It is interesting to know which languages are spoken most in the world. There are some surprises, on our list of the 9 most spoken languages. Each entry on the list are just some of the words which English has borrowed from it.
Ethnologue puts the number of native speakers at almost 1.2 billion native speakers, roughly a billion of whom speak
Mandarin. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Chinese words have been recorded in English since the mid-16th century, with the earliest examples including the likes of tai chi (1736), ginseng (1634), yin and yang (1671), kumquat (1699) and feng shui (1797). One of the earliest of all is lychee (1588).