Which language is spoken by the greatest number of native speakers?

The people of the world speak approximately 6,500 languages.  Which language is spoken by the greatest number of native speakers?   This Top Ten list does not include people who might speak two or more languages.  The figures shown are just those who speak each as a first language.

 

  1. English                          1,132 million
  2. Mandarin Chinese       1,117 million
  3. Hindi                                615 million
  4. Spanish                           534 million
  5. French                            280 million
  6. Arabic                              274 million
  7. Bengali                            265 million
  8. Russian                           258 million
  9. Portuguese                     199 million
  10. Indonesian                     170 million

Source:  Busuu Blog

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