2/15/2006

Human Language Popularity



Number of speakers
Number of web documents
Summary: top 14 (speakers and web documents)
Combination: native speakers times web documents
Number of speakers

source: Ethnologue on Tue 21 Oct 1997

The data comes from the entries in the ethnologue itself, not from the Top 100 list, whose numbers differ from those in the entries.

("1st" means native speakers; "1st or 2nd" means all speakers.)

language speakers (1st) (1st or 2nd)
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(top 98:)
Mandarin 885 million
English 322 million 470 million
Spanish 266 million 362 million
Bengali 189 million 196 million
Hindi 182 million 418 million
Russian 170 million 288 million
Portuguese 170 million 182 million
Japanese 125 million
German 98 million 121 million
Wu 77 million
Javanese 76 million
Korean 75 million
Telugu 73 million
French 72 million 124 million
Vietnamese 67 million
Cantonese (Yue) 66 million
Marathi 65 million
Tamil 62 million 69 million
Turkish 59 million
Urdu 57 million
Min Nan 49 million
Gujarati 44 million
Polish 44 million
Egyptian 43 million
Ukrainian 41 million
Italian 40 million 63 million
Hunanese (Xiang) 36 million
Kannada 34 million 44 million
Malayalam 34 million
Hakka 34 million
Oriya 31 million
Western Panjabi 30 million
Western Farsi 27 million
Romanian 26 million
Eastern Panjabi 26 million
Bhojpuri 25 million
Maithili 24 million
Hausa 22 million 38 million
Burmese 22 million 31 million
Algerian 22 million
Thai 21 million
Gan 21 million
Dutch 21 million
Serbo-Croatian 21 million
Amharic 20 million 23 million
Awadhi 20 million
Yoruba 20 million
Moroccan 20 million
Sindhi 20 million
Saidi 19 million
Malay 18 million
Northern Uzbek 18 million
Indonesian 17 million 140 million
Igbo 17 million
Sudanese 16 million
Nepali 16 million
Siraiki 15 million
Northeastern Tai 15 million
Hungarian 15 million
Assamese 15 million
Cebuano 15 million
Levantine Arabic 15 million
Tagalog 15 million
South Azerbaijani 14 million
Haryanvi 13 million
Sinhala 13 million
Czech 12 million
Greek 12 million
Marwari 12 million
Deccan 11 million
Min Bei 11 million
Magahi 11 million
Chattisgarhi 11 million
Belorussian 10 million
Northern Zhuang 10 million
Eastern Pashto 10 million
Najdi 10 million
Lombard 9 million
Zulu 9 million
Bulgarian 9 million
Swedish 9 million
Rwanda 9 million
Western Pashto 8 million
Bundeli 8 million
Ilocano 8 million
Kazakh 8 million
Somali 8 million
Tatar 8 million
Southern Yemeni 7 million
Uyghur 7 million
Cambodian (Khmer) 7 million
Neapolitan-Calabrese 7 million
Akan 7 million
Eastern Farsi 7 million
Kurmanji 7 million
Shona 7 million
North Azerbaijani 7 million
Xhosa 7 million

(scattered others:)
Finnish 6 million
Danish 5 million
Norwegian 5 million
Hebrew 5 million
Lithuanian 4 million
Latvian 1.6 million
Estonian 1.1 million
Icelandic 0.25 million
Human Language Popularity

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