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How many language families are there?

There are 141 language families

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

English [eng].  It is spoken in 165 countries, as an established 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?

Ethnologue itself won't help you learn a language. There are many resources available for the widely known languages that can be found by doing a simple web search. You can use the Other Resources link in each language entry to see what language documentation and literature might be available in the language. The OLAC list of resources may provide a starting point for finding resources for the less commonly known languages where fewer resources are likely to be widely available.

How many languages are there in the world?

7,117. See our guide about this topic: How many languages are there in the world?

For more information, also see the Problem of Language Identification and Statistical Summaries.

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