which language is spoken widely in this world?

@peercc (332)
India
July 7, 2009 6:53am CST
english speaking people are widely but its not a true. can u able to tell me?
2 responses
@diamania (7028)
• Netherlands
7 Jul 09
Enjoy reading this list. Language Family Ethnologue (2005 estimate)[1] Encarta estimate[2] Other estimates Ranking by Ethnologue estimate Mandarin Sino-Tibetan, Chinese 873,000,000 1,210,000,000†[2] 982,000,000 native, 179,000,000 second language = 1,151,000,000 total[3] †Encarta estimate includes all Chinese dialects 1 Urdu/Hindi Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan 497,000,000[4] 366,000,000 Standard Hindi 325,000,000; A total of 650,000,000 including Urdu (official language of Pakistan ) and secondary speakers, does not include Maithili. All Hindi-Urdu dialects are mutually intelligible. 2 Spanish Indo-European, Italic, Romance 438,300,000[5] 322,200,000[6] Total of 417 million including second-language speakers (1999).[7][8] 3 English Indo-European, Germanic, West 308,350,000[9] 341,000,000 Possibly well over 1,500,000,000 worldwide.[10] Also see List of countries by English-speaking population which numbers 850,000,000 worldwide (as a total of first and additional language spoken). 4 Arabic Afro-Asiatic, Semitic 280,000,000 530,000,000 280 million native speakers and 250 million non-native speakers[11] It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations.[12] 5 Portuguese Indo-European, Italic, Romance 235,500,000 176,000,000 210 million native, 20 million second language = 235 million total[citation needed] 6 Bengali Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan 215,000,000 207,000,000 196 million native (2004 CIA) (includes 14 million Chittagonian and 10.3 million Sylheti). 7 Russian Indo-European, Slavic, East 145,000,000 167,000,000 165 million native, 110 million second language = 275 million total 8 French Indo-European, Italic, Romance 130,000,000+ [13][14][15][16][17][18] 128,000,000+ 128 million “native and real speakers”[19][20] (includes 64,473,140 French people), 72 million "partiels", 250 million second language (worldwide including Africa and North Africa) = 450+ million (as a total of first and additional language spoken) and up to 600+ million total with significant knowledge of the language (2008). Not including partial speakers, French is the ninth most spoken language in the world. [21][22] 9 Japanese language isolate, or Altaic(controversial) 122,400,000 125,000,000 130 million native, 2 million second language = 132 million total 10 German Indo-European, Germanic, West 95,400,000 100,100,000 101 million native (88 million Standard German, 5 million Swiss German, 8 million Austrian German), 60 million second language in EU[23] + 5–20 million worldwide. 11 Telugu Dravidian, South Central 94,002,856[24] 94,002,856 84 million native, 5 million second language = 99 million total (2001) 12 Punjabi Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan 88,000,000 57,000,000 61–62 million (2000 WCD) (taken together with Eastern Punjabi (28 million) and Siraiki (14 million): 104 million total) 13 Korean language isolate, or Altaic(controversial) 78,000,000[2] 78,000,000 42,000,000 in South Korea (1986). Population total all countries 78,000,000 (1999 WA) 14 Wu Sino-Tibetan, Chinese 77,200,000 — 77 million native 15 Javanese Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Sunda-Sulawesi 75,500,000 75,600,000 70–75 million 16 Tamil Dravidian, Tamilnadu ,Southern India, Srilanka, Singapore & Malaysia. 78,000,000 78,000,000 78 million native, 10 million second language = 88 million total[25] 17 Persian Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Iranian 72 million[26] 31.3 million ca. 72 million;[27] sometimes taken to include all of Southwestern Iranian (Luri, Tati, and other); ca. 72 million second language[citation needed], total ca. 144 million total 18 Marathi Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan 68,000,000 68,000,000 68 million native, 3 million second language = 71 million total 19 Vietnamese Austro-Asiatic, Mon-Khmer, Vietic 67,400,000 68,000,000 70 million native, perhaps up to 16 million second language, = ~86 million total 20 Italian Indo-European, Italic, Romance 61,500,000 62,000,000 21 [edit]10 to 60 million native speakers Language Family Ethnologue (2005 estimate)[28] Encarta estimate[29] Other estimates Ranking by Ethnologue estimate Malayalam Dravidian, Kerala, Southern - India 55.8 million 55.7 million 58 million native, 30 million second language = 68 million 21 Sindhi Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan Official in India, Pakistan. Significant communities in People’s Republic of China (Hong Kong)?, Oman? and Gibraltar. 54.5 million (2006) 41.5 million native, 13 million second language, = 30 million total (2001 Johnstone and Mandryk) 22 Turkish Altaic, Turkic, Oghuz 50 million 61 million 74 million (2006 estimate)[30] + 15 million second language = 89 million 23 Kurdish Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Iranian, Western, Northwestern Official in Iraq. Native to Armenia, Iran, Syria, Turkey. Significant communities in Germany, Lebanon. 50 million (all varieties)[not in citation given] -- 24 Min Sino-Tibetan, Chinese 46.2 million -- Southern Min: 49m, Northern Min 10.43m 25 Gujarati Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan 46.1 million 46.1 million -- 26 Maithili Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan 45 million (included in "Hindi") 27 Polish Indo-European, Slavic, West 42.7 million 52 million -- 28 Ukrainian Indo-European, Slavic, East 39.4 million 47 million -- 29 Cantonese Sino-Tibetan, Chinese 34.8 million -- 46 million 31 Xiang Sino-Tibetan, Chinese 36.0 million 32 Kannada Dravidian, Southern 35.4 million 35.4 million 55 million native, 9 million second language, = 64 million total[citation needed] 33 Tamazight (Berber) Afro-Asiatic, Berber, Northern National language in Algeria, Mali and Niger (Tuaregs); unrecognized in Morocco, Libya and Tunisia. Large migrant communities in France, Benelux, Spain and Germany . 32.3 million (2006) 37+ million (1998) 34 Oriya Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan 31.7 million 32.3 million Oriya is an official language of India and is spoken by over 35 million people all over the world. 35 Azerbaijani Altaic, Turkic, Oghuz 31 million 31.4 million 25–35 million native, including Qashqai (data for Iran uncertain); 8 million second language (outside Iran) 36 Hakka Sino-Tibetan, Chinese 29.9 million -- 34 million 37 Bhojpuri Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan 26 million (included in "Hindi") 126 million total 38 Burmese Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Lolo-Burmese 22 million (1996) 32.3 million (2006) 42.3 million (2009) 42.3 million native, 10 million second language, = 52 million total 39 Gan Sino-Tibetan, Chinese 21 million -- 48 million, 29 million in Jiangxi[31] 40 Thai Kradai, Tai 20.05 million (1996) 46.1 million (2006) ~31 million native (1983 SIL, 1990 Diller, 2000 WCD) (dated data), = ~60 million first and second language (2001 A. Diller). Includes Southern Thai, Northern Thai/Western Lao, but not Shan, Isan, or Lao. 41 Romanian Indo-European, Italic, Romance Official in Moldova, Romania, Serbia (Vojvodina). Significant communities in Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, USA. 26.3 million (2006) 26 million native,[2] 4 million second language. The total is about 30 million.[32] 43 Hausa Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West Official in Niger, north Nigeria. Significant communities in Chad, Benin, Ghana, Sudan 24.2 million (2006) 24 million native, ~15 million second language, = ~40 million total 44 Pashto Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Iranian, Eastern Official in Afghanistan. Native to Pakistan. Significant communities in Iran, United Arab Emirates. 60 million (2006) 65-70 million (data uncertain; ethnic population ~60 million) 45 Serbo-Croatian Indo-European, Slavic, South Official in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia, under names Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian respectively. Significant communities in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia. 21.1 million (2006) 17 million 46 Uzbek Altaic, Turkic, Eastern Official in Uzbekistan. Native to Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan 20.1 million (2006) 20 million (1995) 47 Dutch Indo-European, Germanic, West Official in Belgium, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Suriname. Significant communities in the United States, Canada, Australia, Indonesia and South Africa (excluding Afrikaans). 20 million (2006) 25 million[23][33] 48 Yoruba Niger-Congo, Benue-Congo, Defoid, Yoruboid Official in Nigeria. 20 million (2006) 19 million native, 2 million second language, = 21 million total (1993) 49 Bahasa Indonesia Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Sunda-Sulawesi 17 million 237,000,000 million (2008) [34][35] Almost 100% of the population of Indonesia speaks Bahasa Indonesia, a dialect of Malay. 50 Amharic Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, South Official in Ethiopia. Significant communities in Israel. 17.4 million (2006) 27 million native (32.7% Ethiopia [1994 census] and 2.7 million emigrants), 10% (7 million) as a second language = 34 million total 50-51 Oromo Afro-Asiatic, Cushitic, East Cushitic National language of Ethiopia. Significant communities in Kenya 17.2 million (2006) 24 million native (31.6% of Ethiopia [1994 census]), ~2 million second language, = 26 million total (1998 census) 51 Indonesian Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian 23.1 million, national language in Indonesia 17.1 million 140 million second language 52 Filipino Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Borneo-Philippines Official and Native in Philippines. Significant communities in Canada, People’s Republic of China (Hong Kong), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States (Alaska, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands). 17 million (2006) 22 million native (2000 census), ~65 million second language, = 85 million total 53 Language Family Official status and where spoken natively, or as an immigrant language, by more than 1% of the population SIL estimate[2] Number of speakers Ranking by number of native speakers Somali Afro-Asiatic, Cushitic, East Official in Somalia. Nati
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@diamania (7028)
• Netherlands
7 Jul 09
Heck, they only allow limited characters... oh well :P
@peercc (332)
• India
7 Jul 09
how you can write this long parah?
@Amorti (200)
• Turkey
7 Jul 09
Well, when you consider "widely spoken" depending on the popuplation, chinese language surely beats the crap out of english. But chinese is spoken almost only by chinese but english and spanish languages are spoken by tens of countries in the world; both as a native and as a second language. Consequently; English and Spanish rule this world on language basis.