We use language to communicate. Just imagine life without it. Here are some interesting facts about language:

  • There are more than 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. But around 2,000 of those existing languages have less than 1,000 speakers.

  • Mandarin Chinese remains the world’s most widely spoken language. There are more than 885 thousand people in China that presently speak the language.

  • Because Basque is not related to any other family of language, many people consider it to be the most difficult language to acquire and be fluent at. This language is widely spoken in the Pyrenees Mountains, a region between Spain and France.

  • Afrikaans is only 90 years old, making it one of the youngest languages in the world. A mixture of German, Dutch, and other languages, Afrikaans is one of the two official languages of South Africa. It is largely spoken by descendants of Dutch settlers.

  • The word for “father” in many languages begins with the sound da, while the word for “mother” begins with the sound ma. In the Georgian language, however, mama means “father” and deda means “mother.”

  • People speaking the languages in the Khoisan family pronounce some consonants with clicking sounds. The languages, which include Bushman, Hatsa, and Hottentot are spoken by people living in the southern part Africa, including South Africa, Tanzania, and Namibia.

  • Depending on whether Navajo words are pronounced in a low, falling, or high tone they can mean different things. For example, the word “tsin” can mean “stick,” “log,” “bone,” or “tree,” depending on the pronunciation.

  • The word “honcho” is derived from a Japanese word that means “squad leader” and it was first used in the English language during the World War II when the Americans occupied Japan.

  • What are the most commonly used languages on the Internet? They are, in order of frequency, English, Japanese, Spanish, German, and French.

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