Which of These Two Languages Is More Widely Spoken?

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There are 195 countries on earth, and multiple languages are spoken in most of them, but some are way more widely spoken than others. Test your popular language skills with this HowStuffWorks quiz!

Is Spanish or Portuguese more widely spoken?

Due to the colonial pasts of both Spain and Portugal, their languages are among the most spoken worldwide. Nearly 6% of the world's entire population speaks Spanish and over 3% speaks Portuguese.

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Which language is more widely spoken?

Chinese is often hard to define, with so many varieties and branches that whether it is a macrolanguage or not is not always clear. As of the latest data, 14% of the entire world's entire population speaks Mandarin. This makes it the most widely spoken language on the planet.

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Spanish is more widely spoken than:

Despite being the largest country on earth, Russia has a relatively small population for its size and Russian is the 8th most-spoken language on earth. Spanish, due largely to Spain's colonization of portions of the Americas, is 2nd after Mandarin Chinese.

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Which language is more widely spoken?

Due to Great Britain's massive colonial empire, English is the 3rd most-spoken language in the world after Mandarin and Spanish. It's spoken by over 360 million people. Roughly 1/5 of that amount of people speak French globally.

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Is Hindi more widely spoken than German?

Hindi is one of the major languages of India and is spoken by more than 300 million people. German is only spoken by 95 million people worldwide.

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Is Arabic or Italian more widely spoken?

Arabic is spoken largely throughout the Middle East and Africa, with nearly 300 million speakers worldwide. Italian has 59 million speakers around the world.

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Is Portuguese or Wu Chinese more widely spoken?

Portugal had a vast empire spanning the world, including parts of the Americas and Asia. In fact, Macau, a region in Asia which now belongs to China, was a Portuguese province from 1557 to 1999. Today, Portuguese is spoken by over 200 million people, while Wu Chinese is spoken by 80 million.

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Russian is more widely spoken than Tamil: True or false?

Russian is spoken by 155 million people worldwide, as of 2010. That is over 2% of the world's population. Tamil is spoken largely in India by the Tamil people, as well as Tamils throughout Asia and the world. It is spoken by 70 million people, or just over 1% of the global population.

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Is Japanese or Polish more widely spoken?

Japanese is the official language of Japan and Polish is the official language of the Eastern European country Poland. Japanese is spoken by 125 million people around the world, while Polish is spoken by 55 million.

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Is Punjabi or Turkish more widely spoken?

Punjabi is one of the most widely spoken languages in India, Pakistan and the U.K. It can also be heard in America and Australia. Overall, it is the 10th most widely spoken language in the world. Turkish is from the country of Turkey and is the 22nd most popular language in the world.

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French is more widely spoken than German: True or false?

Despite both countries having colonial pasts around the globe, German has stuck more than French. 95 million people speak German around the world, while 75 million speak French.

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Which is spoken more, Vietnamese or Ukrainian?

Vietnamese is the national and official language of Vietnam and an officially recognized minority language in the Czech Republic. It is spoken by 75 million people throughout the world. Ukrainian is the official language of Ukraine and a recognized minority language throughout eastern Europe. It is spoken by 45 million people worldwide.

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Is Spanish or English more widely spoken today?

Spanish speakers around the world outnumber English speakers. There are over 400 million Spanish speakers and 360 million English speakers.

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Is Korean or Persian more widely spoken?

Korean is the national and native language of both Koreas and an official language in some parts of China. It is spoken by about 80 million people. Persian or Farsi is mostly spoken in different dialects throughout the Mideast, Central Asia, and Russia. It has roughly half the number of speakers worldwide.

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Is French or Sudanese spoken more widely?

French originated in France and is currently a native language in 29 countries in mostly North America, Africa and Europe. It is estimated to have over 200 million speakers globally. Sudanese is spoken by about 15% of the Indonesian population, roughly 40 million people.

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Thai is more widely spoken than Ukrainian: True or false?

Thai is the official and native language of Thailand. It is spoken by 56 million people around the world. Ukrainian is spoken mostly in Eastern Europe but has roughly 30 million speakers worldwide.

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Is Greek or Romanian more widely spoken?

Romanian is spoken mostly in Moldova and Romania, with communities of speakers throughout the Americas, Russia, and Europe. It's spoken by roughly 25 million people. Greek was the common language throughout the ancient Mediterranean. Today it is spoken by about 13 million people worldwide, most of whom live in Greece and Cyprus, where Greek is an official language.

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Is Nepali or Arabic more widely spoken?

Nepali is the official language of Nepal and a small part of India. It is spoken by 40 million people around the world. Arabic is the fifth most-spoken language on earth, with various dialects that have influenced diverse languages around th world. Arabic is spoken by more than 300 million people worldwide.

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Yue Chinese is ______ widely spoken than Thai.

Yue Chinese is one of the main branches of the language spoken in Southern China by about 60 million people. Thai is spoken by 56 million people.

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Is Swedish more widely spoken than English?

Swedish is the native language of Sweden and the most widely spoken descendant of Old Norse spoken today, with 10 million speakers. English has 360 million speakers all over the world.

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Which language is more widely spoken?

955 million people worldwide speak Mandarin, making it the most spoken language on earth by leaps and bounds. Japanese is the world's 9th most-spoken language, with 125 million speakers around the globe.

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Is French or Italian more widely spoken?

Due to its colonial past, French is an official language not only in its native France but in nearly 30 countries around the world. It's also the third most-spoken language in the European Union. Italian is an official or minority language recognized throughout the European Union, but is less widely spoken outside the EU than French.

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Which language is more widely spoken?

Dutch is an official language in the Netherlands, Belgium, the South American country Suriname, and several Caribbean islands. It is spoken by 28 million people worldwide. Hungarian is mostly spoken by about 13 million people living in Eastern Europe.

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Is French or Arabic the most widely spoken?

While French is an official language in more countries than Arabic, the number of Arabic speakers outnumbers French speakers globally. There are over 300 million Arabic speakers around the world, and it is the religious language used by over 1 billion Muslims worldwide. French is spoken by 75 million people worldwide.

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Which of these languages is more widely spoken?

German is the most widely spoken native language in the EU and either an official language or recognized minority language throughout the EU and in parts of Africa and South America. It is spoken by 95 million people worldwide. Urdu an official language of 6 Indian states, Pakistan and Fiji. It's spoken by 66 million people.

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Is Korean or Japanese more widely spoken?

Japanese is spoken by roughly 125 million speakers, most of whom live in Japan. Korea is an official language in both Koreas and some parts of China and spoken by about 80 million people worldwide.

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Is Polish or Italian more widely spoken?

Italian is an official language throughout the EU and a recognized minority language in several European and African countries. It's spoken by 84 million people around the world. Over half of Polish's 55 million speakers live in Poland.

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Is Yoruba or Mandarin Chinese more widely spoken?

Mandarin Chinese is spoken by over 10% of the world's entire population, making it the most widely spoken language on earth. Yoruba is a West African language and national language of Nigeria spoken by less than 1% of the world's population.

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Gan Chinese is spoken _______ than Dutch.

Gan Chinese is a group of Chinese dialects spoken throughout several Chinese provinces by 22 million people. Dutch is spoken by about 28 million people in Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.

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Is English or German more widely spoken?

English is the 3rd most-spoken language on earth and German is the 11th. Both are spoken widely throughout the world, but English is far more common.

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Persian is __________ widely spoken than Azerbaijani.

Persian is widely spoken, with over 100 million speakers worldwide. Azerbaijani is spoken by 26 million people. most of whom live between Eastern Europe and Western Asia, many in the country of Azerbaijan.

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Is Kurdish or Filipino spoken more?

Filipino or Tagolog is the national language of the the Philippines. There are more than 70 million speakers worldwide. Kurdish is largely spoken by the Kurds of Western Asia. There are estimated to be more than 20 million native speakers.

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Which language is more widely spoken?

Sinhalese is spoken by the Sinhalese, the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka. There are 16 million native speakers. Hindi is native to northern India and has 260 million native speakers.

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Is Russian or English more widely spoken?

English is the 3rd most-spoken language on earth and Russian is 8th. Over 5% of the world's population speaks English and less than 3% speak Russian.

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Is Gujarati or Portuguese more widely spoken?

Gujarati is an official language in several Indian states, with 46 of its 50 million speakers living within India. Portuguese is spoken by over 200 million people around the world.

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