Want to know the official languages of popular countries
There are 195 countries in the world and it is said that there are over 7000 languages that are spoken across these nations. However, a few major languages are spoken in almost all the countries that are the reason communication between people and nations has been smooth in this globalized world. Language plays an extremely important role in allowing people to exchange ideas, share views and opinions, do business and forge bonding.
Major nations of the world have people speaking in several languages and all living together in peace and harmony. Do you wonder how many languages must be spoken in a country like the US? Let’s head on the journey to find out the lingua franca of some of the major states of the world which are also popular destinations for people that intend to migrate.
United States of America
English speakers are mostly the natives of this most developed nation and the world’s super power state. Not just the natives, most of the population that has migrated to the USA eventually end up learning the language and speaking it. Here’s is a surprise – despite its status, the USA as a federation does not have an official language! Different states do have their official language but not the federation in its entirety.Moving on, Spanish is also spoken by a sizable population in the US and then there is Chinese Mandarin, French, Vietnamese and Tagalog etc. This country has people settled from all across the world who form their own linguistic community
Although it is one of the largest economies, China has maintained fewer linguistic intrusions. The majority of China’s population speaks Mandarin Chinese and its dialects. It is just over 8% of the population that speaks languages like Tibetan, Mongolian, Zhuang, and Uyghur. Being the most populous country China adds strength to the number of Mandarin speakers at home alone. Therefore, Putonghua, the standard version of Chinese is the national official language. Other major languages of the world are spoken by small sections of people in China.
Russia has continued to not only use but maintain the education of its future generations mostly in the Russian language, hence, most of the population speaks Russian. However, regional languages like Chechen, Chuvash, Tatar, Abaza, Bashkir, Erzya etc are all recognised as the official state languages. The bottom line is that most of the officially recognised languages in Russia do not have much commonality with each other.
Japanese is the main language spoken in Japan and it is estimated that over 120 million people across the world speak the language. It is the official language of the country. Though it seems to be very unique in its structure and origin, Japanese is said to have some similarity to the Korean language. Meanwhile, Japan has a few more languages spoken on different islands. It is said that some 14 Ryukyuan languages are spoken on some of the islands in Japan however they are not really similar to the main language Japanese.
German is the official language in Germany and most of the people there only speak in their native language. Being a developed nation which is becoming a popular destination for talents from across the world, people from various countries are migrating to Germany to fulfil their foreign dreams and making the official language a popular language being learnt by foreign nationals. Besides German some more regional languages spoken in Germany are, Sorbian and North Frisian.
The French language is a beautiful one and has been eternally associated with Romance! Being one of the official languages of the UN and a romantic one at that, French is a popular language among foreign nationals as well. However, some German dialects are also spoken in France
The United Kingdom stands for the spread of English throughout the world. The British took the language to their colonies around the world during the colonial period and today, almost the entire world has a huge population that speaks the language. English is the official language of the UK, however, some of the other languages of the region like Welsh and Gaelic are also spoken there.
English is the main language spoken in this big island continent-nation. However, there are several languages that have quietly moved into the population with the migrating people to this country. Languages like Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Greek, Hindi, Italian, etc are also spoken in Australia.
You would be surprised to know this but Portuguese is the main language spoken in Brazil! Yes, the region mostly has people speaking Spanish in most of the neighboring South American nations but it is due to the Portuguese usage in Brazil, the language holds its prominence there. Apart from the above two languages, Japanese, Dutch, and various other languages are also spoken in the region.
Having picked up nations from other continents, it is only wise to have South Africa be part of this list. While most of the African nations have their own languages depending on the nation in consideration but in South Africa Zulu is the main spoken language. Xhosa and Afrikaans are the other two languages besides English which are mostly spoken in this southern nation of African continent.
Though the list of languages spoken in various countries is an exhaustive one, we have tried to cover the ones spoken in the major nations from all across the world
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