25 Crazy Facts About Languages

Posted by , Updated on July 14, 2014

Did you know that almost 1/7 of all the languages spoken on Earth today come from just one small country? These are 25 crazy facts about languages.

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There is a language in Mexico that is in danger of dying out because the remaining two speakers refuse to talk to one another

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The language of the Native American Zuni tribe has resemblances to Japanese. Subsequent research confirmed biological similarities between the groups

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Basque, a language spoken in the mountains of Spain and France, is the only European language not related to any other known language

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South Africa has more official languages than any other country with eleven

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The pope tweets in 9 languages and his Spanish account has the most followers

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The most translated book is the Bible at 2,454 known languages

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The second most translated book is Pinocchio

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In Archi, a language spoken around the Caspian Sea, each verb can have up to 1.5 million different conjugations

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The Silbo language of La Gomera off the coast of Spain consists entirely of whistles

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There is a language in Botswana that consists of 5 primary click sounds

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There are roughly 7,000 languages estimated to still be spoken on Earth

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About 2,400 of them are in danger of going extinct

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In fact, one goes extinct every 14 days

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840 (almost 1/7) of all the languages on Earth are spoken in 1 country...Papua New Guinea

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There are 13 ways to spell the "o" sound in French

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Marc Okrand, the linguistics professor responsible for coming up with the fictional language of Klingon, spent 3 years teaching is son when he was little. His son went on to forget everything.

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Frisian, a language native to the Netherlands, is considered the easiest foreign language for English speakers to learn

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A Japanese man recently sued the National Broadcasting Company for the mental distress they caused him by using too many English words in their programs

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Besides Wales, Argentina is the only other country where Welsh is spoken by a significant minority thanks to settlers that inhabited Patagonia nearly 200 years ago

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The smallest number of letters in an alphabet is 11, in the Papuan language known as Rotokas

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The most letters is 74 in the Khmer (Cambodian) alphabet

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Cryptophasia is the name given to secret languages spoken by twins

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Just like people acquiring spoken languages have accents, people acquiring sign languages have accents as well

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In the Vatican City you can use an ATM in Latin

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The Chinese language (Mandarin/Cantonese) has about 50,000 characters. To read a newspaper you would need to know about 2,000

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