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What is the most widely spoken language in the world?

The most widely spoken language in the world is Mandarin Chinese, spoken by about 885 million people in China, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, and other countries.

Here are the top ten languages:

 1. Mandarin Chinese (885 million)
 2. Spanish (335 million)
 3. English (325 million)
 4. Bengali (190 million)
 5. Hindi (185 million)
 6. Portuguese (170 million)
 7. Russian (170 million)
 8. Japanese (125 million)
 9. German (100 million)
10. Wu Chinese (75 million)

Overall, about 1.2 billion people speak some type of Chinese.