Monday, May 11, 2009

Numbers talking

Currently there are 6912 living languages.

516 of those languages are nearly extinct.

The five languages with the greatest number of native speakers are Mandarin Chinese, English, Hindi, Spanish and Arabic.

Papua New Guinea has 820 living languages, the most of any country in the world.

The oldest written language still in existence is Chinese or Greek, dating to 1500 BC.

English has more words than any other languages, approximately 250,000 distinct words.

Khmer, an Austro-Asiatic language, has the largest alphabet with 74 letters.

Approximately 4200 people speak !Xóõ in the African country of Botswana. Among living languages, !Xóõ has the most consonants (77), the most vowels (31) and the most sounds (112 phonemes).

Esperanto has the fewest irregular verbs – none!

The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, written by the United Nations in 1948, has been translated into 321 languages and dialects.

The five most common consonant sounds in the world's languages are /p/, /t/, /k/, /m/ and /n/.

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