When it comes to languages with the most native speakers, Chinese has more native speakers than any other language and it is followed by Hindi-Urdu, English and Arabic.
This infographic is created for the South China Morning Post by infographic journalist Alberto Lucas Lopez. If you want to know more, check the full-sized version here: Mother tongues
Much easier than total native speakers study is measuring the official language. This list shows the influence of European colonial histories. English is widely used as an official language (precisely in 101 country at the moment) followed by Arabic with 60. Arabic is also a big challenge because of the wide range of dialects that are not mutually intelligible. On the other hand, some of languages with a great amount of speakers like Japanese for example, have not been spreading the way colonists had so are not high on this list.
Speaking about most commonly learned foreign language, English is by far, in the predominant position with 1.5 billion speakers. The change that we have been witnessing in the last couple of decades is that Chinese is progressing rapidly due to country's economical rise but also, the amount of investments in spreading its soft power around the globe.
If you are interested in knowing more, there is a great article in The Washington Post based on a study of language diversity. Be sure to view it here:
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