5 Things You Didn’t Know About Language

1. Out of 7,000 currently spoken languages 2,200 of those languages are found in Asia. 

It’s no surprise to find about a 1/3 of the world’s languages in Asia. With over 7 billion people in the world, more than half of those live in Asia (about 4.43 billion).

 

 

 

2. The Spanish language has about 3 million native speakers.

Spanish has 3 million speakers in 44 different countries. This makes it fourth in the most widely spoken languages.

3. About one language dies every two weeks.

Many countries are having difficulty keeping languages due to the rise in popularity over particular languages. Languages such as English and Chinese are spreading fast over the globe, and making it difficult for many to hold onto a language that won’t help them communicate with the rest of the world. 

4. In the English language, the longest word with no main vowels is “rhythms.” 

There are many words which you can find here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/28926/17-vowel-free-words-acceptable-words-friends that argue particular words such as, “hmm” “Shh” or “BRR” are legitimate words.
Apparently, on certain games these are considered real words. I, however, don’t agree.

5. According to UNESCO (The United Nations’ Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the most common spoken languages are: 

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Portuguese
  • Japanese
  • Hindi
  • Arabic
  • French
  • German

*In no specific order

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