Ethnologue defines a living language as, “One that has at least one speaker for whom it is their first language.” There are an estimated 7,097 languages in use today. On the map below, each language is indicated just once as a pin in its primary country. We hope you enjoy this post on Living Languages Translations.
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Language Families of the World
Language families consisting of Living Languages, also known as World Languages, are groupings of languages that have common origins. Although linguists can identify hundreds of language families, most are categorized into the largest families which we have listed below.
The largest language family of the world, the Indo-European group is also comprised of the most speakers, an estimated 46% of the global population. This family includes:
The second largest language family, these languages of East Asia are spoken by 20% of the world’s population. Examples include:
Third in line is the Niger-Congo language family. 6.9% of the world’s population, mostly located in Africa, speaks these languages which include:
The fourth family, spoken by about the same amount of people, is the Afroasiatic group, which includes:
This family is spoken by 5.5% of the world’s population and includes:
Additionally, there also are numerous language isolates, languages that have yet to be connected to other languages, so they do not belong to a language family. A few examples include:
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