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20 most widely spoken languages

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This list mentions the list of languages that are spoken widely all around the world.

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KANNADA Report Abuse
Kannada is a southern Dravidian Language and according to Dravidian scholar Sanford Steever, its history can be conventionally divided in to three periods; Old Kannada (halegannada) from 450-1200 A.D., Middle Kannada (Nadugannada) from 1200-1700 A.D., and Modern Kannada from 1700 to the present.[21] Kannada is influenced to an appreciable extent by Sanskrit. According to the Dravidian scholars Bhadriraju Krishnamurti and Kamil Zvelebil, Kannada and Tamil split into independent languages from the proto Tamil-Kannada sub-group around 5th - 6th. century B.C. or earlier,[22][23] Influences of other languages such as Prakrit and Pali can also be found in Kannada language. The scholar Iravatham Mahadevan proved that Kannada was already a language of rich oral tradition earlier than 3rd century B.C., and based on the native Kannada words found in Prakrit and Tamil inscriptions of that period, Kannada must have been spoken by a widespread and stable populations.[22][24] The scholar K.V. Narayana claims that many tribal languages which are now designated as Kannada dialects could be nearer to the earlier form of the language with lesser influence from other languages.[22]
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Mandarin Chinese Report Abuse
Thanks to China being one of the most populous countries in the world, this language occupies the first position. Over 1100 million people worldwide speak this language.
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spoken by 900 Million people, so it must be the No. 1!!!!!
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English Report Abuse
This language is the second most widely spoken language, though the country of Great Britain is relatively small. Due to the colonization of the British in the past, this language has its presence in most countries with more than 450 million people speaking this language.
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Portuguese Report Abuse
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spoken by 220 Million people
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Hindi Report Abuse
This language is gaining prominence in recent years and not only being spoken in India but by over 180 million people worldwide.
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Bengali Report Abuse
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230 Million people speak it.
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hindi is not mother tongue of india.
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Cantonese Report Abuse
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this is really odd and can you also show the number of people by millions because this list is kind of incomplete compared to other ones and make harder math questions i once got 1+1
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Spanish Report Abuse
More than 300 million people all around the world speak this language, giving it the third position.
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Russian Report Abuse
This language which is spoken by more than 250 million people worldwide occupies the fourth position.
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punjabi Report Abuse
because punjabi a language of punjab,india is spoken worlwide like in england it is 2nd largest nd in canda it is 3rd largest spoken language,and in america also,this language is spoken all over the world
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spoken by 140 Million people
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Best language ever heard!
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German Report Abuse
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25% of US Americans have German ancestors, more percent than any other ethnic Group. Alltogether with the Austrians and Swiss it may be well about 100 Millions.
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More than 100 Million people in 60 countries speak German
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Urdu Report Abuse
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80 Million people speak it
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Vietnamese Report Abuse
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80 Million speak it
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Jinyu Chinese Report Abuse
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telugu Report Abuse
it is 2nd higiest spoken language in india and 16th higiest language in world
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telugu is spoken by more people than tamil.so it should be in 15th position.it is spoken by 76 million people according to my knowledge and also the only language to have four lined poems with certain grammar rules called chandassu.Many telugu poets have become famous for having compiled more than 1000 of such poems giving moral values following these grammar rules.Personally I think that "padyalu" can be dedicated only to this language.
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spoken by 74 Million people
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Turkish Report Abuse
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70 Million speakers
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Arabic Report Abuse
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Tamil Report Abuse
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only 70 Million people speak Tamil. But Tamil is one of the most beautiful languages at all. It is one of the oldest too.
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* Tamil alphabets are created on the basis of ordinary sounds made by human. * long sentences can be said in few words. that is why, thirukkural wriiten in tamil language is popular and translated to most world languages. kural, a short poem with seven words(cirs) give a big meaning. scholars say that, these seven words give deepness of seven oceans *tamil is one of the oldest languages in the world. *tamil has influenced many languages of asian continent. *tamil has rich root words. so creating a new word wont be hard. that is why, tamil is the only indian language that can be used without the help of other languages. ask anyone to speak hindi, bengali,telugu, malayalam without sanskrit words.becoz they r derived from or influenced by sanskrit. * an example, to say, how tamil is great take the english word "came" who came? cant determine how many came? cant determine take the tamil words "vanthaaL" who came? a female how many came? only one *try to ask this question in english a father has four sons. you have to ask him an question to get the answer as "he is my third son" . till date, none have answered this question. *Unlike european languages, tamil can be used as a language for science and technology without borrowing a single word from other languages. eventhough languages are mutable, tamil has been maintained for more than two thousand years without the help of words from other languages.
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unlike other languages, tamil is a natural language. people can refer wikipedia, why tamil is reffereed as natural language. Tamil was the official language in south india, sri lanka, thailand, malaysia, and indonesia till 12th century. not about fanaticism, tamil is really a great classical languae of the world. it can be called as greek of the east.
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Official Language in Indian State of Tamil Nadu, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka. Indian census:60,793,814 78 million
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Korean Report Abuse
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this list is kind of out of order compared to every other list in google about this topic
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MARATHI Report Abuse
widely spoken language
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70 Million people speak Marathi
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Malayalam Report Abuse
this language is being spoken not only in kerala(a state in india) but also in many places around the globe, where malus live.
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35 Million people speak Malayalam
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Gujarati Report Abuse
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50 million people speak it
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French Report Abuse
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115 Million people speak French
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marathi1 Report Abuse
There are 90 million fluent speakers worldwide.[2] Marathi is the 4th most spoken language in India[6] and the 15th most spoken language in the world.[3] Marathi is the oldest of the regional literatures in Indo-Aryan languages, dating from about AD 1000.[7]
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Italian Report Abuse
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Almost 60 Million people speak Italien
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