Yes, that’s right five, cinco, cinque, cinq, 五!
With camps offered in Japanese, Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese, kids can journey around the world without leaving town! So, let’s look at some fun facts about our 5 languages on offer and see how many are new to you!
- Japanese is the ninth most spoken language in the world, with 128 million people speaking it as their first language in only two countries – Japan and the Republic of Palau.
- The Japanese writing system has similarities with the Chinese writing system, therefore, it would be easier for you to learn and understand other Asian languages, especially Chinese, Korean, Thai or Vietnamese.
- Japanese is the most common language to be taught in schools in Queensland and has been taught in Australia for over 100 years!
- Italian, which is part of the Romance language family, has over 90 million total speakers (70 million native) around the world.
- Italian is spoken as an official language in the Vatican City, Switzerland, San Marino, and of course, Italy. It doesn’t stop there though. It’s also a minority spoken language in Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, and more.
- It’s easy to learn! If you happen to know Spanish, French, English, or Portuguese, you’ll find a ton of similarities to Italian. They share many of the same, if not similar vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structures. That’s why Italian is recognized as one of the easiest languages to learn for English speakers.
- With over 200 million French-speakers globally, French is spoken as an official or dominant language in 60 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South American, the Caribbean and the Pacific – making it the second most widespread language in the world (after English)!
- French is the only language to be taught in every country in the world
- Aside from English, French is the only other language spoken on five continents in the world.
- Over 236 million people worldwide are native Portuguese speakers. Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Principe, Sao Tome, and Equatorial Guinea. Portuguese is also spoken in Goa (India), Macao, and East Timor.
- What’s the fastest-growing European language after English? It’s Portuguese, thanks to the rapidly growing populations of Portuguese speakers in Brazil and Africa. According to UNESCO, the language has high growth potential as an “international communication language in Southern Africa and South America.
- Portuguese is closely related to Spanish. In fact, the two languages share 89% of their vocabulary and grammar. Despite the resemblance, however, Portuguese and Spanish are not mutually intelligible.
- Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese, with over 430 million native speakers and it is the official language to 21 countries
- The United States have 45 million Spanish speakers, making it the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world and it is expected to become the largest by 2050.
- Apart from Latin, Arabic is the largest contributor to the Spanish language, with over 8000 words originating from Arabic.
How did you go? At LinguaKidz, we are amazed by our fascinating world and its many languages and cultures! Let us help your child ‘Discover a World of Fun with Languages’ these school holidays!
Secure your child’s spot at www.linguakidz.com.au