50 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Languages

Learning another language is important. And even in the United States (where learning non-native language has typically been lagging a bit behind many other countries), nearly all students are studying another language.

Languages are a part of everyday life – whether you speak one or more, they are one of the main keys of communication. Other than being able to speak a language (or not being able to speak it) there are a lot of fun facts about languages more generally

Did You Know?

  • There are about 7,000 languages in the world.
  • There are 50,000 characters in the Chinese language. You’ll need to know about 2,000 to read a newspaper.
  • 12.44% of the world’s population speaks Mandarin as their first language.
  • There are about 2,200 languages in Asia.
  • 1/4 of the world’s population speaks at least some English.
  • 50% of educational time in Luxembourg devoted to learning English, German, and French.
  • There are 13 ways to spell the ‘o’ sound in French.
  • There is a language in Botswana that consists of mainly 5 types of clicks.
  • There are 2,400 languages classified as being ‘endangered’.
  • 231 languages are now completely extinct.
  • One language dies about every 14 days.
  • Eastern Siberia, Northwest Pacific Plateau of North America, And Northern Australia are hotspots for endangered languages.
  • There are 12 imaginary languages in Lord of The Rings.
  • Esperanto is an artificial language, but is spoken by about 500,000 to 2,000,000 people, and 2 feature films have been done in the language.
  • There are 24 working languages of the EU.
  • There are 6 official UN languages.
  • The bible is available in 2454 languages.
  • The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.
  • South Africa has 11 official languages – the most for a single country.
  • The pope tweets in 9 languages.
  • The US has no official language.
  • You can us an ATM in Latin in Vatican City.

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2 Comments

  1. Weiyi

    November 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I learn many from this article,thanks.

  2. Mia

    November 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    The part of Holland wich is marked where they should speak frisian… they don’t speak frisian there.