Top 10 Oldest languages in the World
There are myriad languages in the world today and determining which one of them was the oldest or first to be spoken or written, can be a daunting task. Thankfully, researchers since ancient times have been working on finding the oldest languages of the world. Here, we have compiled them all and given a list of top 10 languages which came first in the world.
The Latin language is still taught in high schools and college across the world. However, did you know that the origin of Latin dates back to the 75 BC? This language was used by soldiers and fighters of that time. Soon, it was recognised by the Roman Empire, thus, it is not surprising to find that most of the Roman languages have Latin descend.
Armenian is number 9 on out list of Top 10 Oldest Languages in the World. The importance of this language can be judged by the fact that the holy religious book of christians i.e. Bible was translated into Armenian in the fifth century. Thus, it is still widely popular and spoken by millions of people. It dates back to as old as 400 BC.
Korean has been the language responsible for national integration, cultural homogenisation and unity of Koreans. It is astonishing that Korean is spoken in both North and South Korea. Millions of Koreans continue to speak this language despite being displaced from their homeland. The origin of Korean dates back to 600 BC.
You might be aware of Hebrew since it is recognised as the state language of Israel. Hebrew is considered as a pious language which was used exclusively for writing holy scriptures. However, soon this Semitic language became an integral part of Jewish culture. The origin of Hebrew dates back to 1000 BC.
Aramaic is number six on our list of Top 10 Oldest Languages in the world. It is a Semitic language which was originally spoken by the Aramaeans (Ancient Middle Eastern People). Aramaic is also associated with Hebrew and Syriac. It dates back to 1000 BC and is still ubiquitously used in modern states like Iraq and Iran.
Considered as the most widely spoken language in the world, the Chinese language dates back to 1200 BC. More than a billion people can be found speaking this language. The exorbitant population of China ensured that their native language is never threatened. Undoubtedly, Chinese is one of the most popular language in the world today.
Millions of people speak the Greek language, especially residents of Cyprus and Greece. Researchers have found concrete evidence of this language and confirmed that the accounts dates back to 1400 BC. Greece is also one of the oldest European languages.
Number three on our list of Top 10 Oldest languages in the World is Egyptian. The origin of Egyptian can be traced from the family of Afro-Asiatic languages. It is still considered as the oldest language of Egypt, since evidence suggests that it first originated around 2500 BC.
Sanskrit is the language from which major popular languages like Hindi were derived. It originated around 3000 BC and has heavily influenced various European languages. At present it is loosening its grip in India as Sanskrit speakers are shrinking rampantly, however, the government is making best efforts to preserve and promote it. Some researchers suggests that it was derived from the Tamil language. However, it is a debatable fact. Sanskrit is also known as the ‘Language of Enlightenment’.
Number one language on our list, Tamil, is the oldest language in the world. This language has survived all the upheavals of human history and sustained itself all the way for 5000 years. Tamil Literature is gigantic, Tamil speakers are enormous and spread across the southern Indian states and the Sri Lankan country. However, it is not much popular in the northern states.