What does English have in common with Hindi? To the confused English-speaking traveller in India, not much. But the similarities are there, obvious enough if you look, in words that sound strikingly similar. That’s because both languages are part of the Indo-European language family. In fact, most of Europe and many parts of Asia speak an Indo-European language.
Around the world, 3.2 billion people speak an Indo-European language. That’s nearly 42% of the global population, and it makes Indo-European the most commonly spoken language family. There are 445 living Indo-European languages. Tribes who spoke Proto-Indo-European began spreading out through Asia and into Europe starting at around 4000 BCE. Their languages spread along with them.
However, not every European language is an Indo-European language. There are a few outliers, remanents of the cultures that existed before the Indo-European expansion.
Here are six European languages that are not part of the Indo-European language family.
European Languages That Are Not Indo-European: Finnish
Spoken in: Finland and parts of Sweden
Number of Native Speakers: 5.4 million Read more