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 2016 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 2016:
Most Spoken Languages
50. Azerbaijani (Iran)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Fula the non-tonal language is very popular in African countries and it has around 30 million native speakers.
45. Amharic (Ethiopia)
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)
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)
Uzbek language is said to be derived from the old Persian language and it has around 36 million speakers.
42. Swahili (Kenya)
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)
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)
The West African countries (mainly Nigeria) use Yoruba as common tongue. It has around 42 million speakers.
39. Tagalog (Philippines)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Myanmar use Burmese as their official language and it is popular in Thailand too. It has 48 Million speakers.
34. Oriya (India)
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)
Hausa Language is popular in Nigeria and other West African countries and has approx. 50 million speakers.
32. Sundanese (Indonesia)
Sundanese is mainly spoken in Indonesia and it has more than 50 million speakers.
31. Malayalam (India)
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)
With around 53 Million speakers, Xiang is among the most spoken languages in the world right now.
29. Kannada (India)
Kannada is spoken mainly in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh state of India and it has 54 million speakers.
28. Pashto (Afghanistan)
Pastho is the language of Pasthun (Pathan) people of Middle Eastern countries. Pasthun language has 55 million speakers globally.
27. Polish (Poland)
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)
Min nan or Southern Min is part of the popular Chinese language family and it has 55 million speakers.
25. Jin (China)
Jin Chinese has around 56 million speakers and it is mainly spoken in China.
24. Gujarati (India)
Gujarati is considered very friendly language and is spoken in Gujarat state of India. It has 57 million speakers.
23. Thai (Thailand)
Thai is borrowed from several other languages including Sanskrit and it has 58 million speakers, of which most resides in Thailand.
22. Cantonese (China)
The Big Chinese Family has yet another popular Language called Cantonese and has 59 million speakers.
21. Italian (Italy)
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)
The Turkish language of Turkey has 61 million speakers.
19. Persian (Iran)
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)
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)
Tamil is mainly spoken in southern India and it has 67 million speakers.
16. Marathi (India)
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)
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)
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)
Vietnamese is national language of Vietnam and has 75 million speakers.
12. Telugu (India)
Telugu is part of Dravidian language and is the most popular language in Southern India. It has 80 million speakers.
11. Indonesian (Indonesia, Malaysia)
Indonesian language is spoken in Indonesia, Malaysia and in Sri Lanka too. It has nearly 85 million speakers.
10. Wu (China)
Wu is part of simplified Chinese language and it has 80 million speakers.
9. Japanese (Japan)
The National Language of Japan has 85 million speakers.
8. Russian (Russia, Ukraine)
The largest country in the world has Russian as official language. It has 90 million speakers.
7. Bengali (India, Bangladesh)
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)
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)
Arabic is the language that unite the Middle East countries and it has nearly 240 million speakers.
4. Spanish (Spain and Latin America)
Spanish is considered very polite and sweet language. It has 370 million speakers globally.
3. Hindi (India)
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)
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)
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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