List of most spoken languages in the world 2021

List of most spoken languages in the world 2021: Check the complete list of most spoken languages in the world 2021 by the number of total speakers below.
Created On: Nov 26, 2021 17:30 IST
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List of most spoken languages in the world 2021
List of most spoken languages in the world 2021

List of most spoken languages in the world 2021: More than 7,000 languages are spoken worldwide and with each passing day, the world is learning about a new language. Of these, only 23 languages cover more than half of the world's population and around 40% of the languages are now endangered, having less than 1,000 speakers. 

Below we have mentioned a list of the most spoken languages in the world by the number of total speakers. 

List of most spoken languages in the world 2021

Rank

Language

Total speakers

1

English

1.348 billion

2

Mandarin Chinese

1.120 billion

3

Hindi

600 million

4

Spanish

543 million

5

Standard Arabic

274 million

6

Bengali

268 million

7

French

267 million

8

Russian

258 million

9

Portuguese

258 million

10

Urdu

230 million

11

Indonesian

199 million

12

Standard German

135 million

13

Japanese

126 million

14

Marathi

99 million

15

Telugu

96 million

16

Turkish

88 million

17

Tamil

85.5 million

18

Yue Chinese

85 million

19

Wu Chinese

82 million

20

Korean

82 million

21

Vietnamese

77 million

22

Hausa

75 million

23

Iranian Persian

74 million

24

Egyptian Spoken Arabic

70 million

25

Swahili

69 million

26

Javanese

68 million

27

Italian

68 million

28

Western Punjabi

65 million

29

Gujarati

62 million

30

Thai

61 million

31

Kannada

59 million

32

Amharic

57 million

33

Bhojpuri

52.14 million

34

Eastern Punjabi

52 million

35

Min Nan Chinese

49 million

36

Nigerian Pidgin

48 million

37

Jin Chinese

47 million

38

Filipino

45 million

39

Hakka Chinese

44 million

40

Yoruba

43 million

41

Burmese

43 million

42

Sudanese Spoken Arabic

42 million

43

Polish

41 million

44

Odia

40 million

It is to be noted that the above list is based on the total number of speakers and not on the total number of native speakers. 

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1- English

In today's era, English is by default used in international business, technology, tourism, etc. and therefore is the most spoken language in the world by the number of total speakers. 

According to the data by the Internet World Stats 2019, a bilingual person (speaking both Spanish and English) can understand 1 out of 3 people who connect over the Internet. The individual can also access 60% of everything published on the web. 

2- Mandarin

Mandarin is the second most spoken language in the world after English. If only native speakers are taken into account, then Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world. 

You might be surprised to know that Mandarin is a set of dialects of the Chinese language and their speakers can understand each other very well. 

3- Hindi

Hindi is the third most spoken language in the world. It is also among the 22 official languages of India. According to the 2011 Census of India, it is spoken by 528,347,193 people in India. 

4- Spanish

In terms of the number of native speakers, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. It is also the third most used language on the Internet. 

5- Arabic

Arabic is the liturgical language of Islam and is the official language of 26 countries in the world. It is the only language that not only treasures the cultural legacy of the Arab world but is also a necessary tool for business in this part of the world.

The popularity of a language depends on its utility, geographical location and whether you look at the number of total speakers or native speakers. Even though you are reading this article in English, there is a good chance that the most spoken language in the world is not your mother tongue. 

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