Top Ten Worldwide Languages

The Top Ten Worldwide Languages is presented as an infographic designed by Jack Milgram, a writer. It illustrates data (updated on 12 January 2018) on the spoken languages of the world. Ethnologue has reported that there are 7,097 languages spoken today. That number is constantly in flux because they are learning more about the world’s languages every day. And beyond that, the languages themselves are in flux. They are living and dynamic, spoken by communities whose lives are shaped by our rapidly changing world. However, roughly a third of these languages are now endangered, often with less than 1,000 speakers remaining. Meanwhile, just 23 languages account for more than half the world’s population. 86% of people use Asian or European languages; most densely concentrated in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. But how many people speak them? The vast majority of us use Asian or European languages, which may not be surprising given the sheer population of certain areas as well as colonial expansion in recent centuries.

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