There are between 6000 and 7000 languages in the world – spoken by six billion people divided into 189 independent states.

Widow is the only female form in the English language that is shorter than its corresponding male term (widower).

There are thirteen languages spoken by more than 100 million people. They are: Mandarin Chinese, English, Hindi, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Bengali, Portuguese, Malay-Indonesian, French, Japanese, German, and Urdu.

According to Illinois state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is”American.”

The most difficult language to learn is Basque, which is spoken in northwestern Spain and southwestern France.

The language in which a government conducts business is the official language of that country.

The language of a society changes slowly but steadily with the result that an educated person will not be able to read or understand words in his language written 500 years ago.

French was the official language of England for over 600 years.

Of all the languages in the world, English has the largest vocabulary about 800,000 words.

The shortest word in the English language with all its letters in alphabetical order is the word “almost.”

The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters ispneumonoultra-microscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

The computer programming language ADA was named in honor of Augusta Ada King. The U.S. Defense Department named the language after the Countess of Lovelace and daughter of Lord Byron because she helped finance and program what is thought to be the first computer, the “analytical engine” designed by Charles Babbage.

Language with the most words: English, approx. 250,000 distinct words.The non-European languages most widely used on European territory are Arabic, Chinese and Hindi, each with its own writing system.

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