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What language has the largest number of native speakers?

  1. Mandarin, 885 million native speakers
  2. Wu, 77.175 million native speakers (#10 on the list)
  3. Yue, 66 million native speakers (#16)
  4. Min Nan, 49 million native speakers (#21)
  5. Jinyu, 45 million native speakers (#22)
  6. Xiang, 36.015 million native speakers (#28)
  7. Hakka, 34 million native speakers (#30)
  8. Gan, 20.580 million native speakers (#45)
  9. Min Bei, 10.537 million native speakers (#78)
  10. Northern Zhuang, 10 million native speakers (#80)
  11. Uyghur, 7.595712 million native speakers (#98)

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