Language Fun Facts - Part 1

November 11, 2014

Did You Know?

  • There are about 7,000 languages in the world.

  • There are 50,000 characters in the Chinese language. You’ll need to know about 2,000 to read a newspaper.

  • 12.44% of the world’s population speaks Mandarin as their first language.

  • There are about 2,200 languages in Asia.

  • 1/4 of the world’s population speaks at least some English.

  • 50% of educational time in Luxembourg devoted to learning English, German, and French.

  • There are 13 ways to spell the ‘o’ sound in French.

  • There is a language in Botswana that consists of mainly 5 types of clicks.

  • There are 2,400 languages classified as being ‘endangered’.

  • 231 languages are now completely extinct.

  • One language dies about every 14 days.

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