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Language Learning Difficulty

Language Learning Difficulty

1′ People often ask: “How long will it take me to become proficient in language X?” This question is ... more »

Writing Systems

Writing Systems

A writing system, also referred to as script or orthography, is a convention for representing the units of a ... more »

Afrikaans

Afrikaans

Afrikaans, also known as the Cape Dutch, belongs to the west Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. It is ... more »

Turkish

Turkish

Turkish (Türkçe), the westernmost of the Turkic languages, belongs to the Turkic branch of the Altaic language family. It has the largest number of ... more »

Romance Branch

Romance Branch

All Romance languages are descendants of Vulgar Latin dialects spoken by the common people in the Roman Empire. Spread of the ... more »

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Jarai (also spelled as Jrai, Cho-Rai, Chor, Djarai, Chrai, Gia Rai, Gio Rai, Jörai, and Mthur) is a Chamic language in the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family (Ethnologue). Jarai is spoken by approximately 318,000 Jarai people, predominantly in the Highlands Gia Lai province of Vietnam. It is also spoken by about 20,000 people in Cambodia, by over 3,000 people in the U.S. and Canada, and … Full article

 Bamanankan, also known as Bambara and Bamanakan, is a member of the Mande group of the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken by 4 million people as a first language and by another 10 million people in Mali and in the neighboring, Côte-d’Ivoire (Ethnologue). Much of Bamanankan’s history is unwritten and is preserved mainly through oral tradition. What is known is that the Mande people settled the Sahel (including present-day …

Indo-European is a family of languages that first spread throughout Europe and many parts of South Asia, and later to every corner of the globe as a result of colonization. The term Indo-European is essentially geographical since it refers to the easternmost extension of the family from the Indian subcontinent to its westernmost reach in Europe. The family includes …

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), also called Al-’Arabiyya, Al-Fusha, and Literary Arabic, is the modern standard language based on Classical Arabic, the language of the Qur’an and early Islamic literature. MSA is quite uniform throughout the Arab world and serves as a lingua franca for speakers of various spoken dialects some of which are not mutually comprehensible. The exact number of people who speak MSA is extremely difficult …