10 Fun Language Facts

Dealing with interpreters and languages all day, every day can be difficult as we're always getting requests for interpreters for languages we’ve never heard of! Also, trying to find interpreters in the area that speak those rare languages proves extremely difficult sometimes! So to add a little fun to this, have a read of 10 fun language facts below!

There are 2,700 languages with over 7,000 individual dialects spoken around the world today. The most common languages are Chinese, Spanish, English and Hindi.
Learning a second language can improve your intelligence.  It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and can even shield against diseases such as dementia in old age.
There are over 200 artificial languages that have been invented. Solresol, Communicationssprache, Universalglot, Colapuk and Esperanto are just a few to name.
12.44% of the world’s population speaks Mandarin as their first language- yet it’s still difficult to find interpreters that speak Mandarin in the Kent area!
There are about 2,200 languages in Asia including Chinese Mandarin, English, Indonesian, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai.
The bible is available in 2,454 languages, only 4,500 to go!
Khmer (Cambodian), has the largest alphabet with 74 letters in it (including some without any current use). According to the Guinness Book of World Records 1995, the Khmer alphabet is the largest alphabet in the world.
The most linguistically diverse country in the world is Papua New Guinea, where around 840 languages are spoken including- English, Hiri Motu and Unserdeutsh.
Around 50% of English words come from French such as: joyful, parenthood, jellyfish, killjoy and veneer.
Greek and Traditional Chinese are the oldest written languages still in use today. Old Chinese evolved into Middle Chinese around 600 AD. Mycenaean Greek is the earliest form of the Greek language, and it dates as far back as the 16th century BC.

If you are an interpreter looking for consistent shifts at competitive rates in Kent, contact Amee Humphreys to discuss opportunities!

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Amee Humphreys

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Specialisms: Social & Healthcare Non Qualfied, Interpreters & Translation
Tel: 01622 237037
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