Language Statistics & Facts
World General Knowledge
📝 Number of living languages: 6912
📝 Number of those languages that are nearly extinct: 516
📝 Language spoken by the greatest number of non-native speakers: English (250 million to 350 million non-native speakers)
📝 Country with the most languages spoken: Papua New Guinea has 820 living languages.
📝 How long have languages existed: Since about 100,000 BC
📝 First language ever written: Sumerian or Egyptian (about 3200 BC)
📝 Oldest written language still in existence: Chinese or Greek (about 1500 BC)
📝 Language with the most words: English, approx. 250,000 distinct words
📝 Language with the shortest alphabet: Rotokas (12 letters). Approx. 4300 people speak this East Papuan language. They live primarily in the Bougainville Province of Papua New Guinea.
📝 The most widely published language: English
📝 Language with the fewest irregular verbs: Esperanto (none)
📝 Language which has won the most Oscars: Italian (12 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film)
📝 The most translated document: Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, written by the United Nations in 1948, has been translated into 321 languages and dialects.
📝 The most common consonant sounds in the world’s languages: /p/, /t/, /k/, /m/, /n/
📝 Longest word in the English language: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (45 letters)