14 thoughts on “The World’s Most Spoken Languages

  1. Liam

    can “chinese” really be lumped together as one single language. e.g. Mandarin and Cantonese aren’t mutually intelligible AFAIK?

    1. Martin Heavy-Guy

      They’re completely different languages that are wholly incompatible. And Urdu is spoken throughout Pakistan (192 million people, not 60 million). Questionable graphic.

    2. f_lawless

      It does help to read the the text first Liam and Martin Heavy-Guy.
      (a)The creator clearly states he’s treating Chinese as a “macrolanguage”. Sometimes linguists refer to “Chinese” as such.
      (b) He also clearly states the graphic represents “mother” or “native” tongues not how many people speak something as a second language. According to official census figures, Urdu is the native tongue of about 10 million people in Pakistan.

  2. ffintii

    Note how English is common in the old colonies where the natives were killed/genocided

    1. Twunt

      Genocide wasn’t an exclusively British trait, The Spanish and Portuguese were handy at it, at were the Turks and the Chinese, but all pail when compared to the Mighty Mongul army of Genghis Khan, the most murderous of them all.

  3. Martin Heavy-Guy

    To spend so much time making such a pretty graphic that is so horrendously inaccurate must be heartbreaking.

  4. Frilly Keane

    Its very pleasing
    And would encourage you to study it
    Wouldn’t it?

    So its a pity its off
    ‘Cause t’would be a nice addition to a classroom wall

    In that t’would open up discussion on learning more languages in a more sensible encouraging way

Comments are closed.