No matter the language, we all exchange information at 39 bits/second, suggesting a biological limit. Languages that are lower information density are spoken fast (Spanish & Japanese) while denser languages are spoken more slowly (Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese).โ€ฆ
Some languages like English and Mandarin Chinese are spoken slower than others, like Spanish and Japanese, with 20-30% fewer syllabes spoken per second. However, in "slower" languages, more information is conveyed in fewer words, but same amount of information is communicated per unit of time.โ€ฆ
When US-born giant panda twins arrived in China, they struggled with local food and language. Mei Lun & Mei Huan were confused by "have you eaten up" in Chinese but responded to English "come here". They preferred "Western fast food" biscuits instead of local "wowotou" (steamed corn bread).โ€ฆ
The 10 most spoken languages in South America are Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua, English, Guarani, Aymara, German, Italian, Arabic, and Chinese (if you combine all the different Chinese dialects)โ€ฆ
Chinese Pidgin English. Used for 200 years in Chinese ports, the language mix Chinese syntax and English words creating a grammar like: "Chinese man very great rogue truly, but have fashion, no can help". Some expressions were introduced back into English: "Long time no see"; "No money no talk".โ€ฆ
Although the Korean and Chinese languages are not related in terms of grammatical structure, more than 50 percent of all Korean vocabulary is derived from Chinese loanwordsโ€ฆ
Suriname is a country in South America that uses Dutch as a majority language. Sranan Tongo is a creole language also spoken there, made of English, Dutch, Portuguese, and West African languages. Population includes Natives, Dutch, Indonesian, Indian, Chinese, and runaway slaves (Maroons).โ€ฆ
Virtually every single way of saying 'tea' in each language comes from the Chinese character ่Œถ (chรก), reflecting the origins and widespread trade of tea from China.โ€ฆ
Hangul is the alphabetic system used for writing the Korean language, but in North Korea it is known as Chosลn muntcha. Because of the influence of Confucianism and of Chinese culture, Hangul was not used by scholars or Koreans of the upper classes until after 1945โ€ฆ
In Greek, the phrase "it's all Greek to me" is "ฮ‘ฯ…ฯ„ฮฌ ฮผฮฟฯ… ฯ†ฮฑฮฏฮฝฮฟฮฝฯ„ฮฑฮน ฮบฮนฮฝฮญฮถฮนฮบฮฑ" - "this strikes me as Chinese". In Persian, the language referred to is Japanese, in Slovak it's Spanish, and in Chinese, it's Martian.โ€ฆ
New York City has more people than 40 of the 50 U.S. states, has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia, and that half of New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home (and over 200 languages are spoken).โ€ฆ
Chinese has more linguistic variety within it than the Romance language family. "Chinese" as a language describes over a half dozen language families, which themselves have hundreds of dialects, many of which are not mutually intelligible.โ€ฆ
The Chinese language has over 100,000 characters, therefore not having a simple and contained alphabet. The average literate Chinese person only uses around 3,000 - 6,000 characters compared to the English language only using 26 characters.โ€ฆ
The Mandarin word for honey (่œœ, mรฌ) is a cognate to the English word 'mead.' It was borrowed into Old Chinese from Tocharian, an extinct branch of the Indo-European language family that was spoken in what is now Xinjiang in China.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the 13 languages attested from before 1000BC, only two (Ancient Chinese and Mycenaean Greek) have descendants which continue to be spoken to this dayโ€ฆ
The Japanese language has 3 alphabets: Kanji (Chinese characters "borrowed" by Japan), Hiragana (Japanese phonetic alphabet #1), and Katakana (Japanese phonetic alphabet #2). Each alphabet has their own unique uses.โ€ฆ
Chinese President Jiang Zemin speaks Russian, English, German and Romanian and worked hard to maintain his language skills. Once on a trip to Chile, he delivered a 40 minute speech in Spanish, a language that he was previously not known to have spoken languagelog.ldc.upenn.eduโ€ฆ
In the nation of Papua New Guinea (population 8 million) there are 820 different spoken languages (complete languages, not dialects), which belong to 60 language families as different from each other as French and Chineseโ€ฆ
The language you grow up speaking determines how quickly you will learn to count. Chinese speaking children learn to count to 100 an entire year earlier than their English speaking counterparts.โ€ฆ
English surpassed Chinese as the most spoken language in the world in 2017 by 20 million people, according to Ethnologueโ€ฆ
Because written Chinese uses characters to represent concepts rather than sounds, speakers of different languages such as Mandarin and Cantonese can communicate through writing, but not speech.โ€ฆ
Japanese is the second language of older Chinese and Korean people who either live in Japan or had to learn Japanese; and is the fifth most popular foreign language in the USA and a popular non-European language in secondary schools in the UKโ€ฆ
There are over 200 different Chinese languages, many of which are mutually unintelligible when talking across languages/dialectsโ€ฆ
Mandarin Chinese is the language most spoken in the worldโ€ฆ
To show how Classical Chinese had become an impractical language, linguist Chao Yuen Ren wrote a 92-character poem in which every syllable has the sound "shi". The poem "Shฤซ Shรฌ shรญ shฤซ shว" translates to "Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den".โ€ฆ
From having lived and worked in China, President Herbert Hoover and his wife were fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and would frequently have conversations in the language to prevent their staff from eavesdropping.โ€ฆ
The equivalents of the English saying "That's Greek to me" are "This appears to be Spanish" (German), "This is Russian to me" (Dutch), "It's German to me" (Philippines), "It's Hebrew" (Finnish), "It's Chinese to me" (Hebrew), "Sounds like Mars language/These are chicken intestines" (China).โ€ฆ
Chinese banknotes have five minority languages printed on them: Han, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uyghur, and Zhuang languagelog.ldc.upenn.eduโ€ฆ
The most complex character in the Chinese language takes 57 strokes to write. It is a noodle dish.โ€ฆ
The U.S. department of state ranks 70 world languages based on how difficult they are for an English speaker to learn. Among the easiest are French and Italian. Among the hardest are Arabic and Chinese.โ€ฆ
The Korean language uses a script alphabet (like the Roman alphabet), rather than a character system like Chinese. The script, called Hangeul, was developed in the 1400s. Syllables are represented by grouping various sound parts together. These can be read to sound out unfamiliar words.โ€ฆ
President Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou both spoke fluent Mandarin Chinese. They communicated in the language whenever they wanted to keep their conversations private around guests and the press.โ€ฆ
The Chinese word for honey,"mรฌ", is derived over 2,000 years ago from "mit" in the Indo-European Tocharian language, cognate with English "mead".โ€ฆ
U.S. President Herbert Hoover's wife Lou spoke Chinese and is the only first lady to have spoken an Asian language.โ€ฆ
Pedro II of Brazil could fluently speak over fourteen languages, including Chinese, Sanskrit, Hebrew, and Tupi; a (now extinct) language of the native peoples of Brazil.โ€ฆ
"Chinese" is not just "Mandarin" and "Cantonese", but at least 7 distinct language groups, or hundreds of local varieties, many of which are not mutually intelligibleโ€ฆ
The words for each parent "mama" and "papa" are very similar in languages all around the world and developed independently. All human babies "baby talk", and these first sounds are mistaken as real "first" words by adults. Ex: Mandarin Chinese dad=baba, mom=mama.โ€ฆ
The word 'brainwash' is a direct translation from Chinese and didn't enter the English language until the 1950s after the Korean Warโ€ฆ
Inspired by inaccurate early descriptions of Chinese and Japanese characters as ideograms, many Western thinkers have sought to design universal written languages, in which symbols denote concepts rather than words. A recent example is Blissymbols, proposed by Charles K. Bliss in 1949.โ€ฆ
Chinese speakers use both hemispheres of their brain to process language while English speakers only use the leftโ€ฆ
Avril Lavigne recorded her song "Girlfriend" in eight different languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese.โ€ฆ
The tomato based sauce known as "Ketchup" in English, now a staple of Western diets, was originally a Chinese fish sauce called "Ke-tsiap" in the Hokkien Chinese language. theplate.nationalgeographโ€ฆ
North Korea has abducted--in addition to around 485 South Koreans--Japanese, Chinese, Malaysians, French, Italians, and other citizens mainly for them to teach languages at spy schools.โ€ฆ
25% of the internet population speaks Chinese as a first language, yet only 5% of internet content is in Chinese. 27% are English speakers, with 57% of content being in English.โ€ฆ
There is a Chinese-themed shopping centre called "Splendid China Mall" in Scarborough, Ontario. Local sign bylaws limit the size a business may post signs in one singular language so permission had to be sought to add English due to its large Chinese signโ€ฆ
British Columbia had a Royal Commission Report on Chinese immigration in 1885 that stated "The Chinamen is in every respect the reverse of an European...his amusements, his sense of beauty, his vices are not to our taste at all" and commented on how annoying their language soundedโ€ฆ
With approx. 848 million speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the world's most spoken language though English is the world's most popular language to learn with 1,500 million learnersโ€ฆ
Chinese speakers engage more areas of their brains in language-related tasks than do English speakers. Chinese Mandarin speakers use an additional part of the right brain hemisphere, specifically in a region important for processing music, via pitch and toneโ€ฆ
The Tibetan language has been banned in Tibet by the Chinese occupying authoritiesโ€ฆ
Written language was invented independently by the Egyptians, Sumerians, Chinese, and Mayansโ€ฆ

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