Saturday, February 21, 2009

Top languages

There are hundreds of languages in the world. Each country and subsequent regions have different languages. If we talk in Indian context then it’s really hard to count the number of languages spoken by regions, tribes and natives. However, let’s have a look at languages spoken worldwide. That way we will also find out the most spoken languages in the world.

French is often termed as the most romantic language in the world. It is spoken by no less than 129 million people across the countries like Belgium, Haiti, Rwanda, Canada, Cameroon and most importantly France. Malay is another widely spoken language. The total number of speakers is 159 million in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia. One interesting thing about Malay is it has many dialects based on same roots. Portuguese is spoken by 191 million people in diverse countries and regions like Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Macau and Venezuela. Finding the name of Bengali language is quite surprising but the number is as high as 211 million in Bangladesh and few parts of India. In Bangladesh everyone speaks the same language.

There are several Muslim countries in the world, especially in Middle East Asia. Countries like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Egypt, Syria, Jordan etc primarily use Arabic language. Arabic is also one of the oldest languages in the world. Also the fact that the religious book of Islam, Koran is written in Arabic, makes it a widely spoken language. In 1974, United Nations made Arabic the sixth official language.