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Amazing Language Facts

• There are more than 2,700 languages in the world. In addition, there are more
than 7,000 dialects. A dialect is a regional variety of a language that has a
different pronunciation, vocabulary, or meaning.
• The most difficult language to learn is Basque, which is spoken in northwestern
Spain and southwestern France. It is not related to any other language in the
world. It has an extremely complicated word structure and vocabulary.
• All pilots on international flights identify themselves in English.
• Somalia is the only African country in which the entire population speaks the
same language, Somali.
• The language in which a government conducts business is the official language of
that country.
• More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa.
• Many languages in Africa include a “click” sound that is pronounced at the same
time as other sounds. You must learn these languages in childhood to do it
properly.

Quotes about language

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. (William Arthur Ward)

A witty saying proves nothing. (Voltaire)

Conversation is the slowest form of human communication. (Anonymous)

Dance is the hidden language of the soul. (Martha Graham)

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing. (Anonymous)

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing. (Robert Benchley)

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
(Clarence Darrow)

From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not
put. (Winston Churchill)

How often misused words generate misleading thoughts. (Herbert Spencer)

Humor is a universal language. (Joel Goodman)

If the King's English was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me! ("Ma"
Ferguson, Governor of Texas)
Language is a virus from outer space. (William S. Burroughs)

Language is a wonderful thing. It can be used to express thoughts, to conceal thoughts,


but more often, to replace thinking. (Kelly Fordyce)

Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in
thinking. (Humphrey Davy)

Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past
and the weapons of its future conquests. (Anonymous)

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. (Lily Tomlin)

The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak
it. (George Bernard Shaw)

The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.
(Felelon)

Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind. (Anonymous)

We are getting into semantics again. If we use words, there is a very grave danger they
will be misinterpreted. (H. R. Haldeman, testifying in his own defense)

We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. Language is not simply a
reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it. (Benjamin Whorf)

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. (Rudyard Kipling)