Most Common Languages Worldwide [Infographic]

There are thousands of languages spoken all over the world, which can make effective global marketing an overwhelming and tedious task. Focusing on the most common languages spoken in your target market is the most efficient way to begin building your global presence; however, many continents are home to more than you might expect. So, what are the most common languages spoken worldwide? Here’s a map:

Most Common Languages - Map

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Most Common Languages Worldwide

Consider which languages are most commonly spoken in each country to avoid limiting communications to potential customers.

North America

English (70%)

Spanish (9%)

French (3%)

Chinese (1%)

Other (17%)


Russian (22%)

German (12%)

Turkish (9%)

English (8%)

Italian (8%)

French (8%)

Polish (6%)

Spanish (6%)

Ukrainian (4%)

Other (17%)

Latin America

Spanish (58%)

Portuguese (33%)

Creole (2%)

English (1%)

Other (6%)


Other (58%)

Arabic (17%)

Swahili (8%)

French (6%)

English (4%)

Kwa (4%)

Hausa (3%)


Chinese (34%)

Other (34%)

Hindustani (12%)

Bengali (8%)

Indonesian (6%)

Japanese (3%)

Punjabi (3%)

About Lionbridge

As the world’s largest marketing localization firm, Lionbridge combines the language expertise and operational capabilities you need to engage the global consumer with the greatest impact. We provide translation services to fuel customer loyalty, enhance client service, and drive global growth. Travel and hospitality organizations rely on Lionbridge to increase their international market share, meet the needs of global travelers online and ensure the integrity of their global brands across all channels.