List of Most spoken Languages in the World – Top languages in the World

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The world in which we live is diverse. There are various kinds of people living all around the planet. They speak different languages, eat different foods, and live different lifestyles. Do you know there are more than 7000 different languages spoken around the globe? Out of these 7000 languages, only 23 languages cover more than half the world’s population. English, Mandarin Chinese, and Hindi are some of the most spoken languages in the world.

At the same time, you should note that there are a few endangered languages as well. 40% of languages in the world are in danger of getting extinct with less than 1000 speakers. In today’s post, we will discuss the list of most spoken languages in the world in 2022.

Top 40 most spoken languages in the world 2022

Please note that the list we are going to provide is based on the total number of total speakers. It is not on the basis of total number of native speakers. Let’s not waste further time and get started with our list of top 40 most popular languages in the world in 2022.

Rank Name of the language Family of the language  Total Speakers
1st English Indo-European 1.348 billion
2nd Mandarin Chinese Sino-Tibetan 1.120 billion
3rd Hindi Indo-European 600 million
4th Spanish Indo-European 543 million
5th Standard Arabic Afro-Asiatic 274 million
6th Bengali Indo-European 268 million
7th French Indo-European 267 million
8th Russian Indo-European 258 million
9th Portuguese Indo-European 258 million
10th Urdu (excluding Hindi) Indo-European 230 million
11th Indonesia (excluding Malay) Austronesian 199 million
12th Standard German Indo-European 135 million
13th Japanese Japonic 126 million
14th Marathi Indo-European 99 million
15th Telugu Dravidian 96 million
16th Turkish Turkic 88 million
17th Tamil Dravidian 85.5 million
18th Yue Chinese Sino-Tibetan 85 million
19th Wu Chinese Sino-Tibetan 82 million
20th Korean Koreanic 82 million
21st Vietnamese Austroasiatic 77 million
22nd Hausa Afro-Asiatic 75 million
23rd Iranian Persian (excluding Dari and Tajik) Persian 74 million
24th Egyptian Spoken Arabic (excluding other arabic dialects) Indo-European 70 million
25th Swahili Afro-Asiatic 69 million
26th Javanese Austronesian 68 million
27th Italian Indo-European 68 million
28th Western Punjabi Indo-European 65 million
29th Gujarati Indo-European 62 million
30th Thai Kra–Dai 61 million
31st Kannada Dravidian 59 million
32nd Amharic Afroasiatic 57 million
33rd Bhojpuri Indo-European 52.14 million
34th Eastern Punjabi (excl. Western punjabi) Indo-European 52 million
35th Min Nan Chinese Sino-Tibetan 49 million
36th Nigerian Pidgin English Creole 48 million
37th Jin Chinese Sino-Tibetan 47 million
38th Filipino Austronesian 45 million
39th Hakka Chinese Sino-Tibetan 44 million
40th Yoruba Niger–Congo 43 million
41st Burmese Sino-Tibetan 43 million
42nd Sudanese Spoken Arabic Spoken Arabic 42 million
43rd Polish Indo-European 41 million
44th Odia Indo-European 40 million

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Details of Top 10 most spoken languages in the world in 2022

Let’s go through some interesting facts about the top 10 languages in the world in 2022.

  1. English – English is the most spoken language in the world in 2022. It is a global language that is used by default for international business, technology, tourism, etc. As per a report published by Internet World Stats 2019, a bilingual person who knows English and Spanish can understand 1 out of 3 people in the world.
  2. Mandarin Chinese – Mandarin Chinese is the second most popular language in the world. Apart from mainland China, you can find Mandarin Chinese speakers in several other countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, etc. It is one of the two languages that have more than a billion speakers.
  3. Hindi – Hindi is the most popular language in North India. It is one of the two official languages of the Government of India, along with the English language. In India, Hindi is an official language in 9 States and 3 Union Territories. Apart from this, Hindi is also spoken in countries like Fiji, Nepal, South Africa, and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  4. Spanish – In terms of native speakers, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. In addition to this, Spanish is also the third most used language on the internet. In addition to spain, Spanish is widely spoken in countries like colombia, Argentina, Mexico, etc.
  5. Arabic – The next language on our list is Arabic. It is the liturgical language of Islam. It is the most popular language in Middle East. Currently, Arabic is an official language in 26 countries. This language is often associated with the Arabic culture. Arabic is most spoken in the following countries – Libya, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, etc.
  6. Bengali – Bengali is spoken most in southeast Asia. It is the official, national, and most widely spoken language in Bangladesh. At the same time, it is the second most widely spoken language in India. 98% of Bangladeshis have Bengali as their first language. Plus, it is the official language of the states of West Bengal, Tripura and the Barak Valley region of the state of Assam.
  7. French – French is an official language in 29 countries across multiple continents. The language spreads around the world during the colonial era. It is estimated that this language has  76 million native speakers; about 235 million daily and fluent speakers. In addition to France, you will find a large number of French speakers in the following countries – Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, USA, etc.
  8. Russian – Russian is a language that is native to Russia. It is an official language in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, and is used widely as a lingua franca throughout Ukraine, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and to some extent in the Baltic countries. There are more than 258 million Russian speakers around the world.
  9. Portuguese – With more than 220 million native speakers, Portuguese is amongst the top 10 languages in the world in terms of the number of speakers. It is also the third most spoken European language in 2022 (on the basis of native speakers) after English and Spanish. It is the sole official language of the following countries – Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Brazil
  10. Urdu – Urdu is a language that is mostly spoken in India and Pakistan. It is the national language of Pakistan. Apart from this, it is one of the official languages in the several Indian States. In Nepal, Urdu is registered as a regional dialect.

The popularity of a language depends upon various factors such as the number of native speakers, utility, geographical location, etc. What is your native language? Do let us know in the comment section. You can also share your feedback and suggestions in the comment box.

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  1. AR40

    I am from Hungary, and I speak in Magyar (Hungarian).
    This language is spoken globally only by the Hungarian minorities.
    The only way this language can get more popular if the Hungarian ladies bring up more babies. 🙂

  2. Amir the Persian

    I am Lur from Iran, my mother tongue is Persian!!!. All people from Iran, Daris in Aghanistan and all Tajiks from Tajikestan speak this Language and we are sick to see Angelo-Saxons and other enemies of Iran tryin to separate our nation. We are the same nation and speak the same language. We understand eachother without any problem.

    1. Türk boy

      Turkish is spoken in Iran the east and west Azerbaijan ardebil and zanjan and more than half of the people in the Qazvin Karaj and Tehran speak turkish in addition there are Qashqai,khorasan and Turkmen turkish in iran

  3. POO

    im from sudan i speak arabic YA

  4. Abdulhakim Adam

    I am from Africa, Nigeria. And my native language is Hausa.

  5. Abdulhakim Adam

    My native language is Hausa. From Nigeria!

  6. dariush

    This statistic is wrong with persian;persian dari and tajik are not separate at all,you separated fact,more than one hundred and forty milion people have persian as their first or second language.

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