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Most spoken languages

The Summer Institute for Linguistics (SIL) Ethnologue Survey (1999) lists the following as the top languages by population:
(number of native speakers in parentheses)

1. Chinese* (937,132,000)
2. Spanish (332,000,000)
3. English (322,000,000)
4. Bengali (189,000,000)
5. Hindi/Urdu (182,000,000)
6. Arabic* (174,950,000)
7. Portuguese (170,000,000)
8. Russian (170,000,000)
9. Japanese (125,000,000)
10. German (98,000,000)

* The totals given for Chinese, Arabic, and French include more than one SIL variety.

However this is a little out dated as more than 10 years have passed. A more recent list changes the order slightly

1. Chinese*
2. Spanish
3. English
4. Hindi/Urdu
5. Arabic*
6. Bengali
7. Portuguese
8. Russian
9. Japanese
10. Punjabi

German has now been replaced by Punjabi which will be related to difference in birth rates.

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