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.
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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