Top 20 Rarest Languages Still Spoken Today in the World (2023)

Almost 6,000 languages, if not more, are on the verge of extinction. The following are the world's 20 rarest languages.

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Rare Languages Still Spoken Today

7,000 Living Languages Will Die

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Top 20 Rarest Languages Still Spoken Today

1.Taushiro (Pinche/Pinchi)

2. Kaixana (Caixana)

3. Lemerig (Pak, Bek, Sasar, Leon, Lem)

4. Chemehuevi

5. Njerep (Nigeria)

6. Tanema (Tanima, Tetawo in Solomon Islands)

7. Liki (Moar), Indonesia

8. Ongota/Birale in Ethiopia

9. Dumi in Nepal (Dumi Bo’o, Dumi Bro, Lsi Rai, Ro’do Bo’, Sotmali)

10. Chamicuro in Peru (Chamekolo, Chamicolo, Chamicura)

11.Turkish Bird Language

12.Kalasha-mun in Pakistan

13. Pirahã in Brazil

14. Pawnee (Native Americans)

15.Paakantyi (Darling language) in Australia

16. Tunebo in Colombia

17. Mudbura in Australia

18. Hértevin in Turkey

19. Ishkashimi in Afghanistan and Tajikista

20. Jedek in Malay Peninsula (Malaysia)

In Conclusion

7,000 Living Languages Will Die

Culture is the most individual invention of humankind. It characterizes its members and governs their daily lives. Language is the most fundamental component of culture. The earliest human language is unknowable, but we do have knowledge of some very old languages.

The languages most commonly mentioned when discussing languages are English, German, French, Spanish, and perhaps Japanese, Arabic, Russian, and Latin. Many modern speakers take their linguistic abilities for granted. There would be no way to interact with the rest of humanity if this were not available. Consider what it would be like if you and the people around you didn't share a common language. People could theoretically write books and novels, but it would be extremely unlikely that anyone else would understand them. Without even realizing it, language influences every aspect of our lives.

We can also calculate the least common language in the world. However, languages also fade away, even if they were once widely spoken. The once-dominant Latin language serves as an excellent illustration of this phenomenon because it now has no native speakers.

Experts predict that half of the 7,000 living languages will die out within the next century.

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For a variety of reasons, a sizable number of languages have been lost to history. The causes are traditional colonization, declining population groups, and a lack of funding or investment in cultural heritage. Ad Astra does not take the news of extinct languages well because we are lovers of culture, language, and history.

We are witnessing increased attention and pushes for technology and digital archiving as a new method for preservation thanks to the digital world and contemporary technology. Additionally, Ad Astra makes sure that those who still speak extinct languages can access the communications and services they require.

Top 20 Rarest Languages Still Spoken Today

1.Taushiro (Pinche/Pinchi)

Native to Peru, the language of Taushiro is spoken along the Tigre River and Aucayacu River, which are tributaries of the Ahuaruna River. It is referred to as a language isolate because there is no discernible connection to any other language. Those who knew the language typically only used their fingers to count up to ten.

To say "one" in Taushiro, for instance, you would say washikanto. You would say "ashintu" and point to a toe on your foot to say a number greater than 10. One person only speaks the Taushiro language fluently, according to a 2008 study on the subject. Since then, the language has been classified as almost extinct.

2. Kaixana (Caixana)

One of the many seriously endangered languages that still exist today is kaixana. The language was once used in a Brazilian village by the banks of the Japura River. Portuguese settlers gradually occupied the region.

Nearly 200 people once knew how to speak it. However, a 2006 study found that there was only one other speaker of Kaixana, making it a language that was destined to go extinct.

3. Lemerig (Pak, Bek, Sasar, Leon, Lem)

Lemerig comes in at number three on the list and is the language of Vanuatu, an island nation in the southern Pacific Ocean about 1,000 miles east of northern Australia. More specifically, Vanua Lava Island is where this language is spoken.

A 2008 study found that there are only two fluent speakers of the language today, making it one of the list's nearly extinct languages. There are at least four distinct dialects of Lemerig, all of which are likely extinct.

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4. Chemehuevi

Chemehuevi is primarily spoken in states in the Midwest and along the west coast. It is an Uto-Aztecan, Northern Uto-Aztecan, Numic, Southern language. In Ute, Colorado, Southern Paiute, Utah, Northern Arizona, Southern Nevada, and Colorado River, California, you might hear the language being spoken.

The Chemehuevi tribe is still around and doing well, but there aren't many people who can speak it well. According to a 2007 study, there are only 3 adults who are native speakers of the language. In Chemehuevi, words like kaiv (mountain), hucip (ocean), mahav (tree), and tittvip (ground/soil) can be used to discuss natural phenomena.

5. Njerep (Nigeria)

Nigerians speak the Bantoid language of Njerep. There is no longer any use of the language in Cameroon. Nowadays, people speak it mostly in the Mambila region. The language is no longer spoken; instead, Mambila dialects like Ba and Mvop have taken its place.

According to a 2007 study, there are only 4 people who still speak Njerep, making it a critically endangered language. The language will probably be extinct in a few centuries because those who do speak it are elderly.

6. Tanema (Tanima, Tetawo in Solomon Islands)

Tanema was once spoken in the Solomon Islands in communities like Vanikolo Island, Temotu Province, and an Emua village. According to a 2008 study, there are only 4 people who still speak the language today. Due to this, the language is seriously endangered.

In addition to being Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, and Oceanic, Tanema is Austronesian. Many people who once spoke Tanema have switched to Pijin or Teanu, two languages that are very common in the area, as a result of adaptation. Want to learn Tanema's verbs? To turn, swim, work, and lie down, try wekini, laro, la vamora, and la munana.

7. Liki (Moar), Indonesia

Speaking in the islands off the north coast of Sarmi, Jayapura Kabupaten, and Sarmi Kecamatan, all of which are islands close to Indonesia, is the critically endangered language of Liki. A 2007 study found that there are only 5 native speakers. All local church leaders who lived in the area spoke the language in the past.

In addition to Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Western Oceanic, North New Guinea, Sarmi-Jayapura Bay, and Sarmi, the language is thought to have multiple origins.

8. Ongota/Birale in Ethiopia

The Ongota language was reportedly still on the decline in 2008. The language is only known and used by six elderly native speakers. Due to this, the language is seriously endangered.

Ongota, however, is actually being studied by a professor at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, unlike the majority of languages that are going extinct.

He has come to the conclusion that the language has a subject, object, and verb structure. Ongota is allegedly an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in a small village in Ethiopia on the west bank of the Weito River.

9. Dumi in Nepal (Dumi Bo’o, Dumi Bro, Lsi Rai, Ro’do Bo’, Sotmali)

In areas close to the Tap and Rava rivers, people typically speak the Nepalese language of Dumi. In the eastern Nepali district of Khotang, which is home to mountains, it is also spoken. It belongs to the Tibeto-Burman language family because it is a Kiranti language.

The language was only used by 8 people in 2007, making it critically endangered. A dictionary of the Dumi language is available, and information about it has been gathered over time. Numerous books have also been written about the syntax and grammar of the language.

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10. Chamicuro in Peru (Chamekolo, Chamicolo, Chamicura)

According to a 2008 study, there are 8 speakers of Chamicuro in the entire world. The majority of those who still speak the language, which is primarily spoken in Peru, are older, and it is currently thought to be critically endangered. Because the area has adapted to speaking Spanish, there are no children who speak Chamicuro.

But those who could speak it were able to create a dictionary of its words. Use these if you ever need to learn a few animal names in Chamicuro: the waka (cow), the ma'nali (dog), the mishi (cat), the polyo (chicken), the duck, the katujkana (monkey), and the kawali (horse).

With no native speakers alive, this tongue from Peru is considered dormant. However, a dictionary of Chamicuro exists, which can help those who want to learn it.

11.Turkish Bird Language

Known as Kuş Dili in Turkish, this bird language is one of the most uncommon languages in the world. It has no alphabet and is made up entirely of whistles and melodies. Since mobile phones help people communicate over long distances now, this tongue is in danger of becoming extinct.

12.Kalasha-mun in Pakistan

The Kalash people of Pakistan's Chitral District speak the Indo-Aryan language Kalasha (also spelled Kal'as'amondr).

Experts worry for its survival because only 5,000 people can speak it.

According to Kalash expert Badshah Munir Bukhari, "Kalasha" is also the ethnic name for the Nuristani people who live in the Waygal and middle Pech Valleys, which are located southwest of the Kalasha Valleys in Afghanistan's Nuristan Province.

The Nuristanis of Waygal, who at one point expanded their territory northward into southern Chitral, are credited with introducing the name "Kalasha" to the Kalash people of Chitral.

13. Pirahã in Brazil

There are roughly 250-380 speakers of this indigenous Brazilian language. It is the last surviving variety of the Mura language.

The Pirah live in the municipality of Humaitá in the Brazilian state of Amazonas, on a stretch of land that the Marmelos river and nearly the entire length of the Maici river pass through.

Even if they don't speak it fluently, most men can understand Portuguese. The Portuguese language is rarely used as a means of communication among women. With the help of the locals, the men created a contact 'language' by combining words from Pirah, Portuguese, and the Amazonian lngua geral (a Tupi-based trade language more commonly known as nheengatu).

14. Pawnee (Native Americans)

This language was used by the Pawnee Native Americans, but it gradually lost significance. Due to children focusing more on English, there are currently only ten people who speak this language.

Native Americans who are still semi-nomadic in nature, the Pawnee originally inhabited the Great Plains, primarily in what is now the state of Nebraska. Early European exploration brought them into some contact with white people, but until the late 18th century, that contact was quite limited. From the 19th century onward, this contact with white settlers completely altered the Pawnees' way of life.

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15.Paakantyi (Darling language) in Australia

This Australian language only had four speakers in 2005, but the number had increased to 42 in 2016.

The Paakantyi language, also known as the Darling language and written Paakantji, Barkindji, Barkandji, and Baagandji, is almost extinct. Language used by Australian Aborigines along the Darling River in New South Wales from Bourke to Wentworth and in a large portion of the area in the backcountry near the Paroo River and Broken Hill.

Using the "belonging to" suffix, the people's and language's names refer to the Paaka (Darling River). The Paakantyi (or a similar spelling) are the people who speak the language.

16. Tunebo in Colombia

The Uwa people of Colombia speak tunebo. There are about 3600 native speakers. One of the few uncommon languages with a writing system and dictionary is this one.

In northeastern Colombia's plains and forests of the Andes, there are roughly 2,700 Tunebo people. Their various regional groups call themselves U'wa, or "people," and they speak various dialects of the Chibchan language.

Three regional groups of Tunebo exist in addition to a small group of about 60 people on the Angostura reservation. There are about 400 members of the Eastern Tunebo (Barro Negro), who live on the edge of the eastern plains in the Andes foothills above Paz de Ariporo, in Barro Negro, San Lope, and Tabas, south of Tame. With settlements in Satocá, Calafita, Tegrá, and Cobará, the Central Tunebo (Cobara), a group of about 1,500 people, live on the northern slopes of the Sierra Nevada de Cocuy in the Boyacá and Arauca regions. In San Camilo, Venezuela, there is also a small group of Central Tunebo. About 700 members of the Western Tunebo (Agua Blanca) population reside in Santander.

17. Mudbura in Australia

Mudburra, also known as Pinkangama and written as Mudbura, Mudbarra, and other variations, is an Aboriginal language spoken in Australia.

Karrangpurru may have been a Mudburra dialect, as some people have claimed. But because it is undocumented, it cannot legally be classified.

While other reports claim that fewer than 10 people are fluent in the Mudburra language, data from the 2016 Australian census showed that 96 people did. Additionally, it was stated that youngsters no longer study the language in its traditional form.

18. Hértevin in Turkey

There are 1,000 people who speak this rare language. Although it has speakers all over the world, its speakers are originally from Turkey. Today, the majority of Hértevin speakers are exiles.

Despite having records dating back to the sixth century BC, Hertevin was not formally acknowledged until the twentieth century.It is a member of the Neo-Aramaic family of languages.

The dialect was given its name in honor of a village in extreme southeast Turkey. 500 people lived in the Hertevin village in the 1970s, and many of them spoke the language. By 1990, however, only one Hertevin-speaking family remained. Hertevin speakers were forced to leave because of targeted violence during the Armenian Genocide, in contrast to most endangered languages that are under threat from globalization.

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Hervetin speakers are becoming fewer and farther between as a result of the dispersal of residents from this area. But after the Gulf Wars, many Chaldean Catholics relocated to Paris, where they were joined by Iraqi Christians. The mass is read in Chaldean languages in addition to French in a cathedral in Paris' 18th arrondissement.

19. Ishkashimi in Afghanistan and Tajikista

There are fewer than 3000 speakers of this language in Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Ishkashimi has no writing system, making study extremely challenging.

Because everything in our world is transient, it is crucial to our cultures and languages. A language's speakers numbering in the millions does not guarantee that it won't go extinct in the future. We should pay close attention to everything around us because it could vanish at any time.

20. Jedek in Malay Peninsula (Malaysia)

A previously undiscovered language called Jedek was discovered by a Swedish linguistic team from Sweden's Lund University while researching the Jahai language, which is spoken by a small community in the Malay Peninsula.

There are 280 people who identify as ethnic Batek or Menriq and speak Jedek. The dialect used in Peninsular Malaysia is quite different from the other Aslian-family languages spoken elsewhere in the world. Malaysia acknowledges a number of Aslian

The inhabitants of Sungai Rual speak Jedek. The village is found in the Malay Peninsula's state of Kelantan, close to the town of Jeli. They reside close to the region where Jahai speakers reside. The hunter-gatherers who now live in the village are the Jedek speakers.


This tongue is spoken by the Sentinelese people. Its speakers can be anywhere between 100 to 250. Not much is known about the tongue since outsiders are not allowed on the island of Sentinelese people.


Spoken on the island of Bougainville, Rotokas has only 13 alphabets. It had 4,300 speakers in 1981.


Spoken by the 2300 years old tribe of the Burki people. It had 6000 speakers in 2004. The importance of Pashto in the region has endangered Ormuri.

In Conclusion

There are still many rare languages spoken today because the world does not easily give up on things. There are very few speakers of these endangered or extinct languages. These twenty still-used tongues are examples of such dialects.

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What is the least popular language today? ›

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Are there still unknown languages? ›

There are over 7000 languages on the planet with over 2400 in danger of dying out. Despite this rich variety of languages, roughly half the world's population speaks only 10 of them. This means that there are hundreds or thousands of languages you haven't heard of.

What is the oldest forgotten language? ›

The archaeological proof we have today allows us to state that the oldest dead language in the world is the Sumerian language. Dating back to at least 3500 BC, the oldest proof of written Sumerian was found in today's Iraq on an artifact known as the Kish Tablet.

What is the oldest not dead language? ›

The oldest living language, still in use to date, might be Tamil. This fact is widely debated across linguistic communities. Tamil is proposed to be first attested somewhere between 5320 BC and 8th century CE. The Dravidian language has speakers in Southern India and Sri Lanka.

What is the #1 language? ›

1. English (1,452 million speakers) According to Ethnologue, English is the most-spoken language in the world including native and non-native speakers. Like Latin or Greek at the time, English has become the world's common language.

What's the hardest language to learn? ›

Across multiple sources, Mandarin Chinese is the number one language listed as the most challenging to learn. The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center puts Mandarin in Category IV, which is the list of the most difficult languages to learn for English speakers.

Which language is declining? ›

Karaim is critically endangered with only 200 Karaim people remaining in Lithuania and only a handful of other speakers are found throughout other countries including ones in Eastern Europe, Turkey and the US. The Lithuanian dialects of the Karaim language is unique to the town of Trakai.

What is the most unique language? ›

Pirahã is not the only language to use whistling sounds, such a language is also spoken on the Canary Islands, and a unique drum language exists in Africa. Tonality isn't the only thing that makes Pirahã so unique. There are no words for colors or numbers.

What rare language has an alphabet? ›

Tibetan. Some of the world's alphabets and languages are endangered for political reasons. Tibetan is perhaps the best-known example of that.

What language did Jesus speak? ›

Aramaic is best known as the language Jesus spoke. It is a Semitic language originating in the middle Euphrates. In 800-600 BC it spread from there to Syria and Mesopotamia. The oldest preserved inscriptions are from this period and written in Old Aramaic.

What language has been lost? ›

Recently extinct languages
DateLanguageLanguage family
5 June 2013LivonianUralic > Finnic
26 March 2013YurokAlgic
By 2013SabümMon–Khmer
2 October 2012Cromarty dialect of ScotsGermanic
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Is there a language no one speaks? ›

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What language did Adam and Eve speak? ›

The Adamic language, according to Jewish tradition (as recorded in the midrashim) and some Christians, is the language spoken by Adam (and possibly Eve) in the Garden of Eden.

What is the mother of all languages? ›

In the beginning, Sanskrit stood as mother of all languages and encouraged all languages and was the reason for their growth and prosperity. One may note that most of the works in Sanskrit have been translated into other Indian languages.”

Has a dead language ever been revived? ›

The revival of the Hebrew language is the only truly successful example of a revived dead language. The Hebrew language survived into the medieval period as the language of Jewish liturgy and rabbinic literature.

What is the youngest language still spoken? ›

The world's youngest language, coming in at only 100 years old (officially), is the South African language of Afrikaans. Surprised? Afrikaans, the natively spoken language of 7 million South Africans, was born from the white Dutch, French, and German colonizers in South Africa in the 17th and 18th centuries.

What is the easiest language to learn? ›

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  • Swedish.
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What is humans first language? ›

The Proto-Human language (also Proto-Sapiens, Proto-World) is the hypothetical direct genetic predecessor of all the world's spoken languages. It would not be ancestral to sign languages. The concept is speculative and not amenable to analysis in historical linguistics.

What is the fastest language in the world? ›

As we've already mentioned, Japanese is considered the fastest language in the world. It is always mentioned as the first on the list. So, here are 6 of the fastest spoken languages in the world, based on the average number of syllables spoken per second (SPS): Japanese - 7.84 SPS.

What language has more words? ›

Korean includes many words of Chinese origin, and borrows words from English and other languages as well. Still, it's a stretch to say that Korean has the most words of any language in the world because one of its dictionaries has over a million headwords.

What is the 5 hardest language? ›

5 of the most hardest languages to learn in the world
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Is Hawaii a dying language? ›

Hawaiian may not be the first language that comes to mind when you think of endangered languages. Still, it is one of the most critically endangered in the world today, with only 400 native Hawaiian speakers left.

What language has not changed? ›

Tamil. Tamil, a language spoken by about 78 million people and recognized as an official language in Sri Lanka and Singapore, is the only classical language that has survived all the way through to the modern world.

What languages have only one speaker left? ›

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What is the cutest language to speak? ›


French has been described as smooth, flowing, elegant and aesthetically pleasing. With its unpronounceable “r”, its nasal vowel sounds “en”, “in”, “un” and melodious intonation, it sounds extremely musical to the non-native ear.

What language sounds aggressive? ›

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Letter U is the least common. It barely shows up on the chart, so if you are looking for a unique name, maybe pick one that starts with U. Note that Unique isn't entirely unique, though. About 100 children have been named Unique every year since the 1970s.

What is a rare language? ›

Kawishana. Spoken near the Japura River in Brazil, Kawishana (Kaixana) was once a popular language utilized by many. The numbers began dwindling, eventually dropping down to 200. Now, there remains only one documented person still able to speak the language.

What is Jesus real name? ›

Jesus' name in Hebrew was “Yeshua” which translates to English as Joshua.

What 4 languages did Jesus speak? ›

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How do you say God in Aramaic? ›

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What is a dead tongue language? ›

A dead language is a language that is no longer the native language of a community, even if it is still used in other contexts.

What is a dead language that's still taught today? ›

Latin might be a "dead" language, but it still has a lot of living potential. As one of the most important languages in the world, Latin had humble beginnings. It originated along the Tiber River in Italy and only a handful of people spoke the language.

Why is language dying out? ›

Although languages have always become extinct throughout human history, they are currently dying at an accelerated rate because of globalization, mass migration, cultural replacement, imperialism, neocolonialism and linguicide (language killing).

What languages Cannot be spoken? ›

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What is Xenoglossy? ›

xenoglossy (ˈzɛnəˌɡlɒsɪ)

/ (ˌzɛnəˈɡlɒsɪə) / noun. an ability claimed by some mediums, clairvoyants, etc, to speak a language with which they are unfamiliar.

What language has the least words? ›

That metaphorical process is at the heart of Toki Pona, the world's smallest language. While the Oxford English Dictionary contains a quarter of a million entries, and even Koko the gorilla communicates with over 1,000 gestures in American Sign Language, the total vocabulary of Toki Pona is a mere 123 words.

Could 1500 languages be lost? ›

Co-author Professor Lindell Bromham said that of the world's 7,000 recognized languages, around half are currently endangered: “We found that without immediate intervention, language loss could triple in the next 40 years. And by the end of this century, 1,500 languages could cease to be spoken.”

Is it rare to speak 7 languages? ›

If you speak more, you may be considered a polyglot. Polyglots are certainly rare and interesting people: only about 3% of the world's total population can speak four or more languages.

Will there be 1 language in the world? ›

It's unlikely that we'll see a world that speaks one language any time soon. Protecting each individual countries' cultures is a huge barrier, but an important one to ensure our world is as beautifully diverse as it's always been.

What language will we speak in 2050? ›

According to the Engco Forecasting Model explained above, the 5 most spoken languages in 2050 will be Mandarin, Spanish, English, Hindi and Arabic. The key drivers behind the continued rise in popularity of these languages include population growth, economic predictions and national language policy.

What language is 2000 year old? ›

Tamil. Tamil is one of the classical languages surviving till date. Tamil-Brahmin inscriptions from 300 BCE have been found, and the language is believed to be more than 2000 years old!

What are the lost languages of USA? ›

List of endangered languages in the United States
Blackfoot language (United States)5,100Vulnerable
Caddo language2Critically endangered
Cahuilla language15Critically endangered
Central Alaskan Yup'ik language18,950Vulnerable
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How many languages dies every day? ›

One language dies every 14 days. By the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear, as communities abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish. What is lost when a language goes silent?

Do polyglots have high IQ? ›

Polyglots do not naturally come from high IQs. It is much more effective to become fluent in another language if you have an average IQ, persuasiveness, sensitivity, and lots of practice.

Can anyone speak 12 languages? ›

Some people can speak more than five languages, and they are known as polyglots. They are less than one percent of the population. Hyperpolyglots are fluent in more than 12 languages, and they are sporadic to find. It means that there are people who speak more than 12 languages in the world.

What is the hardest language to learn? ›

Across multiple sources, Mandarin Chinese is the number one language listed as the most challenging to learn. The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center puts Mandarin in Category IV, which is the list of the most difficult languages to learn for English speakers.

How many languages are we losing? ›

Right now, 9 languages a year, or one every 40 days, cease to be spoken. By 2080, the rate will rise to 16 languages per year. By the middle of the next century, we will be losing our linguistic heritage at the rate of 26 languages each year—one every two weeks.

Is there a universal language? ›

It's official! English is an official language in 57 countries in the world, as well as the official and native language of four others. Among these 57 countries, English is also a primary language in 20. This ought to give you an idea of how English became the universal language.

How many languages will survive? ›

Language extinction

Many of the languages ​​spoken today are in constant extinction. Linguistic predictions say that of 6,000 languages that are globally ​​spoken today, around 600 of them after 100 years will have simplified versions or will not exist at all.


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