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2022-04-01 02:00:09

TOP-10 ancient languages that thrive today

TOP-10 ancient languages that thrive today

Language proficiency is a real art. Hardly anyone can say at what time they began to separate from each other and which of them is more ancient. However, all of them did not appear before humanity, complementing each other, changing throughout history. In this article, we have identified languages that, in our opinion, are more ancient than others.

Hebrew

Hebrew is a language that rightfully received a second life: around 400 AD, the Jews used it only for worship, almost taking it out of circulation. However, in the period from the XIV to the XX century. Hebrew "rose from the ashes", and then even became official in Israel. Hebrew is closely intertwined with another Hebrew language, Yiddish. This happened because Yiddish is the language of the first speakers of Hebrew known to us. Of course, the modern version of Hebrew is different from the one with which the Old Testament was written, but its speakers easily understand what is written there.

Tamil

Tamil is the only ancient language in the world that has preserved the classical form. It is known that Tamil has been used since 300 BC Unlike Sanskrit, which has long been used only for worship, tamil has never ceased to be spoken, the language has only developed over time. Such a venerable age does not prevent Tamil from occupying a place in the twenty most spoken languages in the world. It is officially spoken in Singapore, India and Sri Lanka. 

Lithuanian

Lithuanian belongs to the Proto-Indo-European languages, namely to the Baltic branch. The Indo-European language family includes many languages that began to be actively established by 3500 BC By this time and attributed the beginning of the use of Lithuanian. Having common features with other languages (German, English, etc.), Lithuanian retained the largest number of Proto-Indo-European sounds and grammar.

Persian

The name "Farsi" is not very popular. You've probably never even heard of it, but you're probably familiar with Persian – these are different names for the same language that is used in Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Farsi hails from the Persian Empire, where old Persian, its closest relative, originates. Notably, Persian has hardly changed since its use began around 800 CE.

Icelandic

Those who speak Iceland can easily read the original works written several centuries ago. This was influenced by its slight change over many centuries. It is believed that the Icelandic language developed rather slowly, and therefore remained more preserved, unlike other Germanic languages. Icelandic belongs to the Scandinavian branch of the Indo-European languages.

FYRO Macedonian

There is an opinion that the languages of the Slavic group originate from the territory where Macedonia is now located. The languages spoken in Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Croatia are descended from Common Slavic. In the IX century, Cyril and Methodius created a Slavic script and alphabet, after which the language began to spread to the north. Thus, Macedonian at the moment is considered the closest to the Old Church Slavonic language.

Basque

There are many mysteries in history, one of which is the Basque language. The Basques themselves, native Speakers of Basque, live in France and Spain, but this language is surprisingly strikingly different from both French and Spanish! It is known for sure about the Basque language that its existence originates even before the appearance of the Romance languages, and therefore, before Roman Latin grew into French and Spanish.

Finnish

For many centuries, Finnish has absorbed a large number of words borrowed from other languages. However, Finnish managed to preserve loanwords in the form closest to the original, while it was modified in the languages from which the words were borrowed. Some languages, such as Gothic, from which Finnish took some words, have not been used for a long time. The history of the appearance of the Finnish language can be safely called ancient, but the writing of the Finns is known only from the XIV century. 

Georgian

The Georgian language belongs to the Kartvelian language family and is considered one of the most common. The alphabet of this Caucasian language is very ancient, and it "migrated" from Aramaic around 300 BC It is worth noting that there are only 4 Kartvelian languages, and all of them have originality and are used by nationalities living in Georgia. 

Irish Gaelic

The progenitor of the Scots and Manx languages is Irish Gaelic from the Indo-European language family. Irish Gaelic is the native language of the Irish. When in Europe they spoke their own languages, but used Latin for writing, the Irish already had their own writing! Irish Gaelic has a rich history, its existence originating in the islands that are modern Ireland and Great Britain.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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