As of today, there are approximately 7000 spoken languages in the world. The great majority of these languages are spoken by very tiny minorities. It might come as a surprise to know that about 70% of the world’s population, two-thirds of the people walking the earth right now, use or speak only 16 of these […]
Everyone on this planet laughs pretty much the same way. No human will fail to recognize a laugh no matter from what corner of the world it comes from. But there is an aspect to laughing that is incredibly diverse across languages and cultures. While the acoustics of laughing are universally fixed, there is a
No language has all of the words, and English is no exception. While you can express the complex feeling of “insecurity, fear, concern, and envy over relative lack of possessions, status or something of great personal value, particularly in reference to a comparator, a rival, or a competitor.” with one word (i.e. jealousy), some other
What makes languages so amazingly different is that they use different words to describe the same things. When you speak more than one language, you realize that words mean different things in different languages. Sometimes an innocent word in one language can sound really rude in another, and that’s where the real fun is. All
Silliness is is a comic strip that illustrates short jokes and puns in a funny and amusing way. The jokes they work with are often short and witty and require a tiny bit of wit to fully understand. We did our best to compile their best ones and we hope you enjoy them. Please share with
The United States is home to a melting pot of diverse languages. This map shows the most commonly spoken languages in the US after English and Spanish. The data on the map was provided by The US Census Bureau’s annual survey that asks respondents, among other questions, what language they mainly speak in their homes.
These maps will help you see how diverse parts of the word are in terms of languages. They provide insightful data about indigenous languages spoken in each continent. There are three things you have to keep in mind:
Have you ever thought beyond your language when it comes to what words literally mean and what they can be translated to word-for-word? It’s just fun, like anything multilingual. We brought to you today some of the most hilarious literal translations from all across the languages of the world to give you a sense of
Idioms can tell us a lot about how speakers of a particular language express themselves. One interesting idiom that has an amazing and interesting variety across languages is the one describing rainfall. In English, “it’s raining cats and dogs” describes heavy rainfall. But what do speakers of other languages say when it’s raining cats and
Proverbs say so much in so few words. How different cultures and languages use proverbs for certain meanings and situations is fascinating. To capture this fascination, artist James Chapman, a designer based in England, brought us a whole bunch of funny and peculiar proverb illustrations and their meanings from all around the world.