Languages of the World Explained in 7 Maps and Charts



All the languages of the world explained in 7 maps and charts is probably the easiest way to learn interesting things about the international diversity in linguistics.

These 7 maps and charts will give a real sense of every country, about their languages and most of all, you will be able to see where you would fit in the most.

Languages around the world are very diverse and sadly, far too many of them are endangered and in most of the cases, it’s almost too late to do anything in order to find a real solution to a big problem.


1. Number of languages spoken on each continent


2. The languages with the most native speakers


3. The countries with the most and least diversity of languages


The highest value that can be reached by a country is 100, meaning that every person in the country speaks a different mother tongue. On top of this list is Papua New Guinea, with a score of 98.8, meaning that if you randomly select two people from this country, there is a 98.8% chance that they will speak a different mother tongue. On the other hand, the United States holds a score of 33.

4. Number of countries where these languages are spoken


5. All the countries in the world that have English as an official language


Note: English is not a de jure official language in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia. Source: CIA World Factbook and Washington Post

6. Endangered languages around the world


7. Most studied as a foreign language around the world