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Language is the specifically human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of acoustic as well as kinesic signals to express thoughts and feelings, and language is used for the exchange of knowledge and experiences.

The problem on this planet is the language systems vary greatly from region to region. The variety may be so different that one individual does not understand the language of a member from another region or country.
 


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Geographic Distribution of Living Languages (2009)
  Total Living Languages Percentage   Number of speakers  
 Africa
Countries in Africa
2,110 30.5 %   726,453,403  
 The Americas
Countries in the Americas and the Caribbean
993 14.4 %   50,496,321  
 Asia
Countries in Asia
2,322 33.6 %   3,622,771,264  
 Australia/Pacific
Countries in Australia/Pacific
1,250 18.1 %   6,429,788  
 Europe
Countries in Europe
234 3.4 %   1,553,360,941  
Total
 
6,909 100 %   5,959,511,717  
Source: Ethnologue
 
Top 20 of the most widely spoken languages by "First language" speakers (2009)

Rank

Language

Primary Country
Number of total countries where the language is spoken
Speakers (millions)
 
1 Chinese China 31 1,213  
2 Spanish Spain 44 329  
3 English United Kingdom 112 328  
4 Arabic Saudi Arabia 57 221  
5 Hindi India 20 182  
6 Bengali Bangladesh 10 181  
7 Portuguese Portugal 37 178  
8 Russian Russian Federation 33 144  
9 Japanese Japan 25 122  
10 German, Standard Germany 43 90.3  
11 Javanese Indonesia 5 84.6  
12 Lahnda Pakistan 8 78.3  
13 Telugu India 10 69.8  
14 Vietnamese Viet Nam 23 68.6  
15 Marathi India 5 68.1  
16 French France 60 67.8  
17 Korean Korea 33 66.3  
18 Tamil India 17 65.7  
19 Italian Italy 34 61.7  
20 Urdu Pakistan 23 60.6  
Source: Ethnologue
 
More about Languages:

Official and National Languages of the World by Continent.

Languages of Africa
List of Languages of Africa by Countries.

Languages of the Americas
List of Languages of the Americas and the Caribbean by Countries.

Languages of Asia
List of Languages of Asia by Countries.

Languages of Australia and the Pacifics
List of Languages of the Pacifics by Countries.

Languages of Europe
List of Languages of the European Countries.
 
Even more about Languages:

Most spoken Languages of the World
List of Languages most widely spoken in the world.

Countries by Languages
Megalanguages around the World - List of Chinese, English, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, and French speaking countries.

Languages around the World with International Language Codes
Languages of the World and where they are spoken, a list of Language Names in English and French with ISO 639-2 Alpha-3 as well as some of the Alpha-2 language identification codes.