Did you know that...?

25th Nov 2013

· There are roughly 7,000 languages in the world today. However, some of them are sometimes only used in oral communication.

· About 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers. 46 languages have just a single speaker!

· 2,200 of the world’s languages can be found in Asia, while Europe has a mere 260 native languages.

· The most widely spoken language in the world is Mandarin Chinese. There are 885,000,000 people in China that speak that language.

· More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa.Somalia is the only African country in which the entire population speaks the same language (Somali).

· At least half of the world’s population are bilingual or plurilingual, i.e. they speak two or more languages.

· According to data from the 2011 Census, the five languages most spoken in the UK are English, Polish, Welsh, Punjabi and Urdu, in that order.

· According to a survey in 2012, 153 languages are spoken in Manchester.

· In London alone some 300 languages are spoken.

·  An individual speaks about 4,800 words a day.

· One linguist can translate up to 2,500 words per day (written translation).

· The first language that was ever written was Sumerian or Egyptian (about 3200 BC).

· The oldest written language still in use is Chinese or Greek (about 1500 BC).

· The phrase “That’s all Greek to me” is used to describe something which is not understandable. Different languages use different ways to describe mutual incomprehension:

- Greek: It’s all Chinese to me!

- Mandarin Chinese: Sounds like Mars language!

- Finnish: It's Hebrew!

- Persian: Speaking Japanese!?

- Romanian: Is it Turkish?

- Italian: That’s all German!

- German: That’s Bohemian villages to me!

- Slovene: That is a Spanish village to me!

- Urdu:  It looks like Persian!

 

If you need any help with your language requirements, please contact Pearl’s team of in-house linguists on 020 7253 7700 or sales@pearllinguistics.com

Konstantina Saiti, Translation Project Manager

 

Taken from:

http://www.bbc.co.uk ; http://edl.ecml.at; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki http://www.vistawide.com; http://www.express.co.uk; http://www.factmonster.com; http://www.funology.com;

 

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