You might be surprised by the repartition of languages around the world.

Repartition of native language around the world

Borders wouldn’t have stopped language. Regardless of how they were established over the course of centuries on a specific territory, whether they were increased in number due to economic growth in a country or were imposed by colonization, languages are mixing at a pace that is distinctive to them and difficult to imagine without concrete graphology.

Good things we found one particularly accurate !

Regular maps are lying to you!

The planisphere that everyone envisions is quite deceptive, particularly regarding how big the various countries are.

Spoiler: The Earth is round

It means that you must cheat on some sizes when laying it flat to maintain the proper shape but it is also possible to favor size realism over shape realism and make the opposite decision.

A map that stretches some regions at the equator is available for this purpose. This flat world, represented by its actual dimensions, is what we call: The Peters Projection.

Peter Projection map

The Peters Projection is only one example of an alternative to the classical planisphere: geographers have created maps on a wide range of topics.

Some maps change the size of countries to reflect economic or demographic disparities, for example but is quite difficult to do the same with language.

The Distinction between Natives and Secondary speakers

The issue with languages is that their speakers are dispersed all over the world. A map of languages that only represents countries will never be enough.

To solve the problem of scattered speakers, we must look for alternative schematic representations that are not based on world maps.

Global Speakers

We are only going to consider the native and not ALL the speakers.

This small difference makes in fact a huge one.

Indeed, when the number of secondary is taken into account, the result vary greatly.

Consider this: given the number of people who learn English in school, Shakespeare’s language is far more widely spoken than Chinese, thanks to its second-language learners.

But, hey, it’s cheating, isn’t it?

Natives Speakers

It’s impossible to look at the graph above and not notice that the various dialects spoken in China write the world. The size of the “Chinese” portion of the graph is larger than the sum of the 4 languages after.

The 5 biggest city per languages

1. Chinese

Shanghai is the biggest Chinese speaking with a concentration of 25mil of resident, it is the 3rd largest city in the world !

2. Spanish

Mexico City, with about 21.5mil resident is the city with the most of spanish speaker.

3.English

It is New-York City that is the most populated city of the USA with around 22mil americans.

4.Hindi

Delhi, the capital city of India and the second largest city in the world contains 28.5mil indians.

5.Arabic

Cairo in Egypt concentrate the most arabic speakers with almost 20mil inhabitants.

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