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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.

Interesting facts about Chinese language

There are over 20,000 distinct Chinese characters.

> The Chinese language contains a vast amount of characters and some advanced dictionaries place the number even higher! But rest assured: about 98% of written Chinese consists of the same 2,500 characters, so you can successfully read the newspaper even if you can “only” identify about two or three thousand.

There is no alphabet.

> The Chinese writing system is notoriously difficult for English speakers to master, as it does not contain a segmental alphabet. Instead, it consists of thousands of standalone characters. However, Chinese can be transcribed into Roman characters by using pinyin, removing some of the burdens on the learner that comes with memorizing thousands of individual characters.

 It’s an official UN language.

> Chinese joins English, Arabic, French, Russian, and Spanish as one of the six official UN languages.

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Surprising facts about the Chinese Language

Interesting facts about german language

> The first printed book was written in German.

> The Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed by way of movable type, which spawned the age of the printed book. It was finished in 1454.

> It’s the third most commonly taught language worldwide.

> German edges out Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Spanish, landing in third place among the most widely taught languages. This places German right after English and French.

> German is the most spoken mother tongue in Europe.

> Globally, German is the 11th most-spoken language, with about 90 million native speakers. In Europe, however, it’s the #1 most common mother tongue, beating out Italian, French, Spanish, and even English. About 16% of the European population speaks German as a first language.

> It’s not just spoken in Germany.

> Though the majority of German speakers reside within Germany, German is the official language of four other countries: Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. It’s also spoken in some parts of Northern Italy, as well as in the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine.

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German Language Facts

Portugues language facts

Portuguese facts

The Portuguese language is one of the most important languages spoken around the world today. 

Not only is it the sixth most spoken language in the world, but it also has a presence on almost all of the continents. Here are some intriguing facts about this amazing language:

1. It’s the official language of nine countries

2. It is a common misconception that Portuguese is only spoken in Portugal and Brazil.

In fact, it is the official language in nine different countries: Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Timor-Leste, Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde, and São Tomé and Principe. Furthermore, Portuguese is the official language of the Chinese autonomous territory of Macau.

Is the Portuguese language hard to learn?

Portuguese is not so difficult for a native English speaker to learn. The grammar and sentence structures are different from English but simpler. The accent has more in common with American English than Spanish, and it’s not difficult to pick up new sounds like nasal vowels.

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Chinese Language Facts

Chinese language facts

There are over 20,000 distinct Chinese characters.

> The Chinese language contains a vast amount of characters and some advanced dictionaries place the number even higher! But rest assured: about 98% of written Chinese consists of the same 2,500 characters, so you can successfully read the newspaper even if you can “only” identify about two or three thousand.

There is no alphabet.

> The Chinese writing system is notoriously difficult for English speakers to master, as it does not contain a segmental alphabet. Instead, it consists of thousands of standalone characters. However, Chinese can be transcribed into Roman characters by using pinyin, removing some of the burdens on the learner that comes with memorizing thousands of individual characters.

 It’s an official UN language.

> Chinese joins English, Arabic, French, Russian, and Spanish as one of the six official UN languages.

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Multicultural society in UK

Multicultural society in UK

With the United Kingdom becoming an increasingly multicultural society, there are large language barriers between government bodies and the communities they look after.

By utilizing specialist translation services from a company like Milestone Localization, government bodies are able to accurately communicate with non-English speakers. 

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Which is the most beautiful Language in the world?

Most beautiful Language in the world

Why Arabic?

The Arabic language is currently enjoying ever-increasing popularity. It has become one of the fastest-growing languages on the Internet and has more than 420 million speakers worldwide.

To the eyes of a reader accustomed to the classical Latin or Roman alphabet, the Arabic script with its artful and cursive calligraphy is akin to an elaborate ornament rather than writing.

Written from right to left, without distinct upper or lower case letters, the Arabic script seems to flow on endlessly, in a truly mesmerizing fashion.

It is not surprising that Arabic calligraphy is venerated as a form of religious art and hand-stitched and painted on holy objects or places.

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UK finally out of  the UE

With the UK finally out of the EU, it is important that businesses have the correct legal documents and updated business contracts to fall within the new regulations.

If you are doing business with any international clients, it is likely that Brexit will have affected your trading position. 

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Matador or Killer?

Matador or killer

A translatable product name is an important element in global branding and can derail a marketing campaign before it even starts.

American Motors made this mistake in the early 1970s when naming its midsize car, the Matador. Although the name was intended to conjure images of courage and strength, it may have been a little too aggressive for Puerto Rican consumers – in Spanish, “matador” translates to “killer.”

Needless to say, the name didn’t instill a great deal of confidence in drivers.

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Translation Science

Translation Science

Have you ever wondered how translation has become an academic discipline? Well, the history of translation dates back to the beginning of the history of mankind. 

It has evolved out of the communication needs of communities using different languages. It first came out in the form of oral translation and later developed in written form. 

Treaties signed by communities may count as the earliest samples of written translations. Later on, religious texts gained more importance.

During this historical process, communication between communities gradually increased and the translation process improved to become a professional skill and competence.⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Oxford English vs the UK English

The oxford comma is included before the final “AND” or “OR” in lists of three or more items, but is optional and is often a topic of fierce debate among grammar enthusiasts.

Example without the Oxford comma: “I know English, Spanish and German.”

Example with the Oxford comma: “I speak English, Spanish, and German,”

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Oxford English vs UK English

Which is the fastest spoken Langauge?

Japanese language facts

Did you know Japanese is one of the fastest spoken languages? Japanese speakers speak 7.84 syllables per second! 

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Spanish is spoken in every single continent!

Spanish language Facts

It is always said that Spanish is spoken in Europe and America, But what we don’t know is that Spanish is spoken in every single continent.

1. Europe: In Spain
2. America: in central America and South America, except Brazil where Portuguese is spoken.
3. Africa: not only in Ceuta and Melilla but also in the Canary Islands, Equatorial Guinea, and Western Sahara.
4. Oceania: Easter Island, Polynesia.
5. Asia: 3 million people from Asia speak Spanish, for example in the Philippines, Japan, and China.
6. Antarctica: in the Argentina town of Fortin Sargento Cabral and villa La Estrella, Chilean Town. 

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“Langauge Isolate”

Do you know the term “Language Isolate”?

It refers to #langauges that haven’t evolved from any other #languages.

Do you know any examples? Let us know in the comment section!

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Language Isolate

How many Alphabets do the Italian language have?

 Italian Language facts

Did you know that the #italian alphabets lack the letters J, K, W, X, and Y? The letters are still used but pronounced differently!

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Spanish Langauge: Interesting langauge

Spanish Fact

Parker adopted the tagline to say, “It won’t leak in your pocket and embarrass you.” However, the person in charge of the translation opted to use the Spanish word “embarazar” – whilst this looks like the English word “embarrass”, it actually means “to get pregnant”.

Commercials and billboards across Mexico displayed adverts of a pen that wouldn’t leak and make you pregnant. Parker Pen wondered why sales weren’t coming through. It turns out people didn’t really want to buy a contraceptive pen.

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“Flowers over dumplings”

The phrase refers to someone who prefers substance over style. Does it mean to say that while having something flashy might be nice if it doesn’t serve a purpose then what’s the point in having it?

Dango is small, sweet dumplings made from rice flour, often served on skewers. The kind of Dango shown in the emoji is called 花見団子 hanami dango, meaning ‘flower viewing dango.’

These are popular to eat in Japan during cherry blossom season when many people picnic in the park with friends under the flowering trees to admire their fleeting springtime beauty.

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Japanese proverb

Focus on ‘DIANA’!

Spanish word for Target

Did you know the #Spanish word for ‘target’ is Diana? It is believed by linguists that the work links back to the Roman goddess of hunting with the name, Diana! For more information about the Spanish language, visit: t.ly/7Afk

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How English and Spanish use quotations?

Quotation marks

The main punctuation difference between Spanish usage of quotation marks and that of English is that added commas and periods in Spanish go outside the quotation marks, while in English they go inside the quotation marks. For example:

> Spanish: «Ninguna mente extraordinaria está exenta de un toque de demencia», dijo Aristóteles.
> English: “No extraordinary mind is free of a touch of insanity,” Aristotle said.
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Mistranslations: Parker Pens

Mistranslation: Parker Pens

Parker adopted the tagline to say, “It won’t leak in your pocket and embarrass you.” However, the person in charge of the translation opted to use the Spanish word “embarazar” – whilst this looks like the English word “embarrass”, it actually means “to get pregnant”.

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How to exchange business cards in Korea?

Korean culture

In Korea, the exchange of business cards is very important. It must be taken and given with both hands out of respect. When It comes to the text, the card must be translated into both Korean and English.

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What are the rarest spoken languages?

Kaixana

Kaixana is the #rarest #language– it only has one speaker left today.
#Kaixana has actually never ever been incredibly popular, it had only 200 speakers in the past. That number has decreased to a single digit today. 

The Kaixana of #Brazil, numbering 500, are unengaged as well as unreachable. They are part of the Amazon individuals cluster within the #Latin-Caribbean #Americans affinity bloc. This people group is just found in Brazil. Their primary language is #Portuguese.

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3 Japanese writing system

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.

Later, #hiragana was created as a simpler alternative to the more difficult #kanji.

Japanese language based on Chinese language
Swahili words in the lion king

How “the lion king” got their character names?

Malagasy is distinct from other #African #languages. Before the French colonized the island of #Madagascar, it was settled by people from Southeast #Asia. The language is similar to others spoken in #Indonesia#Malaysia, the #Philippines, and #Polynesia.

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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Whistle language facts

why do languages go extinct?

Extinct Language facts

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.

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Which is the second largest french speaking city?

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.

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Which language has the longest characters?

language with longest character

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.

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where does the Basque language come from?

Language with no roots

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.

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how many artificial languages are there?

Fake languages made for television

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.

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Second most taught language in world

what is the second most famous language taught in the world?

French is also the only language, with English, that is taught in every country of the world, with 100 million students and 2 million teachers – 20 % of whom are outside of francophone countries.

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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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Chinese language facts
Ambigram

what are these Ambigram words?

An ambigram is a typographical creation where the word reads the same when upside down, or flips to create a whole new word.

Ambigrams are often a very sophisticated and very imaginative typographical style of #visualdesign.

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