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scamper
11-01-2007, 11:13 AM
10. French
Number of speakers: 129 million

Often called the most romantic language in the world, French is spoken in tons of countries, including Belgium, Canada, Rwanda, Cameroon, and Haiti. Oh, and France too. We're actually very lucky that French is so popular, because without it, we might have been stuck with Dutch Toast, Dutch Fries, and Dutch kissing (ew!).
To say "hello" in French, say "Bonjour" (bone-JOOR).

9. Malay (Indonesian)
Number of speakers: 159 million

Malay-Indonesian is spoken - surprise - in Malaysia and Indonesia. Actually, we kinda fudged the numbers on this one because there are many dialects of Malay, the most popular of which is Indonesian. But they're all pretty much based on the same root language, which makes it the ninth most-spoken in the world.Indonesia is a fascinating place; a nation made up of over 13,000 islands it is the sixth most populated country in the world. Malaysia borders on two of the larger parts of Indonesia (including the island of Borneo), and is mostly known for its capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
To say "hello" in Indonesian, say "Selamat pagi" (se-LA-maht PA-gee).

8. Portuguese
Number of speakers: 191 million

Think of Portuguese as the little language that could. In the 12th Century, Portugal won its independence from Spain and expanded all over the world with the help of its famous explorers like Vasco da Gama and Prince Henry the Navigator. (Good thing Henry became a navigator . . . could you imagine if a guy named "Prince Henry the Navigator" became a florist?) Because Portugal got in so early on the exploring game, the language established itself all over the world, especially in Brazil (where it's the national language), Macau, Angola, Venezuela, and Mozambique.
To say "hello" in Portuguese, say "Bom dia" (bohn DEE-ah).

7. Bengali
Number of speakers: 211 million

In Bangladesh, a country of 120+ million people, just about everybody speaks Bengali. And because Bangladesh is virtually surrounded by India (where the population is growing so fast, just breathing the air can get you pregnant), the number of Bengali speakers in the world is much higher than most people would expect.
To say "hello" in Bengali, say "Ei Je" (EYE-jay).

6. Arabic
Number of speakers: 246 million

Arabic, one of the world's oldest languages, is spoken in the Middle East, with speakers found in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. Furthermore, because Arabic is the language of the Koran, millions of Moslems in other countries speak Arabic as well. So many people have a working knowledge of Arabic, in fact, that in 1974 it was made the sixth official language of the United Nations.
To say "hello" in Arabic, say "Al salaam a'alaykum" (Ahl sah-LAHM ah ah-LAY-koom).

5. Russian
Number of speakers: 277 million

Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, and Yakov Smirnoff are among the millions of Russian speakers out there. Sure, we used to think of them as our Commie enemies. Now we think of them as our Commie friends. One of the six languages in the UN, Russian is spoken not only in the Mother Country, but also in Belarus, Kazakhstan, and the U.S. (to name just a few places).
To say "hello" in Russian, say "Zdravstvuite" (ZDRAST-vet- yah).

4. Spanish
Number of speakers: 392 million

Aside from all of those kids who take it in high school, Spanish is spoken in just about every South American and Central American country, not to mention Spain, Cuba, and the U.S. There is a particular interest in Spanish in the U.S., as many English words are borrowed from the language, including: tornado, bonanza, patio, quesadilla, enchilada, and taco grande supreme.
To say "hello" in Spanish, say "Hola" (OH-la).

3. Hindustani
Number of speakers: 497 million

Hindustani is the primary language of India's crowded population, and it encompasses a huge number of dialects (of which the most commonly spoken is Hindi). While many predict that the population of India will soon surpass that of China, the prominence of English in India prevents Hindustani from surpassing the most popular language in the world. If you're interested in learning a little Hindi, there's a very easy way: rent an Indian movie. The film industry in India is the most prolific in the world, making thousands of action/romance/ musicals every year.
To say "hello" in Hindustani, say "Namaste" (Nah-MAH-stay).

2. English
Number of speakers: 508 million

While English doesn't have the most speakers, it is the official language of more countries than any other language. Its speakers hail from all around the world, including the U.S., Australia, England, Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Canada. We'd tell you more about English, but you probably feel pretty comfortable with the language already. Let's just move on to the most popular language in the world.
To say "hello" in English, say "What's up, freak?" (watz-UP-freek).

1. Mandarin
Number of speakers: 1 billion+

Surprise, surprise, the most widely spoken language on the planet is based in the most populated country on the planet, China. Beating second-place English by a 2 to 1 ratio, but don't let that lull you into thinking that Mandarin is easy to learn. Speaking Mandarin can be really tough, because each word can be pronounced in four ways (or "tones"), and a beginner will invariably have trouble distinguishing one tone from another. But if over a billion people could do it, so could you. Try saying hello!
To say "hello" in Mandarin, say "Ni hao" (Nee HaOW). ("Hao" is pronounced as one syllable, but the tone requires that you let your voice drop midway, and then raise it again at the end.)

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Nitro Express
11-01-2007, 07:05 PM
The most descriptive language is German. You can really describe the details of anything. Heaven forbid Mandarin Chinese ever replaces English. The Chinese don't even understand each other with all their dialects. The language is vague and primitive and sounds nasty.

French and Spanish sound sexy. I would rather speak them than nasty sounding Chinese.

MERRYKISSMASS2U
11-01-2007, 07:21 PM
Originally posted by Nitro Express
The most descriptive language is German. You can really describe the details of anything.

Like words like Gemütlichkeit (the feeling you get when you're in a warm, cozy place with a lot of your friends).


I also love the compound nouns in German!

Todesmetallkäse = Death metal cheese!



And Spanish to me is absolutely disgusting. I wish I had learned something beautiful, like Swedish, or had devoted more time in Russian.

WhoCares?
11-02-2007, 12:31 AM
This is the United States

Speak Spanish!

Nickdfresh
11-02-2007, 12:33 AM
Originally posted by Nitro Express
The most descriptive language is German. You can really describe the details of anything. Heaven forbid Mandarin Chinese ever replaces English. The Chinese don't even understand each other with all their dialects. The language is vague and primitive and sounds nasty.

French and Spanish sound sexy. I would rather speak them than nasty sounding Chinese.

The English language vocabulary is much larger actually. It's not even close...

naturochem
11-02-2007, 12:43 AM
Originally posted by chan_bkny
Chinese is not "nasty-sounding." Although mainland Chinese people might not understand all the different dialects, they can speak and understand the official language of the country which is Mandarin.

Do all English speakers understand each other? My English teacher played a documentary in class about something in England, somewhere in the mountains. You could hardly understand the interviewee with his accent. How about down south right here in the U.S.? I have trouble understanding southerners, but I'm sure they feel the same way about my Brooklyn drawl.
Sorry Chan, I have to agree w/ Nitro... having spent time in Guangzhou, Shanghai & Beijing, I can say that hearing Chinise all the time from every direction was a traumatic (well...'nasty' sounding..) experience!:cool:

Hey, it DOES sound better than Tagalog, though!!:D

DirtyDeeds
11-02-2007, 01:27 AM
I'm going to quite happily stay with English. Looks like plenty of people speak it! If I ever go to China (doubtful) I'll be with a tour group looking at a really big privacy fence, or maybe taking a baby out of a shithole and back to the land of the free.

naturochem
11-02-2007, 02:04 AM
Originally posted by chan_bkny
I've been to all those places you mentioned. I admit when I was over in Shanghai and Beijing, I felt alienated hearing the locals talk among themselves because I couldn't understand a word they were saying, and at times it seems that they were arguing among themselves even though they were not.

But say what you will about the Chinese. All I know is the Chinese can learn any foreign language, yet not many people of other nationalities can learn Chinese. When I hear native English speakers speaking fluent Chinese, be it Mandarin or Cantonese, I am in awe of them and feel a little ashamed of myself as I'm still struggling with the language. It makes me want to take classes! But I want to learn Spanish first. After all, this is the United States. ;)
Duìbuqǐ - just to clarify: I meant no disrespect to the Chinese people, & wouldn't be speaking negative about any particular race (except for maybe the fuckin French... (right Jerome?? heh!); it is the language -- particulary the enunciation of the language -- that I was, I suppose, insulting...

Come on...you have to admit it sounds at least a bit fucked up??:rolleyes:
Xièxiè, & zài jiàn!
:D

naturochem
11-02-2007, 02:11 AM
Originally posted by naturochem
Sorry Chan, I have to agree w/ Nitro... having spent time in Guangzhou, Shanghai & Beijing, I can say that hearing Chinise all the time from every direction was a traumatic (well...'nasty' sounding..) experience!:cool:

Hey, it DOES sound better than Tagalog, though!!:D
I must've taken spelling lessons from Cadaverdouche...
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MAPRamone
11-02-2007, 11:34 AM
Originally posted by scamper
10. French
Number of speakers: 129 million



9. Malay (Indonesian)
Number of speakers: 159 million


8. Portuguese
Number of speakers: 191 million



7. Bengali
Number of speakers: 211 million

the number of Bengali speakers in the world is much higher than most people would expect.


6. Arabic
Number of speakers: 246 million



5. Russian
Number of speakers: 277 million



4. Spanish
Number of speakers: 392 million


3. Hindustani
Number of speakers: 497 million



2. English
Number of speakers: 508 million



1. Mandarin
Number of speakers: 1 billion+



http://www.wonderfulinfo.com/winfo/top10lang.htm

I knew that Mandarin was first and English second. I also knew French, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Hindi and Spanish were in the top 10 but not the order. Didn't know Bengali and Malay were in the top 10.

FORD
11-02-2007, 01:40 PM
Originally posted by chan_bkny
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Chinese is not "nasty-sounding." Although mainland Chinese people might not understand all the different dialects, they can speak and understand the official language of the country which is Mandarin.

Do all English speakers understand each other? My English teacher played a documentary in class about something in England, somewhere in the mountains. You could hardly understand the interviewee with his accent. How about down south right here in the U.S.? I have trouble understanding southerners, but I'm sure they feel the same way about my Brooklyn drawl.

I used to work in this call center several years back. One day I got this call from a woman in Kentucky and I swear to God, I couldn't understand 80% of what she was saying. Usually I don't have a problem with Southern accents at all, but this one I don't even know how to describe.

Luckily, I was working with a guy from Kentucky so I gave him the call. He later told me that the woman had this "backwoods dialect" that was different even from the rest of Kentucky, let alone the rest of the South.

As for Mandarin, I have friends who are trying to learn the language. They have adopted two kids from China, so they learned a few words before they went over there, and are still working at it, though the kids are obviously picking it up faster than they are.

What confuses me about Mandarin, and why I would probably fail at learning it myself, is how you could say waht sounds like the same word, but in a different tone, and have it mean something entirely different.

I want my Starfleet universal translator, damn it.

Coyote
11-02-2007, 03:32 PM
Originally posted by FORD
I want my Starfleet universal translator, damn it.

Fuck that. I want my BABELFISH!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/01/Babel_Fish_diagram.jpg

bastardog
11-02-2007, 06:57 PM
I will keep my spanish and english.
I can comunicate with the whole New World, and as a bonus a part of Europe (Spain), with those two and also Spain.

I will like to try French tough :)

bastardog
11-02-2007, 07:00 PM
Originally posted by MERRYKISSMASS2U
... Spanish to me is absolutely disgusting.

Thanks...

franksters
11-02-2007, 07:13 PM
IMO , French is the most colorful language, but everybody should speak english, it would make things much easier...

let's just say that fo every word in english there is at least 4 in french to choose from.

naturochem
11-02-2007, 07:14 PM
Originally posted by MERRYKISSMASS2U
Spanish to me is absolutely disgusting.
Apparently languages are like pussies....one man's cesspool is another's castle!

sadaist
11-02-2007, 07:15 PM
Originally posted by Nickdfresh
The English language vocabulary is much larger actually. It's not even close...

The problem is the large proportion of the population that doesn't have the proper grasp or command of the language. Thank the educational system for that. Just churn & burn with our youth.

Nickdfresh
11-02-2007, 07:21 PM
This thread is making me hungry for Chinese food for some reason...

Or the bastardized American version of it, anyways...:)

Ally_Kat
11-02-2007, 07:24 PM
I still want to learn German. My friend speaks it, so I would use with her. And we work together, so it would be often.

I need to start doing shit I say I'm going to do.

Jesus Christ
11-02-2007, 10:22 PM
Originally posted by Coyote
Fuck that. I want my BABELFISH!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/01/Babel_Fish_diagram.jpg

Maybe I really should create something like that??

MERRYKISSMASS2U
11-03-2007, 02:09 PM
Originally posted by WhoCares?
This is the United States

Speak Spanish!

Mátate!


Originally posted by bastardog
Thanks...

Lo siento... I just can't stand the language. I wish I would have spent my time learning another one, like German or Swedish.


Originally posted by Ally_Kat
I still want to learn German. My friend speaks it, so I would use with her. And we work together, so it would be often.

Ja wohl! German's awesome.

Redballjets88
11-03-2007, 02:54 PM
Esperanto for the win.

Redballjets88
11-03-2007, 02:56 PM
Originally posted by Ally_Kat
I still want to learn German. My friend speaks it, so I would use with her. And we work together, so it would be often.

I need to start doing shit I say I'm going to do.

German is really fun to learn. I took it in highschool instead of spanish. The vocabulary is easy as hell, many of the German word are a lot like the English words. What is tough is the grammar and the usage of gender in words. Its like how spanish has el and la but german has der den dem.

MERRYKISSMASS2U
11-03-2007, 03:00 PM
Originally posted by Redballjets88
Its like how spanish has el and la but german has der den dem.

In the nominative case, it's Der das and die

sadaist
11-04-2007, 01:57 AM
German is definitely the most pissed off sounding language. A German could say how lovely the roses are in springtime and it still sounds like he's saying he's gonna kill your mother.

Nitro Express
11-05-2007, 02:05 AM
Originally posted by chan_bkny
Thank you. You see what I mean?

About being confused...I speak Cantonese to my mom, and sometimes I mistakenly pronounce a word using the wrong tone. My mom would go, "WHAT did you say?" and she'd laugh at me. You just have to practice. I find that most of the time, if you try to converse in Chinese with someone, they'll understand you despite your accent.

Don't be discouraged. There are plenty Americans and British ex-pats as well as Africans in China who speak Chinese very well--some with accents and some you would they think were born and raised there.

I know enough Cantonese to get by from living in Hong Kong. I think the tones are gay. I'm not into Chinese at all.

I like to bark German orders and the more pissed I am the cooler I sound. :D

bastardog
11-05-2007, 12:00 PM
Originally posted by sadaist
German is definitely the most pissed off sounding language. A German could say how lovely the roses are in springtime and it still sounds like he's saying he's gonna kill your mother.

:lol:

Ally_Kat
11-05-2007, 07:38 PM
Originally posted by sadaist
German is definitely the most pissed off sounding language. A German could say how lovely the roses are in springtime and it still sounds like he's saying he's gonna kill your mother.

No, no. Russian and the Asian languages. Moreso the Asian languages.

MERRYKISSMASS2U
11-05-2007, 08:17 PM
Originally posted by Ally_Kat
No, no. Russian and the Asian languages. Moreso the Asian languages.

Yeah, but Russian has a lot of vowels. It can often sound really smooth, Da?

FORD
11-06-2007, 12:00 AM
Originally posted by sadaist
German is definitely the most pissed off sounding language. A German could say how lovely the roses are in springtime and it still sounds like he's saying he's gonna kill your mother.

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blonddgirl777
11-06-2007, 12:22 AM
Originally posted by franksters
IMO , French is the most colorful language, but everybody should speak english, it would make things much easier...

let's just say that fo every word in english there is at least 4 in french to choose from.

You're right...
But I.M.O., Italian, the most coloUrful and French, the most romantic and sexy sounding. (like "plotte")...

I knew about Mandarin and English but I had no idea French was #10.

LoungeMachine
11-06-2007, 01:11 AM
The World's most common language.....

Is the Language of Love......

Followed closely by Music......


And when you put the two together, well......




:gulp:

But both are Universal.

Understood and practiced by everyone...

Loons The Great
11-06-2007, 02:16 AM
I speak all motherfuckin' 10 of these languages...and jive, too...Ize wuz threw wit language befo' y'all knew what the fuck to do wit it...,,,hell yeah,,,owwwww...

jharp84
11-06-2007, 02:40 AM
Originally posted by LoungeMachine
The World's most common language.....

Is the Language of Love......

Followed closely by Music......


And when you put the two together, well......




:gulp:

But both are Universal.

Understood and practiced by everyone...

And you give me shit? :mad:

Nitro Express
11-06-2007, 04:38 AM
Originally posted by LoungeMachine
The World's most common language.....

Is the Language of Love......

Followed closely by Music......


And when you put the two together, well......




:gulp:

But both are Universal.

Understood and practiced by everyone...

Close but I would say HATE is more universaly understood because it comes more naturally. Some people are just naturally evil!

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FORD
11-06-2007, 04:44 AM
Now that's just an insult......



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