.

What are the top 5 most spoken languages?

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Arabic

What’s the rarest language?

Njereb in Cameroon

What is the strangest language?


What is the coolest language?


What is the hardest language to learn?

Mandarin Chinese due to the need to cram over 12,000 chinese characters what are all different from the other.

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Which is the most beautiful language in the world?

French is regarded as the most beautiful and romantic language in the world. You don’t believe me? Try and find a French person who can speak English.

Which is queen of all languages?

English Language is regarded as the queen of all languages as it is the most widely accepted language in the world.

Which is the oldest language?

Tamil which originated in 300BC is the oldest language on earth.

Is it impressive to speak 4 languages?

Yes. It increase your networks and broaden your relationships. A lot of people would consider it impressive but I guess you will be fine with just two languages.

What is it called when you know 4 languages?

Quadrilingual is the phenomenon used to describe as a person. Learning one language is hard enough and those who can learn multiple languages needs to be accorded some kudos.

What is it called when you know 5 languages?

Polyglot is the used to describe such a person and people like this are quite rare to find. 

Is speaking 5 languages impressive?

Yes it very impressive because it is a very rare skill.

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