Aside from enjoying ranking things in neat lists and bringing order onto our thoughts, looking at a subject or topic in this way can show patterns. The 100 Most-Spoken Languages in the World infographic from Word Tips provides a fascinating insight into languages in use today. It also gives us an idea as to why this is the case and how history plays it part.
There are many reasons why people learn a language other than their native language. For example, learning another language is essential for their profession. But some languages are easier to learn than others which may explain why English has more learner speakers than Korean and Arabic.
Learning a language is great for our mental health
Learning a language is a fun thing to do and there is also a suggestion it can also make us smarter. There are many benefits to being bilingual and being able to confidently and competently use more than one language.
And when people want to learn one language more often than others, it strengthens the reach of it – which is exactly why English takes the number one spot in the list of most-spoken languages in the world.
Source:Kaplan International Colleges
Some words just can’t be translated
Translating a language from one to another is something that happens every day and is considered a skill that few people possess. Translating words isn’t just about the word itself but the meaning behind it. And there are some words that are just not translatable.
One language will borrow words from other languages
It can be really difficult to get to grips with the rules of a new language, especially when these rules change for no reasons! The reason why this happens lies in the history of a language, what and who influenced it over the centuries. The long and chequered history behind the English language is one reason why some words are pronounced differently, spelt differently and why it is still changing today.
Why we use the words we do and how and why we change them from time to time is wrapped in its history. There are many factors that affect language’s development, including how we right it, the symbols we used to support the words and much, much more. Language truly is fascinating.
Source: UIC London Language School