Rare Languages

Language is known to be the preservative of culture. Without language, there is no other way of communicating, interacting, or in other words existing. Interestingly we talk most about those languages which are spoken frequently in the world. For instance, we all know that Chinese or Mandarin is the largest spoken language in the world. English, Spanish, Arabic, and Urdu are also languages that don’t need any introduction. English is considered as the global language and it doesn’t matter if you live in Germany, Brazil, or any Asian country. People are well-aware of English as a global language and converse with other people in English.

The European Migrant Crisis began in Europe in 2015 when an astonishing number of refugees fled their homes for a better life within the UK. Refugees came from all over the world to seek better living standards than what they formerly had. The UK is required to supply refugees with experienced and qualified translators to translate any necessary documents, and interpreters to assist at their medical appointments and such events.

Translate Hive knows too well how some languages can be easy to source and are in greater demand than others. But the real issue is how to find the languages that are rarer, such as Georgian, Amharic, Nepalese, plus many more, and just why is it so hard to find them.

Although some providers of translation services are capable of translating rare languages today, there will come a time in the very near future when these rare languages are no longer available.

Here is a line-up of some intriguing languages, which are on the list of critically endangered languages. Being in the translation business, we often come across many other languages, which though not critically endangered, are quite rare. Finding translators in these languages and language combinations has been a challenge for many. At Translate Hive, we make every effort to search qualified linguists in these rare languages. Some of the rare languages and language combinations include:

  • Roma Slovak
  • Romansh
  • Scottish Gaelic
  • Sylheti
  • Dutch to Hindi
  • Dutch to French

Language services such as interpretation and translation can play a vital role in preserving rare and disappearing languages. While technology can help with this preservation, so much more is needed. By providing opportunities and resources through community and business support, language services can bring helpful insight into the nuances of the language and vital support for its continued use and preservation. Preservation, in turn, helps to protect the rich cultural resources and history contained in these rare and indigenous languages.

With that in mind there are some wonderfully interesting facts about some of the less common languages;

  • Half the population of the world speaks 23 languages.

More than half of the global population speaks 23 languages only. This is as compared to more than seven thousand languages is interesting.

  • One country has more than 800 languages

Papua New Guinea is the country with the greatest number of languages in the world. It has 841 languages, but it is predicted that 40 of these languages are to become extinct as only a few people speak them.

  • Longest alphabet

The Cambodian language has the longest alphabet with more than 73 characters. It’s also one of the toughest languages to learn by yourself.

  • Kinshasa is the second largest French speaking city.

Paris is the largest French speaking city closely followed by Kinshasa, the capital city of Congo.

  • North Korea and South Korea speak different languages.

They have been separated for so long they have different grammatical rules and vocabularies.

  • There are at least 20 languages worldwide with only one speaker left!
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