Language Facts You May Not Have Known

Of all the languages on Earth, 840 of them are spoken in a single country—Papua New Guinea. Total, there are roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth, but about 2,400 of them are in danger of going extinct. In fact, it is estimated that every 14 seconds a new language goes extinct.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. South Africa has more official languages than any other country at 11. 00:35

  2. Frisian is supposedly the easiest foreign language for English speakers to learn. 01:50

  3. Cryptophasia is the name for the secret language spoken by twins. 02:27

Written by Curiosity Staff August 26, 2015