Which do you think are the most spoken languages in the world?
Of these almost 7000 languages, in Europe there are only 230 spoken, while in Asia there are more than 2,000 spoken. In Papua New Guinea, a small country in Oceania with approximately 3.9 million inhabitants, you can find the impressive amount of more of 830 different languages.
We will not comment on the 6900 languages. For now, we are going to focus on the five most important and most talked about in the world, which will probably never be in danger of extinction.
5. Arabic, more than 50 million native speakers
Arabic has a large number of dialects that are not comprehensible to each other. Classical Arabic is also the sacred language of Islam and the Koran is only recited in Arabic during prayer.
4. Hindi, one of the most spoken languages in the world with more than 310 million speakers
Hindi is spoken mainly in India and Nepal, and is part of the Hindi language family; More than one hundred million people speak a language related to Hindi.
3. English more than 360 million native speakers
Although it only occupies the third place, English is still the most important language in the world (so, the glass is half full in this case) and is the one that most people speak as second, third or fourth language.
2. Spanish, undoubtedly one of the most spoken languages in the world with 405 million native speakers
The silver medal is for Spanish and the thirty countries in which it is spoken. Olé!
1. Mandarin, more than 955 million native speakers
Mandarin is part of the Chinese language family and is spoken by a large number of people, mainly in China, Taiwan and Singapore and is undoubtedly one of the most spoken languages in the world.
These big numbers are hard to understand. Even if I add my four hundred Facebook friends, and all my friends offline, I can imagine how almost a billion native Mandarin speakers can sound! This wonderful infographic ingeniously breaks down the most spoken languages in the world.