The world started with two individuals Adam and Eve and after thousands of years it is this where it has reached. The world today stands with more than 250 countries and around 7 billion people. Such a huge number of people spread over enormous carpet of this planet has given distinctive specifications to each region and country altogether. At present there are hundreds of languages being spoken in the world. Although with globalization the languages are not confined to a particular region or country any more . The secondary speakers of most of the languages are found through out the globe. Various organizations in the world have traced the origin of languages and identified the various dialects that exist to a language. The languages have been rated depending upon the number of speakers endorsing it. This includes the related dialects as well as the secondary speakers. The totality decides which language is most spoken. One such list was published by Ethnologue that till date is one of the most amazing language encyclopedia recording all the languages being spoken in the world with all their assets. Till date that is the 2013 edition they have recorded over 3000 languages. Based on the number of speakers the popularity of the language is decided. As per the Ethnologue list 2013 the following are the top 10 most spoken languages in the world.
German is one of the most spoken languages in the country and number 10 when it comes to the top 10 languages. German is primarily spoken in most of Europe Union where it enjoys the official status. It is also spoken in various other parts of the world which are inhabiting German immigrants include Namibia, South Africa, Canada, Brazil and also USA. Various other countries also have German speaking population. German language is derived from other languages and mostly from Latin. It has the same English alphabets in its script but it has an added 3 more vowels so in all 29 alphabets. The total number of people speaking German throughout the globe is 118 million with 90 million people as the primary speakers. The rest 28 million use German as the second language of communication.
Japenese is the language spoken considerably or rather solely in Japan as it is the national language of the country. The language although has very little historical evidences supporting its origin but it is found to be inspired a lot by the Chinese language. The Japanese script also seems to be including similar characters as found in Chinese script. Although native to Japan the Japanese emigrants settled in different parts of the world have propagated the language intensely. Japanese speaking population can be found in Korea, Peru, USA as well as Brazil etc. There are about 123 million people related to this language with 122 people speaking as the primary language. rest 1 million use it as the second language.
Malay is a language that is spoken in Malaysia. Interestingly this language is called Indonesian when it is spoken by the people of Indonesia. This language is also heard in Brunei and also is recognized as an official language in the country of Singapore. Considering the Malayan and Indonesian speaking populations the total number of speakers can be summed up to 163 million with 140 million as the primary speakers. But if off the records dialects are considered which are often treated as a separate language then the total speakers of this language would be around 215 million or more.
Portuguesehas been repeatedly called by authors and poets as a “sweet” language. It has been compared to a flower- sweet and beautiful. Portuguese is an official language in 9 countries some of them being Portugal of course as well as in Brazil, Cape Verde , Angola and some other countries. It is also spoken in India in the states of Daman and Diu as well as in Goa. Portuguese has a total of 190 million speakers out of which around 178 million are native to the language. The world’s largest Portugal speaking group is found in Brazil in the state of Sao Paolo. It also hosts a museum dedicated to the beauty of the language.
The language of the Indian state of West Bengal and India own sweet language is also one of the world’s most spoken language. It is also spoken in some of the adjoining localities of Assam , Myanmar etc. It also is the official language of Bangladesh. Such is the grace of this language that the Indian National Anthem is composed in Bengali. Vande Mataram too is a Bengali composition. As if 2010 the total number of native speakers of this language was estimated around 205 million and the total population speaking Bengali is around 250 to 260 million.
Russian is primarily a language native to Russia but also widely spoken in Krygyztan , Ukraine, Kazakhstan. It is still a language spoken in the countries that were a part of the USSR before segregation. It the most popular form of Slavic language. Russian has the 8th largest group of native speakers. In USA it is recognized as an official language. As per 2010 the number of native speakers to this language was 155 million. The total number of speakers of this language is around 260 millions as if now.
Hindiis one of the official languages of India as stated by the Indian constitution passed in the year 1950. It is also rightfully called the national language of the country. It is widely spoken in the state of Delhi that is also the capital city. Other than this it is also spoken in Andhra Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir etc. It is always taken in conjugation with Urdu. Both Hindi and Urdu are thought to be taken from Persian language and therefore for most of the evaluation Hindi and Urdu speaking populations are merged as one as both the languages are more or less the same. Urdu is quite prominent in Lucknow. Aurangabad ,Kashmir etc. Apart from India it is also spoken in many countries of the world including Pakistan , Nepal as well as in European nations. The total number of native speakers can be summed up to 260 million where as the total number of speakers can be summed up to be around 370 million.
Spanish gets it names from the place of its origin that is Spain precisely in a city called Castiele. Spanish when taken by the number of native speakers takes the second slot in the world as it is the main spoken language in almost 20 countries throughout the world. In terms of total population speaking it it stands at the third position. It is granted an official status both in the USA and UK. Spanish has gained a lot of popularity in the last decade with almost 20 million students opting for it as a foreign language study. The total number of people speaking Spanish as their primary language is around 420 million as if 2010 and total number of speakers to be about 500 million people.
English can be taken as the most popular language of the world. It is a language that is recognized world wide and studied exclusively. In many under developed nations English forms the principle language of education. It is the lingo enjoying official status in as many as 54 countries including USA , UK, Australia and many European countries. It is also the most commercialized language of the world. It is widely taken as the language to be studied owing to its commercial importance. Most of the great piece of literature have been translated or are produced in English owing to its wide spread prevalence. The total number of native speakers found are around 360 million as if 2010 and total speakers to be around 750 million.
Mandarin is a combined term used for a group of languages spoken in the Chinese civilization. Mandarin is a form of traditional language and is also called as old Chinese. In China it is most widely spoken in the northern part of the country. It has the highest number of native speakers in the world partly owing to the country’s massive population. Mandarin largely remains confined to China and its adjoining regions. The total number of speakers using Mandarin as the native language is around a whooping 850 million people. The people using it as the second language is around 175 million. This brings Mandarin to the number one slot on the list of top 10 spoken languages with a total popularity of over a 1150 millions.