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List: Top Ten Most Spoken Languages

Date: 2000

Source: www.soyouwanna.com

Base: All Spoken Languages

Notes: First language only, otherwise English would top the list as it is the most widely spoken second (or other) language

Language

No. of Speakers (million)

Mandarin

1,200

English

508

Hindustani

497

Spanish

392

Russian

277

Arabic

246

Bengali

211

Portuguese

191

Malay-Indonesian

159

French

129


   
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