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A great list of around 10,000 languages with details on their origin, long description and useful information for the languages lover


Language name Description Region Language Family ISO 639-3 Code Main Country
Zyphe also Zophei Zyphe (also Zophei, Zoptei, Vawngtu) is a Tibeto-Burman language originating in Burma and also spoken in India. It is spoken by 17,000 Burmese and 3,000 Indians. Asia Sino-Tibetan languages zyp Burma
Zuruaha also called Suruaha Zuruahá (also called Suruaha, Suruwaha, Zuruaha, Índios do Coxodoá ) is an Arawan language spoken in Brazil by about 130 people. Americas      
Zurich German Zürich German, or Züritüütsch is the High Alemannic dialect spoken in the Canton of Zürich, Switzerland. It is divided in six sub-dialects, covering the entire Canton with the exception of the parts north of the Thur and the Rhine. Like all Swiss German dialects, it is essentially a spoken language, whereas the written language is standard German. Likewise, there is no official orthography of the Zürich dialect. When it is written, it rarely follows the guidelines published by Eugen Dieth in his book Schwyzertütschi Dialäktschrift; in fact, only language experts know about these guidelines. Furthermore, Dieth's spelling uses a lot of diacritical marks not found on a normal keyboard. Young people often use dialect for personal messages, such as when texting with their mobile phones. As they do not have a standard way of writing they tend to blend Standard German spelling with Swiss German phrasing. The Zürich dialect is generally perceived as fast spoken, less melodic than, for example...        
Zuojiang Zhuang Language Zuojiang Zhuang Language     zzj  
Zuni also Zuni is a language of the Zuni people Zuni (also Zuñi) is a language of the Zuni people, indigenous to western New Mexico and eastern Arizona in the United States. It is spoken by around 9,500 people worldwide, especially in the vicinity of Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, and much smaller numbers in parts of Arizona. Unlike most indigenous languages in the US, Zuni is still spoken by a significant number of children and, thus, is comparatively less threatened with language endangerment. Edmund Ladd reported in 1994 that Zuni is still the main language of communication in the pueblo and is used in the home (Newman 1996). Within the language, the language itself is called Shiwi'ma (shiwi "Zuni" + -’ma "vernacular", trans. as "Zuni way") and its speakers are collectively A:shiwi (’a:(w)- "plural" + shiwi "Zuni"). Zuni is considered a language isolate (i.e., unrelated to any other language). A number of possible relationships to other languages have been proposed by various researchers although none of these has gained general... Americas Language isolate zun United States of America
Zumbun also Jimbin Zumbun (also Jimbin, Jimbinawa) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Bauchi State, Nigeria. Africa Afro-Asiatic languages jmb Nigeria
Zumaya is a moribund Chadic language spoken in Cameroon Zumaya is a moribund Chadic language spoken in Cameroon. Africa Afro-Asiatic languages zuy Cameroon
Zulu Zulu isiZulu is the language of the Zulu people with about 10 million speakers Zulu (Zulu: isiZulu) is the language of the Zulu people with about 10 million speakers, the vast majority (over 95%) of whom live in South Africa. Zulu is the most widely spoken home language in South Africa (24% of the population) as well as being understood by over 50% of the population (Ethnologue 2005). It became one of South Africa's eleven official languages in 1994. According to Ethnologue, it is the second most widely spoken Bantu Language after Shona. Like many other Bantu languages, it is written using the Latin alphabet. The Zulu language, like other Nguni languages, is heavily influenced by the Xhosa language. Zulu belongs to the South-Eastern group of Bantu languages (the Nguni group). Zulu migrant populations have taken it to adjacent regions, especially to Zimbabwe, where Zulu is called (Northern) Ndebele. Xhosa, the predominant language in the Eastern Cape, is often considered mutually intelligible with Zulu. The Zulu, like Xhosa and other Nguni people, have lived in... Africa Niger-Congo languages zul South Africa
Zulgo-Gemzek Language Zulgo-Gemzek Language Africa Afro-Asiatic languages gnd Cameroon
Zulgo-Gemzek is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in northern Cameroon Dialects are Gemzek Zulgo-Gemzek is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in northern Cameroon. Dialects are Gemzek, Mineo, and Zulgo.        
Zou also known as Zome Zou (also known as Zome, Zom, or Zomi) is a language originating in Burma. It is spoken by the Zou people in Burma and India, as well as by the Zomi people in Zogam. It is quite similar to the language of the Paite, though Zou does not have the guttural stop W.        
Zoque Zoque, Tabasco Language Americas Mixe-Zoque languages zoq Mexico
Zome Language Zome Language Asia Sino-Tibetan languages zom Burma
Zokhuo Language Zokhuo Language     yzk  
Zo'e Language Zo'é Language Americas Tupian languages pto Brazil
Zizilivakan also known as Ziziliveken Zizilivakan (also known as Ziziliveken, Ziliva, Àmzírív, Fali of Jilbu) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Cameroon in Far North Province and neighboring Nigeria. Africa Afro-Asiatic languages ziz Cameroon
Ziriya Language Ziriya Language Africa Niger-Congo languages zir Nigeria
Zirenkel Language Zirenkel Language     zrn  
Zirenkel is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Chad Zirenkel is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Chad.        
Zire Language Zire Language Oceania Austronesian languages sih New Caledonia

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