Good morning, my friends,
This week I am going to work on more sections of my website, including Russian. Russian is a widely spoken language in the world that is spoken in Central Asian countries, Belarus, and some parts of Ukraine, besides Russia. Moreover, languages in Eastern Europe, such as Moldova, Georgia, Poland, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Bulgaria, come from the same family of languages and are related to Russian. People living in these countries travel around small Europe a lot, have families and friends in other countries. As a result, they can draw connections between related European languages coming from Slavic family, such as similar greetings and common words, and understand some Russian without trying - and vice versa!
How many people in the world speak another language? Around the world, more than half of people – estimates vary from 60 to 75 per cent – speak at least two languages. Many countries have more than one official national language – South Africa has 11! (BBC.com)
How many people in the world speak Russian? Russian is an official language of the United Nations. According to Wikipedia, there is 140 million people speaking Russian in Russia, and almost 114 million people who know the language - more or less - in other world countries, including 860k people who study and speak it in the United States! (Wikipedia.org)
How many people in the world speak French? French is another official language of the United Nations. It is estimated that there is about 274 million people who speak or learn French, in the world. The organization of 84 countries which share the official use or teaching of French, is called the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). (Wikipedia.org)
How many people in the world speak German? Around 130 million people speak German as their mother language or as a second language. German is the most widely spoken mother language in the European Union and an official language in seven countries. (Deutschland.de)
How many people in the world speak Korean? It is spoken by more than 75 million people, of whom 48 million live in South Korea and 24 million in North Korea. There are more than 2 million speakers in China, approximately 1 million in the United States, and about 500,000 in Japan. (Britannica.com)
As you can see, there are millions - even billions - of people in the world who can speak at least one more language in addition to their mother tongue. Are you still unsure what is so fascinating about knowing another language? This is a story for the next time. Until then, stay cool and check out posts in French and German on Holistic Lessons!