Top Spoken Languages in the World

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10. Indonesian 

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Bahasa Indonesia

Native Speakers : 300 Million (2022)

Mother language : Indonesia

Second language : East Timor

Language family : Indonesian, Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Malayic, Malay, Malayo-Sumbawan

Writing method : Latin (Indonesian alphabet), Indonesian Braille

Official language : Indonesia

9. Portuguese 

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Native Speakers : 274 Million

Mother language : Portugal, Brazil,

Second language : Uruguay, South Africa, Numerous international organizations

Language family : Portuguese, Italic, Latino-Faliscan, Indo-European, Romance, Western Romance, Ibero-Romance, West Iberian, Galician-Portuguese

Writing method : Latin (Portuguese alphabet)

Official language : Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, Macau, {Timor-Leste, Equatorial Guinea(Co-official language)}


8. Russian 

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Mother language : 150 million (2012)

Second language : 110 million (2012)

Language family : Indo-European, Balto-Slavic, Slavic East ,Slavic, Russian

Writing method : Cyrillic script (Russian alphabet)

Official language : 5 UN member states


7. Bengali 

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Mother language: 300 million (2011–2017)

Second language : 37 million

Language family : Indo-European,Indo-Iranian,Indo-Aryan,Eastern,Bengali-Assamese,Bengali

Writing method : Magadhi Prakrit, Abahattha, Old Bengali

Official language :  Bangladesh (national),  India, West Bengal, Tripura, Assam (Barak Valley), Jharkhand (additional), Sierra Leone (co-official)


6. Arabic 

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Mother language: 292 million (2017)

Language family : Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, West Semitic, Central Semitic, Arabic

Writing method : Arabic alphabet, Arabic Braille, Syriac alphabet (Garshuni), Hebrew alphabet (Judaeo-Arabic)

Official language : Standard Arabic is an official language of 27 states, the third most after English and French


5. French 

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Mother language: 76.8 million

Second language : 321 million 

Language family : Indo-European, Italic, Latino-Faliscan, Romance, Western Romance, Gallo-Romance, Oïl, French

Writing method : Old Latin, Classical Latin, Vulgar Latin, Old Gallo-Romance, Old French, Middle French

Official language : 29 countries, 10 dependent and sub-regional entities

4. Spanish 

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Native Speakers : 493 Million

Mother language: 592 million (2021)
Second Language: 99 million (22 million students)

Language family : Indo-European, Italic, Latino-Faliscan, Romance, Western Romance, Ibero-Romance, West Iberian, Castilian, Spanish

Writing method : Latin (Spanish alphabet), Spanish Braille

Official language : Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Uruguay, Equatorial Guinea

3. Hindi 

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Mother language: 322 million 

Second language : 270 million (2016)

Language family : Indo-European, Indo-Iranian ,Indo-Aryan, Central, Western Hindi, Hindustani, Hindi

Writing method : Devanagari (official), Kaithi (historical), Mahajani (historical), Laṇḍā (historical),

Latin (Hinglish, unofficial),Devanagari Braille

Official language : India, South Africa (co-official), United Arab Emirates (co-official)

2. Mandarin 

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Mother language : 920 million (2017)

Second language : 200 million

Language family : Sino-Tibetan, Sinitic, Chinese, Mandarin

Writing method : Chinese characters (Simplified, Traditional),Mainland Chinese Braille, Taiwanese Braille, Two-Cell Chinese Braille

Transcriptions: Pinyin (Latin), Zhuyin, Xiao’erjing (Arabic), Dungan (Cyrillic)

Official language : China, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia

1. English

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Mother tongue : 360–400 million (2006)

Second language :  750 million

As a foreign Language : 600-700 Million

Language family : Indo-European, Germanic, West Germanic, North Sea Germanic, Anglo-Frisian, Anglic, English

Writing method : Latin (English alphabet) Anglo Saxon runes (historically) English Braille, Unified English Braille

Official language : 59 countries, 27 non-sovereign entities




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