Proportional Infographic Of The World's Languages

June 11, 2015

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Note: Full-scale version with even more information available if you click this pink button labeled 'HERE' right HERE.

This is an infographic showing the world's major native languages in the proportions in which their spoken. I learned a lot by looking at it. Mostly, that nobody actually speaks Pig Latin.

This fascinating infographic by Alberto Lucas López shows how 23 of the world's mother tongues are proportioned, and how they're distributed around the globe.


Of the 7,102 languages around today, a mere 23 of them are the mother tongue of 50 million people or more. These select languages are spoken by a total of 4.1 billion people.

Wow, that's actually pretty crazy to think about. Have I ever tell you my girlfriend and I actually developed our own language? We communicate almost entirely through come-hither glances and bedroom eyes. Plus false promises and insincere apologies.

Thanks to Dunc, who speaks all languages and is a great person to travel with except he snores which will make you want to kill him.

  • Daniel

    Feel free to check more infographics at http://infographicplaza.com/ and you can submit the infographic above for free as well.

  • Kaizer Chief

    This is quite misleading, because the chart only shows "native" speakers. If you can speak French, for example, you can speak to 3/4 people in Africa, but you don't see any African countries in the French part of the graphic.

  • Geez'v

    nice, love the fact they bundled 'Chinese' together, but didnt bundle hindi, urdu, tamil and marathi up as 'indian'.......

  • shashi

    We at The Chinese Communist Party appreciate your concerns and will work tirelessly to ensure that our country has the diversity of its dialects recognised as separate languages so that free thought and opinions may become easier to express across the lands of this free nation. Furthermore we will pursue this goal with the same vigour and single minded determination that has become a characteristic trait of our 66 years in power as the sole governing party of The Peoples Republic of China.

  • PoopDiddy

    Nonsense!! Anyone who cant speak the English is a minority and probably stupid. MERICA!!

  • This is actually pretty amazing. I always thought Arabic was spoken more than English and Spanish in terms of population, guess I was wrong.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    And I expected more people to speak French as it is the official language of some of its ex-colonies but it lost to Japanese, Korean and even Javanese.

  • Forgoten Null

    Keep in mind that this is a graph of mother tongues, so this doesn't take into the account that most of the world is at least bilingual at this point. It only shows native languages, if I'm reading this correctly. As far as I'm aware french and english still top the board at this point, though don't quote me on that.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    I wouldn't say most of the world is bilingual. It is true that a second language is taught in many schools but most of the world is not made up by developed countries. Even in developed countries I would say that only in Europe and maybe Canada people are bilingual while in the other countries people have classes in school but very few become proficient.

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