The Most Spo­ken Lan­guages* in the World

OF THE 7,000-PLUS LIV­ING LAN­GUAGES TO­DAY, CHI­NESE TOPS THE LIST WITH OVER ONE BIL­LION SPEAK­ERS, WHILE ENGLISH COMES IN SEC­OND, WITH 942 MIL­LION SPEAK­ERS. IN THIRD PLACE, WITH ABOUT 570 MIL­LION SPEAK­ERS, IS SPAN­ISH.

Asian Geographic - - Front Page -

Spo­ken by the Han ma­jor­ity and many other eth­nic groups in China, and also by nearly 1.2 bil­lion peo­ple around the world, the meta­lan­guage Chi­nese com­prises nu­mer­ous mu­tu­ally un­in­tel­li­gi­ble va­ri­eties.

Spain’s colo­nial his­tory in Latin Amer­ica left a strong lin­guis­tic legacy. Orig­i­nat­ing in the Castile re­gion in Spain, the lan­guage now has an es­ti­mated 570 mil­lion speak­ers in the world. Span­ish is the na­tive tongue in 35 coun­tries and is spo­ken by about 472 mil­lion peo­ple as a first lan­guage.

Span­ish

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