Highly Spoken Languages in the world

Highly Spoken Languages in the world

Today I had an argument with my friends telling English is not the largest spoken language in the world. My argument was based on assumption that China was the populous country in the world and I assumed Chinese to the largest spoken language. 

After coming home I Googled and startled to know these facts. 

  • Thought English to be second highly spoken language. But to my surprise English was 3rd highly spoken after Spanish.
  • Six Indian languages were placed in top 20 highly spoken languages list.
  • Tamil has 19th position.

So here is the list of languages and their rating.







1 Mandarin Chinese 845,000,000
2 Spanish 329,000,000
3 English 328,000,000
4 Hindi 242,000,000
5 Arabic 221,000,000
6 Bengali 181,000,000
7 Portuguese 178,000,000
8 Russian 144,000,000
9 Japanese 122,000,000
10 German 90,300,000
11 Javanese 84,600,000
12 Wu 77,200,000
13 Punjabi 78,300,000
14 French 67,800,000
15 Telugu 69,800,000
16 Vietnamese 68,600,000
17 Marathi 68,100,000
18 Korean 66,300,000
19 Tamil 65,700,000
20 Italian 61,700,000

Indians are always smart

Three construction contractors died and went to heaven – a Pakistani, a Chinese, and an Indian. When they got there St. Peter welcomed them warmly and asked if they could do him a favor before they entered heaven.

It seems that the Pearly gates were in need of some repair, and he wanted some estimates.

The Pakistani contractor looked the job over carefully and estimated the job at $900. When asked how he came up with that figure, he said, “$300 materials, $300 labor, and $300 profit.”

St. Peter then asked the Chinese contractor for an estimate. After careful inspection he answered, “$3300 – $1100 materials, $1100 labor, and $1100 profit.”

When St. Peter ask the Indian for an estimate, he answered immediately without looking over the job at all – $2900.

Asked how he came up with that figure he answered, “Simple, $1000 for you, $1000 for me, and $900 to get the Pakistani contractor over there to do the work.”