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Yiddish (ייִדיש) belongs to the Western group of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. It is likely that the language developed in central Europe from Middle High German varieties in the 11th-13th centuries AD and has been spoken by the Ashkenazi Jews of Central and Eastern Europe and their descendants around the world ever since then. The name yidish in Yiddish means ‘Jewish.’ Although Yiddish developed from ...Full Article


Xhosa (isiXhosa) is the southernmost member of the Bantoid group of the Niger-Congo language family in Africa. It is closely related to Zulu, Swati, and Ndebele. Although mutually intelligible, they are considered to be separate languages for political ...Full Article


Wolof (Ouolof, Volof, Walaf, Waro-Waro, Yallof) belongs to the Atlantic group of the Niger-Congo language family. It is spoken by 5.2 million people in Senegal (Ethnologue). Wolof is also spoken in The Gambia ...Full Article


Welsh (Cymraeg) is a member of the Brythonic (or British) group of the Celtic branch of the Indo-European language family. It is spoken by 562,000 people in the north, west, and south ...Full Article


Vietnamese (tiếng Việt), formerly known as Annamese, is a member of the Mon-Khmer branch of the Austro-Asiatic language family. With 76 million speakers, it is the 16th largest language of the world. ...Full Article


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 macrolanguage that consists of two distantly related languages: Northern and Southern Uzbek. They are ...Full Article


Uyghur ( Уйғурчә, ئۇيغۇر تىلى‎, Uyƣur tili, Уйғур тили), also known as Uighur, Uygur, Uigur, Weiwuer, is a member of the Turkic branch of the Altaic language family. It is spoken by 10.1 million people ...Full Article


Urdū belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family. It is spoken as a first language by 64 million people in Pakistan and India, and by 94 million people as a ...Full Article


Ukrainian (yкpaiнcькa мoвa) belongs to the East Slavic group of the Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family. Its closest relatives are Belarusian and Russian. According to Ethnologue, there are 31 million speakers of Ukrainian in ...Full Article


Turkmen (түркмен) belongs to the Turkic branch of the Altaic language family. It is included in the southern group of the Turkic branch along with Turkish and Azerbaijani. There are 3.4 million speakers of Turkmen ...Full Article
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