Hindi

 

languages:

 

Instrumental

 

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/bɑːŋlɑː/

250 million (7th most spoken language)

Indo-European > Magadhan

Trivia:

The movement for the recognition of the Bangla language, as an official language of East Pakistan, led to the martyrdom of several Dhaka university students, on February 21, 1952. This event led to the liberation of Bangladesh, from Pakistan, in 1971, and the declaration by UNESCO, in 1999, to commemorate February 21, as the "International Mother Language Day".

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/ˈdɔʏt/

95 million (11th most spoken language)

Indo-European > Germanic

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Globally, German is the 11th most-spoken language, with about 90 million native speakers. In Europe, however, it’s the #1 most common mother tongue, beating out Italian, French, Spanish, and even English. About 16% of the European population speaks German as a first language.

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/ˈɪŋɡlɪʃ/

400 million (3rd most spoken language)

Indo-European > Germanic

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English is the only major language that doesn’t have any organization guiding it - as opposed to the French Académie française, the Spanish Real Academia Española and the German Rat für Deutsche Rechtschreibung. These organizations are responsible for controlling the evolution of their respective language in terms of usage, vocabulary, and grammar.

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/espaˈɲol/

470 million (2nd most spoken language)

Indo-European > Romance

Trivia:

There are between 450 and 500 million Spanish speakers worldwide, across 24 countries, with 40 million of those living in Spain, 360 million in Hispanic America, and more than 35 million in the United States.

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/ˈɦin̪d̪iː/

310 million (4th most spoken language)

Indo-European > Sauraseni Prakrit

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The word "Hindi" originated from the Persian word "Hind", meaning the land of the Indus river. The language is considered to be a direct descendant of an early form of Sanskrit, through Sauraseni Prakrit and Śauraseni Apabhraṃśa. It has been influenced by Dravidian languages, Turkic languages, Persian, Arabic, Portuguese and English.

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/ɪnstrʊˈmɛnt(ə)l/

None. But understood by most.

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Music is not considered as a language by any of the existing language societies of the world, despite having an universal script and a definite syntactical system. Linguistically, the only property absent in music, as compared to other languages is a 'semantic structure', the structure of a concrete physical meaning. Just like any other languages, the individuals acquainted with the musical grammar can read, write, articulate and perform 'music'.

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