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Old 02-26-2014, 08:19 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by Prison Bitch View Post
English is the worlds language regardless if its primary or not. 5%? Laughable, several factors of that can and do speak or read it

The OP must be listing primary languages. Otherwise, you're right, it doens't make sense. 5% of the world's population is about 350 million. The population of US+England+Canada+Australia alone tops 400 million by a good margin. Obviously not everyone in those countries speak it, or speak it as a primary language, but the vast majority do.

They're also cheating somewhat. "12 speak Chinese". China's official language is Mandarin, but vast, vast portions of China's population do not speak Mandarin, but rather speak other dialects, most prominently Cantonese. There are easily hundreds of millions of people in China who don't speak Mandarin, and yet they don't separately list those dialects, so I'm pretty confident they're just lumping them all together as speaking "Chinese".

And not that these aren't just accents. If someone who speaks Mandarin (only) and Cantonese (only) meet, they can't converse. In fact, many of these regional dialects (there are many others in addition to the primary two) have less in common than the European romance languages have with each other. The written language is the same, however.

A "lingustic map" of China is below:

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