The 12 most popular languages spoken worldwide in 2009-2010

The world population is approximatly 6.833.712.509 .

Here is a list of the 12 most popular languages spoken worldwide, along with the approximate number of primary or first language speakers for that language.

Language / Number of speakers

1. Chinese (Mandarin) / 885 million

2. Spanish / 358 million

3. English / 322 million

4. Arabic / 200 million

5. Bengali / 189 million

6. Hindi / 182 million

7. Portuguese / 170 million

8. Russian / 170 million

9. Japanese / 120 million

10. German / 98 million

11. Korean / 78 million

12. French / 77 million

Did you know …

The six official languages of the UN are: English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French and Russian.

English is used extensively as a second language and as an official language in Commonwealth countries and many international organizations. When combining native and non-native speakers it is probably the most commonly spoken language in the world. Estimates that include second language speakers vary greatly from 470 million to over a billion.

French is spoken, around the world, by about 77 million people as a first language (mother tongue), by 50 million as a second language, and by about another 200 million people as an acquired foreign language, with significant speakers in 54 countries. (France, Canada, particularly Quebec, Belgium, Switzerland, Francophone Africa, Luxembourg, and Monaco.

Mandarin Chinese 13.22%, Spanish 4.88%, English 4.68%, Arabic 3.12%, Hindi 2.74%, Portuguese 2.69%, Bengali 2.59%, Russian 2.2%, Japanese 1.85%, Standard German 1.44%, French 1.2%

(2005 est.) note: percents are for “first language” speakers only

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One response to “The 12 most popular languages spoken worldwide in 2009-2010

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