Official languages are the ones that gave legal status to the countries. But there are also further designations which include provincial languages, minority languages, national languages as well as widely spoken languages. These indicate a language that is spoken by a sizable share of a country’s population.
For an easy view of world map altogether, we have split down the most frequently spoken languages based on their total number of speakers.
Total speakers: 1.5 Billion Speakers
Official language: English is considered official language in Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Dominica, Eswatini, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, UK, United States, Vanuatu, Zambia
Regional language: Whereas English is considered regional language in Honduras in the Bay Islands, Micronesia except for Kosrae, Netherlands in Saint Maarten, Saint Eustatius and Saba islands
The English language is widely spoken in Cyprus, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Israel, Palestine, and Switzerland.
2. Mandarin Chinese
Total speakers: 1.3 Billion Speakers
Official language: Mandarin Chinese is considered the official language of China, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Mandarin Chinese is widely spoken in Malaysia.
Total Speakers: 661 Million Speakers
Official language: Spanish is the official language of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela
Minority language: it is declared the minority language in Andorra
Regional language: Spanish is declared the regional language in Belize
Spanish is widely spoken in the Philippines and United States
4. Hindustani (Hindi/Urdu)
Total speakers: 544 Million Speakers
Official language: Hindustani language is spoken as an official language in Fiji and India (Hindi); Pakistan (Urdu).
Total speakers: 422 Million Speakers
Official language: Arabic is official language of Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Somaliland, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen
Regional language: Arabic is considered the regional language of Israel.
National language: whereas, it is the national language of Cyprus (Cypriot Arabic), Niger, South Sudan, and Tunisia.
Arabic is widely spoken in Eritrea, Indonesia, and the Philippines.