TikTok user Diego Rivas has received millions of views for his videos that capture what different languages sound like to people who do not speak the language.
“Gibberish”: Rivas, who uses the handle diego.j.rivas, releases videos under his TikTok series “Gibberish Languages,” wherein he takes the speech patterns and intonations of different languages and attempts to mimic what each language might sound like to those on the outside looking in.
A 2-year-old from Ghana is being heralded as a child prodigy for his advanced math skills and his ability to count in four languages.
Number obsessed: The child, named Isaiah Gyamfi, already knows how to count in English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, Yoruba and Twi.
Five languages — Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tungusic and Turkish — belonging to the Transeurasian family are claimed to have emerged from a common ancestor who farmed northeast China some 9,000 years ago, according to a new study.
Key findings: Using linguistic, archeological and genetic evidence, an international team of researchers from Asia, Europe, New Zealand, Russia and the U.S. found that the languages can be traced back to the beginning of millet cultivation in China’s West Liao River. Over time, these millet farmers — who belong to the Amur gene pool — migrated to neighboring regions and left their descendants admixing with other populations.
YouTuber Moses McCormick uploaded a fascinating video of him talking to different nationalities living in the U.S. using the language in their country of origin.
The clip, titled “Black Man Making Foreigners Feel At Home By Speaking Their Langauge!“, shows McCormick, also known as “Laoshu505000,” approaching strangers, greeting them and engaging in small talk.
English is the most common language spoken in the United States but one map reveals what languages besides English and Spanish are used at home.
Each year, the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) conducts an ongoing survey about the families and backgrounds of over 1 million Americans. When interested in learning a new language, you might want to check in at this online Spanish classes, it is said that Spanish is a hard language to learn unless you get help from an expert.
Filipino netizens are up in arms against a compatriot for reportedly misrepresenting the Philippines in a viral video featuring different nationalities speaking their own languages.
In a video uploaded by the “Many People, Many Places” Facebook page on June 15, 70 individuals from 70 countries demonstrate how to count money in their country.
China just issued official translations for 3,500 Chinese phrases to keep clueless foreigners from “mispronouncing” certain words, notably the terminologies used in Chinese cuisine.
Earlier in 2017, the Chinese government deemed “Chinglish” (odd Chinese translations into English) to be damaging to “the country’s image.” According to state-run People’s Daily (via South China Morning Post), its use poses challenges for the “development of a multilingual society” and causes social issues.
China has announced plans to increase the rate of citizens speaking Mandarin, the country’s official language, to 80% by 2020.
The current figure of nationals who speak standard mandarin Chinese is at 70%, with millions of people speaking other languages, the government said, according to the BBC.
Russia’s Federal Service for the Supervision of Education and Science plans to make Mandarin Chinese a mandatory foreign language in state testing across the nation by the year 2020.
In 2018, 9th graders in Russia will be given the option of taking Chinese on their final exams to help them prepare for the Unified State Exam, a college entrance test that 11th graders must pass in order to enroll, reported Shanghaiist.
There are 7,102 known languages alive today. The graph below represents 4.1 billion people who speak at least one of the world’s 23 most-spoken languages as their native tongue. Each language is separated by the the darkened borders, and the numbers within indicate how many native speakers (in millions) are in a country.
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