Top 10 Most Spoken Languages in the World 2016

Language is a primary parameter of human existence as it helps in effective communication between human beings. The world has more than 6800 languages spoken throughout it, some of which are spoken by a large proportion of world population, while others are spoken by only a minority.

Here is a list of top 10 most spoken languages around the world:

10. Urdu

Featuring next on the list of top 10 most spoken languages in the world is Urdu, with 160 million speakers This is attributed to the fact that Indonesia comes on number 9 in terms of population around the world.

9. French

One of the most commonly spoken languages in the world in 2015 is French, which has an estimated 160 million speakers. Besides being the official language of France, it is commonly spoken in many other countries around the globe, such as Canada, Belgium, Cameroon, Haiti and Rwanda.

8. Russian

The next language to make it on the list of most spoken languages in the world in 2015 is Russia, which is spoken not only in the country of its origin, but also a number of other such as Kazakhstan, Belarus and the US. It is also one of the six official languages of the UN and has more than 170 million speakers at present.

7. Portuguese

With an estimated number of 200 million speakers around the globe, Portuguese becomes the eighth most spoken language in the world. The reason behind this is that the Portuguese were born explorers, who spread their roots in all parts of the world, establishing their colonies in a number of countries like Brazil, Mozambique, Macau, Angola and Venezuela, where this language continues to be popular till date.

6. Bengali

Bengali is another widely spoken language, which is spoken by over 210 million people around the world in 2015. Besides being the principal language of Bangladesh, which has a population of 120 million Bengali speaking people, the language is equally popular in the Indian states surrounding the country.

4 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Spoken Languages in the World 2016”

  1. Gabriel says:

    This top ten is absolutely wrong!!! and what’s even worse it doesn’t say the source where this information is taken!

    1- Chinese
    2- Spanish
    3- English

    1. Santosh says:

      The official language of China is the Mandarin. And now please check I have updated article with source link.

  2. Ameya says:

    Dear Friend,
    Request you to please do thorough research.
    Indonesia has almost nothing to do with Urdu.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Indonesia
    If you would have said Pakistan then it is understandable.
    Please check this link.
    No offense but think, confirm and then post.

    1. Santosh says:

      Hi Ameya,

      First, Thanks for your kind suggestion. At the end of the article I have mentioned the source link of this article. But i will research again.

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