This is the truth
Did you know that there are approximately 6000 to 7000 languages in our world? These languages are spoken by 7 billion people which is between 189 independent states. In Europe, there are approximately 225 languages which is about 3% of the world’s total.
Now, most of these languages are spoken in Africa and Asia. As far as being bilingual, at least 50% of the world’s population do speak 2 or more languages.
There is much greater need in Europe to be able to speak several languages do to the fact that Europeans increasingly come across foreign languages more often. Also, many languages have 50,000 words or more, however most people only know less than half of the total vocabulary of that particular language. Most conversational people only use a few hundred of the actual words in that 2nd language, or 3rd or 4th.
It’s interesting how all languages use one another and affect one another in several ways. Take our English language, many borrowed words/expressions come from several other languages used in the past. European languages are consistently borrowing many words from our English language as well.
Take a new baby for instance, the baby will make wide ranges of sounds around the first year. After the first year, we can understand a few of their words that they have been using most often. Then at about three years old, the complex sentences are forming, then at five years old, the child then has a vocabulary of thousands of words.
Of course, the first language we learn is usually the best one that we are able to speak and comprehend with. However, there are those people who speak various languages with such perfection. Many Europeans are bilingual, if not speak many languages. Bilingualism has several benefits. By being bilingual it is much easier to learn additional languages as well and your thinking process is therefore enhanced by the cultures and thinking of other cultures and their people.
Being bilingualism definitely increases your chances for new careers. Many new companies are looking for those who speak several languages. These multilingual companies are above the competitive edge by having such people who speak several languages.
You can tell that all languages are related to each other like a family for instance. Most European languages belong to the Indo-European family. In fact, most of the European languages are belonging to 3 different groups, which are the Slavic, Germanic, and Romance.
What the Germanic family of languages include are the Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, German, Icelandic, Dutch, Yiddish and our English, many others as well.
We then call the Romance languages which include French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian and Portuguese, as well as many others.
Now, the Slavic languages include Bulgarian, Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Czech, Polish, Slovak, Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, as well as many others.
The fact is that most European languages use the Latin alphabet as we do. The Cyrillic alphabet is used by the Slavic languages. The Greek, Georgian, Armenian and Yiddish actually use their own alphabet.
A huge fact that we didn’t realize is In London alone, there are some 300 languages which are spoken!