Friday, June 10, 2011

The 10 most spoken languages

Many believe that English is the most spoken language in the world, however we should distinguish that there is a difference between most spoken and most widely spread language. These facts of course change rapidly, according to the languages spoken in the developing countries.


10. German (118.000.000). Spoken in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein as official language and across the world through minorities. 

9. Japanese (123.000.000). Spoke in Japan and Palau as an official language. It is spoken mainly in minorities in South Korea, USA and Australia.

8. Portuguese (200.000.000). Spoke in Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Timor Leste and other countries within Central Africa.  

7. Bengali (250.000.000). Spoke in Bangladesh and India.

6. Russian (250.000.000). Spoken in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus and within the countries which were part of the USSR.

5. Arabic (440.000.000) Spoke in the Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa. It is the official language in 26 countries, including Israel. 

4. English (450.000.000) Spoken in the Anglo-Saxon world and is also the most wide spread language.

3. Hindi-Urdu (490.000.000) Spoken in India and Pakistan.

2. Spanish (500.000.000) Spoken within the Hispanic world, i.e. Spain, Latin America and is the second official language in the USA.

1. Mandarin (1.025.000.000) Since China has the largest population in the world it also obtains the top place in this list. 

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