What’s The Most Common Language In The World?

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There are over 7,000 languages in the world, but half the population only speaks one of 12 as their first language. So, what are the most common languages?

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Summary by World Area
“The World Languages section of this site provides country summaries and language-by-language information.”

Enrollments in Languages Other Than English in United States Institutions of Higher Education,
“Since 1958, the Modern Language Association (MLA), with the continuous support of the United States Department of Education, has gathered and analyzed data on undergraduate and graduate course enrollments in languages other than English in United States colleges and universities.”

World Factbook: Languages
“This entry provides a rank ordering of languages starting with the largest and sometimes includes the percent of total population speaking that language.”

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