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 The world's most widely spoken languages 

Estimates of how many people speak a certain language can only ever be generalised, and can vary quite a lot. As an example, English estimates can vary from 275 to 450 million, Spanish from 149 to 300 million plus, Hindi from 150 to 350 million...

Also, the definition of “speaker” can vary. Some surveys of languages only give information on its native speakers. Others count native speakers and secondary speakers as well.

Some languages have large populations of speakers but are almost exclusively in a few countries. Then again, other languages have relatively small populations of native speakers but can be used in many different countries as an official or national language.

Top languages by population:

  1. Chinese (937,132,000)
  2. Spanish (332,000,000)
  3. English (322,000,000)
  4. Bengali (189,000,000)
  5. Hindi/Urdu (182,000,000)
  6. Arabic (174,950,000)
  7. Portuguese (170,000,000)
  8. Russian (170,000,000)
  9. Japanese (125,000,000)
  10. German (98,000,000)
  11. French (79,572,000)

Source: The Summer Institute for Linguistics (SIL) Ethnologue Survey (1999)

 Professional Translators 

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 Individual Languages 

A - Afrikaans, Albanian, Algerian, Arabic

B - Bengali, Biscaya, Breton, Bulgarian


C - Cambodian, Cheyenne, Cherokee, Chorti, Creole, Croatian, Czech

D - Danish, Dutch


E - Egyptian, Eskimo, Esperanto, Estonian, Early English


F - Farsi, Finnish, French, Frisian


G - Gaelic (Scottish/Irish), Gamilaraay, Greek, Guarani

H - Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hiligaynon, Hindi, Hungarian

I - Icelandic, Ilongo, IñupiaQ (Eskimo), Indonesian



K - Kamilaroi, Khmer, Korean, Kreyol, Kurdish

L - Latin, Latvian

M - Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Maori, Mingo, Mongolian

N+O - Nauruan, Norwegian, Ojibwe

P + Q - Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Quecha

R - RapaNui (Rongorongo), Romanian, Romany, Russian



S - Samoan, Sanskrit, Scottish, Serbo-Croatian, Serbian, Slovak, Star Trek, Swahili

T - Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, Tolkien, Turkish

U-Z - Ukranian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wagiman, Yiddish

 MLTT Language Identifier  

It can guess 47 languages!

Enter a sentence of 5 or more words, respecting traditional upper and lower case distinctions.

 More Resources 

Hearwords - translate English, Spanish, and German words with audio pronunciations

Ectaco - Online Dictionaries: between English and (deep breath) Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Turkish, and Yiddish languages.

Ectaco handheld electronic dictionaries - read about the amazing device that can speak and listen

Smartlink - specialized software covering dozens of languages

Sail Labs - translate any HTML, ascii or RTF files on your hard drive. English, German, Spanish, French, Italian

Lexicool - lots of technical and specialized dictionaries for many languages

Your Dictionary - links to on-line dictionaries for 260 languages

Medical Dictionaries - many are translators, 1200 links on 1 page!

American Sign Language - over 1270 terms

Lost in Translation - translates your phrase via 5 languages to create an often funny result

The Dialectizer - translates web pages into parody languages, like Redneck, Jive, Cockney, Elmer Fudd, Swedish Chef, Moron, Pig Latin, or Hacker.

Transl8it - for converting English into TXT, msg, chat lingo, net lingo, acronyms, and emoticons

Rosetta Project - archive of 1250 languages

50 Most Widely Spoken Languages - by country and total speakers (deeper info here) - also try the Global Language Monitor

How to Type Foreign Language Characters

Omniglot Guide to Writing Systems - Symbols and characters used by languages

Behind the Name - Etymology of first names: Find out the meaning of someone's name, then you are able to translate it! Example: Robert means "bright fame" and in German becomes "heller Ruhm". Also try Think Baby Names

Chat sites - that can translate on the fly - The site offers resume translations for people who wish to have a multilingual resume.

Google - (in beta) Once you have enabled it (click on the Preferences link at Google), many search results will have a "translate this page" link. This feature is currently translating pages published in Italian, French, Spanish, German, and Portuguese into English

BabelFish Top MisTranslations - AltaVista has compiled this list of the funniest mistranslations to celebrate the fifth birthday of ‘Babelfish’, its popular online translation tool. The translation of idioms and set phrases can lead to some humorous results.

Translation company - professional translators offering technical and commercial translation services in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, and German.


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