The languages with more than 30 million native speakers.

There are approximately 7000 languages spoken in the world today, the majority of which are spoken by very tiny populations. About 60% of the world’s population, approximately 4 billion people, speak one of the few languages listed below. In fact, only 40 languages are spoken by more than 30 million native speakers. These languages are listed below in order of native speakers. Note that only native speakers are counted and that dialectal differences are overlooked. 


1. Mandarin 

935 million native speakers 

14.1 % of the world’s population

2. Spanish 

460 million native speakers

5.85 % of the world’s population 

3. English

379 million speakers 

5.52 % of the world’s population


4. Hindi

341 million speakers 

4.46 % of the world’s population

5. Arabic

319 million speakers 

4.23 % of the world’s population


6. Bengali

228 million speakers

3.08 % of the world’s population

7. Portuguese

221 million speakers 

3.05 % of the world’s population

8. Russian

154 million native speakers 

2.59 % of the world’s population


9. Japanese

128 million speakers 

1.92 % of the world’s population

10. Punjabi 

95 million speakers 

1.44 % of the world’s population


11. German

92 million native speakers 

1.39 % of the world’s population

12. Marathi

83.1 million native speakers

1.26  % of the world’s population

13. Javanese

82 million native speakers

1.25 % of the world’s population


14. Telugu

82 million native speakers 

1.25 % of the world’s population

15. Wu

81.4 million native speakers

1.21 % of the world’s population


16. Malay

80.3 million speakers

1.20 % of the world’s population

17. Turkish 

79.4 million native speakers

1.18 % of the world’s population 

18. Korean

77.3 million native speakers

1.15 % of the world’s population 


19. French

77.2 million native speakers 

1.15 % of the world’s population 

20. Vietnamese

76.0 million native speakers

1.14  % of the world’s population

21. Tamil 

75.0 million native speakers

1.12  % of the world’s population


22. Yue (Cantonese)

73.1 million native speakers

1.10  % of the world’s population 

23. Urdu

68.6 million native speakers

1.0  % of the world’s population 

24. Italian

64.8 million native speakers

0.96  % of the world’s population 


25. Persian 

61.8 million native speakers

0.92 % of the world’s population

26. Gujarati

56.4 million native speakers

0.85 % of the world’s population 

27. Thai

56.0 million native speakers

0.85 % of the world’s population


28. Southern Min

50.1 million native speakers

0.75 % of the world’s population

29. Jin

46.9 million native speakers

0.70 % of the world’s population 

30. Polish 

40.0 million native speakers

0.61 % of the world’s population


31. Pashto

39.7 million native speakers

0.59 % of the world’s population

32. Kannada

38.8 million native speakers

0.58 % of the world’s population

33. Xiang

38.5 million native speakers

0.58 % of the world’s population


34. Malayalam

38.4 million native speakers

0.58 % of the world’s population

35. Sundanese

38.2 million native speakers

0.57 % of the world’s population

36. Hausa

38.4 million native speakers

0.58 % of the world’s population 


37. Odia

33.4 million native speakers

0.50 % of the world’s population

38. Burmese

33.0 million native speakers

0.50 % of the world’s population

39. Hakka

31 million native speakers

0.46 % of the world’s population


40. Ukrainian 

30 million native speakers

0.46 % of the world’s population

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