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!
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Konstantina Saiti, Translation Project Manager
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