Languages with the largest number of speakers

We have taken over the table of languages with the largest number of speakers from the web site of the best known world encyclopaedia http://www.britannica.com/. It is quite interesting in our opinion that the Indo-European languages (Serbian belonging to this family as well) take up a significant percentage on the list.

 

 

Language   Number of speakers
(in million)
Percentage of global population Language family
Mandarin 845 12.4 Sino-Tibetan (Chinese)
Spanish   329 4.8 Indo-European (Italic)
English   328 4.8 Indo-European (Germanic)
Arabic   221 3.3 Afro-Asian (Semitic)
Hindi* 182 2.7 Indo-European (Indo-Arian)
Bengali 181 2.7 Indo-European (Indo-Arian)
Portuguese 178 2.6 Indo-European (Italic)
Russian   144 2.1 Indo-European (Slavic)
Japanese 122 1.8 Isolated language
Punjabi 91 1.3 Indo-European (Indo-Arian)
German   90 1.3 Indo-European (Germanic)
Javanese 85 1.2 Austronesian (Malay-Polynesian)
Vu 77 1.1 Sino-Tibetan (Chinese)
Telugu 70 1.0 Dravidian
Vietnamese   69 1.0 Mon-Khmer (Vietic)
Marati 68 1.0 Indo-European (Indo-Arian)
French 68 1.0 Indo-European (Italic)
Korean 66 1.0 Isolated language
Tamil 66 1.0 Dravidian
Italian 62 0.9 Indo-European (Italic)
Urdu* 61 0.9 Indo-European (Indo-Arian)