15 03 2016
The 7 most widely spoken languages in the world
You know how many languages exist in the world? Today about 7,000 languages in the world, of which 2,200 of them are in Asia. It is further estimated that 231 languages have completely extinct. You know what the world’s population today? Over 7 billion!
If the world were perfectly symmetrical, each of the 7,000 languages spoken would be for 1 million people. But of course, symmetry exists only in some natural beauty and does not apply to social phenomena.
Among nearly half of the world population, they are spoken only seven of the 7,000 existing languages in the world.More precisely, 44.7% of the world population uses only 1.43% of the available languages.Impressive, is not it?You want to know what are the 7 most widely spoken languages in the world.
It is the official language of Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura. It is spoken by 211 million people.
It is the official language throughout North Africa and the Middle East, it is also a second language in many countries of Africa and Asia. It is spoken by 246 million people.
It is the official language of Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In addition, it is widely used in Ukraine and other Eastern European countries. It is spoken by 277 million people.
It is the official language of Spain, South America all except Brazil, Suriname and Guyana, and most of Central America and the Caribbean less Commonwealth countries. It is spoken by 392 million people.
Also it is known as Hindustani and more than a unified language is a set of dialects spoken mainly in India and parts of Asia. It includes dialects such as Hindi and Urdu, the official languages of India and Pakistan respectively. This group of dialects is used by 497 million people.
It is the official language of countries like Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, and hundreds of countries that acquired it as a colonial language. It is considered an almost universal language because it has become the second language of most of the world’s population. It is the language most used in international trade and finance. It is officially spoken by 508 million people.
Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language in the world because it is the native language of more than 1000 million people. As Hindustani, is a set of dialects spoken grounded in northern, central and southwestern China.
Do you want to review the math? These seven languages are spoken by more than 1,131 million people, ie 44.73% of the world population. In turn, 7 languages represent less than 2% of those currently living languages. Impressive, is not it?