World’s population claims one of only 10 languages as their mother tongue. So what are the top 10 languages of the world? You might be surprised.
These are the most beautiful spoken languages in the world.
Languages in China
There are as many as 292 living languages in China. The languages most commonly spoken belong to the Sinitic branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family, which contains Mandarin (spoken by 70% of the population).
Standard Mandarin, a variety of Mandarin based on the Beijing dialect, is the official national language of China and is used as a lingua franca in the country between people of different linguistic backgrounds.
Spanish is a Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers in the Americas and Spain. It is a global language and the world’s second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese.
Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. It is also used as an official language by the European Union.
English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and eventually became a global lingua franca. English is the largest language by a number of speakers and the third most-spoken native language in the world, after Standard Chinese and Spanish.
The Hindi Language is a standardized and Sanskritised register of the Hindustani language. Hindi, written in the Devanagari script, is one of the official languages of India, along with the English language. Hindi is the fourth most-spoken first language in the world, after Mandarin, Spanish and English. Alongside Urdu as Hindustani, it is the third most-spoken language in the world, after Mandarin and English.
Arabic at around 250 million native speakers. But this is another instance of numbers not telling the full tale: Arabic, Like Chinese, is so vastly different in its respective dialects as to be effectively A number of languages, grouped as one of convenience.
Portuguese is a Western Romance language originating in the Iberian Peninsula. It is the sole official language of Portugal. Portuguese is part of the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several dialects of Vulgar Latin in the medieval Kingdom of Galicia and the County of Portugal and has kept some Celtic phonology and lexicon.
Bengali is an Indo-Aryan language primarily spoken by the Bengalis in South Asia. It is the official and most widely spoken the language of Bangladesh and second most widely spoken of the 22 scheduled languages of India, behind Hindi.
Russian is the largest native language in Europe and the most geographically widespread language in Eurasia. It is the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages, with 144 million speakers in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
The Japanese language is an East Asian language spoken by about 128 million people, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language. Japanese has been grouped with language families such as Ainu, Austroasiatic, and the now-discredited Altaic, but none of these proposals has gained widespread acceptance.
Punjabi language is an Indo-Aryan language with more than 10 crores (100 million) native speakers around the world and especially in the Indian subcontinent. It is the native language of the Punjabi people, an ethnic group of the cultural region called Punjab, which encompasses northwest India and eastern Pakistan.
Top 10 Languages by Total Number of Speakers
1. English 1.121 billion total speakers
2. Chinese 1.107 billion total speakers
3. Hindi 534.2 million total speakers
4. Spanish 512.9 million total speakers
5. French 284.9 million total speakers
6. Arabic 273.9 million total speakers
7. Russian 265 million total speakers
8. Bengali 261.8 million total speakers
9. Portuguese 236.5 million total speakers
10. Indonesian 198.4 million total speakers