Fun Language Facts!

Learning other languages is like unlocking another culture. There are billions of people on Earth who speak a variety of different native tongues, from widely spoken languages such as Mandarin and English, to tiny dialects in remote villages. Learning a new language can bridge the gap between you and new and exciting new cultures.

Not only that, but studying a new language is fun, and has even been proven to be good for your brain (read about how learning a language can help you make better decisions!) Here are some fun facts about languages across the world.

  1. There are about 7,000 languages in the world.
  2. There are 50,000 characters in the Chinese (Mandarin) language. You’ll need to know about 2,000 to read a Chinese newspaper.
  3. The USA has no official language.
  4. The Ayapaneco language in Mexico is at risk of dying out because its two remaining speakers refuse to speak to one another.
  5. The Cambodian language, Khmer, has the largest alphabet of any language in the world, with 74 characters.
  6. Languages change, slowly but steadily. The result is that an educated person wouldn’t be able to read or understand words in his or her language written 500 years ago.
  7. South Africa has 11 official languages – the most of any one country.
  8. Accents are common in spoken language, but they can also be found in sign language!
  9. The oldest written language dates to 4500 BC, which can be found in China on Yangshoa ancient pottery.
  10. There are 2,400 languages that are classified as being “endangered.”
  11. There is a language in Botswana that consists of mainly 5 types of “clicks.”
  12. The Bible is available in 2,454 languages.
  13. Frisian is the easiest language for English speakers to learn. It is native to a part of the Netherlands and has a shared history and similar sounds.
  14. A quarter of the world’s population has some knowledge of English.
  15. The European Union has 24 official and working languages.

Interested in taking the next step and learning a new and interesting language? Visit us at Bridge Languages to find out more about our language classes and translation services, or contact us at 303-777-7783.

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