The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts
These seven maps and charts, visualized by The Washington Post, will help you understand how diverse other parts of the world are in terms of languages. 1. Some continents have more languages than others Not all continents are equally diverse in the number of spoken languages. Whereas Asia leads the statistics with 2,301 languages, Africa follows closely with 2,138. There are about 1,300 languages in the Pacific, and 1,064 in South and North America. 2. Chinese has more native speakers than any other language, followed by Hindi and Urdu, which have the same linguistic origins in northern India. The numbers are fascinating because they reflect the fact that two-thirds of the world's population share only 12 native languages. His numbers are surprising, compared with the ones featured in the CIA's Factbook. The number for Portuguese is smaller than other sources suggest because not all Brazilians are native speakers. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Some language skills could be more rewarding than others.
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