Global Language Facts
Did you know there are 7,111 spoken languages on the planet today? However, the variety of languages declines every year. Of the 7,111 languages, more than 90% are spoken by less than 100,000 people. The world is full of diverse tongues. The history and importance of languages is fascinating and can improve your view and understanding of the world.
“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world”
Language has the power to influence and impact any individual that listens and understands it. Listed below are some interesting global language facts, a few of which might stun you.
what are the 3 Japanese writing systems?
These three writing systems are the native #japanese alphabets #hiragana and #katakana and the Chinese characters called #kanji. The three writing systems are used together, sometimes even within the same sentence. Kanji is paired with hiragana to form words and sentences, while katakana is used for foreign loanwords as well as to add emphasis.
Is Japanese based on simplified Chinese characters?
The #Japanese written language uses #Chinese characters, but the #language itself was born in #Japan, not #China. How did that happen? Well, the Japanese language existed for centuries solely as an oral language that wasn’t written down.
Sometime around the 5th century, Japanese scholars decided to fix that by learning to read classical Chinese and borrowing kanji characters to pair with the corresponding words in Japanese.
How “the lion king” got their character names?
Do you know which language uses clicks and whistles?
In the #CanaryIslands, the language called Silbo Gomero is a unique whistled form of Castilian #Spanish. It remains in use by some 22 000 locals; since 1999 the language has been taught in schools to ensure it is not lost.
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why do languages go extinct?
Between 1950 and 2010, 230 languages went extinct, according to the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger.
Today, a third of the world’s languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers left. Every two weeks a language dies with its last speaker, 50 to 90 percent of them are predicted to disappear by the next century.
Which is the second largest french speaking city?
Kinshasa is the world’s second-largest French-speaking city, after Paris, and before Montreal and Brussels. The number of French speakers has TRIPLED since 1945 largely since this former French and Belgian colony kept French as their language of government, education, and science after decolonization.
Which language has the longest characters?
The alphabet is the standard set of symbols used to write a language based on a set of principles that guide a particular language. There are many alphabets in use in today’s world with the most widely used being the Latin alphabet which forms the foundation for a majority of written languages in the world.
These various forms of alphabets are different from each other in regards to length and phonetic sound. When it comes to the size, however, the alphabet that holds the record for having the longest alphabet is Cambodian.
where does the Basque language come from?
The ancestors of Basques are among the oldest residents of Europe, and their origins are unknown, as are the origins of the language.
Many scholars have tried to link Basque to Etruscan, African languages, Caucasian languages, and so on, but most see Basque as a language isolate.
A connection with the Iberian language has given some hope, but it is unclear whether similarities are caused by genetic relations or mere vicinity. It was spoken long before the Romans brought Latin to the Iberian Peninsula.
how many artificial languages are there?
Many of the languages that are made up of television and books are just gibberish. However, a few have been developed into fully functioning living languages, some even by linguistic professionals and professors.
Like Na’vi from Avatar and Klingon from Star Trek.
what is the second most famous language taught in the world?
Which language uses both sides of the brain?
#didyouknow A study from @bbcnews has discovered that people who speak Chinese use both sides of their brain to process and understand the language. Meanwhile, people who speak the English language only use one side of their brain.
This research was carried out by Dr. Sophie Scott and her team at the Wellcome Trust, who conducted brain scans on a group of Mandarin and English speakers.
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