World Languages

Today I found this diagram of the most spoken languages around the world. It’s a beautiful breakdown of the variety that exists in the way we communicate. And this is only a fraction of the total languages that actual exist.

I also found it interesting that, as the article mentions, even though Chinese has the largest number of speakers, it falls behind both English and French in the number of non-native learners.

It really puts into perspective the difficulty in trying to transcend culture in our efforts to communicate with an ever widening audience.

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