Posted May 26, 2015
true, but french was the most and common language used by the 'rich'
IwubCheeze: No, learning French is not too difficult, there is no language too difficult to learn. Anyone who says a language is too hard to learn is just making excuses for themselves. In order to speak another language properly, you have to understand how the people who use it think, have first hand experience how it is used, make your mistakes and understand them, think in the language until you get a feel for the language. It takes effort but once it's done, everything falls into place. You cannot rely on classes for this however.
'the royal' , the Aristocrats.
"Aristocrats is a broad term that usually refers to people that a particular social order considers the highest social class of that society. Specifically, in many states, the aristocracy are a class of people (aristocrats) who typically possess a hereditary rank and sometimes specific titles. "
so basically the 'better' educated (also/mainly) spoke french.
nowadays things will shift a lot, some languages that are widely spoken are usually because there are more (native) people who speak that language ( inhabitants of a certain part of the world)
if there was a way to have gazillions of people to be bon in lets say the netherlands , then numbers change
drasticaly ,causing the dutch to be considered as the most spoken language
I think its 'unreliable' to go by numbers alone, just because there are billions of people who speak a certain language you might assume that its the most spoken / used language, but dont forget that nowadays many people also speak english, and that not all people also speak 'exotic' languages.
anyways the link to article:
shortened version :
With over 955 million speakers, Mandarin claims the top spot as the world’s most common language — and one that often requires professional translation services.
One of the five major dialects of Chinese, Mandarin is the official language of China and Taiwan, as well as one of the four official dialects of Singapore. Approximately 14.4 percent of the world’s population are native speakers of Mandarin.
Its prominence in the Americas as well as in Europe makes Spanish one of the most common languages, with 405 million speakers. The Castilian dialect in Spain is held as a national standard, although Andalusian and Catalan are also spoken.
English used to be the second-most common language, but Spanish-speakers have increased much more rapidly over the past 15 years. Still, scholars have named English the world’s “most influential language,” due to the number of speakers (360 million) and the number of countries in which it is spoken.
Over 310 million people speak one of the two.
Spoken by 295 million speakers worldwide,
Out of the 215 million Portuguese speakers worldwide, nearly 150 million of them speak Brazilian Portuguese, the most common language variant.
With 205 million speakers, Bengali is also the second most widely spoken language in India ...
Russian’s 155 million speakers make it the world’s eighth most common language. ....
Out of the approximately 125 million people who speak Japanese, 124 million live in Japan and the island group of Okinawa.
Fifteen years ago, German held the tenth spot, though Punjabi has recently surpassed it. With 102 million speakers, Punjabi is mainly spoken in India and Pakistan, and is a native language of 1.44 percent of the world’s population.
dont forget that changes are very big that lots of people in those top 10 countries can speak (some) english
therefore relying on numbers only is not 100% reliable.
Post edited May 26, 2015 by gamesfreak64