Interesting Linguistic Facts #2⠀ - Ordentop

Interesting Linguistic Facts #2⠀

🔸Mexico is home to many languages that are gradually dying out, including Ayapaneco. In 1971 there were just forty people who spoke the language, while the 2010 census shows that just four remain today.⠀
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🔸Spain is also a country of linguistic diversity. Castilian, commonly known as Spanish, is the official language. But Basque (the oldest language in Europe), Catalan, Galician and Aranese are spoken in the various regions of Spain.⠀
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🔸La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands, has a language comprised of four consonants and four vowels. While this is fascinating in itself, it is even more unusual to learn that this language, called Silbo Gomero, uses whistling rather than words. In the past, shepherds used it to communicate across the ravines. It was about to die out, but local schools began teaching it in 1990.⠀
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🔸Chinese should not be considered a single language, but is actually made up of several variants. The most widely spoken are Mandarin, Cantonese, Wu and Min.⠀
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🔸The oldest languages still in use today are Aramaic, spoken in certain villages in Syria, while the Celtic languages include Gaelic, spoken in Ireland.⠀
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🔸Latin, considered a “dead” language, is still spoken in the Vatican City, where it is the official state language.⠀⠀
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🔸The Sedang language spoken in Vietnam has more vowels than any other language in the world.⠀

🔸Brazilian is not a language, but a nationality. The language spoken in Brazil is Portuguese.⠀
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