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Languages of China Chinese has the most speakers of any language. It is one of the world ’ s oldest languages spoken by the greatest contiguous population on Earth. Southern China-the most variety and dialects-most are mutually unintelligible. Some scholars argue that for this reason-it is not one language, but several. Mandarin-the dominate language of the North spoken by 700 million including Beijing. Wu is next with 100 million speakers in Shanghai area. Yue-or Cantonese is spoken by 70 million in the SE.
Languages of India India had 4 language families with the largest being Indo-European and Dravidian. There are 15 major languages-all but 4 are Indo-European. Over 1,600 lesser languages. The largest Indo-European language is Hindi Largest Dravidian tongue is Telugu.
South Asian Languages & Language Families Fig. 5-7: Indo-European is the largest of four main language families in South Asia. The country of India has 18 official languages.
Languages of Africa There are 1,000 spoken languages in Africa and many are unwritten. There are 4 major indigenous language families; Afro-Asiatic of N. Africa Nilo-Saharan Niger-Congo Khosian Largest ethnic groups are associated with a language.
Languages of Subsaharan Africa Languages of Subsaharan Africa - extreme language diversity - effects of colonialism
Nigeria Nigeria More than 400 different languages.