We use language everyday, it is something that we pick from our parents and friends as toddlers, most of the time we don’t even know what we’re learning!
But with the advent of globalisation and increased travel growing every single day, the need to learn more than one language is more important than ever.
Also, if you know more languages, chances of getting good jobs are higher.
These are the 10 of the worlds most widely spoken languages:
1. Mandarin Chinese
Number of speakers: 960 million native speakers.
Mandarin Chinese is just one of many Chinese dialects and is spoken by over a billion people worldwide. Around 16% of the entire population of the world speak some form of Chinese – mostly Mandarin.
Number of speakers: 508 million speakers
English is the official language of an impressive 54 separate countries, and according to an estimate 359 million people speak English as their native language.
Number of speakers: 392 million
20 different countries use Spanish as an official language. If you want to learn a language that opens up whole continents to you, Spanish is your best pick.
Number of speakers: 497 million
Hindi is the primary language of India’s crowded population, and it includes a huge number of dialects.
Number of speakers: 246 million
Arabic is one of the world’s oldest languages, it is spoken in the Middle East, with speakers found in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt.
Number of speakers: 211 million
Bengali is the native language of Bangladesh. It is the language of Kolkata, of the Andaman Islands, and of 170-odd million Bangladeshis.
Number of speakers: 277 million
Russian is the most widely spoken of all the Slavic languages. It is an official language in four countries including Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.
Number of speakers: 191 million
Portuguese is the official language of Portugal and nine other countries. It is spoken in Brazil widely being their national language.
Number of speakers: 125 million
This is certainly the most highly geographically concentrated of all the languages on this list. Japanese boasts two distinct writing systems, hirogana and katakana. The written language developed from Chinese many hundreds of years ago.
Number of speakers:100 million speakers
German is widely spoken in Germany being its native language, but other than that it is the official language of six different countries worldwide.