10 fun facts about languages that you didn’t know until now!
Languages are extremely interesting to learn and to learn about. We have pulled together a selection of 10 fun facts about languages from around the world that you probably didn’t know.
- Chinese is the most spoken language in the world with 1.2 billion speakers worldwide; 1 billion of these people speak mandarin specifically.
- There are over 200 fake languages that have been invented especially for films, books and tv series such as Star Trek and Lord of the Rings.
- There are over 7000 languages worldwide and over 300 are spoken in London alone.
- The bible is the most widely translated book in the world and is translated in 2454 different languages. This is closely followed by Pinocchio!
- Hawaiians have more than 200 different words for rain! In English it can range from a light drizzle to hammering it down but it comes nowhere near Hawaii’s record.
- The Pope tweets in 9 different languages; however his Spanish account has the most followers.
- With one language or dialect dying every two weeks there are now around 2400 languages around the world that are considered as being in danger of becoming extinct.
- There are 50,000 characters all together in the Chinese language however you only need to know 2000 of them to be able to read the newspaper.
- There are only 11-12 letters in the smallest alphabet called the Rotokas (Latin) and 74 letters in the largest alphabet called Khmer (Cambodian).
- Learning a second language can make you smarter. A number of scientists believe that learning a second language can improve your brains strength and agility by stimulating parts of your brain that you wouldn’t usually. Statistics also show that being bilingual can also delay dementia.
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