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Tongues of the World: French

Overview: French is not only the native tongue of a major European country, but belongs to one of the most successful colonial nations in history. It is therefore spoken throughout the world, most notably in Canada and throughout western, northern and central Africa. Some former colonies, such as Tunisia, actively attempt to discourage the use [...]

Tongues of the World: Russian

Overview: Russian belongs to the Slavic language family and is counted as one of the top ten most widely spoken languages in the world. Almost as many people speak it as a second language as speak it natively, as it is frequently used as a lingua franca in Eastern European and Central Asian countries. Additionally, [...]

Tongues of the World: German

Overview: German is one of the dominant languages of Europe, and high numbers of Europeans from every country have at least a basic proficiency in it. However, Germany never achieved a worldwide colonial empire on the level of those of France, Spain, or England, so the language has less of a global reach than the [...]

Tongues of the World: Portuguese

Overview: Sometimes overlooked, Portuguese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is also one of the fastest growing European languages, along with English and Spanish. With its humble origins in the tiny western European nation of Portugal, Portuguese is now spoken in communities across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. [...]

Tongues of the World: Punjabi

Overview: Punjabi is the most widely spoken language in Pakistan. It is by default “official language” of Sikhs all over the world, second most commonly used language in the United Kingdom, one of the eighteen national languages of India and fourth most spoken language in Canada. Punjabi is most widely written in Shahmukhi script in [...]

Tongues of the World: Hindi

Overview: Hindi, the main language of the South Asian nation of India, has also been called Hindustani, Urdu, and Hindi-Urdu. Certain sources distinguish between “Hindi” and “Urdu” as separate languages, while others claim that they are so closely linguistically related as to be considered one language. Hindi and Urdu share many similarities and have an [...]

Tongues of the World: Spanish

Overview: One of the most important languages in the world, Spanish is the dominant language in the Western Hemisphere and is growing more rapidly than many other languages around the world. According to some sources, Spanish is the most commonly spoken language on Earth outside of Mandarin Chinese, and is very likely the second most [...]

Tongues of the World: Arabic

Overview: The group of languages commonly referred to as “Arabic” provides the basis for speech and the written word throughout most of North Africa and the Middle East. It is comprised of several dialects, and as in other places (such as China) the exact classification of which are dialects and which are actually independent languages [...]

Tongues of the World: English

Overview: English is one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world. While it has fewer native speakers than other languages such as Mandarin Chinese, it has spread far and wide due to British colonization and American global influence, becoming something of an international tongue. English is often accepted as a go-between language, or lingua [...]

Tongues of the World

As of today, Maps of World will be introducing a new series: Tongues of the World. Having done a lot of projects on the geographical wonders of our planet, we felt it was time to have an in-depth look at some of the most amazing aspects of the humans who populate it. And language, as [...]