THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR LANGUAGES

Currently, more than 8 billion people on the planet use over 7,000 languages in their daily lives. Of course, the average person cannot learn all the languages in the world. Most often people speak the language that is most widely used in the place where they were born and where they live. Additional study of one or another language depends on professional needs, the desire to leave their native country and many other factors.

The world's most popular languages

Virtually every state has an official language that is used by the vast majority of local residents. In some countries there may be two, three or more. For example, in Switzerland there are three official languages – German, Italian and French. In addition, most Swiss people speak English well. In total, more than two billion people from different countries speak English on the globe.

TOP 10 MOST SPOKEN LANGUAGES IN THE WORLD

LANGUAGES NUMBER OF PEOPLE (MILLION)
1. English 1,132
2. Mandarin Chinese 1,117
3. Hindi 615
4. Spanish 534
5. French 280
6. Arabic 274
7. Bengali 265
8. Russian 258
9. Portuguese 234
10. Indonesian 199

An interesting situation is observed in the United States, where there is no official language. English is widely used in the country, including in the legislative, regulatory and business spheres. The second most common language in the United States is Spanish, spoken by more than 41.75 million people. About 3.49 million speak Chinese, 1.76 million speak Tagalog, and 1.57 million speak Vietnamese. There are also about 900,000 Russian speakers in the United States.

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