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Language is the specifically human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of acoustic as well as kinesic signals to express thoughts and feelings and language is used for the exchange of knowledge and experiences. The problem on this planet is the language systems vary greatly from region to region. The variety may be so different that one individual does not understand the language of a member from another region or country.
 Geographic Distribution of Living Languages (2009)
Total Living Languages Percentage Number of speakers
  Africa
Countries in Africa
2,110 30.5 % 726,453,403
  The Americas
Countries in the Americas and the Caribbean
993 14.4 % 50,496,321
  Asia
Countries in Asia
2,322 33.6 % 3,622,771,264
  Australia/Pacific
Countries in Australia/Pacific
1,250 18.1 % 6,429,788
  Europe
Countries in Europe
234 3.4 % 1,553,360,941
Total 6,909 100 % 5,959,511,717

 
 Top 20 of the most widely spoken languages by "First language" speakers (2009)
Rank Primary Country Number of total countries where the language is spoken Speakers (millions)
1 Chinese China 31 1,213
2 Spanish Spain 44 329
3 English United Kingdom
112 328
4 Arabic Saudi Arabia
57 221
5 Hindi India 20 182
6 Bengali Bangladesh
10 181
7 Portuguese Portugal
37 178
8 Russian Russian Federation
33 144
9 Japanese Japan 25 122
10 German, Standard Germany 43 90.3
11 Javanese Indonesia 5 84.6
12 Lahnda Pakistan 8 78.3
13 Telugu India 10 69.8
14 Vietnamese Vietnam 23 68.6
15 Marathi India 5 68.1
16 French rance 60 67.8
17 Korean Korea 33 66.3
18 Tamil India 17 65.7
19 Italian Italy 34 61.7
20 Urdu Pakistan 23 60.6
Source: Ethnologue

 

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