How many languages are spoken in the world?

Guess how many languages are spoken in the world? 500? 1000? Not even close!

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, an impressive 7102 languages are spoken in the world. Some continents have many more languages than others:

  • Asia 2301
  • Africa 2138
  • Pacific 1313
  • Americas 1064
  • Europe 286

Another interesting statistic is that 2000 languages have fewer than 1000 speakers. It is predicted that half of the world’s languages will disappear by the end of the century.

There are lots of other fascinating statistics in the article. It is well worth reading.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/04/23/the-worlds-languages-in-7-maps-and-charts/

 

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