The Most Spoken Languages in the World

the top ten languages in the whole wide world

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The Most Spoken Languages in the World

Alexander E Flores

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We will be looking at the top 10 spoken languages throughout the entire world in our modern time of 2019. We have so many different kinds of people in this world and many of them speak languages that others may not understand. It is good for people to know what the top languages are and to learn some of them, because if you visit places around the world it will allow you to fit in and enjoy your travels more.

1. Mandarin Chinese (1.1 billion speakers)

  • number of native speakers:897 million
  • number of non-native speakers:193 million
  • total speakers:1.09 billion
  • name in the language itself: (Putonghua)
  • language family: Sino-Tibetan

2. English (989 million speakers)

  • number of native speakers:371 million
  • number of non native speakers:611 million
  • total number of speakers:983 million
  • language-family: Germanic, a subfamily of Indo-European.
  • related to: German, Dutch, Frisian

3. Hindustani  (544 million speakers)

  • number of native speakers: 329 million
  • number of non-natives: 215 million
  • total number of speakers: 544 million
  • language family: Indo-Aryan, a subfamily of Indo-European.
  • related to: Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Kashmir, Nepali

4. Spanish (527 million)

  • number of native speakers:436 million
  • number of non speakers:91 million
  • total number of speakers:527 million
  • language family:romance,a subfamily of Indo-European.
  • related to: French, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian

5. Arabic (422 million)

  • number of native speakers: 290 million
  • number of non natives: 132 million
  • total number of speakers: 422 million
  • languages family: Semitic, a subfamily of Afro -Asiatic
  • related to: Hebrew, Amharic, and Aramaic

6. Malay (281 million)

  • number of native speakers:77 million
  • number of non natives:204 million
  • total number of speakers:281 million
  • languages family: Austronesian
  • related to: Javanese, Tagalog

7. Russian (267 million)

  • number of native speakers:153 million
  • number of non natives:113  million
  • total number of speakers:267 million
  • languages family:east Slavic, a subfamily of Indo-European
  • related to: Ukrainian, Belorussian

8. Bengali (261 million)

  • number of native speakers:242 million
  • number of non natives:19 million
  • total number of speakers:261 million
  • language family: Indo-Aryan,a subfamily of Indo-European.
  • related to: Hindustani, Punjabi, Marathi, Kashmir, Nepali

9. Portuguese (299 million)

  • number of native speakers:218 million
  • number of non natives:11 million
  • total number of speakers:299 million
  • language family:romance,a subfamily of Indo-European.
  • related to: French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian

10.french (299 million)

  • number of native speakers:76 million
  • number of non natives:153 million
  • total numbers of speakers:229 million
  • language family:romance,a sub branch of Indo-European
  • related to: le Francais
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