Crazy Facts About Languages

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

The second most translated book is Pinocchio

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

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

There is a language in Botswana that consists of 5 primary click sounds
There are roughly 7,000 languages estimated to still be spoken on Earth

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

In fact, one goes extinct every 14 days

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

There are 13 ways to spell the “o” sound in French
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.

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

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

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

The smallest number of letters in an alphabet is 11, in the Papuan language known as Rotokas
The most letters is 74 in the Khmer (Cambodian) alphabet

Cryptophasia is the name given to secret languages spoken by twins

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

In the Vatican City you can use an ATM in Latin
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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