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Can you rank the world's top languages in the right order?

There are 6,900 spoken languages. But 3 out of 7 billion people on Earth speak one of these 10 languages.
Without looking it up, put these languages in the right order of number of NATIVE speakers. 1 being the highest number of native speakers.

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2.77English
2.85Mandarin
3.77Spanish
4.54Hindi/Urdu
5.00Arabic
5.42Russian
6.83Bengali
7.08Punjabi
7.69Portuguese
7.92Japanese


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JessicaWoman99
posted 11-Apr-2015 7:16pm  
Wish my neighbors could speak English but lots of Spanish speaking people and Russian and China and Japanese is this America????

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Maarten
(reply to JessicaWoman99) posted 11-Apr-2015 7:22pm  
Yes, that is America. The nation of immigrants. Don't let the 'indians' hear you complain about other nationalities living in the USA.
JessicaWoman99
(reply to Maarten) posted 11-Apr-2015 8:44pm  
Ok it is what it is
Maarten
(reply to JessicaWoman99) posted 11-Apr-2015 9:29pm  
You didn't know?
JessicaWoman99
(reply to Maarten) posted 11-Apr-2015 11:44pm  
Um no I forgot I am living in another country or another planet
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 12-Apr-2015 7:44am  
I'd put Mandarin first, but then I'd guess languages from India but I have no idea about the breakdowns between the 3 listed. And, since it's split up into 3, they probably drop down the list more. Maybe English next, then Spanish? No idea about others or really in general. This is hopeless.
dab
posted 12-Apr-2015 9:26am  
Mandarin seems a pretty easy first place. Probably Hindi second and maybe English third. After that it's just guessing.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 12-Apr-2015 1:16pm  
I am completely guessing. I think Mandarin is likely the highest, since China has such a huge population and most speak it. India must be the next biggest in terms of population (maybe it's even higher?), but I think there's more fragmentation of languages there. But I ranked the 3 Indian languages as 2, 3, and 4. Then Arabic, Spanish, English, Russian, Portuguese, and Russian. But honestly I have no idea.
Maarten
posted 12-Apr-2015 4:32pm  
The top 10 in the right order.


The first number is the number of native speakers. The second number is the number of total speakers.

1. Mandarin 873 million - 1.3 billion
2. Hindi/Urdu 570 million - 970 million
3. Spanish 330 million - 550 million
4. English 328 million - 1.8 billion
5. Arabic 232 million - 260 million
6. Portuguese 220 million - 230 million
7. Bengali 203 million - 253 million
8. Russian 145 million - 300 million
9. Japanese 126 million - 130 million
10. Punjabi 109 million - 120 million

Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 12-Apr-2015 6:13pm  
I cannot. I did some wild guessing instead.
Zang
posted 17-Apr-2015 11:32am  
1. Mandarin
2. English
3. Spanish
4. Russian
5. Arabic
6. Japanese
7. Hindi
8. Punjabi
9. Bengali
10. Portuguese
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 16-Jun-2015 4:33pm  
Hey! Where's the choice for American??
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 16-Jun-2015 4:36pm  
> it is what it is


The mantra of idiots.
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