The 10 Most Spoken Languages in the World 2020 | DVO

The 10 Most Spoken Languages in the World

Most Spoken Languages in the World. Idiomas más hablados del mundo

What are the most spoken languages in the world? – One of the best linguistic resources, The Ethnologue Catalogue of World Languages, lists 6.912 living languages.  About 6% of them have more than a million speakers each, and collectively account for 94% of the world population.

Related article: The Most Uncommon European Languages.

These are the most spoken languages in the world:

10. German. Over 90 million native speakers, it’s official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol in Italy, Liechtenstein and the German-speaking Community of Belgium.

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9. Japanese. Over 120 million people. The vast majority of Japanese speakers live in Japan.

Listen to our Japanese voice over demos here

8. Russian. Spoken by 144 million, it is not only official language in Russia, but also in many minor or unrecognized territories throughout Eurasia.

Listen to our Russian voice over demos here.

7. Bengali. Perhaps you didn’t see this one coming. The main language of Bangladesh. With 190 million, it is one of India’s official languages.

Listen to our Bengali voice over demos here.

6. Portuguese. If it weren’t for Portugal’s colonies in the past, Portuguese wouldn’t be in this list. Of its 220 million native speakers, 200 million are from Brazil.

Listen to our Portuguese voice over demos here.

5. Arabic. Official language in 20 countries and co-official in at least 6 more, it’s the native language of 290 million people.

Listen to our Arabic voice over demos here.

4. Hindi. With over 310 million speakers, it is one of the most widely spoken languages on the planet. It shares co-official status with 21 other languages in India.

Listen to our Hindi voice over demos here.

3. English. Certainly is the leading global language, but its native speakers number is “only” 360 million worldwide.

Listen to our English voice over demos here. 

2. Spanish. Used in about 30 countries. It is also the primary language in Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States of America. It has 400 million native speakers. If you want to know a little bit more about the Spanish language click here.

Listen to our Spanish voice over demos.

1. Mandarin Chinese. And the winner is… Mandarin! 960 million native speakers in the world!!! Mandarin is by far the largest of the Chinese dialect groups, and it is spoken by 70 percent of the Chinese speakers over a large geographical area.

Listen to our Chinese voice over demos here.

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Related article: The Most Difficult Asian Languages to Find in Voiceover.

4 thoughts on “The 10 Most Spoken Languages in the World

  • Alexandra Salinasova


    Do you ever need voiceovers for German or Czech?

    • Borja

      Hello Alexandra,

      We sent you an email answering to your question.
      Please, don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further info.
      Have a lovely day.
      Best regards!

  • James Luving

    I think its not really correct
    Because i havent seen African Languages
    Whereby Swahili language is one of the big langiag
    It is the tenth language in the world

    • Borja

      Hello James,

      Thanks a lot for your contribution. What you propose is really interesting! Swahili is the official language for more than 50 million people, thus, it’s not in our top 10 list. But, being used as lingua franca between people who don’t share mother tongue, the total number of speakers can reach somewhere around 100 million. This is an estimate.

      Anyway, we will soon post an article on African languages. Thanks a lot for your input!!!


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