Top 10 Oldest Languages In The World

By | April 10, 2016
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Language is the most vital factor and the most important medium for the purpose of communication both verbal and written. Human societies have invented various languages across the globe. Each of these languages is distinct in characteristics, tone, and flow. Languages have evolved through years. Some of these have become extinct and some are still in use till today.

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Here is the list of 10 oldest languages in this world:

1. Tamil

Tamil is regarded as one of the oldest languages in the world. It is still in vast use. About 78 Million people across the world still use this language as their medium of verbal communication. The earliest example of Tamil language is traced back to the period around 300 BC. But experts have presented the view that the origin of this language can be traced back to around 3500 BC because Tholkapiyam, a Tamil work is dated around 2300-3100 BC.

2. Sanskrit

Literature and linguistic experts argue that Sanskrit is the mother of many European and non-European languages. The origin of this language is dated back to around 3000 BC. It is believed that this language was developed from Tamil. It is the classical language of India and it is also regarded as the language that the Gods use to speak in. Whatever, the earliest example of this language can be traced back to the period around 2000 BC. Sanskrit is still used in many official works. But, only a handful of people uses Sanskrit for verbal communication.

3. Egyptian

Egyptian language belongs to the family of languages titled Afro-Asiatic. The earliest example of Egyptian language are the autobiographical writings and inscriptions written on the tomb walls. These writings are dated back to 2500-2000 BC. Today, Egyptian language is solely used in various Liturgic functions and ceremonies conducted and performed by the Coptic Church.

4. Greek

The origin of the Greek language can be traced back to around 1500 BC. It was once considered as the most prestigious language because almost all the scholars and experts used to make use of Greek language for their professional and personal purposes. The European Union has announced Greek as an official language. Nowadays, Greek is spoken by about 13 million people who lives in Greece, Cyprus, and Albania.

5. Chinese

The Chinese language is regarded as the most used first language in the world. About 1.2 billion people consider Chinese as their first language. The earliest origin of this language can be traced back to around 1200 BC. Chinese is one of those oldest languages that are still in so vast use.


6. Hebrew

The origin of Hebrew language can be traced back to around 1000 BC. But, many experts argue that Hebrew originated and came into use around 3000 BC. The vast use of Hebrew as a verbal language ceased somewhere between 200 CE to 400 CE. However, it is still spoken by about 9 million people throughout the globe. It is also the official language of Israel.

7. Aramaic

Most people do not know that Aramaic is one of the oldest languages in the world. The earliest example of this language can be traced back to 1000 BC. Experts argue that Aramaic originated much before 1000 BC. They have found that Hebrew and many other Arabic languages are influenced by this language. It is still vastly used by a huge number of people across the world.

8. Korean

The Korean language originated around 600 BC. This language is now the official language of both South Korea and North Korea. About 80 million people still speak in the Korean language.

9. Armenian

The Armenian language is thought to be originated somewhere around 450 BC. The oldest existing text of Armenian language is a Bible translation that can be dated back to the 5th century AD. Almost 10 million people still use Armenian as their verbal language.

10. Latin

Latin is the youngest of all the languages in this list. The origin of Latin language can be traced back to 75 BC. It became an immensely important language because it was the official language of the Roman Empire. This language influenced several other languages, English being the most prominent of them. It is the official language of both Poland and the Vatican City. Latin is still an attractive language to study and research upon .


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