Top 10 most-spoken world languages

Monday, 11 July 2011

Top 10 languages

More people now speak fewer languages. The 83 most widely spoken languages account for most of the world's population. Here is a list, from least to most, of the most widely spoken native languages globally.
3,500 least-used languages account for 0.2 percent of the world's people.

No. 1 Chinese

Chinese, the most prevalent language in world, started with this ethnic group, and history suggests it began during an ancient dynasty.

No. 2 Spanish

Another Romance language, Spanish has many dialects and is primarily spoken in Spain, Mexico, Colombia , Peru, several other countries. It dates back to the ninth century. Celebrities who speak spanish.

No. 3 English

This widely spoken language, the official tongue of 53 countries, was globally spread by this country, largely through colonial influence. In the United States, people developed their own version of popular words from English.

No. 4 Arabic

Arabic is a Semitic language spoken by people primarily in the Middle East and is the language of a holy book. In its purest form, the dialect dates back to the fourth century.

No. 5 Hindi

Most commonly spoken in India, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Hindi dates back to the 17th century, though the standardization of its grammar is a much more recent accomplishment.

No. 6 Bengali

This ancient language, spoken in what is now present-day Bangladesh, is still flourishing. An attempt to abolish the Bengali dialect during a 1952 movement resulted in a celebration of it instead.

No. 7 Portuguese

Spoken primarily in Portugal Portuguese is a Romance language that was spoken in a medieval kingdom. What did Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes.

No. 8 Russian

Primarily spoken in Russia, this is a Slavic language that can be traced back to the 10th century.

No. 9 Japanese

Japanese is a member of this language family, and its earliest form dates back to the early eighth century.

No. 10 German

German, related to English and this European language, is reported to be the most widely spoken tongue of an important political union. It also dominates in Austria and Switzerland and dates back to the sixth century.
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