Ethnologue: Languages of the World
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- SIL has published materials on only a fraction of all the world's
languages. See the SIL Bibliography and the
SIL Publications Catalog. The area pages in the Ethnologue
have a section of links to external (non-SIL) resources related to countries and
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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). Try the sources mentioned in the previous answer.
How many languages are there in the world?
- See the Introduction and
Geographical Distribution of Living Languages
For a different approach to language classification look
at The Linguasphere.
Which languages have the most speakers? How many people speak language X?
- See Top 100 Languages by Population.
How do I say ... in language X? What is the etymology of my
- We regret that we cannot answer questions like these. You might try these
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do not work. They are left here for historicity.
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