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  • Writer's pictureMaría Palomares Tarí


Languages are a fascinating feature of our daily lives, there is no doubt about it. For that reason, we have rounded up a few facts that will help you appreciate languages even more. Test yourself with this amazing list of 10 random language facts!

  • Hey Eurofans, this one is for you! Eurovision songs sung in English have won more Eurovision Song Contest competitions that those in any other language.

  • English has the most words of any known language. At approximately 750,000 words (with new ones each week), English has the largest vocabulary of all known languages.

  • Ever heard about Alderney French, Soyot or Togoyo? Probably not, cause they are extinct languages. There is actually more than 230 languages which are now completely extinct. How shocking!

  • Asia is home to around 2,300 languages.

  • Shakespeare coined over 1700 of our common words by changing nouns into verbs, verbs into adjectives, combining words not used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, and composing original words.

  • Any Lord of the Rings’ fan out there? There is a total of 12 fictional languages mentioned in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings — two of them, Quenya and Sindarin are even well developed!

  • Speaking another language can slow the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s, as it improves your memory. Multilingual people have generally been found to be perceptive and good decision makers.

  • Cambodian has the longest alphabet with 74 characters.

  • People who speaks Chinese use both sides of the brain: English only uses the left side.

  • The world’s most translated document is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It has been published in nothing less than 300 languages!

Any other fascinating language fact you would like to tell us about? Leave your comment below!


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