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Swahili

Swahili, or Kiswahili, belongs to the larger Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family. The name comes from the plural of the Arabic word sawāhil ‘coast’. ‘Ki-‘ is a prefix attached to nouns of the noun class that includes languages. Swahili is spoken in East Africa by different people along the coast from Somalia to Mozambique. It serves as a lingua franca for most of East Africa. The status of Swahili as an international language results from ...Full Article

Spanish

Spanish (español, castellano) belongs to the Romance branch of the Indo-European language family. Like all Romance languages, Spanish developed from Vulgar Latin in an area of the Iberian peninsula that is now Spain, and was brought ...Full Article

Somali

Somali (Af-Maxaad Tiri, Af Soomaali, الصوماليه) belongs to the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family.  Its is closest relative is Oromo. Somali is spoken by 6.5 million people in Somalia where it has ...Full Article

Slovene

Slovene (also called Slovenian or Slovenščina) belongs to the Western subgroup of the South Slavic branch of the Indo-European Language Family.  Like all Slavic languages, Slovene has its roots ...Full Article

Slovak

Slovak (Slovenský jazyk), also called Slovakian, belongs to the West Slavic group of the Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family. It is spoken by  4.75 million people in Slovakia. There are also expatriate Slovak ...Full Article

Sinhala

Sinhala (සිංහල, Singhala, Singhalese, Sinhalese) belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family. It is the majority language of Sri Lanka where it is spoken by 15.5 million people as a first language ...Full Article

Sindhi

Sindhi belongs to Northwestern group of the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family. There are different estimates of the number of speakers of Sindhi. Ethnologue estimate, based on 2001 census, puts ...Full Article

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 first language and by another 1.8 million people as a ...Full Article

Serbian

Serbian (cpпcки jeзик, srpski jezik) belongs to the South Slavic group of the Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family. After the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbo-Croatian, defined as the common language of Serbs, ...Full Article

Sanskrit

Sanskrit, meaning ‘perfected’ or ‘refined’, is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, of of all attested human languages. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European family. The oldest ...Full Article
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