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Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In The WORLD

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  A number of sources have compiled lists of languages by their numbers of speakers. However, all such lists should be used with caution, for the following reasons.

  • First, it is difficult to define exactly what constitutes a language as opposed to a dialect. For example, some languages, including CHINESE and ARABIC, are sometimes considered single languages and sometimes language families. Similarly, HINDI is sometimes considered to be a language, but together with URDU it also is often considered a single language, HINDUSTANI.
  • Second, there is no single criterion for how much knowledge is sufficient to be counted as a second-language speaker. For example, ENGLISH has about 400 million native speakers but, depending on the criterion chosen, can be said to have as many as 2 billion speakers. 

  Entries identified by ETHNOLOGUE ( as macrolanguages are not included in this section (i.s.).



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