How Many Different Languages Are Spoken on the Planet?


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As of 2015, there are approximately 7,000 different languages spoken in the world today, according to the BBC. Of these languages, 90 percent are spoken by 100,000 people or less. There are 46 languages that are only spoken by one person.

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North and South America have 1,064 living languages. Africa has 2,138 living languages. In Europe, there are 286 living languages. Asia has 2,301 living languages, and in the Pacific, inhabitants speak 1,313 living languages. The three most spoken languages in the world are Mandarin Chinese, English and Spanish. At least 916, and possibly up to 2,500, of today's languages are in danger of becoming extinct. Approximately 696 of the languages that exist today are unwritten.

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