Top 12 Most Popular and Spoken Languages in the World

Here's a list of the top 12 most spoken languages in the world. These languages are spoken in different places have majority of speakers in different locations.
They are the 12 most used languages in world communication and some of their speakers have the ability to speak more than 3 different languages. Here's the list of the most spoken languages in the world:

#1: Mandarin

Mandarin is spoken by over 950 million people in the world. It's a dialect in Chinese and is considered the standard language in China. Wu is the second most spoken dialect after Mandarin, with over 300 million speakers.

#2: Hindustani

Hindustani has over 750 million speakers in the world. This language includes Urdu and Hindi (which are almost the same). Hindustani is Pakistan's standard language and is written in modified Arabic script called Urdu. It is also India's standard language but only written in the Devanagari and known as Hindi.

#3: Spanish

Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world with an estimated 600 million speakers worldwide. It is spoken in several parts of the world including South America, West Africa, USA and its central original domain, Spain.

#4: English

English is one language that is spoken in every corner of the world. It has fewer speakers than Chinese though, but some millions more Chinese people know at least a few English. It is approximately spoken by 580 million people in the world. Shockingly, about 35% of the 1 Billion+ people that use the internet communicate in English language.

#5: Bengali

Bengali is spoken in Bengal, an area in Bangladesh. It has over 110 million speakers in India alone, 130 million in Bangladesh and 95 million in Nepal. It has about 400 million speakers worldwide with majority of its speakers in Bangladesh.

Other most spoken languages in the world are:

#6: Arabic — 300 million speakers

#7: Portuguese — 280 million speakers

#8: Russian — 220 million speakers

#9: Japanese — 180 million speakers

#10: German — 120 million speakers

#11: Korean — 100 million speakers

#12: French — 88 million speakers

It is noteworthy that over 5% of the world's population speak more than two of these languages.