What is the most spoken language in the world? In response, here is the new article: The Most Spoken Languages 2022!
It is estimated that English will continue to be the most widely spoken language (first and second language) in the world in 2022. English is spoken by more than 1.4 billion people worldwide. In today’s article, we look at the most widely spoken languages around the globe. According to various analyses, there are more than 7,000 languages spoken around the world. But only two of them exceed one billion: English and Mandarin Chinese.
The Most Spoken Languages 1900/2022
Let’s start by trying to answer a first question. What are the most spoken languages in 2022? In 2022, the most spoken language in the world will be English. Mostly spoken in Great Britain and the United States as a first language, but also in many other countries as a first or second language, English will exceed 1.4 billion people speaking it in 2022. In second position we have Mandarin Chinese with over 1.119 billion people speaking it. And in third place is Hindi, which is expected to be spoken by more than 653 million people in 2022.
The first most spoken languages in the world in 2022 are the same as in 2021. But between 2021 and 2022, some figures changed. Bengali overtook Modern Arabic to rank sixth in 2022. Bengali is spoken by more than 272 million people worldwide as a first and second language. Portuguese has also overtaken Russian, with more than 263 million speakers in 2022. Spanish, which is spoken by more than 500 million people worldwide, also ranks high. In fifth place is French, with 282 million speakers.
Countries and territories where English is official language
Why is English the most spoken language in the world? The answer is certainly interesting. Let’s start by explaining a first fact. English is the first most spoken language in the world if we count first language (L1) and second language (L2). In fact, the people who speak English as a first language are “only” 369.9 million worldwide. Among the nations with the most inhabitants, those where English is an official language are 4: United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The population of the United States is approximately 330 million while that of the United Kingdom is 66 million. If we add to these “macro” nations Canada (except for Quebec) and various countries in Africa – including South Africa – this explains why English is the most spoken language in the world.
If English is spoken more as a second language than as a first language, the opposite is true for Mandarin Chinese. The total number of people who speak it as a first language is nearly 1 billion. In China itself, which has about 1.4 billion people, English is not spoken by the entire population. Although Mandarin Chinese is the official language in China there are many dialects spoken. Among them Wu, Minbei, Minnan etc.. Moreover in some border areas also other languages are definitely spoken: among these Korean and Kazakh to mention some.
Most spoken languages US
World figures say that English is the most spoken language in the world. But what are the most spoken languages in the United States? The first interesting fact is this. The United States has been a land of immigration for years. According to data published by Etnhologue, there are 422 languages spoken in the USA, 216 native and 206 from outside the country.
As you might expect, the most widely spoken language in the USA is English. 78.2% of the population, almost 4 out of 5, speak English exclusively. In second place among the most spoken languages in the USA is Spanish, a language spoken by more than 41 million people, accounting for 13.% of the total. But in third place we find Cilnese including Mandarin, Cantonese and other types. In total there were 3.5 million Chinese speakers in the US in 2017, over 1% of the total population. But there are a large number of languages spoken. These include Arabic, Cohran, Russian, Hindi, Telugu, Urdu, Armenian, Greek and many others.
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