5 Languages that are no longer spoken but have helped unlock a lot of mysteries of the past

5 Languages that are no longer spoken but have helped unlock a lot of mysteries of the past

Ancient texts of an age long gone

Most, if not all, languages that are spoken around the world today came from languages that have long since been spoken. Just because they are what we now call a dead language does not mean that they are any less valuable to us.

5 Ancient languages no longer spoken in the modern world

#1 Old Norse
Old Norse was the basis of the Icelandic language still spoken there today.
This was a language that was spoken in Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Scandinavia. It was also found in parts of Britain, Russia and France.

This language was spoken from around the 9th century to the 13th century.

It was divided up into 3 different dialects namely Old Gutnish, West Norse and East Norse which was mainly found in Norway.

#2 Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek was spoken in what is referred to as the Ancient world and Greece from around the 9th Century BC to the 6th century AD.

The styles were classified in different variations through the centuries such as the Archaic period which was around the 9th – 6th centuries BC. The Classical period which spanned from the 4th and 5th centuries BC. Then there was Hellenistic period from the 3rd century BC to 4th century AD.

#3 Ancient Egyptian
A language none us know but who most have heard of as you cannot know of the pyramids without knowing about ancient Egyptian.

A language of strange hieroglyphics and associated with mummies, tombs and pharos curses.

This language has been dated back to 2690 BC which is the oldest full sentence ever found of this language which makes it one of the oldest language known to man alongside Sumerian.

#4 Sanskrit
Although there is a branch of this language still spoken today the earlier dialects contain many sacred texts and it has a forty-nine-letter alphabet.

It is a language that looks more like a form of art when seen on the written page.

This is the language that was spoken mainly in South Asia and parts of South East Asia.

It has been around since the 2nd millennia BCE up until 600 BCE where is developed into the Indo-Aryan languages.

#5 Latin
Although not completely dead, there are still uses for it through the medical word and motto’s, etc. There are even some who still use it who are connected to the Vatican.

The language was spoken from around 800 BCE up until 75BCE where it developed into was became known as vulgar Latin giving rise to the “romance languages” such as Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian and Greek.

The language has contributed to much of the English language and has some roots in medicine, theology and biology

Conclusion

These ancient languages have contributed to much of what we know about our ancient fore fathers.
Even though they are no longer practiced in today’s society they are by no means forgotten as they help unearth the mysteries of forgotten times.

The 5 Easiest languages to learn for a beginner

The 5 Easiest languages to learn for a beginner

Taking the first foreign language course

If you are wanting to learn a language and have only ever spoken or learned your home language or maybe even a second common language that is spoken around you. You don’t want to dive straight in and start learning one of the most complex languages like Mandarin or Japanese. It is best to first try one of the more simpler languages to master.

5 Of the easiest languages to learn

#1 Spanish
One of the most widely used languages in the world and it also ranks as one of the easiest languages to learn.
This language has what is known as a shallow orthographic meaning that the words are mostly pronounced as they are written.

Reading, writing and speaking Spanish is overall easy to accomplish that is not to say you can master it overnight as everything takes practice.

#2 French
French is another widely used language that can be found in a lot of places around the world.

Though not as easy as Spanish to master as a lot of English words are derived from French words making a lot of the French vocabulary similar to that of English.

But this languages pronunciation can be a bit tricky as it has silent letters and substantially different sounding vowels

#3 Italian
This is supposedly one of the most romantic languages of love because of the rhythmic way that most sentences end with vowels.

Its Latin based vocabulary make it similar to a few European languages that are derived from Latin giving it a lot of similarities to English words such as forest is foresta, etc.

As with Spanish this language is mostly spoken as it is written.

#4 Portuguese
This language has become popular over the last few years with the boom of the Brazilian economy.

It is a very expressive language that uses a lot of nasal based sounds some of which make the pronunciation of this language a little difficult at times.

#5 German
Where Portuguese is more expressive German is a very descriptive language that has very guttural sounding words, similar to those in Dutch, which if you are not used to makes it quite a tongue work out.

It also has a lot of four noun endings with rough pronunciations and some very long words.

Conclusion

In order to correctly speak any language is helps to find someone that knows the language and is fluent in reading, writing and speaking it.

When you are with them try using only the language you are learning when conversing with each other this will help you better understand and be able to translate it.

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The 5 most difficult languages to translate

The 5 most difficult languages to translate

Languages can be tricky to learn

Learning any new language can be tricky, a person must not only get the tensing and expressions correct, as these can change the entire meaning of a word, but the pronunciation too. For the person with whom you are conversing to understand you, you have to be able to say the word correctly. Especially if you are wanting to be a translator!

5 Languages translators find difficult

#1 Navajo
Trying to translate this verb centric language of which some sounds have no direct meaning in English makes translation and pronunciation very difficult for a translator.

#2 Japanese
Although a lot easier to speak than Mandarin, another language that uses logograms, Japanese has “three independent writing systems” each has thousands of characters that have to be learned before a person is able to properly and coherently write the language.

The three writing systems are: kanji, hiragana and katakana and they each have a unique alphabet!

#3 Basque
This is a language with many different versions of dialect, in fact there are about five different Basque dialects. Although this language is derived from various other languages it is distinguished by the way it is spoken and written.

Mixed with the varying dialects of this language it makes it difficult to learn and translate in that you have to be sure you are using the correct version of the dialect when translating.

#4 Icelandic
Although not the most difficult language to learn to read and write it is a language that has barely changed since its inception in the ninth century.

Iceland show the eccentricity by rather than adopting the older words to new modern words they form new ones to accommodate them. As it is only spoken mainly by the 400000 people in Iceland unless you actually live there you are not going to keep up with any new terms, words or phrases.

#5 Finnish
The way some pronunciation and letters are formed in Finnish are much like how it is done in English. However, Finnish has a very complex grammar structure which makes it extremely hard to get any of the phrasing and tensing right.

Conclusion

If you are set on being a translator it is advisable to spend time in the countries of the language you are wanting to learn in order to be able to practice the dialect and become comfortable and fluent with the language.

Understandably that is not always possible as travel can be quite costly but in the days of modern technology one has the choice of a variety of books that come with audio solutions and then there are various forums one can join on the internet where people of that country are more than willing to help.

5 Strange languages that hardly anyone can speak

5 Strange languages that hardly anyone can speak

5 Of the strangest languages to try and speak

#1 Aymara

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This is a language from and spoken in the Andes in South America.

This language is spoken by over 3.5 million people who live in Aymara in the Andes and the weird thing about this language is that they reference the past as the future and the future as the past.

#2 Taaor !Xóö

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This is a language that is spoken in Botswana in Africa.

This is one of the African languages that uses clicking sounding words.
Most of the adult Botswana’s eventually develop a lump on their larynx from using the complex array of clicks that make up the tones for their words.

#3 GuuguYimithirr

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This is a language that is spoken Far in the North of Queensland in Australia.

This is an Aboriginal language from which the word Kangaroo comes from.

#4 Archi

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This is a language that is spoken in Dagestan in Russia.

This language has approximately 1.5 million verb forms for each verb, although not all of them are used in their everyday speech the way the language is formed makes these variables possible.

#5 Chalcatongo Mixtec

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This is a language that is spoken in Oaxaca in Mexico.

This language has been dubbed as the weirdest language in the world to speak as the language is unlike any other and has no interrogative status of either tone, method, particle or intonation.

Conclusion

If you are travelling to a foreign land always check what language they speak as it is always handy to be able to speak a few phrases.

There are many great apps and resources that a person can download off the web and various smartphone app stores that offer a host of various languages.

The 5 most widely used languages in the world

The 5 most widely used languages in the world

The many languages spoken around the world

There are many languages spoken around the world, some more widely used than others and if you are looking to be a translator it is always good to have some of them as one of your spoken languages.

The top 5 widely used languages in the world

#1 Chinese
With over one-billions speakers of Chines this makes it the most widely used language in the world.
Being a language that uses Logograms and is a tonal language it is not that simple to learn but well worth if you can.

#2 Spanish
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world and is big throughout Southern, Central and also Northern America.

It is also has strong roots in Spain and is a language to open many continents to the learner.

#3 English
English dominates the globe as one of the language superpowers whereby if people do not use it a first language most learn it as a second one.
#4 Hindi
This language is mainly spoked in parts of Pakistan and northern India and uses denarii scripts. With words such as shampoo, jungle and bungalow deriving from it.

Even learning a few words to help get you by if your are travelling to India will go a long way with the locals who seem to genuinely respect the fact that you are trying to converse with them in their own language.

#5 Arabic
Although this language is used by over two-hundred and fifty million speakers it has many different forms or dialects.

Speakers in one part of the world may have a completely different dialect to those from another part.

Conclusion

If you are going to travel to various countries around the world that do not speak your home language it is always wise to download one of the many useful language tools available across mobile platforms these days.

There are also numerous good books and or dictionaries in case you have no signal where you are or for some reason you no longer have access to your mobile device.

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