World’s Top Languages

jeopardyQ: What is the world’s top language by number of speakers? Can you name the top ten?

Answer: Chinese is the world’s most spoken language with 1.2 billion first language speakers. English comes third after Spanish.

No of first language speakers
1 Chinese 1,197,000,000
2 Spanish 414,000,000
3 English 335,000,000
4 Hindi 260,000,000
5 Arabic 237,000,000
6 Portuguese 203,000,000
7 Bengali 193,000,000
8 Russian 167,000,000
9 Japanese 122,000,000
10 Javanese 84,300,000

 

Source: https://www.ethnologue.com/statistics/size

Answer to the International Business Jeopardy Question from 8/7

What is the most widely spoken language on Earth?

 

Answer: Mandarin Chinese. About 726 million speak Mandarin Chinese, most of them in China. About 397 million speak English and other 400 million use English as a second language. About 274 million speak Russian, 254 million speak Hindi and 251 million speak Spanish.