Cool World Language Stats Graphics

(I… can’t… quite… remember how to use my blog… Oh yes. It’s coming back to me now. I type here, right?)

I saw this fun article “The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts” from the Washington Post today and wanted to mention it. Notice where Chinese shows up in each graphic, for example:

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It was also fun to be reminded (read: actually know for the first time) how many people are in the world (7.2 billion) and how many languages there are in the world (7102).


  1. Welcome back, and thanks for the link to a very interesting article. Being a quibbler by nature, though, I have to note that calling Chinese one language with dialects is like saying Latin is a language whose dialects include Spanish, Italian, etc.

  2. I don’t understand this graph, because statistics show other numbers:
    – Chinese: 1.3 billion
    – Spanish: 450 million
    – English: 410 million
    – Arabic: 290 million
    – Portuguese: 210 million
    – Bengali: 210 million
    – Hindi: 180 million
    – Russian: 150 million
    – Urdu: 65 million

  3. If we include bilinguals,then:
    – Chinese: 1.4 billions
    – English: 650 M
    – Spanish: 540 M
    – Portuguese: 470 M
    – Russian: 420 M
    – Arabic: 290 M
    – Bengali: 230 M
    – Hindi: 180 M
    – Urdu: 159 M

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