1. Chinese

Number of native speakers: 1 296 461 000 — 1 299 000 000
The main country: China

In fact, Chinese consists of many other languages. But the characters are the same. Writing the main characters since the mid-20th century, after the reform in China, has become much easier. If you wish to learn a language that one in six people in the world speak, this is the one for you.

2. Spanish

Number of native speakers: 442 000 000
The main country: Spain

In second place is a very beautiful language, which is the official in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba and most of South America. Spanish is very similar to Italian and Portuguese, as it is in the same Romanesque group.

3. English

Number of native speakers: 378 000 000
The main country: UK

Number three of our list of the most popular and common languages belongs English, which is the most common language to study as a foreign language.

4. Arabic

Number of native speakers: 313 177 600[ — 315 000 000
The main country: Saudi Arabia

Arabic is spoken in 60 countries such as Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt and Libya, of which 26 are official. One of the languages of the UN and belongs to the Semitic branch of the afroasian language family.

5. Hindi

Number of native speakers: 260 000 000
The main country: India

It is one of the 23 official languages of India and is also spoken in Pakistan and Fiji. English is one of the official languages of India, but, according to some reports, Hindi is quite a promising language and it can become one of the most popular languages by 2050.

6. Bengali

Number of native speakers: 243 000 000
The main country: Bangladesh

Admit it: you didn’t expect Bengali to be on the list of most spoken languages. Bengali language, one of the languages of the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family. It is common and official language in Bangladesh and India.

7. Portuguese

Number of native speakers: 223 000 000
The main country: Portugal

It is the official language in Portugal, Brazil, Angola and some other countries. Most native speakers live in Brazil. Portuguese is comparable to Spanish, French and Italian in terms of the complexity of the study, as it is in the same group of romance languages.

8. Russian

Number of native speakers: 154 000 000
The main country: Russia

Russian is the official language in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. It is the most widespread Slavic language in the world and the most widespread language in Europe on number of native speakers. Russian is one of the working languages of the UN. It is quite difficult to learn, its grammar is complex but logical.

9. Japanese

Number of native speakers: 128 000 000
The main country: Japan

Japanese is not an easy language at all. One of the main difficulties in learning this language are the characters that came from Chinese, but over time in the process of language development has changed.

10. Western Punjabi 

Number of native speakers: 119 000 000
The main country: Pakistan

This language belongs to the Indo-Aryan languages of the Indo-European language family and is one of the official languages of India. Punjabi is the language of Punjabi and JAT, ethnic groups in India.