Number of known languages

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How many known languages are there?


Not too many people know that there are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world these days.  Needless to say, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers.  Did you know that the most popular language in the world is Mandarin Chinese?  Believe it or not, there are 1,213,000,000 people in the world that speak Mandarin Chinese.  Needless to say, 406,000,000 people are Spanish speakers, 335000000 are English speakers, 260000000 are Hindi speakers, 223000000 are Arabic speakers, 202000000 are Portuguese speakers, 193000000 are Bengali speakers, etc.


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