What do you know about language?

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What do you know about languages? : 

What do you know about languages? Kristi Reyes MiraCosta College

Language with most native speakers? (2006 data) : 

Language with most native speakers? (2006 data) Mandarin Chinese English Hindi Spanish Russian Arabic Bengali Portuguese Malay-Indonesian French

Language that most people speak (as first, second, third language) : 

Language that most people speak (as first, second, third language) English

Official Language of USA : 

Official Language of USA None!

“America” = : 

“America” = Italian Amerigo Vespuci (also spelled “Américo Vespucio) “discovered” mainland of New World From wikipedia: The explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci (March 9, 1454 - February 22, 1512) was the first person to demonstrate that the New World discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 was not the eastern appendage of Asia, but rather a previously-unknown "fourth" continent.[a] The continents of North and South America (and, by extension, the United States) derive their name from the feminized Latin version of his first name.[1]

“California” = : 

“California” = Califia From the book Las Sergas de Espandian by Spanish adventure writerGarcia Ordóňez de Montalvo, 1500 In the book he wrote about a myth of a paradise ruled by Queen Califia

80% of movies : 

80% of movies In English

“Emoticons” = : 

“Emoticons” = Symbols for expressions such as happiness, anger, sadness, used in e-mail and chatting

Text Messaging Abbreviations : 

Text Messaging Abbreviations LOL BFF Source: http://jameslogancourier.org/media/1/20070130-abbreviations.jpg

Predictions about language? : 

Predictions about language?

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