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Jan172008

Map of European Languages


This is a great map, found on Photobucket.com uploaded by the user pizzler. In the U.S. we understand that other countries sometimes speak foreign languages, but we have the advantage that all 50 states speak the same language (or at least a similar version of the same language). So it's somewhat of an abstract concept to most Americans. And European geography isn't exactly a major topic in the U.S. school system, so most people don't understand how many countries there are, and especially how small some of them are.

This visual map really helps convey the diversity within the EU. It maps 46 languages across the European continent, and I know there are more. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for the EU to actually get anything done between countries.

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"I can't imagine how difficult it must be for the EU to actually get anything done between countries."

Its actually very easy, you see, along with geography we learn another languages at school, and instead of invading another countries we cant locate in the map, we try to work things out first.
Im writing in english, am i english, american, australian, etc??
Nop, but i speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, French and a little of Italian.
Learning is what makes you smart, which is the opposite of dumb :-)


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ANTDkfkoBaI

February 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am sorry, but whatever attribute this map ctually tries to visualize, it is not language prevalence, use or origin. At least Greece and Sweden are off, not to mention Cyprus, Albania, the ex-Yugoslavia.

These map of language families could be much much older, yet the conditions in places like Scandinavian region or the mediterranean seem modern.

All in all, an interesting visual, but the data do not seem to reflect what people guess they reflect.

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

this map is ignorant on some slavic languages. At least slovenian, macedonian and slovak should be respected as separate languages.

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranonymus
Language code:
http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/code_list.php

Modern Slavic languages :
http://www.ethnologue.com/show_family.asp?subid=292-16

Modern dialects map in Europe:
http://www.muturzikin.com/carteseurope/europe.htm

European clanguages clases:
http://www.gradebook.org/European%20Language%20Classes.htm

Indo-European languages:
http://www.danshort.com/ie/iesatem.htm
http://www.ethnologue.com/show_family.asp?subid=2-16

New<http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/General_News/2010-11-07/14974/_Croatian_to_become_24th_official_EU_language>EU
official languages:
http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/General_News/2010-11-07/14974/_Croatian_to_become_24th_official_EU_language

RANG LANGUAGES
http://www.translated.net/en/languages-that-matter

Language in Europe:
http://languagesofeurope.co.uk/Languagesmap.thumb.jpg

In Croatia, the Croatian language :
http://www.dzs.hr/hrv/censuses/census2001/Popis/H01_02_03/H0
Official and national language:
ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/globalization/locales/Croatia-Croatian_Date.pdf
Different Croatian and Serbian languages:
http://www.nsk.hr/UserFiles/File/Slu%C5%BEeno%20prihva%C4%87anje%20izmjena%20ISO%20639-2%20Registration%20Authority.pdf
Indo-European languages:
http://www.danshort.com/ie/iesatem.htm
http://www.ethnologue.com/show_family.asp?subid=2-16
European languages:
http://languagesofeurope.co.uk/Languagesmap.thumb.jpg
http://www.gradebook.org/European%20Language%20Classes.htm
http://lh5.ggpht.com/__mfxoFPOJUU/SgiUo0aV-EI/AAAAAAAABfU/a0rb6wYMhg8/European+languages.gif
http://www.hudsonfla.com/europeannames.jpg
http://www.google.hr/imgres?imgurl=http://www.widespread-idioms.uni-trier.de/pix/addfueltotheflames.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.widespread-idioms.uni-trier.de/%3Fp%3Dkarten%26lang%3Den&usg=__4yr06RRBmMkgj838B04j8zSZ2g8=&h=890&w=1096&sz=577&hl=hr&start=172&sig2=DQghN9QgMkWFrn4SX_r2LA&zoom=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=B52BOlqM3YYArM:&tbnh=122&tbnw=150&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dlanguages%2Bin%2Beurope%26start%3D160%26um%3D1%26hl%3Dhr%26sa%3DN%26sout%3D1%26ndsp%3D20%26biw%3D1024%26bih%3D602%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=12q3TN6kLMfMswbYkpWuBg
Modern Slavic languages:
http://www.ethnologue.com/show_family.asp?subid=292-16
http://wpcontent.answcdn.com/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1a/Slavic_languages.png/350px-Slavic_languages.png
http://languagesofeurope.co.uk/Languagesmap.thumb.jpg
January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark

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