A world of languages is an interesting infographic from SCMP: “There are at least 7,102 known languages alive in the world today. Twenty-three of these languages are a mother tongue for more than 50 million people. The 23 languages make up the native tongue of 4.1 billion people. We represent each language within black borders and then provide the numbers of native speakers (in millions) by country. The colour of these countries shows how languages have taken root in many different regions” (SCMP)
It’s impressive how populated China is, and how many people there speak one of the different dialects. India is also incredibly populated, but they speak several different languages within the country (Hindu, Tamil, Bengali, etc). Spanish and Portuguese together take up a large chunk of the world population, and are located mainly in South America. Although English seems fairly small in comparison to some of the other languages, it’s also the language that most people are learning, and it is the most widely spread language around the world.
Seeing infographics like this makes me realise how lucky you are if you can speak multiple languages fluently, as it opens up so many opportunities around the world. Onwards!