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All About Languages

We are a travel and language website and nothing pleases us more than to provide information that makes it easy, and sometimes even painless, for you to learn a few words of another language. Although there are anywhere from 6,000 to 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, 90% of the 6 billion people on our planet speak one or more of just 15 languages.
  Language Overview
 
  • Wikipedia- Foreign Language.  A brief article about foreign languages and some related links.
     
  • Wikipedia- Natural Language.  An extensive article about human languages.
     
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics.  A brief article about foreign languages and a good set of related links. They also have the most extensive information on the languages of the world.
     
  • Mercator - Linguistic Rights and Legislation. Mercator is a network of three research and documentation centers that deal with the minority languages of the European Union, including languages spoken in overseas territories of European Union countries. If you want to know detailed information on the languages spoken by these minorities including a language's legal status, this is the place to come. They call their information page on a minority language, a dossier, so that should tell you something!
  • Language Museum. They have sample text in over 2,000 languages. Each sample consists of (1) a sample of text in the language displayed as an image so you don't have to worry about having the type font on your computer, (2) an English translation, (3) the countries and populations that speak it, and (4) its language family and branch.
 
  How Many Languages Are Spoken in the World?

There are anywhere from 6,000 to 7,000 languages spoken in the world today depending on the information source although about 90% of the world's population (that's 6 billion people) speak one or several of just 15 languages. There are estimated to be another 5,000 dialects in existence but again that depends on your source.  Pretty awesome for such a small planet!  Languages can both unite and divide a country. 
It would be a good thing if everyone on the planet spoke two languages, their native language that they learned growing up and a common language shared by everyone. The ability of anyone to be able to talk directly to anyone else would be a powerful force for world peace. 

Language statistics are not exact and vary depending on the source of information and other factors.  For example, there is no universal agreement on what is a dialect so several definitions are in use. Also, because we live on the Planet Earth, politics plays a role in what is considered a distinct language or dialect. 
 
  Most Widely Spoken Languages

Well, like almost everything else on this planet, there is no simple answer as it depends on how you look at it.  There is also the matter of the most influential languages which are based not merely on the number of speakers but also on other factors.  The best website we have found is actually an American High School in Cleveland, Ohio. They received a Golden Web Award for their language topic
The World's Most Widely Spoken Languages and they certainly deserve it. The information is presented in a clear and interesting way.  Even if you are not interested in learning about languages, we think you will find it fascinating to read.  The various lists cover 9 to 13 languages depending on what is represented by each list.  It is just a single page so it is a quick read.  They also have some nice Languages of the World charts and graphs.  

Thank you, Mr. Turner for being the force behind this project.

 

List of All The Languages of the World

Summer Institute of Linguistics  This is the mother of all websites for languages and has the best list. Great job!
 
 





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