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Most Popular Languages In The World

English, the most widely spoken language in the world, is fluently used by 1.5 billion speakers around the world.

Most Popular Languages In The World

English, the most spoken language in the world is spoken by 1,500 million speakers across the world. Throughout history, languages have developed from various linguistic elements and spread through trade, conquests, colonization, immigration and cultural interactions. The most popular languages in the world are:


The earliest forms of the English language were introduced to Britain by a succession of invaders. From Germanic tribes, Celts, Vikings to Normans, English developed from several linguistic influences. From Britain, English spread through conquests, trade and interactions. English is the undisputed medium of international business. Top English speaking countries include the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada, Philippines, and Nigeria. 1,500,000,000 people around the world speak English.


Chinese boasts 1,100 million speakers to become the second most popular language. Chinese is part of the Sino-Tibetan linguistic family which stretches across much of Asia. From its origin in China, Chinese is also widely spoken in Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.


650 million people across the world speak the Hindi Language. Hindi traces its roots to Sanskrit, an early language spoken by Aryan settlers in northwest India. Over the centuries, Hindu was influenced by Dravidian, Turkic, Portuguese, Persian, Arabic, and English. Hindi is subsequently a modern Indo-Aryan Language. Hindi is the dominant language in India, and it is also spoken in Nepal, US, South Africa, Yemen, and Mauritius.


Spanish is spoken by 420 million people worldwide. Spanish emerged in the Iberian Peninsula (Hispania) as a result of linguistic interactions between the Celtiberians who spoke Celtic and the Latin-speaking Romans. After the invasion of the North-African Arabs and Germanic tribes, the Castilian dialect emerged which gave rise to standardized Spanish. Spanish is the official language in Spain and numerous Latin-American countries such as Argentina, El Salvador, Chile, Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.


The Romance Language of French is spoken by 370 million people worldwide. Historically, French was adopted by the invading Germanic group of Franks, and it was influenced by Germanic elements, Latin and the Gaulish language. From its origin in France, French is also spoken in Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Canada, Ivory Coast, Mali, and Haiti.


One of the most popular languages in the world, globally 300 million people speak the Arabic language. Arabic is part of the Semitic languages which originated in the Arabian Peninsula. Nomad tribes in the Arabian Peninsula facilitated the spread of the language as they moved from one region to another. The language is widely spoken in Middle-East and several Asian countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan, Qatar, Afghanistan, Iran, and Indonesia.


The Russian language boasts 275 million speakers in the whole world. Russian is a Slavic Language of the Indo-European linguistic family. Russian developed from the Polanian dialect, which was popular in the capital of the Russian State, Kiev. Russian, the official language of Russia, is also spoken in Ukraine, Latvia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Lithuania, countries which were formerly in the Soviet Union.


Portuguese prides in 235 million speakers worldwide. Portuguese is a Romance language which developed in the western region of the Iberian Peninsula (now Portugal). It is the official language in Portugal alongside Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Mozambique, and Guinea-Bissau.


Bengali has 233 million speakers across the world. Bengali is an Indo-Aryan language which descended from the Sanskrit and Magadhi Prakrit dialects spoken in Bengal. Bengali is the official language in Bangladesh, and it is widely spoken in India, Sierra Leone and by immigrant populations in the UK, the US, and the Middle East.


Another one of the most popular languages in the world, German boasts 185 million global speakers. German is part of the West Germanic group of the larger Indo-European linguistic family, which developed in Germany. It is the official language in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.


Japanese is unrelated to any other global language and is spoken by 128 million speakers worldwide. Japanese is native to Japan, and it is spoken by significant populations in Korea, Taiwan, China, the Philippines, and Brazil.


Korean is also one of the most popular languages in the world and is spoken by 78 million people in the world. The language emerged from the Kaesong dialect, a descendant of languages spoken in the Korean Peninsula. Korean is spoken in both North and South Korea and also in China, Japan, and immigrants in the US and Russia.

Most Popular Languages In The World

RankLanguageTotal Number Of Speakers (in millions)
7Russian 275

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