10. French (229 Million Speakers)
This romance language has around 76 Million native speakers and 153 Million non-native speakers, French belongs to the Indo-European family and it’s the official language of 28 countries, the big number of speakers are from France, Canada (Quebec), Belgium and Switzerland, and it’s also spoken in different parts of Western and Central Africa like Coast ivory, Guinea, Cameroun, Senegal.. French it’s also found in few Caribbean islands like Martinique and Guadaloupe.
9. Portuguese (229 Million Speakers)
Another romance language and it’s related to French, Spanish, Romanian and Italian. The number of native speakers is 218 Million and 11 Million non-native speakers, Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, Brazil and also in few African countries as Cap Verde, Angola, Mozambique, and Guinea-Bissau.
8. Bengali (261 Million Speakers)
Bengali is an Indo-Aryan language with 242 Million native speakers and 19 Million non-native speakers, the Bengali language is considered as the official language in Bangladesh and it’s the second most spoken language in India, Bengali is written in the Bengali alphabet and it looks like this: বাংলা (Bangla).
7.Russian (267 Million Speakers)
Russian is an East Slavic language, it has around 153 Million native speakers and 113 Million non-native speakers Russian it’s the official language in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. It’s also widely spoken in countries of the former soviet union in the Baltic states, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.
6. Malay (281 Million Speakers)
With 77 million native speakers and 204 Million non-native speakers, Malay is a main language of the Austronesian family language, Malay is the official language in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia, You can also find it to be spoken in parts of Thailand and Philippines.
5. Arabic (422 Million Speakers)
One of the most beautiful languages and the second hardest language to learn in the world, Arabic is probably considered as the richest language in history, with 290 Million native speakers and 132 Million non-native speakers, Arabic is the language of the Holy Qur’an and also it’s the official language in 26 countries like Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and most countries in the middle east and north Africa, Arabic is written in the Arabic alphabet and it looks like this: العَرَبِيَّة (al-ʻarabiyyah).
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4. Spanish (527 Million Speakers)
Spanish originated in the Castile region of Spain, Today Spanish is the second spoken language by only native speakers (436 million speakers) and the fourth spoken language in total number of speakers (527 million speakers) Spanish has around 91 million non-native speakers and it’s the official language in Spain and all over the central and south American countries except Brazil, Moreover, Spanish is the second used language in the United States.
3. Hindustani (544 Million Speakers)
Hindustani is the collective name for Hindi and Urdu, Two dialects of the same language despite the difference in vocabulary and pronunciation, still the speakers of both languages can communicate easily with each other, the number of native speakers is 329 million and non-native speakers are around 215 million, Hindi is the official language of the Indian government and it’s widely spoken across northern and central of India, While Urdu is considered the official language of Pakistan.
2. English (983 Million Speakers)
Number 2 of this list is the language of this blog, the most spoken language in the world by non-native speakers (611 million speakers), English today is the international language (Lingua Franca). it has around 371 million native speakers and it’s the official language in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and many more. English is a West Germanic language and in term of vocabulary and sentence structure it’s the closest language to German and Dutch, However, many of its
1. Mandarin Chinese (1.1 Billion Speakers)
As all of the readers expected Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language on earth thanks to the highest number of population in China, with it’s 897 million native speakers and 193 million non-native speakers it’s the official language in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Singapore.