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    ___ Most widely spoken Languages in the World.

    What are the most spoken languages in the world?

    In how many countries people speak...?

    On this page you will find answers to this questions. The figures below are more or less reasonable assumptions
    based on various data sources, but they give an overview of which languages are most used worldwide.

    In this context there are various zealous debates, disputes and discussions about following points:
    - Should the more than fifteen dialects of spoken Arabic, defined by geographical areas, considered as one Language?

    - Should the various dialects of spoken Chinese considered as one Language?

    - Should English considered to be a German dialect?
    (That was not a joke, because English is a West Germanic language.)

    - The number of official languages of countries.
    This numbers vary utmost from source to source, e.g.:

    "English is the official language of only seven countries".
    (Michael Lerner, President, Learn the Net.com for IBM)

    The ISO 3166-1 code lists 83 countries and regions with English as "official language".
    (ISO 3166-1 Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions.)

    Ethnologue states: English is spoken in the United Kingdom and in 104 other countries.

    And here we come to the problem with
    - The number of second language speakers, Ethnologue says, and no one put that into question, that English is spoken in the United Kingdom and in 104 other countries, well but what is with the other let's say100 countries and regions in the world?
    English is the most widely used "second" and "learning" language in the world used for international communication in various fields like aviation, business, internet, science and technology to name only some.

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    Most Common Languages

    List of languages by total speakers, ranked by numbers of first language speakers. (est. 1999)
    Language ISO 639-2
    alpha-3 code
    Population total all countries first language speakers Including second language speakers

    漢語/漢語 Hànyǔ or 中文 Zhōngwén

    official language in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore and Taiwan.
    Chinese (普通話/普通話 Pǔtōnghuà, Putonghua)
    Standard Chinese (Mandarin)
      874 000 000 1 052 000 000
    Chinese, Wu (吳語/ 吳語 - Wú yǔ)
    includes Shanghainese
      77 175 000 77 175 000
    Chinese, Yue (粵語/粵語 - Yuht yúh)
    includes Cantonese and Taishanese
      52 000 000 71 000 000
    Chinese, Jinyu (晉語/晉語 - Jìn yǔ)   45 000 000 45 000 000
    Chinese, Min Nan (閩語/閩語 - Mǐnyǔ)
    includes Hokkien, Taiwanese and Teochew
      45 000 000 45 000 000
    Chinese, Hakka (客家話/客家話 - Hak-ka-va)   33 000 000 33 000 000
    Chinese, Gan (贛語/贛語 - Gànyǔ)   20 580 000 20 580 000
    Total Chinese:
    without several million speakers of other Chinese dialects.
      1 146 755 000 1 343 755 000

    ???? ?????? - Mānak Hindī

    Modern Standard Hindi is a standardised variety of the Hindustani language.

    It is one of the official languages in India (as Hindi, Urdu) and in Pakistan (as Urdu).
    hin 366 000 000 487 000 000

    has been widely dispersed around the world, it is official language in 83 countries/regions (ISO), spoken in 105 other countries (E).

    Curiosity: English language does not have official status in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
    eng 341 000 000
    508 000 000

    espa?ol ("Spanish") and castellano ("Castilian")
    with the expansion of the former Spanish Empire (Spain), the language spread around the world, it is official language in 21 countries (ISO), spoken in 44 countries (E); Mexico contains the largest population of Spanish speakers.
    spa/esp 322 200 000 to
    358 000 000
    417 000 000


    Official language in 26 countries (ISO), spoken (in various dialects) in the Middle east, north Africa, Arabian Peninsula and other Islamic countries.
    ara 280 000 000
    (figures: UNHCR)

    ????? - Bangla

    Official language in Bangladesh (ISO), spoken in 8 other countries (E).
    ben 207 000 000 211 000 000


    Natively spoken in Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, and East Timor; official language in 9 countries (ISO), spoken in 34 countries (E).
    por 176 000 000 191 000 000

    ру?сский язы?к - russkij jazyk; literal: Russian language

    Most widely spoken of the Slavic languages, spoken in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, official (or co-official) language in 4 countries (ISO), spoken in 31 countries (E).
    rus 167 000 000 277 000 000

    日本語 - Nihongo

    official language in Japan and spoken in Japanese emigrant communities around the world.
    jpn 125 000 000 126 000 000

    in German: Deutsch

    German is official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Italy (South Tyrol); 5 countries (ISO), spoken in 40 other countries (E).
    ger/deu 121 000 000 128 000 000

    in Thai: ?????? - p?hās??ā tay, literal: language Thai

    National languages of Thailand and Laos. The Tai-Kadai languages, also known as Kadai, Kradai, or Kra-Dai languages, and in China as Zhuang-Dong languages, are a tonal language family found in southern China and Southeast Asia.
    tai 83 000 000
    up to 100 million

    Korean: ??? - Hangugeo

    spoken in North Korea, South Korea; one of two official languages in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Jilin Province, China.
    kor 78 000 000 78 000 000

    in French: le fran?ais

    is spoken as a first language in France, French-speaking Switzerland, in parts of Belgium, (Brussels), Monaco, and in parts of Canada, (Quebec), and by French communities elsewhere. Official language in 40 countries (ISO), spoken in 54 countries (E)
    fra 77 000 000 128 000 000
    Source: Ethnologue (E);  UNHCR ;  ISO/CD 3166-1 country codes (ISO);  and others
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    Languages of the Americas
    Languages of Asia
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    Languages of Europe

    Languages and Codes
    List of languages in English and French names, with a short description where this languages are spoken, with ISO 639-2 language codes.
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