World’s Top Languages

The other day I posted about being able to talk to most of the world’s people by learning 20 languages out of the over 7,000 currently existing ones. I forgot to post this infographic, so I’ll just add it here as an addendum, because I found it interesting, and it’s actually the thing that got me thinking about the subject.

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In addition, here’s a map showing how linguae francae, or “portmanteau languages”, are distributed across the globe; one can see the broad reach of the top seven.

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The Old Wolf had forgotten.

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  1. Pingback: 7 billion people, 20 languages (more or less) | Playing in the World Game

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