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Number of speakers: 1 billion+
Surprise, surprise, the most widely spoken language on the planet is based in the most populated country on the planet. Beating second-place English by a 2 to 1 ratio, but don’t let that lull you into thinking that Mandarin is easy to learn. Speaking Mandarin can be really tough, because each word can be pronounced in four ways (or “tones”), and a beginner will invariably have trouble distinguishing one tone from another. But if over a billion people could do it, so could you. Try saying hello!
To say “hello” in Mandarin, say “Ni hao” (Nee HaOW). (“Hao” is pronounced as one syllable, but the tone requires that you let your voice drop midway, and then raise it again at the end.)
Mandarin is the most common language spoken by native speakers in the world. Mandrain is spoke by approximately 845 million native speakers and 1025 million people when you account for the total amount of speakers. Spanish is the next most common language spoken by 329 million native speakers and 390 million total speakers. English is spoken by 328 million native speakers and approximately 1.5-1.8 billion total speakers.
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