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Tongues of the World: Italian

Overview: With at least 85 million speakers around the world, Italian is the dominant language of the Italic branch of the Indo-European family of languages. It has seen much standardization over the years after being formed from disparate dialects on the Italian Peninsula, some of which are now in danger of extinction. The Italian language [...]

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: 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: 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 [...]