How Many Different Languages Are Spoken In Europe and What Is the Most Widely Spoken Language In Europe?

People in the 47 European countries speak about 50 languages and more than 100 dialects, which are the regional variations of a language.

Within the 15 countries of the European Union, the most widely spoken language is English.

About 16 percent speak English as a first language and another 31 percent speak it well enough to hold a conversation.

The next most widely spoken languages are German and French.

Almost half the people in the European Union countries can speak a language other than their mother tongue.

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