50 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Languages

Fun facts about languages

Speaking a language is a basic requirement of everyday life, as it forms the basis of our primary form of communication with each other. There are many interesting and fun statistics available about languages.
For example, did you know that:
There are approximately 7,000 languages in the world (about 2,200 languages in Asia)
Over 12% of the world’s population speaks Mandarin as their first language
One quarter of the world’s population speaks at least some English
German and French were the two languages voted the best for graduates to learn to help enhance their prospect of getting a job
Half of educational time in Luxembourg is devoted to learning English, German, and French
There are 24 working languages in the EU
There are 6 official UN languages
South Africa has 11 official languages
The United States has no official language
And finally, did you know that the pope tweets in 9 languages, the bible is available in 2,454 languages, and you can use an ATM in Latin in the Vatican City

(This article was edited from Edudemic and was originally written by Katie Lepi in November 2013. The full article can be seen at http://www.edudemic.com/language-quiz/)

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