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Ranking of the World's Most Spoken Languages
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A language is a system of verbal communication or gestures specific to a human community, and a dialect is the variation of a language related to a specific geographic region. In practice, however, languages are systems that are very similar to one another and are mutually intelligible. In fact, determining if two or more varieties are part of the same language is more of a socio-political matter than a linguistic one. This ranking classifies the world's most spoken languages by the number of speakers that have learned it as their mother tongue.

Languagecolumns columns Number of Speakers  (people)
1Mandarin ChineseMandarin Chinese1,026,000,000
2EnglishEnglish840,000,000
3SpanishSpanish474,000,000
4HindiHindi380,000,000
5ArabicArabic353,500,000
6BengaliBengali333,000,000
7RussianRussian277,000,000
8PortuguesePortuguese218,000,000
9IndonesioIndonesio163,000,000
10UrduUrdu158,000,000
11FrenchFrench125,000,000
12JapaneseJapanese123,000,000
13GermanGerman106,000,000
14JavaneseJavanese84,300,000
15TeluguTelugu79,000,000
16Wu ChineseWu Chinese77,200,000
17TamilTamil76,800,000
18MarathiMarathi74,800,000
19ItalianItalian72,300,000
20VietnameseVietnamese67,800,000
21KoreanKorean66,400,000
22Panyabí occidentalPanyabí occidental62,600,000
23CantoneseCantonese62,200,000
24TurkishTurkish50,800,000
25Persa iraníPersa iraní47,000,000
26GuyaratíGuyaratí46,600,000
27BirmanoBirmano42,000,000
28HausaHausa40,000,000
29PolishPolish39,000,000
30CanarésCanarés37,700,000
31UcranianoUcraniano37,500,000
32MalayalamMalayalam33,500,000
33OriyaOriya32,100,000
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