World languages

We live in a world with an impressive cultural richness, where cultures coexist with their different traditions, religions, arts, gastronomy, and, of course, languages.

Today we will talk about languages in the world, and although it is estimated that there are more than 7,000 languages with their own structures and modes of expression, it is complicated to know the exact number. Many of these languages are endangered (preserving languages is crucial for cultural diversity and the identity of communities), with approximately half of the world’s languages at risk of disappearing in this century. In contrast, other languages, such as English, Mandarin, Spanish, and French, have a broad global influence and are widely taught as second languages.

Some languages, such as English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese, are official languages of international organizations such as the UN.

Languages are distributed differently on different continents. Asia is the continent with the greatest linguistic diversity, with languages such as Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, Bengali, and Japanese. Africa is also extremely linguistically diverse, with important languages such as Swahili, Hausa, Yoruba, and Amharic. In Europe, Indo-European languages predominate, including English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Italian. In America, there are a variety of indigenous languages, in addition to European languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French. And in Oceania, there is also high linguistic diversity, such as Polynesian languages, with Maori and Hawaiian standing out.


Here we can classify them in two different ways: on the one hand, the most spoken native languages, and on the other hand, the total number of speakers (including second language).

We will classify them as the second option, looking at the total number of people who know the language and use it, even if it is not their mother tongue.


With more than 1.45 billion total speakers, it tops the list of the most widely used languages worldwide. And native speakers number around 378 million people.

It originated in England and is a West Germanic language that evolved from Anglo-Saxon languages spoken by Germanic tribes that invaded Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries. It has been influenced by Latin, due to the Roman occupation; Old Norse, due to Viking invasions; and French, due to the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is divided into three main periods: Old English (450-1150), Middle English (1150-1500), and Modern English (from 1500 to the present).

It is the official or main language in many countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and several Caribbean and African countries. And it is the lingua franca in many areas, including business, science, technology, aviation, diplomacy, and entertainment.

There are varieties such as British English, American English, Australian English, Canadian English, and Indian English, each with its own phonetic, lexical, and grammatical characteristics. And although there are many varieties, standard English (both British and American) is generally the model taught.


With more than 1.12 billion total speakers, it is the second most widely used language worldwide. And native speakers number around 917 million people.

Mandarin, also known as Standard Chinese, is one of the varieties of the Chinese language, which in turn is part of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It originated in northern China and is mainly based on the Beijing dialect.

The history of Mandarin dates back several millennia; however, the standardization of modern Mandarin began in the 14th century during the Ming dynasty, when the Beijing dialect was established as the basis for the official language of the government.

Mandarin has undergone several reforms over the centuries, especially during the 20th century, with the adoption of Pinyin, a romanization system, and the simplification of characters in the People’s Republic of China.

It has various dialects and regional variants spoken in different parts of China. These dialects can vary significantly in terms of pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar: Beijing dialect, Northeastern dialect, Tianjin dialect, Jin dialect, and Jilu dialect, among many others.


With more than 602 million total speakers, it is the third most widely used language worldwide. And native speakers number around 344 million people.

It is one of the most spoken languages in the world, especially in India, where it is one of the official languages along with English. It is predominantly spoken in the north and center, as well as in some expatriate communities around the world. And it is written in the Devanagari alphabet.

Hindi is part of the Indo-Aryan language family. It has a close relationship with Urdu, which is spoken in Pakistan; both share a similar grammatical and lexical base, although they use different writing systems and have certain differences in vocabulary due to historical and religious influences.

It is one of the 22 languages officially recognized in the Constitution of India and is the main language of the central government.


With more than 559 million total speakers, it is the fourth most widely used language worldwide. And native speakers number around 486 million people.

Spanish is the official or co-official language in 21 countries, mainly in Latin America, Spain, and Equatorial Guinea. It is also spoken in significant communities in the United States, the Philippines, and other places due to the diaspora. It is written using the Latin alphabet.

Although Spanish is quite uniform in its written form, there are diverse dialectal variants in its spoken form. Differences can be significant between regions of Latin America and Spain. It is one of the official languages of the UN, the European Union, the Organization of American States, and other international organizations.

It has a rich literary and cultural tradition, with prominent figures such as Miguel de Cervantes, Gabriel García Márquez, and many others. In addition, music, cinema, and television in Spanish have a significant global influence.


With over 274 million total speakers, it is the fifth most widely used language worldwide. Approximately 80 million people are native speakers.

French is spoken in many countries, including France, Canada (mainly in Quebec), Belgium, Switzerland, several countries in Africa (such as Senegal, Ivory Coast, and the Democratic Republic of Congo), and some regions of the Caribbean and the Pacific. It is one of the official languages of many international organizations and is widely taught as a foreign language. It is also written using the Latin alphabet.

There are several variants of French, with dialectal differences among French-speaking regions in Europe, America, Africa, and other parts of the world. However, standard French, based on the Parisian dialect, is widely understood and used.

It has a rich cultural, literary, and philosophical tradition, with prominent figures such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Jean-Paul Sartre, and many others.

Following these five most spoken languages in the world, there are Arabic, Bengali, Russian, Portuguese, and Urdu.

These languages play a crucial role in global communication, education, culture, and diplomacy, facilitating the interconnection between people from different parts of the world.

Linguistic diversity is a reflection of the cultural and human wealth of the planet, although it faces significant challenges due to globalization and the dominance of some languages over others, so it must be valued and protected.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Leave us your information and we will contact you within the next 24 hours


Our volunteers will be able to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

What does volunteering focused on university practices involve?

At Cooperating Volunteers, we make agreements with different universities to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

The specialties we work with are extensive: medical volunteering, nursing, education, social work, psychology, physiotherapy, engineering, architecture…

The practices can be carried out in our designated destinations for this purpose, as well as in Spain.

If you choose an international destination, it’s a unique way to live an unforgettable and enriching experience, as you will have the opportunity to continue your education in another country, with a completely different culture.

Stepping out of our comfort zone and being part of the various projects at the destination will allow us to grow both personally and professionally, creating a more extensive curriculum.

And we are fully convinced that this experience will accompany you throughout your life.

You will be able to visit hospitals, schools, centers, orphanages, and participate directly and actively in the daily lives of all those people at the destination, always accompanied by other professionals willing to collaborate hand in hand with you and guide you in daily tasks.

If your university is not part of the agreement with Cooperating Volunteers, you can contact so that we can get in touch and make this experience a reality. 


Corporate volunteering consists of tailored programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills.

It is proven that teamwork directly impacts productivity. 

Collective effort surpasses individual capabilities, promotes diversity of skills, stimulates creativity, and facilitates problem-solving in the face of various challenges.

Therefore, it not only maximizes efficiency but also enriches the work environment.

We conduct corporate volunteering programs that consist of customized programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills, improve performance, and foster unity among employees.

We tailor projects to the corporate identity and size of the company, and we can adjust them to any destination and time of the year.

The advantages of corporate volunteering include:

  • Improving communication.
  • Group unity.
  • Cultural integration in different situations.
  • Employee training.
  • Increased Corporate Social Responsibility.

The future is aligned with a more responsible society, and participating in social projects positions our company among the list of revolutionary businesses that want to be part of the change.

If you resonate with this message, corporate volunteering is a unique experience both individually and collectively, and at Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the process to make it a unique journey.


Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. 

Spending quality time with family and being able to disconnect from our hectic routines is not only enriching but also necessary.

Sometimes we forget to communicate, connect, and dedicate time to each other. Each one of us lives focused on our jobs, schools… And it’s necessary to find the opportunity to pause and take care of ourselves.

Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. And of course, it creates lifelong positive memories.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we suggest moving away from those ‘more superficial’ trips (which can also be fantastic), but we invite you to live this experience to bring out our most empathetic and humanitarian side.

Family volunteering gives us the opportunity to be part of a positive impact, promoting values of solidarity and social responsibility.

There are many families who choose to experience these trips focused on cooperation and direct involvement with different communities around the world, where living conditions are very different and sometimes entirely precarious.

Projects are tailored to different ages, allowing us to work together.

An incredible way to fill our suitcase with memories, learning, and knowledge.

And although stepping out of our comfort zone often feels daunting, we assure you firsthand that it’s worth it.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the entire experience, from start to finish, to make it unforgettable.


At Cooperating Volunteers, we believe it’s never too late for anything, especially for volunteering and living a unique and unforgettable experience.

There are many people, increasingly so, who opt for responsible travel that involves social work.

Accustomed to organized and mostly touristic trips, at Cooperating Volunteers, we want to advocate for a more enriching experience, one that transforms us from within and allows us to be part of the change the world needs to see.

We can adapt both the destination and the duration of our projects to fit your needs.

It’s an opportunity full of emotions that allows us to significantly contribute to different communities and their evolution. And you can participate in different areas such as education, social support, or assistance in different centers.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Sense of purpose: Provides a sense of purpose by contributing your skills and experiences to meaningful causes.
  • Emotional well-being: Reduces feelings of isolation and establishes social connections.
  • Personal development: It’s continuous learning, skill development, and discovering new activities while keeping the mind-body active.
  • Physical health: Keeping active.
  • Stress reduction: The act of helping others reduces stress and contributes to mental health.

Living this experience will undoubtedly be a before and after. 


A volunteering initiative with leadership and impact through the educational action program.

When we talk about social volunteering, we refer to all those actions and activities carried out altruistically, selflessly, and with the aim of addressing multiple problems and needs of different communities, always focused on education and self-sufficiency.

Education is essential because it provides the tools and knowledge necessary for personal, social, and economic development.

Our goal is to create self-sufficient communities and provide opportunities for the future personal development of each member. The message is not to ‘give’, but to accompany in the process of training for self-managed provision.

At Cooperating Volunteers, many of our destinations and projects embrace this type of volunteering. Some of our projects include: community programs, education, women’s empowerment…

And although they are completely different from each other, they share a single objective: progress towards a society that can embrace us all in the same way.

If you are someone who is restless, who needs to see a change in the future, volunteering is an experience tailor-made for you.