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2021-02-26 00:01:05

The most spoken languages of the world in 2020

The most spoken languages of the world in 2020

If you are looking for a foreign language to learn, choose the one that is on the list of the most common ones. What are these languages? Let's tell you now!

English language

English is the most spoken language in the world. There are two reasons for this: firstly, many people speak it, and secondly, many choose it as a foreign language to study. Today, 1 billion 132 million people speak English. It will appeal to those who do not like to bother about the gender or conjugation of verbs - everything is simple here. Learn a language if you want to travel smoothly, learn new things and climb the career ladder.

Chinese (mandarin)

Mandarin Chinese is spoken by 1 billion 117 million people. Few choose it as a subject of study, but the number of native speakers is impressive: 73% of Chinese people speak Mandarin. It will not be easy to learn this language (at least due to the presence of fifty thousand hieroglyphs), so it is suitable for those who are not looking for easy ways.


Hindi is spoken by 615 million people. This is a great option for those for whom the category of the gender of nouns and the absence of articles is important. By the way, Hindi has a lot in common with English, in particular vocabulary. If you learn this difficult language, you will have the prospect of communicating with 615 million interesting people!

Spanish language

Spanish is the language spoken by 534 million people and is growing in popularity every month. The reason is the growing cultural influence of Spain on the world stage. The Spanish language will appeal to those who like to deal with difficult grammar, but are ready to write exactly the way they hear. Spanish is a melodic language that is considered official not only in Spain, but also in Central Africa and Guinea.


French is a language spoken by 280 million people. Linguists predict that the number of French speakers will only increase in the next 10 years and will double by 2030. The French language will fall on the soul of those who speak English - these languages belong to the same group and are considered very similar. The main reason for its popularity is its cultural influence.

6-20 seats (active number of speakers is indicated)

  • Arabic - 274 million
  • Bengali - 265 million
  • Russian - 258 million
  • Portuguese - 234 million
  • Indonesian - 199 million
  • Urdu - 170 million
  • German - 132 million
  • Japanese - 128 million
  • Swahili - 98 million
  • Marathi - 95 million
  • Telugu - 93 million
  • Western Punjabi - 93 million
  • Wu (dialect of Chinese) - 82 million
  • Tamil - 81 million
  • Turkish - 80 million
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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