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Popular Languages Spoken Around The World

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How do you determine which are the prominent and widely spoken languages in the world? While most people will roughly and confidently say that English and Chinese are sure to appear in the list, you will be surprised.

Why? Because languages such as Portuguese and Arabic also make the list. However, there are many aspects to determining a language. For instance, what we simply refer to as Chinese is actually a large family of different languages that have been put under a single category.

Nevertheless, while one majority may say Ni Hao others may respond with Namaste. Languages are many and varied and each country or city or even village for that matter have a particular language of their own.

And, as of now, the award for the most spoken language goes to Mandarin Chinese. Yes, it is not English as many would have thought. In fact, English comes a distinct third after Spanish.

Go through this ClipBook that looks at the most spoken languages in the world and examines some fun facts and origins of each language.


The Origin Of Language

How did languages begin? There are many theories about the origin of language. Through language, we convey our feeling and emotions. So, let us examine the origin of language.

Mandarin Chinese

The number of people speaking Mandarin Chinese roughly equals 1.3 billion. Staggering, isn’t it? This article examines the intricacies of Mandarin Chinese in detail.


Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people making it more popular than English. It is primarily the language of most of South and Central America, Spain and guess what…many regions of the United States.


Third on the list of most popular languages is one that many can easily identify with – English. More than 350 million people speak this language. It is a language that is synonymous with opportunity.


The language that is most widely-used in India, Hindi, is spoken by more than 260 million people across the world. It is spoken along with the other local languages like Marathi, Punjabi, Nepali, Bengali and Gujarati.


With a total of 284 million speakers of the language and counting, French speakers are present all across the world. The English language has adopted a large number of words from the French language such as absinthe, impasse and gourmand.


Did you know that the Arabic alphabet is not actually an alphabet? There are around 300 million speakers of this language and it is known as a Semitic language. Semitic language refers to a subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic language family including H...


The Russian language is the most widespread language over the region of Eurasia with over 250 million speakers. Interestingly, many Russian words consist of only one syllable.


With over 223 million native speakers, the language of Portuguese is spoken in countries such as Brazil, Angola as well as in India's very own little city Goa.

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