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< French >

Some interesting facts about the French language:

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The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

 – Official language in 29 Countries

 – Second most spoken language in Europe

 – Spoken by 70 million+ people as a first language

 – More than 350 million speakers worldwide

– France is the world’s most popular tourist destination –

– The French invented the metric system –

– France produces nearly a billion tons of cheese a year –

– The French eat around 30,000 tonnes of snails a year –

– The French rail network is the second largest in Europe –

< Spanish >

Some interesting facts about the Spanish language:

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The Royal Palace of Madrid

 – Official language in 21 Countries

 – 800% increase in online use recently

 – Spoken by 400 million+ people as a first language

 – Earliest Spanish texts was written a 1000 years ago

– World’s largest producer of olive oil –

– More than 8000 kilometers of beaches –

– Home of the world’s oldest restaurant (since 1725) –

– Country with the most bars in Europe –

– The national anthem of Spain has no words –

< Chinese >

Some interesting facts about the Chinese language:

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The Great Wall of China

 – Standard Chinese is also referred to as Mandarin

 – The most widely spoken language in the world

 – 1 in 5 people in the world speak Mandarin

 – Written Chinese is over 3,000 years old

– The largest population, with more than 1,4 Billion people –

– The Chinese celebrate new year 15 days long –

– Facebook has been banned in China since 2009 –

– China’s railway lines can go twice around the world –

– Ice cream was invented by the Chinese 4,000 years ago –

< Italian >

Some interesting facts about the Italian language:

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The Colloseum in Rome

 – Spoken by more than 85 million people worldwide

 – The Italian alphabet only has 21 letters

 – Only became an official language in 1861

 – Italian is the official language of classical music

– More than 50 million tourists visit Italy each year –

– The University of Bologna is 1,000 years old –

– More than 99% of Italians can read and write –

– Italy has a population of more than 60 million people –

– More than 30% of Italians don’t use the internet –

< Portuguese >

Some interesting facts about the Portuguese language:

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Triumphal Arch in Lisbon Portugal

 – Spoken by more than 200 million people worldwide

 – Only 5% of native speakers live in Portugal

 – About 5 million native Potuguese speakers live in Africa

 – Portuguese was declared the official language in 1290

–  Portugal was the world’s first maritime power

– Portuguese is the official language of 8 countries outside Portugal –


Lisbon is older than Rome, and among the oldest cities in Europe

The longest bridge in Europe is in Portugal

The earliest recorded hot air balloon ascent was in Portugal

< Russian >

Some interesting facts about the Russian language:

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St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow

 – The native language of more than 147 million people

 – There are Russian words with 3 e’s in a row

 – There are no native Russian words that begin with A

 – 5th most spoken language in the world

–  Russia is the largest country by area

– Russia borders with 14 other countries, more than any other country –


Russia has the world’s largest railway system

There is 12 active volcanoes in Russia

– An average Russian drinks more than 18 liters of alcohol per year

< Korean >

Some interesting facts about the Korean language:

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Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea

 – Verbs always comes last in Korean sentences

 – The language in North and South Korea is different

 – There are 7 levels of respect built into the language

 – There are 2 different counting systems

–  South Korea has a population of more than 51 million people

– One of the least obese nations in the world –

South Koreans drink twice as much alcohol as Russians

There are 12 UNESCO world heritage sites in South Korea

60% of families use professionals to find names for new babies

< Hindi >

Some interesting facts about the Hindi language:

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The Taj Mahal mausoleum in Agra, India

 – Hindi became the official language of India in 1965

 – Spoken by almost 500 million people worldwide

 – Hindi is the 4th most spoken language in the world

 – Hindi is taught in 176 of the world’s universities

India has at least 454 spoken languages with 22 official

70% of the world’s spices come from India


India is the largest democracy in the world

India is the world’s largest tea producer

– Yoga originated, and is still practiced 5000 years later

< Japanese >

Some interesting facts about the Japanese language:

 

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Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan

 – Japanese evolved in the 6th century from the Yamato

 – Japanese is one of the fastest spoken languages

 – Japanese has no relation to any other major language

 – Almost 10% of Internet users speak Japanese

–  Japan has one of the world’s lowest crime rates

– Japan have the most vending machines in the world

– Japan have more than 1500 earthquakes each year

– Japan consists of 6852 islands

– Japan have more than 3000 Mcdonald’s restaurants

< German >

Some interesting facts about the German language:

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Neuschwanstein Castle in southwest Bavaria, Germany

 – Dialect changes depending on where in Germany you are

 – There are three genders for German nouns

 – All nouns in German are capitalized

 – Also the official language of Austria & Liechtenstein

Over 800 million currywursts are eaten in Germany a year

6 million+ liters of beer is drunk at Oktoberfest each year

– Germany has officially abolished college tuition fees

– It’s illegal to run out of fuel in the German Autobahn

– 65% of the Autobahn has no speed limit

< Arabic >

Some interesting facts about the Arabic language:

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The Dome of the Rock in the Old City of Jerusalem

 – More than 300 million Arab speakers in the world

 – Official language of 22 countries in the Arab league

 – Arabic is at least 1500 years old

 – English has many words of Arabic origin

Arab isn’t a race. It’s a cultural term for people speaking Arabic

The Arab culture is divided in 3 parts: urban, rural and nomad

Not all Arabs are Muslims and not all Muslims are Arabs

Body language has extra significance in Arab culture

Arabs respect their elders and authority figures

< Sign Language >

Some interesting facts about sign language:

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 – Sign language does not only use signs to communicate, it also uses facial expressions, hand movement and body language

 – In the American Sign Language, alphabets can be demonstrated using 1 hand. In German & British Sign Languages, 2 are used

 – Sign language varies from country to country.

– Sign languages have their own definite grammar

 

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