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Principal Languages of the World

Language

People Speaking (in Millions)

Afrikaans (South Africa) 10
Amharic (Ethiopia) 20
Arabic 200
Assamese (India, Bangladesh), 22
Azer (Azerbaijan) 15
Bengali (Bangladesh, India) 207
Burmese (Myanmar) 31
Byelorussian (Belarus) 10
Chinese 1,000
Cebuano (Bohol Sea, Philippines) 13
Czeh (Czech Republic) 12
Dutch-Flemish (Netherlands, Belgium) 21
English 400
French 100
Fula (Cameroon,, Nigeria) 13
German 117
Greek (Greece) 12
Gujarati (India) 46
Hakka or Kejia (China) 34
Haryanvi 13
Hausa (Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon) 38
Hebrew 15
Hindi 496
Hungarian or Magyar (Hungary) 14
Ibo or Igbo (Niger, Nigeria) 17
Italian (Italy) 63
Japanese 125
Javanese (Jawa, Indonesia) 64
Kannada (India) 47
Korean (Korea, China, Japan) 75
Kurdish (South-West of Caspian Sea) 11
Madureso (Madura, Indonesia) 10
Malagasy (Madagascar) 12
Malay (Indonesia) 159
Malayalam (India) 36
Mandarin (China) 975
Marathi (India) 72
Marwari 12
Min (China, Taiwan, Malaysia) 50
Nepali (Nepal, India, Bhutan) 16
Oriya (India) 32
Oromo (W. Ethiopia, N. Kenya) 10
Persian (Iran, Afghanistan) 35
Polish (Poland) 44
Portuguese 168
Punjabi (India, Pakistan) 96
Pushtu (mainly Afghanistan, also Pakistan, Iran) 21
Romanian (Romania,, Moldova) 26
Russian 288
Serbo-Croatian (North-west Balkan Area) 20
Sindhi (India,, Pakistan) 19
Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) 13
Spanish 322
Sundanese (Indonesia) 26
Swahili (Kenya, Tanzania, Zaire, Uganda) 49
Tagalog (Philippines) 54
Tamil (India, Sri Lanka) 66
Telugu (India) 69
Thai (Thailand) 51
Turkish (Turkey) 60
Ukrainian (Ukraine, Russia, Poland) 47
Urdu (Pakistan, India) 102
Uzbek (Uzbekistan) 14
Vietnamese (Vietnam) 65
Wu (China) 77
Yoruba (Nigeria, Zou, Benin), 20
Zhuang (South China) 15