Top Languages Spoken Around the World  

 

You often wonder the most spoken languages in the world because you want to study at least one foreign language to further advance your career. It is advantageous in your part to learn at least one since Singapore is filled with foreign investors. Learning a foreign language is not easy but if you persist, you will surely speak it in a matter of time.

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This is the time that you get acquainted to it. Ethnologue, a language reference issued by SIL International, recently released their 18th edition of languages with fifty million or more native speakers. Here’s the list:

  1. Mandarin: Mandarin is the number one most spoken language around the world. More than 850 million consider it their first language and 180 million take it as their second language.
  2. English: You think that English is the number one most spoken language but Mandarin surpassed it. More than 340 million consider it their first language and 510 million take it as their second language.
  3. Spanish: Spanish is the third most spoken language around the world with 400 million considering it as their first language and 90 million who take it as their second language.
  4. Modern Standard Hindi: Hindi is the fourth most spoken language not only in India but around the world with 260 million who consider it their first language and 120 million take it as their second.
  5. Arabic: Arabic is the fifth most spoken language in the world with 240 million speaking it as their first language and another 250 as their second.saghir
  6. Bengali: Bengali is the sixth most spoken language in the world. 190 million speak Bengali as their first language and another 20 million take as their second especially in Bangladesh.
  7. Portuguese: Portuguese is spoken by 200 million people as their first language. No clear data gathered as to how many people speak it as their second language though.
  8. Russian: Russian is spoken by 170 million people as their first language. Like Portuguese, there are no clear data gathered as to how many people speak it as their second language.
  9. French: French is spoken by at least 76 million people and another 87 million take it as their second language.
  10. Urdu: Urdu is essentially the same with Hindi. There are 64 million people speaking it as their first language and another 94 million as their second language especially in Pakistan.

Now that you know the top languages, you have to pick one and be good at it. It is always fun to learn new languages.

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