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Cardinal Mezzofanti (1774-1849), an Italian cardinal spoke more than 38 languages fluently. He never left Italy but could speak all the languages without accent.

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Ethnologue estimates that there are 6909 living languages in the World. 

According to Ethnologue the world's top 5 most spoken languages are:

1. Chinese (1213 million)

2. Spanish (329 million)

3. English (328 million)

4. Arabic (221 million)

5. Hindi (182 million)

 

According to Council of Europe:

"Russia (148 million inhabitants) has by far the highest number of languages spoken on its territory: from 130 to 200 depending on the criteria."

"The non-European languages most widely used on European territory are Arabic, Chinese and Hindi, each with its own writing system."

According to funshun.com:

"Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserable' contains one of the longest sentences in the French language with 823 words without a period."

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