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What is the most common language spoken in the world?

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January 29, 2016 5:45PM

It depends on what you mean by "most common". The language with the most native speakers is Mandarin. The most widely used language is English.

Native Speakers

1. Chinese (1.1 billion)

2. Hindi (360 million)

3. Spanish (340 million)

4. English (322 million)

5. Arabic (206 million)

6. Bengali (180 million)

7. Portuguese (180 million)

8. Russian (167 million)

9. Japanese (127 million)

10. German (95 million)

Total Speakers

1. Chinese (1.5 billion)

2. English (1+ billion)

3. Spanish (500 million)

4. Hindustani (460 million)

5. Arabic (452 million)

6. Russian (278 million)

7. French (265 million)

8. Portuguese (215 million)

9. Bengali (211 million)

10. German (150 million)

11. Japanese (130 million)

Languages spoken in the most countries

1. English

2. French

3. Arabic

4. Spanish

5. Russian

6. German

7. Portuguese

8. Chinese