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.
- There are about 7,000 languages in the world.
- There are 50,000 characters in the Chinese (Mandarin) language. You’ll need to know about 2,000 to read a Chinese newspaper.
- The USA has no official language.
- The Ayapaneco language in Mexico is at risk of dying out because its two remaining speakers refuse to speak to one another.
- The Cambodian language, Khmer, has the largest alphabet of any language in the world, with 74 characters.
- 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.
- South Africa has 11 official languages – the most of any one country.
- Accents are common in spoken language, but they can also be found in sign language!
- The oldest written language dates to 4500 BC, which can be found in China on Yangshoa ancient pottery.
- There are 2,400 languages that are classified as being “endangered.”
- There is a language in Botswana that consists of mainly 5 types of “clicks.”
- The Bible is available in 2,454 languages.
- 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.
- A quarter of the world’s population has some knowledge of English.
- 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.