Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Punjabi is 10th, Urdu 21st , Pashto 31st, Sindhi 46th Largest Language of World.

The following table lists the 50 largest languages in the world by native speakers.

1 Mandarin 935 Million 14.1% China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Part of Chinese

2 Spanish 387 Million 5.85% Hispanic America, Spain, United States, Equatorial Guinea

3 English 365 Million 5.52% Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Falkland Islands

4 Hindi 295 Million 4.46% India Includes approx. 100 million speakers of other Hindi languages.

5 Arabic 280 Million 4.23% Northern Africa, Middle East

6 Portuguese 204 Million 3.08% Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Macao, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe

7 Bengali 202 Million 3.05% Bangladesh, West Bengal (India), Tripura (India)

8 Russian 160 Million 2.42% Russia, former Republics of the Soviet Union, Mongolia, Israel

9 Japanese 127 Million 1.92% Japan

10 Punjabi 95.5 Million 1.44% Punjab region (Pakistan, India)

11 German 92.1 Million 1.39% Austria, Belgium (Eupen-Malmedy) Germany, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, South Tirol (in Italy)

12 Javanese 82.4 Million 1.25% Java (Indonesia)

13 Wu 79.5 Million 1.2% Shanghai (China)Part of Chinese

14 Indonesian/Malay 76.9 Million 1.16%Indonesia, Malaysia

15 Telugu 75.9 Million 1.15% Andhra Pradesh (India)

16 Vietnamese 75.6 Million 1.14% Vietnam

17 Korean 75.5 Million 1.14% North Korea, South Korea

18 French 73.8 Million 1.12% Belgium (Wallonia, Brussels), Canada (particularly Quebec, New Brunswick and Eastern parts of Ontario), France, Switzerland

19 Marathi 72.9 Million 1.1% Maharashtra (India)

20 Tamil 70.0 Million 1.06% Sri Lanka,Singapore, Tamil Nadu (India), Malaysia,Mauritius

21 Urdu 65.6 Million 0.99% Pakistan, India

22 Turkish 62.6 Million 0.95% Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria

23 Italian 59.4 Million 0.9% Italy, Switzerland, San Marino

24 Cantonese 59.2 Million 0.89% Hong Kong and Guangdong Part of Chinese

25 Thai 56.2 Million 0.85% Thailand

26 Gujarati 48.9 Million 0.74% Gujarat (India)

27 Jin 47.6 Million 0.72% Central China Part of Chinese

28 Min Nan 46.9 Million 0.71% Southeastern China Part of Chinese

29 Persian 45.3 Million 0.68% Iran, Afghanistan, Tadzhikistan

30 Polish 40.2 Million 0.61% Poland

31 Pashto 38.6 Million 0.58% Afghanistan, Pakistan

32 Kannada 38.1 Million 0.58% Karnataka (India)

33 Xiang 38.1 Million 0.58% Hunan (China)

34 Malayalam 37.7 Million 0.57% Kerala (India)

35 Sundanese 37.5 Million 0.57% Java (Indonesia)

36 Hausa 34.5 Million 0.52% Nigeria

37 Oriya 33.4 Million 0.5% Orissa (India)

38 Burmese 33.2 Million 0.5% Burma

39 Hakka 30.6 Million 0.46% Southern China Part of Chinese

40 Ukrainian 30.4 Million 0.46% Ukraine

41 Bhojpuri 28.7 Million 0.43% Bihar (India)Part of Bihari. This is only a fraction of the speakers; the others are counted under 'Hindi' above.

42 Tagalog 27.5 Million 0.42% Manila and Northern Philippines

43 Yoruba 27.5 Million 0.42% Nigeria, Benin and Togo

44 Maithili 26.8 Million 0.41% Bihar (India) Part of Bihari. This is only a fraction of the speakers; the others are counted under 'Hindi' above.

45 Uzbek 25.6 Million 0.39% Uzbekistan

46 Sindhi 25.5 Million 0.39% Sindh (Pakistan and neighboring areas in India)

47 Amharic 24.8 Million 0.37% Ethiopia

48 Fula 24.5 Million 0.37% West and Central Africa, from Senegal to Sudan

49 Romanian 24.5 Million 0.37% Romania, Moldova

50 Oromo 24.1 Million 0.36% Ethiopia and Kenya