Top 10 Languages Spoken Around the World

By Anusha Natarajan

Many languages are spoken around the world. Language is a unique quality to all humans because we can communicate things with different accents and words.This is how we can communicate to other people. Also, in my previous article, which was about bucket list ideas, one of the ideas was to learn a new language. If you wanted any ideas on what language you want to learn, here are some of the most common languages that you have heard being spoken before.

10. French It is one of the romantic languages spoken around the world today. There are 129 million speakers in many countries such as Cameroon, Haiti, Belgium,and Canada. It is a descendant of Latin.

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9. Malay-Indonesian- This language is spoken widely in Southeast Asia in countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. There are 159 million people who speak this language.

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8. Portuguese– Portuguese is one of the most common languages spoken in parts of Africa, such as Angola, and is also spoken in parts of South America, such as Brazil. Since the Portuguese explored and colonized in these countries(ex.Brazil), it became the official language of this country.

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7. Bengali Bengali is spoken in Bangladesh, a country in which more than 120 million people live. There are 211 million speakers who speak Bengali. This language originated in the 13th century.

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6. Arabic This language is one of the oldest languages and is still spoken today. It is spoken throughout the Middle East in countries such as Saudi Arabia. Also, it is widely spoken in Korea by Moslems. There are 246 million speakers that speak this language.

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5. Russian Russia is one of the biggest countries in Eurasia and this language is spoken commonly not only in Russia, but in countries such as Belarus and in Kazakhstan. There are 277 million speakers today.

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4. Spanish This language is not only spoken in Spain. It is universally articulated in countries such as Cuba and the USA. There are many adopted words that we use everyday from Spanish, such as burrito and quesadilla. Today, there are 392 million speakers that speak this language.

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3. Hindustani This is the main language in India and has many dialects, such as Hindi, spoken around the world. Urdu, which is a dialect of Hindustani, is spoken in Pakistan. There are 497 million people who enunciate this language.

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2. English This language  exists as the main language in many countries such as the US, Australia, and New  Zealand. There are 508 million speakers that speak English. It originated from a dialect of a Western Germanic language that was spoken during the Medieval age.

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1. Mandarin This is one of the toughest languages to learn and to speak, but it is still the mostly widely spoken language. Mandarin means in the English language “minister”or “counselor”. It is spoken throughout the North and Southwest of China. There are more than a billion people who speak this language.

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