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Tongues of the World: Pashto

Overview: Pashto is the language of the Pashtun people, also known as Afghans (in Persian) or Pathans (in Hindi/Urdu). The exact number of people who speak Pashto, whether as a mother tongue or a secondary language, is unknown but estimated to be above 50 million in most cases. These estimates can vary widely from source [...]

Tongues of the World: Turkish

Overview: Turkish, which is spoken in much of Turkey and Cyprus as well as in neighboring countries, is the primary language of the Turkic language family that spans much of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Within that, it is also a part of the Oghuz sub-branch of Turkic languages, which all belong to the proposed [...]

Tongues of the World: Swahili

Overview: Swahili, or Kiswahili as it is called within the language itself, is a widely-spoken tongue throughout Eastern Africa and is ubiquitous along the coast of the Indian Ocean. It frequently serves as a lingua franca in the areas where it is found, especially in the countries of Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, and the Democratic [...]

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

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 [...]