Blog 2: The 10 Most Spoken Languages In The World

Blog 2:  The 10 Most Spoken Languages In The World

Almost half of the world’s population claims one of only 10 languages as their mother tongue.
BY JAMES LANE  –   June 2, 2021
The 10 Most Spoken Languages In The World

Determining what are the most spoken languages in the world is a more difficult task than you might imagine. We can say with some confidence that Mandarin, English, Spanish and Arabic will make an appearance (and roughly in what order), but there are some surprises, too! Would you have guessed that Bengali is in the top 10 most spoken languages?

One small caveat: Assigning hard data, in the form of “X million native speakers,” to any of these languages is practically impossible. What constitutes a language or a dialect is hotly contested stuff. More troubling is the fact that what we refer to simply as “Chinese” is actually a whole family of languages conveniently lumped into a single category. “Hindi” is also used as a catchall term to cover numerous dialects and sub-dialects. We haven’t even yet acknowledged the unreliability of data sources, collected at different times by different institutions. The numbers below are taken compiled by Ethnologue, which is widely considered the most complete language data source currently in existence.

But then again, who doesn’t love a good list? So we’ve compiled two versions for you.

Top 10 Languages By Number Of Native Speakers

When tallied according to number of native speakers only, these are the most spoken languages in the world. (…)


Source: The 10 Most Spoken Languages In The World (


1. Are you surprised with the four most spoken languages in the world? How many people speak the language which is considered to be the first spoken in the world? Which reason do they give?  2.  How about English? How many countries have English as an official language? 3. Do you think that Spanish could become the first most spoken language in the world? Would it make a good or a bad international language? Why? WRITE YOUR COMMENTS AND PARTICIPATE!!


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  1. Fiorella Dávila Pérez escribió:

    I’m really surprised. I thought that English was the most spoken language in the world, but Chinese is first. Furthermore, I didn’t know that Spanish was second.
    I was also surprised to know that native Chinese speakers at 1.3 billion.

    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      Thank you Fiorella for your participation and comments!

  2. Adriana Mendoza escribió:

    1. Are you surprised by the four most spoken languages ​​in the world?
    I was surprised by the Hindi language that comes in at number 4 on the list, given that India has 23 official languages. How many people speak the language that is considered the first spoken in the world? Chinese has 1.3 billion native speakers.
    What reason do they give? They indicate that Chinese is a tonal language that uses thousands of logoramas.

    2. What about English? It is a lingua franca of business, travel and international relations. There are 370 million native speakers of English and 978 million people who speak it as a second language. How many countries have English as their official language? 57 countries have English as their official language and 25 non-sovereign entities.

    3. Do you think Spanish could become the most widely spoken first language in the world?

    In the yearbook “The Spaniards in the world 2019” of the Cervantes Institute, they indicate the following:
    Today, 7.6% of the world population is Spanish-speaking. The percentage is expected to increase by one tenth (7.7%) in the year 2050.
    In 2100, this percentage will drop to 6.6% mainly due to the decrease in the population of Latin America in the face of the demographic explosion in various African countries, among other factors.
    For demographic reasons, the percentage of the world’s population that speaks Spanish as their native language is increasing, while the proportion of Chinese, English and French speakers is decreasing. ·
    In 2060, the United States will be the second Spanish-speaking country in the world after Mexico: almost one in three Americans will be Hispanic.

    Would it be a good or a bad international language? Unfortunately today there is a misuse of the language, and even more so, the use of social networks we find an impoverished lexicon, as indicated in the article by the Cervantes Institute,
    They point out that there is a decrease in the capacity for dialogue and listening to others. Faced with the “banal use of words”, social networks “do not help”, because anything is said irresponsibly and without expecting more than a “like” response.

    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      Thank you very much Adriana for your comments and contribution!

  3. Brinne escribió:

    It is very interesting. I would know that one of the criteria to recognize how important is a spoken language, by its size of population and there scale is fluctuating. However, it is rigth that English is more and more the most spoken language for commercial reasons, knowledge production and politics relationships. In summary, English remains as most important. But I don’t understand why there are spoken languages that are decreasing in usage too in that list, as bengali, hindi for example.

    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      Thanks Virna for your participation!

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