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Top Languages by Population
In prioritizing markets to target and languages to translate, should you care which languages are spoken by the largest population? Maybe. Maybe not.
Looking at the top 12 languages by percentage of world population, you’ll see some languages like Javanese and Lahnda (which includes Panjabi) that are rarely included when a company prioritizes 20 languages or more.





Why do companies usually not prioritize languages by world population? Because they follow the money. After looking at factors specific to an industry or market, most companies will likely focus on the following languages and locales:
  • Top Languages by Internet Usage
  • Top Languages by GDP (Percentage of GWP)
  • Top Countries by GDP (Percentage of GWP)
So who in the world cares about the top languages by population?!?! The primary goals of some organizations is not to make money. For example, religious organizations care about influencing the maximum number of people worldwide, regardless of their economic status or access to technology. That is one of the main reasons why most of the translation world records are somehow tied to religion.

Top 100 Languages by Population

Language Speakers
(millions)
% of World
Population
Chinese 1,213 20.4%
Spanish 329 5.5%
English 328 5.5%
Arabic 221 3.7%
Hindi 182 3.1%
Bengali 181 3.0%
Portuguese 178 3.0%
Russian 144 2.4%
Japanese 122 2.0%
German, Standard 90.3 1.5%
Javanese 84.6 1.4%
Lahnda 78.3 1.3%
Telugu 69.8 1.2%
Vietnamese 68.6 1.2%
Marathi 68.1 1.1%
French 67.8 1.1%
Korean 66.3 1.1%
Tamil 65.7 1.1%
Italian 61.7 1.0%
Urdu 60.6 1.0%
Turkish 50.8 0.9%
Gujarati 46.5 0.8%
Polish 40 0.7%
Malay 39.1 0.7%
Bhojpuri 38.5 0.6%
Awadhi 38.3 0.6%
Ukrainian 37 0.6%
Malayalam 35.9 0.6%
Kannada 35.3 0.6%
Maithili 34.7 0.6%
Sunda 34 0.6%
Burmese 32.3 0.5%
Oriya 31.7 0.5%
Persian 31.4 0.5%
Marwari 31.1 0.5%
Panjabi, Eastern 28.2 0.5%
Filipino 25 0.4%
Hausa 25 0.4%
Tagalog 23.9 0.4%
Romanian 23.4 0.4%
Indonesian 23.2 0.4%
Dutch 21.7 0.4%
Sindhi 21.4 0.4%
Thai 20.4 0.3%
Pushto 20.3 0.3%
Uzbek 20.3 0.3%
Rajasthani 20 0.3%
Yoruba 19.4 0.3%
Azerbaijani 19.1 0.3%
Igbo 18 0.3%
Amharic 17.5 0.3%
Chhattisgarhi 17.5 0.3%
Oromo 17.3 0.3%
Assamese 16.8 0.3%
Serbo-Croatian 16.4 0.3%
Kurdish 16 0.3%
Cebuano 15.8 0.3%
Sinhala 15.6 0.3%
Rangpuri 15 0.3%
Thai, Northeastern 15 0.3%
Zhuang 14.9 0.3%
Malagasy 14.7 0.2%
Nepali 13.9 0.2%
Somali 13.9 0.2%
Khmer, Central 13.6 0.2%
Madura 13.6 0.2%
Bavarian 13.3 0.2%
Greek 13.1 0.2%
Chittagonian 13 0.2%
Haryanvi 13 0.2%
Magahi 13 0.2%
Deccan 12.8 0.2%
Hungarian 12.5 0.2%
Fulah 12.3 0.2%
Catalan-Valencian-Balear 11.5 0.2%
Shona 10.8 0.2%
Zulu 10.3 0.2%
Sylheti 10.3 0.2%
Quechua 10.1 0.2%
Kanauji 9.5 0.2%
Czech 9.5 0.2%
Lombard 9.1 0.2%
Bulgarian 9.1 0.2%
Uyghur 8.8 0.1%
Nyanja 8.7 0.1%
Belarusan 8.6 0.1%
Kazakh 8.3 0.1%
Swedish 8.3 0.1%
Akan 8.3 0.1%
Xhosa 7.8 0.1%
Bagheli 7.8 0.1%
Haitian 7.7 0.1%
Konkani 7.6 0.1%
Rwanda 7.5 0.1%
Gikuyu 7.2 0.1%
Napoletano-Calabrese 7 0.1%
Baluchi 7 0.1%
Ilocano 7 0.1%
Varhadi-Nagpuri 7 0.1%
Turkmen 6.6 0.1%
This is only part of the list maintained by Ethnologue.com. If interested, visit Ethnologue.com to see the list of 174 languages by population and the lists of languages by world area, by language family, and by country.

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