25 Most Spoken Languages in the World

25 Most Spoken Languages in the World

According to the United Nations, the world population reached over 7 Billion in 2011. 7 Billion!! This is an incredible amount of people! But what languages are the top languages spoken? Do you think you can guess? We have put together a list of the most widely spoken languages worldwide and also some links where you can go and study abroad.


1. Mandarin 

  • Native speakers in millions: 935
  • Percentage of world population: 14.1%
  • Spoken in: Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand
  • Book a Mandarin language course in China


2. Spanish

  • Native speakers in millions: 390
  • Percentage of world population: 5.85%
  • Spoken in: Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Eq. Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Niger, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Togo, Tunisia, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.
  • Book a Spanish language course in Spain or Spanish language course in South America


3. English

  • Native speakers in millions: 365
  • Percentage of world population: 5.52%
  • Spoken in: Australia, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Ireland, Israel, Lesotho, Liberia, Malaysia, Micronesia, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, S. Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tonga, U.K., U.S., Vanuatu, Zimbabwe, many Caribbean states, Zambia.
  • Book an English language course in the United Kingdom.


4. Hindi 

  • Native speakers in millions: 295 
  • Percentage of world population: 4.46%
  • Spoken in: India, Nepal, Singapore, S. Africa, Uganda


5. Arabic

  • Native speakers in millions: 280 
  • Percentage of world population: 4.23%
  • Spoken in: Egypt, Sudan, ALgeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Lybia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, UAE, Oman, Iraq, Lebanon
  • Book a Arabic language course in the Middle East.


6. Portuguese


7. Bengali

  • Native speakers in millions: 200
  • Percentage of world population: 3.05%


8. Russian

  • Native speakers in millions: 160
  • Percentage of world population: 2.42%
  • Spoken in: Belarus, China, Estonia, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, U.S., Uzbekistan
  • Search Russian language courses in Russia.


9. Japanese


10. Punjabi

  • Native speakers in millions: 95
  • Percentage of world population: 1.44%


11. German

  • Native speakers in millions: 92
  • Percentage of world population: 1.39%
  • Spoken in: Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland
  • Search German language schools in Germany.


12. Javanese

  • Native speakers in millions: 82
  • Percentage of world population: 1.25%


13. Wu 

  • Native speakers in millions: 80
  • Percentage of world population: 1.20%


14. Malay (inc. Malaysian and Indonesian)

  • Native speakers in millions: 77
  • Percentage of world population: 1.16%


15. Telugu

  • Native speakers in millions: 76
  • Percentage of world population: 1.15%


16. Vietnamese

  • Native speakers in millions: 76
  • Percentage of world population: 1.14%
  • Spoken in: China, Vietnam


17. Korean


18. French

  • Native speakers in millions: 75
  • Percentage of world population: 1.12%
  • Plan a break to study French in France.


19. Marathi

  • Native speakers in millions: 73
  • Percentage of world population: 1.10%


20. Tamil

  • Native speakers in millions: 70
  • Percentage of world population: 1.06%


21. Urdu

  • Native speakers in millions: 66
  • Percentage of world population: 0.99%


22. Turkish

  • Native speakers in millions: 63
  • Percentage of world population: 0.95%


23. Italian


24. Yue (incl. Cantonese)

  • Native speakers in millions: 59
  • Percentage of world population:0.89%


25. Thai 


This table contains estimated estimated information of native speakers in the 2007 edition of Nationalencyklopedin.


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