Most widely spoken languages

on 02 April 2021


The 20 most spoken languages in the world

Rank Language Primary Country Number of total countries where the language is spoken Speakers (millions)
1 Chinese China 31 1,213  
2 Spanish Spain 44 329  
3 English United Kingdom 112 328  
4 Arabic Saudi Arabia 57 221  
5 Hindi India 20 182  
6 Bengali Bangladesh 10 181  
7 Portuguese Portugal 37 178  
8 Russian Russian Federation 33 144  
9 Japanese Japan 25 122  
10 German, Standard Germany 43 90.3  
11 Javanese Indonesia 5 84.6  
12 Lahnda Pakistan 8 78.3  
13 Telugu India 10 69.8  
14 Vietnamese Viet Nam 23 68.6  
15 Marathi India 5 68.1  
16 French France 60 67.8  
17 Korean Korea 33 66.3  
18 Tamil India 17 65.7  
19 Italian Italy 34 61.7  
20 Urdu Pakistan 23 60.6  
Source: Ethnologue
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