The World 5 Most Commonly Used Writing Systems

Chinese characters: Chinese characters, called logograms by linguists, number in the thousands and are used in numerous languages across Asia.

Arabic alphabet: Used by nearly 660 million people across a variety of languages, including Urdu, Pashto.

Devanagari: Employed by more than 600 million people worldwide, Devanagari is used in nearly 120 languages.

Latin alphabet: The Latin alphabet is the most widely used script, with nearly 70 percent of the world’s population employing it. 

The Bengali alphabet: An estimated 300 million people use this syllabic alphabet, which is derived from the Brahmi alphabet.

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