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Old 09-09-2018, 04:10 PM
 
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It seems most countries in the world do not have own languages. Instead, they use languages of others such as European variants. For examples:

American Continent: Spanish, English
African Continent: English, French
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Old 09-09-2018, 04:14 PM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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What? All the residents of the Americas and Africa had languages before the Europeans arrived. Plenty of these languages are still in use. FFS.
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Old 09-09-2018, 04:24 PM
 
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It seems most countries in the world do not have own languages. Instead, they use languages of others such as European variants. For examples:

American Continent: Spanish, English
African Continent: English, French
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Most countries?
I'm not sure I agree.


The Americas and Australia/New Zealand (perhaps Oceania as a whole) really are the only countries/continents I can think of. If we are speaking of actively and relatively common spoken languages.

While Africa has a strong English and French presence and influence regarding languages one cannot really say that the countries in Africa don't have their own languages. BTW same could be argued for Oceania I suppose).

Perhaps instead of languages you should focus on dialects or do you for this purpose count for example
Romance languages as one and Arabic languages, and so on.....
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Old 09-09-2018, 05:14 PM
 
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Long story short "America and Canada = all countries".
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Old 09-09-2018, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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There are still hundreds of native languages spoken in Australia the USA and mexico especially . Though in very small numbers compared to introduced European ones. Maori is an official language of new Zealand.

Lists like this are all over the internet, this one is pretty old, but the top 10 have not changed much.

http://www.vistawide.com/languages/2..._languages.htm
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Old 09-09-2018, 06:07 PM
 
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lol no. Colombia alone has 60 indigenous languages and two creole languages (Palenquero and Criollo Sanandresano).



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Old 09-09-2018, 07:48 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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It seems most countries in the world do not have own languages. Instead, they use languages of others such as European variants. For examples:

American Continent: Spanish, English
African Continent: English, French
...

Huh????
Never developed own languages???


Not all continents are equally diverse in the number of spoken languages. Whereas Asia leads the statistics with 2,301 languages, Africa follows closely with 2,138.There are about 1,300 languages in the Pacific, and 1,064 in South and North America. Europe, despite its many nation-states, is at the bottom of the pack with just 286.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...&noredirect=on
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:04 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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It seems most countries in the world do not have own languages. Instead, they use languages of others such as European variants. For examples:

American Continent: Spanish, English
African Continent: English, French
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There are over 500 native languages in Nigeria alone.

That's all I'm going to say to that.
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:09 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Huh????
Never developed own languages???


Not all continents are equally diverse in the number of spoken languages. Whereas Asia leads the statistics with 2,301 languages, Africa follows closely with 2,138.There are about 1,300 languages in the Pacific, and 1,064 in South and North America. Europe, despite its many nation-states, is at the bottom of the pack with just 286.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...&noredirect=on
Seriously!

Does the OP think names like; Okeechobee, Oaxaca, Wollongong, and Kinshasa come from languages borrowed from Europe? LOL
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:22 PM
 
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While I also think that the OP is way off track here, I do think he/she meant countries in their current form.
For example, the USA as a country did not develop their own language. Native American languages existed long before European settlers.
English for example, and of course correct me if I'm wrong, was brought to modern day England as a Germanic dialect by the Anglo-Saxons, replacing Celtic language (which I think the Irish Gaelic language/dialect belongs to) and dialect. From there it over time "developed" into "English".

At least that is how I understood the OP but I could wrong of course.
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