Human race began to evolve around 200,000 years ago. Ever since the Homo sapiens started the fight of survival, they discovered the need to communicating with each other and working together as a team. These early human beings communicated with each other through signs and gestures, however these gestures eventually turned into incoherent sounds, gradually leading to the modern day languages. Man has been communicating through spoken word for thousands of years, and there are more than five thousand languages across the globe. That being said, it is not very easy to determine which language is more interesting or more refined than the other. However, in this blog are mentioned top ten languages that you will find important or interesting:
Mandarin is a language of China, however it is also widely spoken within the US and Australia, and believe it or not, is the most spoken language of the world. This will make up around nine hundred thousand Chinese speaking this language alone, and then come the other parts of the world. Being the most spoken language in the world, it is also learnt by thousands non-natives every year and hence helps in boosting China’s economy to a great deal. The language itself is pretty interesting, however it can be troublesome to learn it if you know nothing of Chinese and other native languages.
French is no doubt one of the most glamorous languages of the world, standing by Spanish and German. French is also known as the “traditional” and “cultural language of France, and also China. Amusing? Yes, in China specifically, French has a lot of demand and is famous as one of the most cultured as well as sophisticated languages of the world. Je voudrais apprendre le français? Well what are you waiting for, if there is one language that you need to learn, then French is definitely one of the most interesting languages in the world.
Today, Persian has evolved, merged and changed as well. However, it still remains one of the purest of the languages, also known as “Parsi” or “Farsi”. Originally spoken within Iran, its different dialects are also spoken across the globe, including in Afghanistan. With its unique script and sophisticated terms, this language is one that still remains one of the most unaltered. If you take a rough count, there are around 100 million across the globe who speak this Persian. The language also has a heavy influence on the languages of the neighboring lands.
Being the fourth most spoken language of the world, Hindi does have its perks. Because of this, it is also contributing a lot in boosting India’s economy, in race with China. The country is not only spoke and understood in India alone, its famous world over and no matter which country you travel to, you will find a Hindi speaking person there. According to 2001 census, more than 250 million people living within India speak Hindi as their native language. The cities where the language is spoken the most include Delhi, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
Are you planning to learn a unique, interesting and cultured language? Portuguese can be the language you are looking for. The language is the world’s sixth most spoken one. Portuguese is the native language of Brazil and with recent FIFA World Cup hype; the language has been even more in demand. The language has historical significance as well, hence the historians and linguistic experts have been intrigued by it for years. Before World Cup hit Brazil, the international Olympics was the main big event that was responsible for making Portuguese even more famous cross the globe.
When you talk about “interesting” languages of the world, it doesn’t mean the most spoken or famous ones. Like the world explains, the language has to be “intriguing” in some way. So here is a language you must have never heard of: Taushiro. This language, according to SIL 2000, is spoken by only, hear this: only ONE person in the whole world. Our “celebrity” who speaks this non-existent language is Amadeo Garcia. He lived in a little community made up of twenty odd people, however he remains the only one to know Taushiro, which is basically a Southern American language, originating from, Peru. This language, on the verge of extinction can perhaps be saved or continued as a registered language if steps are taken.
Spanish is considered as one of the most romantic languages of the world. It originated Spain’s Castile region and according to the census, is spoken by around 414 million people as a “native” tongue. This makes Spanish the second most spoken language of the world, following Mandarin. More than five hundred thousand people are currently speaking Spanish across the world, and there are around twenty million registered students of the language as well. Spanish also happens to be United State’s one of the official languages, which is a total of six.
In our list of the most interesting languages of the world; Finnish stands tall and proud. One common, wrong perception about this language is that it is somewhat similar to the languages of its native lands, such as Norwegian and Swedish, well its not. While no doubt there are several “cultural overlaps” between all these neighboring countries, Finnish remains one language that has whatsoever no relation with the languages of these lands, which gives it its own unique “aura” and identity.
Neither endangered non rare, Basque is however one of the most unusual languages of its own kind. Spoken by about 720,000 people, it is basically a language isolate, ancestor to the residents of Basque the country. Although it has nothing to do with Spanish of French, it is spoken in Pyrenees within Spain and France.
Language of the Southeast Ethiopia, Ongota is also one of the endangered languages of the world. According to UNESCO’s 2012 report, there were only around ten surviving elderlies who still spoke Ongota. The rest of the natives have already migrated to a small village on the bank of the Weito River and have adopted a new language: Tsamai. With its unusualness and history, Ongota remains the top most interesting language on our list.