Top 10 Most Widely Spoken Languages in India

Communication needs language. Yes, that is a very true statement as you can express your feelings best by using a language only. Every country, continent, culture has their own language. There are people who like to learn different cultures but for that, they had to learn the language of the culture.

We all know that India is a country which is enriched with a lot of different cultures and with every different culture comes a different language. It is a vast country where each part has a different language. Here we will discuss the top 10 languages which are spoken in the country.

Spoken Languages in India

10. Odia

32 million people speak this language so this makes it the no. 10 on our list. This Indo Aryan Eastern language is spoken mainly in Odisha. Some of the other states which speak the language are West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Chattishgarh, and Jharkhand. The language has a long history and is the 6th classical language in India.

9. Malayalam

The next language which features in the list is Malayalam, the language of hill region. The root of the language is Dravidian civilization. Over 33 million people speak the language in states like Kerala, Puducherry, and Lakshadweep. This beautiful language has 52 letters which is the highest in any of the languages in India.

8. Gujarati

Over 46 million people speak the language in India which is the 8th most spoken language in the country. This language is the first language of famous personalities like Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The language is spoken in the state of Gujarat and union territories like Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The language is the 26th most spoken language in the world. The standard Guajarati is spoke in the Saurashtra region.

7. Urdu

52 million people speak this language who are spread all across the country which makes it the 7th most spoken language of India. The name Urdu came from Turkic word Ordu. The language has a origin of Aryan Central civilization and is spoken mostly in states like Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jharkhand and Telangana. 99% of the words of this language have their roots in Prakrit or Sanskrit.

6. Kannada

The sixth most spoke language spoken in India is Kannada. It is spoken by more than 55 million people in the country. The language which is said to be 2500 years old is spoken in states like Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, and Kerala. We can see the influence of Prakrit and Sanskrit in this language. Other than India North America and the countries in the middle east also have speakers of this language.

5. Tamil

In India, over 61 million people speak this language which makes it no. 5 in our list of most spoken languages of India. The language which has the origin of Dravidian civilization is spoken in states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In Malaysia, it is used as an educational language. The language is said to be more than 2200 years old.

4. Marathi

With over 72 million people speaking the language, Marathi is the fourth most spoke language in India. The origin of the language which is spoken in states like Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, and union-territories like Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli is Indo Aryan Southern Language. The language which is invented over 2000 years ago is also the 19th most spoken language of the world.

3. Telugu

Telugu is next in the list of the most widely spoken languages in India. This language is used mostly in the South Indian states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Over 74 million people in the country speak this language. Dravidian civilization is the origin of the language. It is also the 15th most spoken language in the world.

2. Bengali

After Hindi, the most spoken language in India is Bengali. Over 83 million people in India speak this language. Usually the eastern states of India use this language like West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, and Tripura. Other than these states this language is spoken a lot in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indo Aryan Eastern civilization language is the root of this beautiful language. It is not only spoken in India but is the official language of Bangladesh too.

1. Hindi

The language of Hindustan(India) is known as Hindi. It is the official language of India now. The language is spoke in most of the states of the country like Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. More that 366 million people speak the language which has Indo Aryan Central languages as its origin. Not only in India, it is one of the most spoken languages in the world.

There are some other languages which are used frequently in India too. They are Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri, and Maithili.