According to Nelson Mandela ” without language one cannot talk to people and understand them, one cannot share hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs.”
Indeed, language is the primary thing you need to communicate with one another. Signs and symbolic language are the first things and spoken is the second, which is needed the most by human society.
With every new language a person learns one more country, one more society. “Learning another language is like becoming another person.” Not that a language is used by only one country or only one state, it’s a thing which moves with the people, migrates and settles along with them making the globe a mixture of multi-linguistic society. Here is the list that summarizes the top 10 most spoken languages in the world.
French, along with English shares the privilege of being taught in school and educational institutions as a foreign language worldwide. It is even called the most romantic language in the world. French is the 10th most commonly spoken languages in the world with a total of 129 million speakers from many countries in the world and obviously France.
9. Malay- Indonesian language
Malay is an Austronesian language mostly spoken in Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore and Thailand with 18 million of standard Mayal speakers and about 170 million of Indonesian, which is a form of Malay itself. That is why we listed Malay and Indonesian in a single column.
Portugal got its independence from Spain in the 12th century and expanded over the globe by the works of its famous explorers like Vasco Da Gama and Prince Henry. As Portugal reached in so early in the very game of exploring, it managed to establish itself all over the world, with total number of speakers being 191 million. It is primarily used in Brazil, where it is the national language and has got establishment as a second or third language in countries like Macau, Venezuela, Angola, Mozambique, etc.
Bengali has 211 million speakers, with around 110 million as first or second language and about 85 million as another language and stand at seventh in the list of top 10 most spoken languages in the world. Bengali has speakers from Bangladesh in the first and countries like India, UK, the US and Middle East as well. Again, Bengali as a language is expanding rapidly on the part of its speakers just like the population of India.
Arabic ranks sixth in the world’s language league table with 246 million speakers and 148 million in its native country itself. The language is used primarily in the Middle East, with speakers also from countries like Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.
Russian is among the most commonly spoken native language in Europe. Russian is one of the 5 official languages of the United Nations and ranks 5th in the list of top 10 most spoken languages in the world with a total of 277 million of speakers. Russian has been proven as one of the popular languages of study because of its predominance in the international field and its literature works. Apart from its mother country, it is spoken in countries like Hungary, Belarus, the US, Kazakhstan and many more in large number.
Apart from French, Spanish is the language which the world finds interesting enough to learn. It has a special craze in the US as many of the English words are borrowed from Spanish (like patio, bonanza, tornado, etc). With 392 million speakers Spanish is generally called Espanõl when contrasting with languages like French and English (of other countries) and is called Castellano when contrasted with other languages spoken in Spain.
Hindustani, being the primary language in the country of largest diversity encompasses a large number of dialects of which the most commonly spoken one is Hindi. It has more than 497 million speakers. Despite having a population which is predictable to surpass the most populated countries, Hindustani could not reach the second rank because of the predominance of English on it.
I know it’s funny, but if ever you want to learn this language ever, all you need to do is to grab any of the Bollywood movie DVD. The movies have enough of the skill to teach Hindi to anyone.
If not the first ranker, English is still heading as the second most spoken language in the world. If Mandarin is the Ace then even English in King with a total of 508 million speakers. It is well known to all that English is the Global language so it makes this obvious on its position as a language known to maximum of the countries. It is the official language of more than 65 countries in the world. So next time if you visit a new place, don’t hesitate to greet them in English. They must be knowing at least some hits of it.
Mandarin is a Chinese dialect widely spoken as a first language in a vast area of north and south mainland of China. Other than the native country, the language is spoken in many others. Starting from Cambodia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia, Russia and many more, Mandarin reach to 850 million tongues of the planet, making it the world’s largest language.