This blog has been designed to provide information about the activities held at the social studies bilingual sections in CPI Tino Grandío (Guntín,Spain). The English language and Social Studies teachers have elaborated most of the resources you can see but our "auxiliares de conversa" also have their own page and posts. Therefore everyone is invited to have a look .

Monday, August 24, 2015

Facts about Languages

Did You Know That ?

  • There are about 7,000 languages in the world.
  • There are 50,000 characters in the Chinese language. You’ll need to know about 2,000 to read a newspaper.
  • 12.44% of the world’s population speaks Mandarin as their first language.
  • There are about 2,200 languages in Asia.
  • 1/4 of the world’s population speaks at least some English.
  • 50% of educational time in Luxembourg devoted to learning English, German, and French.
  • There are 13 ways to spell the ‘o’ sound in French.
  • There is a language in Botswana that consists of mainly 5 types of clicks.
  • There are 2,400 languages classified as being ‘in danger’.
  • 231 languages are now completely extinct. These include Alderney French, Soyot and Togoyo.
  • Ayapaneco. In Mexico this language is in danger of dying out , because its two remaining speakers refuse to talk to each other.
  • One language dies about every 14 days.
  • Eastern Siberia, Northwest Pacific Plateau of North America, And Northern Australia are hotspots for endangered languages.
  • There are 12 imaginary languages in Lord of The Rings.
  • Marc Okrand, the man who was credited with creating Klingon, was once a linguistics teacher at the University of California.
  • Esperanto is an artificial language, but is spoken by about 500,000 to 2,000,000 people, and 2 feature films have been done in the language.
  • The UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been published in 300 languages. It is the world's most translated document.
  • There are 24 working languages of the EU.
  • There are 6 official UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
  • The Bible is available in 2454 languages.
  • Agatha Christie's novels are available in 7231combinations of book and language. She is the world's most translated author.
  • 830 languages are spoken in Papua New Guinea.
  • Frisian is the easiest foreign language for English speakers to learn. It is native to part of the Netherlands and has a common history and similar sounds.
  • Welsh is spoken in Wales (the United Kingdom) and Argentina, as Welsh immigrants settled in Patagonia in 1865 and kept the language.
  • The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.
  • Rotokas has the smallest alphabet, just 11-12 letters, whereas Khmer (Cambodian) has the largest alphabet, 74 letters.
  • South Africa has 11 official languages – the most for a single country.
  • The pope tweets in 9 languages.
  • German and French have been voted the best for graduates to learn to help enhance their prospect of getting a job.
  • German is thought to be the most similar to English.
  • If babies hear foreign languages in their first few months, they'll find picking up languages easier in later life, a study has shown.
  • Sign language also has accents.
  • The US has no official language.
  • You can us an ATM in Latin in Vatican City.

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