No one knows for sure how many languages ​​are in use today, and how many have been spoken throughout history.
It is estimated that there are currently around 7,000 languagesbut 90% of them are only used by a few thousand people, and over the years will become extinct.
Some, like the kusunda in Nepal or the opath from Mexico, they were believed to be extinct, but years later people have been found who still speak them. And there are unknown languages, for example those of the uncontacted tribes that live in the Amazon and some islands.
The blog La Piedra de Sísifo has compiled some curious infographics about the languages ​​of the world. Let’s take a look at some…
In this first infographic we can see the most spoken languages ​​in the worldas a native language.
The Chinese is, logically, the most popular, with 1,197 million speakers. He is followed by Spanishwith 399 millionand the Englishwith 335 million. These are data that are already a few years old. In 2022 it is estimated that there are about 490 million people who have Spanish as their mother tongue.
English is an official language in 58 countries. French at 35, and Arabic at 26. Spanish, in 22 countries.
Things change a lot when we talk about the languages ​​used on the internet taking the 10 million most popular web pages on the net.
60.5% are in English, followed by Russian, with 8.5%. Spanish is the third language, with only 4% of the websites. The tenth position of Chinese is surprising, with only 1.4% of pages.
many people don’t know what is the origin of your language. This nice infographic from SSSS Comic shows us.
The vast majority of the world’s most widely spoken languages ​​have a common root. are of origin indo-european.
In the case of Spanishcomes from the Romance branch, Latin, which gave rise to other languages ​​such as Portuguese, French, Romanian or Italian. Catalan and Galician also come in here.
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Finally, it is worth taking a look at the world map with the most translated books in other languages.
You have it in a larger size in Preply. Here you can see an overview:
Very popular books such as One Hundred Years of Solitude by García Márquez have been translated into 49 languages. The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho, more than 80 languages.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes exceeds the 140 languages, being one of the best-selling books in history. But it is far from the most of 300 tongues of Pinocchioby Carlo Collodi, and the 382 languages ​​of The Little Princeby Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Funny curiosities of the language, from a different point of view.