Number of non-native speakers: 91 million Total number of speakers: 527 million Language family: Romance, a sub-family of Indo-European. Related to: French, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian Name in the language itself: español or castellano ¡Sí señor! By number of native speakers, Spanish is the second biggest language in the world (behind only Mandarin).
Total number of speakers: 267 million Language family: East Slavic, a sub-family of Indo-European Related to: Ukrainian, Belarusian Name in the language itself: ру́сский язы́к, (rússkiy yazýk) The largest of the Slavic languages, Russian is the official language of four countries (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan).
Thanks to the historical dominance of the British Empire – and, more recently, the economic and cultural clout of the United States – English is well-established as the world's lingua franca (if only there were other contenders for an international language), and is the second most spoken language in the world.
Portuguese is the sixth largest with around 215 million (150 million of whom speak Brazilian Portuguese), based on CIA Factbook, but probably a few million more. French does not make the top 10 list. It is an overstatement to say that the only true international languages in the world today and English, French, and Portuguese.
Japanese is also spoken by Japanese immigrants all over the world with the largest populations of Japanese speakers being in Brazil, Hawaii, and the Philippines. Regional Language Besides the Japanese language, the other widely used language in Japan is the Ryukyuan language.
In Australia, Italian is the second most spoken foreign language after Chinese, with 1.4% of the population speaking it as their home language. Italian immigrants to South America have also brought a presence of the language to that continent.
That's why about half of the world's languages will disappear by the end of the century About 3 percent of the world's population accounts for 96 percent of all languages spoken today. Out of all languages in the world, 2,000 have fewer than 1,000 native speakers.