LANGUAGES OF THE WORLD
Language is the medium through which we express our thoughts,emotions and ideas. Innumerable languages and dialects are spoken across the world. Some of the major languages of the world are as follows:
1. Mandarin language
Everyone thinks that English and Hindi are the most spoken languages in the world, but this is not true. Indeed, the number of people who speak English is lower than the Mandarin language of China. If there is talk of total data, then more than 1.1 billion people speak this language. Mandarin is the state language of China. It is widely spoken in Singapore and Taiwan and it is also official language of Singapore. Its importance can be assessed by the fact that it is one of six languages of the United Nations.
2. English Language
The English language has got its hold in the whole world. It is language spreading knowledge of science and technology throughout the world. English is spoken in America, Australia and the UK. In fact it is used by almost 983 million people all over the world. It is the world’s third most spoken languages.
3. Hindi language
This language comes in third place among the most spoken languages in the world. Speakers of this language are around 544 millions. This language has adopted majority of world from Sanskrit and Urdu. Even after the British contact this language has adopted a good chunk of word from the English language.
4. Spanish language
The Spanish language is prevalent in many countries. It is spoken mostly in the continent of Central America, and in European countries and South America. Around 527 million people speak this language. Spanish is the official language of Ecuador, Spain, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Peru, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuel, Mexico, .
5. Arabic Language
It comes in fifth place on the list widely spoken languages of the world. it is spoken in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. Arabic language is spoken by around 422 million.
6. Malay Language
The Malay language is mostly spoken in the ASEAN countries located in the south east of India. Malay is spoken widely in Singapore, Indonesia,Brunei , Malaysia, and it is their official language. It is also spoken in Thailand and Philippine. Around 281 million people speak this language around the world.
7. Russian language
Although Russia is the largest country in terms of area, Russia’s population is 14.3 million. But Russian language is also spoken in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Thus , around 267 millions people across the world speak Russian language.
Bengali is one of the most widely spoken languages of India. Bengali is also spoken in UK, the European Republic, the number of people who speak this language is around 261 , and this language falls to seventh place in this list. In Bangladesh 100 millions people speak this language.
9. Portuguese Language
This language is most commonly spoken in Portugal. This language is spoken by around 230 million people all over the world. Apart from Portugal, this language is spoken in countries like Brazil, Angola, Venezuela, and Mozambique. This language is at the ninth place in this list.
10. French language
This language is spoken by 229 million people all over the world. This language is most commonly spoken in France, Belgium, Canada, and Cameroon. It is the official language of 28 nations.