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Which African languages are spoken the most?
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
The African continent is the second largest on earth, covering about 30 million square kilometres. About 1.2 billion people live in Africa and although about 2,000 indigenous languages exist, English, French or Arabic are spoken officially in many places. Africa's turbulent history with its colonisation is the reason for the use of European languages on official occasions. Nevertheless, people are now trying to cultivate their own language roots again, and in many regions they speak more than one language.
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The most spoken languages in the world
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
The world’s population now exceeds 7.7 billion and more than 6,900 languages are spoken around the world, of which only 230 are spoken in Europe compared to more than 2,000 in Asia. Papua New Guinea has a population of just 3.9 million, but 840 different languages are spoken there. Below, we take a look at the five most widely spoken languages in the world:  
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Which Asian languages are spoken the most?
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
With an area of more than 44 million square kilometres, the Asian continent is the largest on earth. About 4.5 billion people live in the 47 internationally recognised states in Asia and they speak over 2,000 different languages. The development and maintenance of the languages has been completely different from that on the European continent, where short distances between countries have encouraged mixing of vocabularies. On the huge continent of Asia, on the other hand, some languages have been able to develop and remain free of major outside influences over the centuries.
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Cultural differences between Spain and Switzerland
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
There are many cultural differences between Spain and Switzerland, although the Spanish community is one of the largest in Switzerland. In fact, the Spanish exodus began in the late 1950s and continued for the next three decades. Most Spanish emigrants left their country in search of work and many others were forced into exile after the Civil War. Many put down roots in Switzerland and found work in construction, industry or tourism.
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Most spoken languages in Europe
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
Covering about 10 million square kilometres, Europe is the second smallest continent on earth. About 750 million people live there in 47 states. Depending on the definition, Europeans use 150 to 200 different languages. The majority of their languages belong to the Indo-European language families.
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Longest words in the world
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
Did you know that the longest word in the world contains 190,000 letters? The following  is our list of the five longest words in the world:   An English word of 189, 819 letters  The longest word in the world is the English term: "methionylthreonylthreonyl(...)isoleucine". This term, which has no less than 189, 819 letters, is the chemical name of the largest protein: titin. It would take three hours to recite it from beginning to end!   
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Cultural differences between Spain and France
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
Although Spain and France are neighbouring countries and are only separated by the Pyrenees mountain range, there are important cultural differences between them. You only need to cross the border to see how the language changes, and to see the differences in the cuisine, the culture, and the customs of the people. The following are the most striking cultural differences between Spain and France.    
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How to write the minutes of meetings in English
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
Do you need to write up the minutes of a meeting in English following a meeting with English-speaking participants? A key document in many companies, the minutes of a meeting are subject to a degree of formality and you need to know how to write them in an effective, fluid, but also structured way.   What are minutes? The minutes of a meeting comprise of a document that summarises the exchanges between different participants and the major decisions taken during that meeting.
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Differences between Germany and Luxembourg
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
Luxembourg borders Germany in the north-west and it’s a small rather rural country of just under 2,600 square kilometres. The majority of the border between Germany and Luxembourg runs along three rivers – the Our, Sauer and Moselle and is 137 kilometres long. The border extends about seven kilometres east of the river system at the small town of Vianden. But what are the similarities or differences between the two neighbouring countries?  
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Cultural differences between Germany and Italy
By Frédéric Ibanez, Business News
Geographically, Italy lies south of Germany and directly below Austria. Most Germans travel to Italy at least once in their lives for a holiday, and Rome and the islands of Sicily and Capri, are all popular holiday destinations. The cultures of both countries share much in common, but there are also important differences.  
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