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Jul 5, 2020

Which is the most common first language in the world?

What language has the largest number of native speakers?

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According to Ethnologue (2019, 22nd edition), the language having the largest number of native speakers is Mandarin Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is the native language of 918 million people, representing 11.922 % of the total population of the world (as of March 2019).


Below is the list of the most common first languages in the word:

1. Mandarin Chinese - 918 million speakers, 11.922 % of world population

2. Spanish - 480 million speakers, 5.994 % of world population

3. English - 379 million speakers, 4.922 % of world population

4. Hindi (Sanskritised Hindustani) - 341 million speakers, 4.429% of world population

5. Bengali - 228 million speakers, 2.961 % of world population

6. Portuguese - 221 millions speakers, 2.870 % of world population

7. Russian - 154 million speakers, 2 % of world population

8. Japanese - 128 millions speakers, 1.662 % of world population

9. Western Punjabi - 92.7 million speakers, 1.204 % of world population

10. Marathi - 83.1 million speakers, 1.079 % of world population

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