Languages

American sign Language (ASL)

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American Sign Language: History, Origins, and Use The American Sign Language is a complete and complex language used by the deaf in North America. It is the primary language and one of the few means of communication of the deaf or hard-of-hearing. It uses signs that are made by using the hands, facial expressions and […]

Arabic

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Arabic Language: Its Origins and Use in Today’s World Having originated in the Arabian Peninsula, the Arabic language has been around for over 1500 years now. Firstly spoken by the nomadic tribes of the Arabian Peninsula, its name actually means “nomadic”. The people who developed this language used to live in the area between Mesopotamia […]

Armenian

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Armenian Language: Etymology and Use Once considered just a dialect of the Persian, the language spoken in Iran, the Armenian is actually a separate language that belongs in the Indo-European language family, forming its own branch of the large language family tree. As far as the age of the language goes, spoken Armenian is considered […]

Bengali

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History and Origins of the Bengali Language The Bengali language as such belongs to the Indo-Aryan group of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is an official language in the country of Bangladesh with about 100 million Bengali speakers. Statistics show that Bengali is spoken by about 210 million people around the […]

Cantonese

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Cantonese Chinese Language: Etymology and Prevalence in the World The Chinese language has many different varieties, of which Cantonese is one. It is the most widely used variety of the Chinese language in China and the world and is the de facto official spoken form of the Chinese language in the city of Guangdong and its […]

Chinese

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The History and Origins of the Chinese Language The Chinese language is actually a branch of languages that belong to the Sino-Tibetan language family. These languages are usually referred to as dialects, however, they are mutually unintelligible and speakers of each one can rarely understand and communicate with each other while speaking them. Modern Chinese […]

Croatian

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Croatian Language: History, Origins, and Facts The Croatian language is a Slavic language that was established in the Balkan peninsula of Europe when the people migrated in the region around the 7th century AD. The primary language of the Slavic people has evolved into two branches, the East South Slavic and West South Slavic. The […]

French

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French Language: Origins, History, and Speakers French is the official language of more than 25 countries, and as such, it is spoken by almost 300 million people as their native language or as a second language up to this date. Until the 20th century the French was the language of diplomacy, and one of the […]

German

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The History and Usage of The German Language in The World The German language or Deutsch is the official language of Germany, Austria, South Tyrol (Italy), the German-speaking Community of Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and one of the three official languages of Switzerland. It belongs to the West Germanic group of the Indo-European language and is […]

Greek

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The History and Origins of The Greek Language The Greek language belongs to the Indo-European family of languages and is primarily spoken in Greece. It is also one of the official languages in Cyprus and is one of the 24 official languages of the European Union. The language is spoken by at least 13.2 million […]

Hebrew

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The Hebrew Language: History, Origins, and Usage in The World As a Semitic language of the Northern Central or Northwestern group, the Hebrew language is closely related to Phoenician and Moabite, languages with which it is placed in the Canaanite subgroup by linguists. It was spoken in ancient times in Palestine, but in the 3rd […]

Hindi

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Hindi Language: History and Use The Hindi language is spoken by about 545 million speakers, 425 million of whom are native speakers. It is an Indo-Aryan language that is used as the main language in the northern states of India such as Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, and […]

Hmong

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Hmong Language: Where Is It Used And Who Speaks It? Hmong is a Hmong-Mien language spoken by about 2.6 million people in China, Vietnam, Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Laos, Thailand, and French Guiana. Hmong is actually the common name for a group of dialects of the West Hmongic (Chuanqiandian) branch of the Hmong-Mien/Miao-Yao language family […]

Hungarian

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The Origins and History of The The Origins and History of The Hungarian Language The Hungarian language is a Finno-Ugric language that belongs in the Uralic language family branch. Despite its geographical position, the Hungarian language is not similar or even slightly close to any of the neighboring countries’ languages. In fact, it belongs in […]

Italian

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The Evolution, History, and Origins of The Italian Language The Italian language belongs in the group of Romance language and is spoken by around 66 million people worldwide. Besides being the only official language in Italy, it is officially used in San Marino, Switzerland, and together with Latin in the Vatican City. Italian is used […]

Japanese

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Japanese language: Origin, History, Grammar, and Writing As an East Asian language, Japanese is spoken by 128 million people primarily situated in Japan where it is their only official language. About 3 million Japanese speakers out of the total number are situated in Brazil, the USA, Peru, Argentina, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, and Taiwan. The […]

Khmer

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Khmer: The Etymology and Uses of the language of Cambodia Cambodia is a country in the Far East with a population count of 13 million. It neighbors Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. The people living here are called Cambodians, while the language is called Khmer – although, widely known as Cambodian as well. Cambodia was until […]

Korean

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The History and Origin of The Korean Language The Korean language, spoken by about 80 million people across the globe, is an East Asian language and belongs to the Koreanic language family. It is the official language of both North Korea and South Korea, with different standardized official forms used in each territory. Linguists often […]

Laotian

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Where is The Laotian Language Spoken and Who Speaks It? Lao or Laotian is an official language in the country of Laos and is spoken by about 15 million people in Laos and Thailand. It is a Tai-Kadai language that belongs to the Kradai, or the Daic language family. This language has many dialects, however, […]

Mandarin

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Mandarin Chinese: History, Grammar, and Speakers in The World The Mandarin Chinese is the most vastly used form of Chinese, spoken and native to two-thirds of the population in China, or nearly a billion of people. It is also called the Northern Chinese because it is spoken north of the Yangtze River and in much […]

Persian

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Persian Language: Origins and History Persian language, or Fārsī, belongs to the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European family of languages. While the language is the official language of Iran, it has two varieties of it known as Dari and Tajik. Dari is an official language spoken in Afghanistan, and Tajik is the official language of […]

Polish

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The Origins and Culture of The Polish Language The Polish language is a West Slavic language that belongs to the Lekhitic language subgroup. Today it is spoken by 55 million people in Poland and abroad in countries of the Balkan peninsula and the neighboring countries of Poland. As one of the official languages of the […]