The 30 Most Spoken Languages

The
30 Most Spoken Languages
of the World

Pos Language Family Script(s) Used Speakers
(Millions)
Where Spoken (Major)
1 Mandarin Sino-Tibetan Chinese Characters 1120 China, Malaysia, Taiwan
2 English Indo-European Latin 510 USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand
3 Hindi Indo-European Devanagari 490 North and Central India
4 Spanish Indo-European Latin 425 Mexico, Central and South America, Spain
5 Arabic Afro-Asiatic Arabic 255 Middle East, Arabia, North Africa
6 Russian Indo-European Cyrillic 254 Russia, Central Asia
7 Portuguese Indo-European Latin 218 Brazil, Portugal, Southern Africa
8 Bengali Indo-European Bengali 215 Bangladesh, Eastern India
9 Malay, Indonesian Malayo-Polynesian Latin 175 Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore
10 French Indo-European Latin 130 France, Canada, West Africa, Central Africa
11 Japanese Altaic Chinese Characters and 2 Japanese Alphabets 127 Japan
12 German Indo-European Latin 123 Germany, Austria, Central Europe
13 Farsi (Persian) Indo-European Nastaliq 110 Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia
14 Urdu Indo-European Nastaliq 104 Pakistan, India
15 Punjabi Indo-European Gurumukhi 103 Pakistan, India
16 Vietnamese Austroasiatic Based on Latin 86 Vietnam, China
17 Tamil Dravidian Tamil 78 Southern India, Sri Lanka, Malyasia
18 Wu Sino-Tibetan Chinese Characters 77 China
19 Javanese Malayo-Polynesian Javanese 76 Indonesia
20 Turkish Altaic Latin 75 Turkey, Central Asia
21 Telugu Dravidian Telugu 74 Southern India
22 Korean Altaic Hangul 72 Korean Peninsula
23 Marathi Indo-European Devanagari 71 Western India
24 Italian Indo-European Latin 61 Italy, Central Europe
25 Thai Sino-Tibetan Thai 60 Thailand, Laos
26 Cantonese Sino-Tibetan Chinese Characters 55 Southern China
27 Gujarati Indo-European Gujarati 47 Western India, Kenya
28 Polish Indo-European Latin 46 Poland, Central Europe
29 Kannada Dravidian Kannada 44 Southern India
30 Burmese Sino-Tibetan Burmese 42 Myanmar

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