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Now discovering which language is the fastest.

This question has been investigated in a few studies, and the results agree.

It’s common to believe that native speakers can construct sentences far more quickly than your brain can comprehend when learning a new language.

You don’t speak your mother tongue at this speed, surely?

Don’t worry, this isn’t a sign of linguistic relativism or your bad language proficiency; certain languages are definitely “faster” than others.Naturally, different people speak at different speeds.

While some people speak like a machine pistol, others merely talk slowly. Similar to this, most people alter the cadence of their speech based on a variety of factors, such as the environment and their own mood.

Nonetheless, counting syllables per second is one of the most commonly used methods for determining how quickly a language may be learned. Based on this criteria, a large number of linguistics researchers have concluded that Japanese is the quickest language.

Researchers at the University of Lyon ranked seven different languages based on how many syllables they produced in a 2011 study. With 7.84 syllables per second, Japan was first, followed by Spanish (7.82), French (7.18), Italian (6.99), English (6.19), German (5.97), and Mandarin (5.18).It’s Interesting to note that a language’s perceived speed may also be related to the amount of information it can store.

In 2019, a different study conducted at the University of Lyon examined the amount of information included in each syllable in 17 distinct languages from Europe and Asia. Despite the appearance of rapid speech, Japanese does not seem to convey much meaning with each syllable.

The researchers speculate that people may speak more quickly in an effort to give their statements more meaning.

Strong evidence suggests that certain languages are spoken more quickly than others. For instance, speakers of Spanish and Japanese output almost 50% more syllables per second than speakers of Vietnamese and Thai. Furthermore, because of their phonology and syntax, certain languages ‘load’ more information per syllable than others (English, for instance, has around 11 times as many syllable varieties as possible in Japanese),” co-author of the 2019 study Dan Dediu stated in a release.

Notable is also the fact that a large number of these linguistic studies have ignored the thousands of other diverse languages spoken around the world in favor of concentrating on European and East Asian languages.

Even though just ten languages are spoken as the mother tongue by nearly half of the world’s population, there are many intriguing and amazing languages that are likely to defy all expectations.

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