Top 5 languages in the world
Languages are not only a form of communication but an art in its own way. There are different versions of each language and one language can be spoken in different styles. Most of these languages carry a scripture which is the oldest forms of writings which also gives a broad view of how the language has evolved over the years.There are many languages that exist which are unknown to us. Here are 5 most spoken languages.
Mandarin is often called Chinese by non-speakers, but it is in fact only one of many Chinese languages, which include Cantonese and Xiang, in the Sino-Tibetan language family. Mandarin is the largest of the Chinese languages, and is the official language of the People's Republic of China and Taiwan. It has over 845 million speakers.
It is also one of four official languages of Singapore (the others being English, Malay and Tamil). In addition, large scale immigration from both mainland China and Taiwan have brought large populations of Mandarin speakers to the United States and Europe. Mandarin has two writing systems; Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.
Spanish is a member of the West Iberian branch of the Romance languages, closely related to Portuguese. Spanish is one of the most widely distributed languages in the world; it is the official language of over 20 countries, and is the official language of nearly every state in Latin America, excepting Brazil, Belize, etc.
Additionally, large populations of native speakers have immigrated to the United States, and Spanish is now one of the most common languages in the American southwest. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations with over 329 million speakers.
English is a member of the West Germanic language family. It originally sprouted from the Anglo-Saxon language (Old English) and borrowed heavily from Latin and French due to the Norman conquest of England. Though it developed in the British Isles, the largest population of English speaker's lives in the United States, with about 309 million speakers.
English is the official language of 53 countries, including Ireland, Canada, South Africa, Jamaica, and New Zealand, and is the commonly spoken language of the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. It also has large speaking populations in several African and is a "subsidiary official language" in India. The number of speakers has been raised to 328 million.
Hindi-Urdu is a member of the Indo-Aryan family, alongside Bengali. It is a pluricentric language and has two official forms, Standard Hindi and Standard Urdu, although the two forms are nearly indistinguishable from each other. Hindi is the official language of India, whilst Urdu is the official language of Pakistan.
Urdu and Hindi are also spoken in parts of Europe and North America with heavy Indian and Pakistani immigrant populations. It is written in both the Hindi alphabet and the Arabic alphabet (for Urdu due to Islamic influence). The speakers who communicate with this language are 242 million.
Arabic is a member of the Semitic language family, which includes Hebrew Neo-Aramaic languages such as Syriac and Neo-Chaldean. Arabic is most often identified with the Middle East and North Africa, and is the official language of 26 countries. It is spoken by about 221 speakers in the world.
It sits alongside Hebrew as the official language of Israel, and has large populations of speakers in both Europe and North America. Additional, its classical variant is the language of the Quran. Arabic is written in the Arabic script.