In our class yesterday, someone asked which place in the world has the most languages. Here is some information. At the end there is a question for you, which will give you an opportunity to think about the topic in a more personal way.
Experts say there are probably more than 7,000 languages in the world today. 60% of all the world's languages are in Asia and Africa. In Europe, you can only find 4% of the world's languages.
Some languages are international. For example, almost 300 million people in different countries can understand Arabic. There are more than one billion speakers of Chinese. That’s over 15% of all the people in the world.
There are fewer than 200 countries in the world. Many countries have more than one language. In India, for example, there are 23 official languages. This is more than any other country. In addition to the official languages, there are hundreds of local languages that people in India may speak. There are many cities where you can hear different languages. There is only one official language in places like Beirut or Dubai. However, you can hear lots of other languages, like English, French or Hindi. In London or New York, you can hear more than 100 different languages every day.
The place with the most languages is Papua New Guinea. This country has a population of approximately 6.3 million. Here, there are over 840 languages. Many of these languages have a very small number of speakers. For example, in 2011, the number of people who spoke the Abaga language was under 150. Here is a question for you. Think about a place you know well, maybe your hometown, or the area where you live now. How many different languages can you see or hear every day?
From this reading, it can be concluded that: _____________________________.