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What is the difference between a dormant language and an extinct language?

Both extinct languages and dormant languages no longer have any fully-proficient L1 users.  The Ethnologue makes a distinction between the two, however, to reflect the differences that exist in the sociolinguistic status of these languages without users. Although a dormant language is not used for daily life, there is an ethnic community that associates itself with a dormant language and view the language as a symbol of that community's identity.  Though a dormant language has no proficient users, it retains some social uses.

What are the 10 largest / most spoken languages in the world?

See http://www.ethnologue.com/statistics/size for data on the most spoken languages of the world.

What is the largest language family? In terms of languages? In terms of speakers?

For number of languages, Niger-Congo with 1526 living languages.  For number of speakers, Indo-European with nearly 3 billion speakers.

How many language families are there?

There are 136 language families

Which language is spoken in the most countries? How many countries?

English [eng].  It is spoken in 127 countries, as an indigenous language or by a substantial immigrant group.

How can I learn to speak language X? Can you send me a dictionary or language learning materials?

We do not teach specific languages such as Spanish, Turkish, Mohawk, or Tok Pisin. Rather, we teach linguistics (how to analyze a language) and language learning techniques (how to learn a language on your own).

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