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Afrikaans

Afrikaans

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

Language situation in the U.S.

Language situation in the U.S.

 You might be surprised that for more than 200 years America have gotten by without declaring English as its ... more »

Shona

Shona

Shona (chiShona) is a southern Bantoid language belonging to the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken by 10.7 million people as a ... more »

Tigrigna

Tigrigna

Tigrinya (Tigrinya, Tigray, Tigriññā, ትግርኛ) is a member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. It is closely related to Amharic,Tigré and Ge’ez, an extinct language ... more »

Uzbek

Uzbek

Uzbek (O‘zbek tili/O’zbekcha, Ўзбек тили, أۇزبېك ﺗﻴﻠی) is a member of the Turkic branch of the Altaic language family. Uzbek is a ... more »

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The Na-Dené (also called Athabascan or Athapascan) language family includes 47 distantly related languages that are spoken over a large area spanning from northwestern Canada and Alaska south to the Rio Grande. With 180,000 speakers, it is the second largest language family in North America in terms of number of languages and the number of speakers after the Uto-Aztecan language family. ... Full article
Germanic languages are spoken by close to 470 million people in many parts of the world, but mainly in Europe and the Western Hemisphere. All modern Germanic languages derive from a common ancestor traditionally referred to as *Proto-Germanic, believed to have broken off from other *Proto-Indo-European languages some time before 500 B.C. Although no written documents in Proto-Germanic have survived, the language has ...
Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge nah Eireann)  is a Celtic language spoken by 138,000 people as a first language, and by another 1,000,000 people as a second language in Ireland with 276,000 first-language speakers worldwide (Ethnologue).The language is sometimes referred to as Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, or Erse, but in Ireland it is simply called Irish. Republic of Ireland Irish was the only language spoken in ...
All Romance languages are descendants of Vulgar Latin dialects spoken by the common people in the Roman Empire. Spread of the Romance languages occurred in two main stages: The first stage occurred in 240-100 BC, owing to the expansion of the Roman Empire over a good part of Europe, England, Northern Africa and portions of the Middle East. After the breakup of the Roman ...