The Top 10 Oldest Languages


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  1. Latin

Latin is the oldest classical language from the Indo European family of languages. By 75 BC old Latin had been standardized into classical Latin.

  1. Korean

The Korean language exists from 800 BC. More than 65 million people speak Korean in the peninsula region.

  1. Armenian

Armenian is the oldest language spoken by eight to 12 million Armenians. It contains some words from Greek, Arabic, and Urartian.

  1. Hebrew

It was the historic language of the ancient Jews. It began to be replaced by Aramaic from 586 BC.

  1. Aramaic

It belongs to the Semitic family of languages. The first known inscriptions of Aramaic date back to the late tenth or early ninth century B.C.

 

  1. Chinese

One in six people speaks Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is spoken by over 955 million people worldwide. Chinese is the oldest written language in the world with at least 6,000 years of history.

  1. Greek

Greek was spoken between 900 BC and 600 AD.

 

  1. Egyptian

Egyptian has been spoken from 2000 BC.

 

  1. Sanskrit

Sanskrit is part of the Indo-European family of languages. Sanskrit continues to be spoken in Northwest India. It is older than most other languages.

  1. Tamil

Tamil is the oldest language which is still used by many. More than 120 million people speak Tamil mainly in Tamil Nadu and Singapore. Tamil literature goes back to more than 2200 years while the earliest surviving documents are from 300 BC to 300 AD.


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Priyanga S Pillay
I planned on working in the field of journalism so completed my graduation in Media and communication.I pay keen attention to issues related to poverty, politics, current affairs. Apart from this, I'm a documentarian, directed several documentaries related to Indian culture and art.

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