What languages are spoken on Earth?
The actual number of languages spoken in the world is difficult to calculate. One of the problems is that of the definition of what constitutes a language. Most estimates are between 6800-7000.
This leads to the following range in answers:
- The National Virtual Translation Center says there are about 6,900 languages in the world.
- The Ethnologue organization's current catalog includes 6,809 distinct languages.
- The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language says that estimates of total living languages in the world vary from 3,000 to 10,000.
- Voegelins' Classification and Index of the World's Languages (1977) lists 20,000 languages and dialects, grouped into about 4,500 living languages.
- The Linguistic Society of America says: No exact figure exists, and we are losing languages every year, as only living speakers die. But a good estimate is about 6,800 languages.
The Ethnologue catalogue lists 6,809 living languages spoken in the world. It is not possible to list them here.
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Here is a list of the 100 most spoken languages on Earth, representing 85% of the world's population:
- Mandarin (entire branch)
- Bengali (Bangla)
- Wu Chinese (Shanghainese)
- Malay (including Malaysian and Indonesian)
- Yue Chinese (including Cantonese)
- Southern Min Chinese (including Hokkien and Teochew)
- Xiang Chinese (Hunanese)
- Odia (Oriya)
- Tagalog (Filipino)
- Gan Chinese
- Cebuano (Visayan)
- Northern Min
- Haitian Creole
- Eastern Min Chinese (including Fuzhounese)
- Hiligaynon/Ilonggo (Visayan)
There are 6,809 living languages spoken in the world.
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Languages that are spoken
The most spoken language on Earth is Mandarin-Chinese , with an estimated 1.12 billion speakers, worldwide. English is the second most used language, with approximately 480 m…illion speakers. Spanish is the third most used language on Earth with approximately 320 million speakers. Native-tongue speakers would be as follows: . Mandarin-Chinese (937,132,000) . Spanish (332,000,000) . English (322,000,000) Source/additional information can be found in the related links section below.
English is the most widely spoken language on earth. Mandarin has the largest number of native speakers.
There are many languages spoken throughout the world. Languagesvary throughout the world in different countries and regions of theworld.
English is the most wide-spread language, but as a native language there are more Chinese speakers.
Don't know but see this webpage for details of the worlds top 30 languages http://www.krysstal.com/spoken.html
The Adamaic Language. Known as a pure language that Adam and Eve spoke communicating with G-d. Answer: The previous answer has no scientific validity. The current linguist…ic theory identifies the first human language as Proto-World, or Proto-Human, and may have been spokean as far back as 200,000 years ago.
The second most spoken language on earth is Spanish. Nearly all of south America and Mexico speak it, and many europeaners learn it as a second language.
Chinese--and all of the dialects thereof--is the most-spoken language on Earth.
1.- Mandarin 1 billion+ 2.- English 508 Million 3.- Hindustani 498 Million 4.- Spanish 392 Million 5.- Russian 277 Million 6.- Arabic 246 Million 7.- Bengali 211 Milli…on 8.- Portuguese 191 Million 9.- Malay-Indonesian 159 Million 10- French 129 Million
The first language ever spoken was sumerian. Mesopotamia was the first civilization ever to speak and use hieroglyphics. Answer: The previous answer has no scientific valid…ity. The current linguistic theory identifies the first human language as Proto-World, or Proto-Human, and may have been spokean as far back as 200,000 years ago.
Ethnologue lists a total of 6,809 languages.
Ethnologue lists the total as 6,809 languages.
Great Britain is a tiny country but one with attitude. The industrial revolution some two centuries ago gave Great Britain the ability to travel further than ever before. Ship…s could travel the world and find their way home again. Industry gave the English wealth and the wealth brought a desire for exotic possessions, food and experiences. So began the British Empire. The British travelled in search of new foods, new materials, new spices, gold, diamonds, more wealth and new experiences. The British go to be one of the best countries in the world at travelling and quickly reached out to every continent of the world. The domination of the British was felt in hundreds of countries. Huge parts of Africa, all of the Australian continent, North America, parts of Asia and the Indian sub-continent along with countless islands in remote seas all fell under the rule of the British Empire. The British went for goods and wealth and left behind their language. The British Empire is no more and most people think of that as a good thing. Trading links were established during the time of the empire and they largely remain today. The empire was dismantled with little violence or bitterness and so the British left a legacy of language across huge parts of the world. English is spoken in more countries than any other language and all due to the exploration of a tiny island nation.