What are the most spoken languages in the world and where did they originate? This visualization traces the major language groupings and how they have progressed over time.
The language with the most total speakers is currently English with around 1.13 million total speakers. Next is Mandarin with 1.12 million total speakers. These numbers look dramatically different if you break it down into native and non-native speakers.
There is a significant drop off before you get to the next most popular languages on the list of Hindi and Spanish. 615 million speakers around the world speak Hindi and 534 million speak Spanish.
No, but there are a handful of major root languages that have branched off into the languages we speak today. The major groupings are:
An interesting note on the origin of our modern languages is that certain homogenous societies that are insulated from the outside world to a degree, have not branched off at all. Countries like Japan and Korea are still speaking the original language developed thousands of years ago. Countries that were more active in trade and territorial conflict were more likely to have had different language branches created over time.