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What country with 7 million people speaks 830 languages?

Language Diversity

I recently read in The Economist that 188 languages are spoken in the United States and 181 in Brazil. I was rather surprised as I have visited all states in my home country of Brazil and never heard anyone speak a language other than Portuguese. The article was about language diversity in over 20 countries. The dominance of big national languages like English in the United States, or Chinese in China, is not an indicator of less language diversity. The high number of spoken languages in a country does not determine high language diversity, either. Continue reading »