Moldova is a little land-locked country squeezed in between Northern Romania and Southern Ukraine with 2,6 million inhabitants. The main language of Moldova is Moldovan, which is considered by most as a dialect of Romanian. The differences between Romanian and Moldovan are small, and the distinction is probably mostly political. In Moldova, the Russian language … Read more What Languages Do They Speak In Moldova? (Moldovan? Romanian?)
Poland is a Central European country with over 38 million inhabitants. The country is bordering no less than 7 countries in addition to the Baltic Sea. This might be some of the reason why the country has so many minority languages. 15 languages are spoken by more than 3.000 people each in Poland. These consist … Read more What Languages Are Spoken In Poland? (Other Than Polish)
The Korean language is an East Asian language spoken by some 77 million people in North and South Korea. It’s a language isolate, meaning that it isn’t really related to any other languages even though it’s got some influences from Japanese and Chinese. It’s got it’s own, exotic looking alphabet, called Hangul and it’s pretty … Read more How Long Does It Take To Learn The Korean Language? (If You Speak English)
Italian and Spanish are two Mediterranean languages that both came from Latin, the language spoken in the Roman Empire. They’re the languages spoken in Italy and Spain – two countries known for a rich culture, a tourist-friendly climate and great cuisine. And the two languages are among the most popular to learn for English speakers … Read more Italian VS Spanish – How Similar Are The Two Languages?
Hungary is a land-locked Central European country that borders no less than 7 countries. Its geographic location is part of explaining why Hungary speaks so many languages. For centuries, the country has been in contact with its neighbors, borders have shifted and immigration and cultural exchange has taken place. Add to that that Hungary, to … Read more What Languages Are Spoken In Hungary? (And What About Budapest?)
Hindi and Urdu are two Indo-Aryan languages that both developed from Sanskrit in Northern India beginning some 2700 years ago. While both Hindi and Urdu exists in many dialects, there were no distinction between them up until the 19th century. Before then, they were referred to as “Hindustani” which was a language derived from Sanskrit, … Read more Hindi VS Urdu – What’s The Difference Between The Hindustani Languages?
Greek and Latin are two of the most important languages in the history of ancient Europe and even some parts of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa (to a somewhat lesser extent). Most people know that Greek and Latin have influenced most European languages English included – but some get confused about the relationship … Read more Greek VS Latin: Is Greek A Latin Based Language? (What Are The Differences?)
Switzerland is a country situated in the center of Europe. It’s a land-locked country, but in stead of having direct access to the sea, it has its neighbors Italy, France, Lichtenstein, Austria and Germany. And the Swiss don’t just share their borders with these countries, they share their languages too. In Switzerland, there are four … Read more What Languages Are Spoken In Switzerland? (German, French, Italian, Romansh and…)
Dutch is primarily spoken in the Netherlands, a country with over 17 million inhabitants. The Dutch language, however, is spoken by close to 29 million people word-wide if you also count second-language speakers and over 40 million if you include the very closely related Afrikaans language of South Africa and Nairobi. The Dutch language belongs … Read more Where Is Dutch Spoken? (A Look At Countries That Speak The Dutch, Afrikaans And Flemish Language)
As a native Dane, something that I’ve noticed when speaking to people from far and wide (and especially the US.. Sorry, Americans!) is that people tend to be confused about my nationality and my language. I’ve lost count of how many times people assumed that the Danish speak Dutch. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t … Read more Danish VS Dutch – What Are The Differences? (Is Dutch And Danish The Same Language?)