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Top 50 Most Spoken Languages In the World (2017)

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You will be surprised to know that many second languages of US, Europe, Africa and Asia are among the most spoken languages in the world. This is 2017 edition of Most spoken languages in world.

Language came as a revolution in Human evolution. It became a common part of expression and communication. Due to the vast area of our mother planet, we have thousands of language evolved at different parts of world. Some became the language of mystery such as Egyptian language, some became the common tongue of people and some became the mother of many other languages (Sanskrit). In past thousands of years we lost many old languages and we introduced several new languages.

Here are the 50 most spoken languages in the world in 2017:

Most Spoken Languages

50. Azerbaijani (Iran)
Most Spoken Languages
Azerbaijani is part of the big Turkic Language family that have more than 35 languages in it. It has more than 24 million native speakers. It is mainly spoken in Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria.
49. Igbo (Nigeria)
Most Spoken Languages
Though it is considered as minority language but with around 27 million speakers Igbo is among the most spoken languages in the world.
48. Oromo (Ethiopia)
Most Spoken Languages
The 28 million people of Ethiopia along with few thousand people of Kenya and Somalia use Oromo language for conversation. It is considered very soft language.
47. Romanian (Romania)
Most Spoken Languages
Romanian language came into existence in 6th century and now it is spoken by around 29 Million people globally. Mainly it is used in Romania.
46. Fula (Africa)
Most Spoken Languages
Fula the non-tonal language is very popular in African countries and it has around 30 million native speakers.
45. Amharic (Ethiopia)
Most Spoken Languages
Apart from Oromo, Amharic too is common language spoken in Ethiopia. It is actually the official government language and is spoke by more than 30 million people.
44. Sindhi (India)
Most Spoken Languages
Sindhi is very old language and its root trace back to the Aryan Civilization of India. Sindhi has more than 35 million speakers.
43. Uzbek (Uzbekistan)
Most Spoken Languages
Uzbek language is said to be derived from the old Persian language and it has around 36 million speakers.
42. Swahili (Kenya)
Most Spoken Languages
Swahil Language is mainly spoken in Kenya but it is in use in other African countries too and globally there are around 40 million people who use Swahili.
41. Maithili (India)
Most Spoken Languages
Maithili is considered as a very sweet language in India and there are many poets who became famous due to their work in Maithili language. It has more than 40 million speakers.
40. Yoruba (Nigeria)
Most Spoken Languages
The West African countries (mainly Nigeria) use Yoruba as common tongue. It has around 42 million speakers.
39. Tagalog (Philippines)
Most Spoken Languages
Tagalog or Filipino is the official language of Philippines and it is popular globally too due to the popularity of Filipino movies. It is spoken by 45 million people.
38. Bhojpuri (India)
Most Spoken Languages
Bhojpuri is a local language of India that is spoken in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh state. Even though it is considered as funny language by several other states of India yet it has more than 45 million speakers.
37. Ukrainian (Ukraine)
Most Spoken Languages
The native language of Ukraine was banned by Russia during the Russian Revolution. However it is widely regarded as little sister of Russian language and it has more than 46 million speakers.
36. Hakka (China)
Most Spoken Languages
Hakka is the world’s most populated country’s least popular language but still it is among the most spoken languages in the world. It has 47 million speakers.
35. Burmese (Burma)
Most Spoken Languages
Myanmar use Burmese as their official language and it is popular in Thailand too. It has 48 Million speakers.
34. Oriya (India)
Most Spoken Languages
Odiya Language found its base in East Indian States mainly in Odisa, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Chattishgarh. It has around 50 million speakers.
33. Hausa (Nigeria)
Most Spoken Languages
Hausa Language is popular in Nigeria and other West African countries and has approx. 50 million speakers.
32. Sundanese (Indonesia)
Most Spoken Languages
Sundanese is mainly spoken in Indonesia and it has more than 50 million speakers.
31. Malayalam (India)
Most Spoken Languages
Malayalam is mainly spoken in Southern states of India. Due to its use in movies it is popular in north states as well. It has 52 million speakers.
30. Xiang (China)
Most Spoken Languages
With around 53 Million speakers, Xiang is among the most spoken languages in the world right now.
29. Kannada (India)
Most Spoken Languages
Kannada is spoken mainly in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh state of India and it has 54 million speakers.
28. Pashto (Afghanistan)
Most Spoken Languages
Pastho is the language of Pasthun (Pathan) people of Middle Eastern countries. Pasthun language has 55 million speakers globally.
27. Polish (Poland)
Most Spoken Languages
Polish is considered very important language while studying the history of Europe. Polish language is mainly spoken in Poland by around 54 million people.

26. Min Nan (China)
Most Spoken Languages
Min nan or Southern Min is part of the popular Chinese language family and it has 55 million speakers.
25. Jin (China)
Most Spoken Languages
Jin Chinese has around 56 million speakers and it is mainly spoken in China.
24. Gujarati (India)
Most Spoken Languages
Gujarati is considered very friendly language and is spoken in Gujarat state of India. It has 57 million speakers.
23. Thai (Thailand)
Most Spoken Languages
Thai is borrowed from several other languages including Sanskrit and it has 58 million speakers, of which most resides in Thailand.
22. Cantonese (China)
Most Spoken Languages
The Big Chinese Family has yet another popular Language called Cantonese and has 59 million speakers.
21. Italian (Italy)
Most Spoken Languages
Italian is spoken mainly in Italy but its crossed boundaries over time and became popular globally. It has 60 million speakers world-wide.
20. Turkish (Turkey)
Most Spoken Languages
The Turkish language of Turkey has 61 million speakers.
19. Persian (Iran)
Most Spoken Languages
The Persian language is one of the most important language in the world as it is part of world history. In modern world it has 64 million speakers.
18. Urdu (Pakistan)
Most Spoken Languages
Urdu is not just native language of Pakistan but actually it is popular in South East Asia. Urdu is considered as romantic language and the Urdu shayari are popular world-wide among 66 million speakers.
17. Tamil (India)
Most Spoken Languages
Tamil is mainly spoken in southern India and it has 67 million speakers.
16. Marathi (India)
Most Spoken Languages
Marathi is official language of Maharashtra state of India. It has its own film industry and is spoken by 68 million people.
15. French (France)
Most Spoken Languages
French is probably the most romantic language in the world and it has 69 million speakers world-wide.
14. Korean (North Korea and South Korea)
Most Spoken Languages
Korean is the common language of North and South Korea. Due to the popularity of Korean Horror and action movies it is popular in whole world now and has 75 million speakers.
13. Vietnamese (Vietnam)
Most Spoken Languages
Vietnamese is national language of Vietnam and has 75 million speakers.
12. Telugu (India)
Most Spoken Languages
Telugu is part of Dravidian language and is the most popular language in Southern India. It has 80 million speakers.
11. Indonesian (Indonesia, Malaysia)
Most Spoken Languages
Indonesian language is spoken in Indonesia, Malaysia and in Sri Lanka too. It has nearly 85 million speakers.
10. Wu (China)
Most Spoken Languages
Wu is part of simplified Chinese language and it has 80 million speakers.
9. Japanese (Japan)
Most Spoken Languages
The National Language of Japan has 85 million speakers.
8. Russian (Russia, Ukraine)
Most Spoken Languages
The largest country in the world has Russian as official language. It has 90 million speakers.
7. Bengali (India, Bangladesh)
Most Spoken Languages
Bengali is mainly spoken by the 210 Million inhabitants of Bangladesh and millions of residents of Indian state of West Bengal.
6. Portuguese (Portugal, Brazil)
Most Spoken Languages
Portugal gained Independence from Spain in 12th Century and after that it expanded all over the world. Due to this the Portuguese become common tongue of many people. It is spoken by 220 million people globally.
5. Arabic (UAE)
Most Spoken Languages
Arabic is the language that unite the Middle East countries and it has nearly 240 million speakers.
4. Spanish (Spain and Latin America)
Most Spoken Languages
Spanish is considered very polite and sweet language. It has 370 million speakers globally.
3. Hindi (India)
Most Spoken Languages
The Second most populated country in the world use Hindi as its common tongue. With more than 500 million speakers it is one of the most spoken language in the world.
2. English (US,UK,Australia,Canada)
Most Spoken Languages
As the British Empire extended the population of English speaking countries increased. It became official language of dozens of countries. Currently English is spoken by 700 million people.
1. Mandarin (China)
Most Spoken Languages
Mandarin shows the perfect example of how China is more united and way ahead of other countries in the world. Mandarin is official language of China and is spoken by nearly 1 billion people.

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