How many languages in the world?

 How many languages in the world

The number of world languages 

The most widely spoken language in the world is Mandarin Chinese, as there are 1,213,000,000 people in the world who speak this language, and although there are 6,500 languages ​​in the world, about 2,000 of these languages ​​have fewer than 1,000 speakers. A speaker.

Spoken languages ​​of the world 

There are more than 7,000 languages ​​in the world, and each of them has its own history and voices, as estimates have shown that nearly half a million of the world's population is multilingual, and therefore the absolute numbers of people who speak those languages ​​are much higher, and on the other hand, English is the third most common language. In the world.

and the following list shows most of the languages ​​spoken in the world:


The language / Number of Speakers (Approx)Their percentage of the population%

Chinese  1,197,000,000  16.6 %

 Spanish 414,000,000 5.8 %

English 335,000,000 4.7 %

Indian 260,000,000 3.6 %

Arabic 237,000,000 3.2 %

Portuguese 203,000,000 2.8 %

Bengali 193,000,000 2.7 %

Russian 167,000,000 2.3 %

Japanese 122,000,000 1.7 %

Javanese 84,300,000 1.2%

Reasons for the spread of languages 

The most widespread languages ​​according to the United Nations are Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and English, in addition to Arabic, Hindi, Bengali, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Russian, and French, and those people who were counted speak these languages, in addition to those who speak a second language, and who Another aspect is that the reason for the spread of speakers of Mandarin and Hindi is due to the large population, such as China and India, and that non-speaking people like the United States have an interest in learning these languages ​​as they are the strong economic powers.

On the other hand, the reason for the rapid spread of languages ​​is sometimes due to the influence of major events, such as the invasion, wars, migrations, and the spread of religion, as the Arabic language spread due to the Islamic religion, and the Spanish language spread to most of the Americas due to the invasions and expansion, in addition to the empire. The British in particular was responsible for the spread of the English language. and Trade and agriculture also affected in various regions the spread of the language, as the majority of people choose the official language or more than one language to do business. Therefore this choice affects the extent of this language, in addition to The impact of cultural changes, such as the rise of Hollywood and the spread of new technology, especially about how people communicate with each other locally and globally. It must be noted that schools have an impact on the spread of languages ​​as they learn the official and global language.

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