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What are the most spoken languages in the world?In how many countries people speak...?
On this page you will find answers to this questions. The figures below are more or less reasonable assumptions
based on various data sources, but they give an overview of which languages are most used worldwide.
In this context there are various zealous debates, disputes and discussions about following points:
- Should the more than fifteen dialects of spoken Arabic, defined by geographical areas, considered as one Language?
- Should the various dialects of spoken Chinese considered as one Language?
- Should English considered to be a German dialect?
(That was not a joke, because English is a West Germanic language.)
- The number of official languages of countries.
This numbers vary utmost from source to source, e.g.:
"English is the official language of only seven countries".
(Michael Lerner, President, Learn the Net.com for IBM)
The ISO 3166-1 code lists 83 countries and regions with English as "official language".
(ISO 3166-1 Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions.)
Ethnologue states: English is spoken in the United Kingdom and in 104 other countries.
And here we come to the problem with
- The number of second language speakers, Ethnologue says, and no one put that into question, that English is spoken in the United Kingdom and in 104 other countries, well but what is with the other let's say100 countries and regions in the world?
English is the most widely used "second" and "learning" language in the world used for international communication in various fields like aviation, business, internet, science and technology to name only some.
Most Common Languages
Languages of the World
with an updated Top 20 list of the most widely spoken languages by "First language" speakers (2009).
Countries by Languages
Mega languages around the World - List of Chinese, English, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, and French speaking countries.
Official and National Languages of the World by Continent:
Languages of Africa Languages of the Americas Languages of Asia Languages of Australia and the Pacifics
Languages of Europe
Languages and Codes
List of languages in English and French names, with a short description where this languages are spoken, with ISO 639-2 language codes.
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