What is the world's most widely spoken language ?

What is the world's most widely spoken language ?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I should say Mandarin has the largest number of speakers whilst English has the most number of influence (per country). The Bridge recently commissioned a study on linguistic. Check out http://bridgelanguagecenter.com/languageguide.html or a more detailed look at languages in http://bridgelanguagecenter.com/reference/worldlan...

    Good luck!

    Source(s): linguist
  • 1 decade ago

    If you want to know what language has the most speakers, it's definitely Mandarin Chinese, followed by Hindi, English, and Spanish. (It is unclear whether English or Spanish has more speakers.)

    But your words were, most WIDELY spoken, and I'd have to say English, as it is spoken in 105 countries (83 officially). By this definition, French and Spanish are the runners-up.

    That's not to say Chinese isn't huge. Mandarin's 874 million speakers (approximate) are enough to top the charts, but that doesn't even take into account non-native Mandarin speakers or any of the other dialects. The non-natives put Mandarin just over a billion, and the total number of Chinese speakers is approximately 1,343,755,000.

    Edit, re Positivemindattitude: It is true that Arabic is a widely spoken language. Regarding the number of speakers, it would come just after the languages I mention in my first paragraph. It is also the official language of 26 countries, five more than Spanish, but Spanish is spoken unofficially in many places. French still beats both by a long shot (albeit not by population).

  • Jeme
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    1. Chinese, Mandarin

    2. English

    3. Spanish

    4. Arabic

    5. Bengali

    6. Hindi

    7. Russian

    8. Portuguese

    9. Japanese

    10. German

    Source(s): The 50 Most Widely Spoken Languages http://www.photius.com/rankings/languages2.html
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Mandarin

    PS.:

    It seems that everyone who answered this question has forgotten to mention Arabic. It may not be the most widely spoken language but it is probably more widely spoken than French.

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  • allie
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Mandarin Chinese, then Spanish, and English in third.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Mandarin. the chinese population is HUGE so the need for speaking'/understaing chinese ppl has increased. so ppl learn it.

  • 1 decade ago

    Mandarin Chinese

  • 1 decade ago

    I'd go with English.

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