Linguistic Diversity in the World:
More than seven billion people live on our planet. They have different cultures and beliefs. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that more than seven thousand languages are spoken in the world. If we include the dialects of every language that are as unique in nature as the language itself then the number would be way higher. However, 40% of the earth’s population can only speak one language. It is true that more than half of the earth’s population is bilingual, but despite that, we cannot understand every person on the planet. It is impossible for a person to learn all the languages of the world. Even polyglots don’t know every vernacular spoken on earth.
How Do You Say Rain in 25 Other Languages?
Although we can’t learn every vernacular, we can learn a word here and there. For instance, if someone doesn’t have the time to learn French, they can at least learn a few basic phrases like how to ask someone’s name or how to say good morning. Rain is a universal natural phenomenon that everybody enjoys. But the English word for it is not how it is known all over the world. Learning how to say rain in other languages can help us talk about this beautiful phenomenon with people from other countries.
Here’s how you say rain in 25 languages:
French is one of the most popular languages in the world. It is not only native to France but is also spoken in Canada and a few African countries. In this Romance language, the word ‘pluie’ or ‘la pluie’ is used to say rain.
Spanish is the spoken language of nearly 600 million people. It belongs to the Romance Language family. It enjoys official status in more than twenty countries and is a popular vernacular on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter. The Spanish word for rain is ‘lluvia’. ‘la lluvia’ can be used for anything from rainfall to downpour.
This European language may not be as popular as Spanish or French but it is still an important vernacular and is spoken by 220 million people. ‘Regen’ and ‘der Regen’ are the German words for rain. ‘der Hagen’ can be used for a hailstorm.
For a native speaker of Italian, the word for rain is ‘pioggia.’
In the Soviet Union, multiple languages were spoken. However, Russian continues to be the most popular vernacular in modern-day Russia. In the native language of Russia, the word (dozhd’) is used for rain.
In Sweden, ‘regn’ is the word for rain. But a polyglot would know that Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian are mutually intelligible, which is why their words are similar.
In the Netherlands, the word ‘regen’ is how people refer to rain.
Japanese is a very popular foreign language in various countries. The Japanese word for rain is ‘Ame.’
Portuguese is one of the official languages of the European Union. It has the word ‘chuva’ for rain.
Arabic is the lingua franca of the Arab world. Its word for rain is ‘tumtir.’
In the beautiful language of Finland, ‘sade’ is the word for rain.
English is a very popular language in the Scandinavian countries. However, if you are planning to become a polyglot or just want to learn a few words of Norwegian then you should start with ‘regn’ which is how you say rain in this vernacular.
In Turkey’s official language ‘yağmur’ is the word for rain.
The Latin language was very popular during the Roman Empire. Although it is considered a dead language by some linguists, it is still studied by people. ‘pluviam’ is how you can say rain in the Latin language.
Greek is an ancient language that has gone through many changes throughout history. In the Greek language, the word for rain is ‘vrochí.’
- Mandarin Chinese:
Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language which is spoken by nearly a billion people. In this tonal language, ‘yǔ’ is the word for rain.
Korean is one of the most popular names in language learning apps. It is the foreign language that Korean dramas and pop music made popular. In this vernacular, ‘bi’ is the word for rain.
Afrikaans is the daughter language of Dutch which is spoken primarily in South Africa. It has the word ‘reën’ for rain.
Hawaii is the only state of the United States which is located in the Pacific Ocean. The official language of Hawaii is Hawaiian and not English. In the Hawaiian language, ‘ua’ is how one can refer to rain.
In the mother tongue of the Vietnamese People, ‘mu’a’ is used to refer to rain.
Hindi, along with Urdu is one of the most spoken languages of the world. A huge number of Hindi and Urdu speakers also speak English as their second language. In their mother tongue, ‘baarish’ is how they refer to rain.
The Southeast Asian country of Philipines consists of 7,641 islands. It is a multilinguistic country. But Filipino is the language of the majority. Filipino word for rain is ‘ulan.’
A lot of people think that English is the only language in Wales. But Welsh is also spoken by 28.3% of Wales’ population. The Welsh word for rain is ‘glaw.’
The people of Ireland also have a language other than English and that is Irish. The Irish use the word ‘báisteach’ to refer to rain.
Iceland is another beautiful European country that appears on many travelers’ bucket lists. In the Icelandic language, the word for rain is ‘rigning.’
How to become a polyglot?
If you wish to become a polyglot, start the language learning process by going through similar vernaculars. For instance, start by picking a foreign language that is similar to your native tongue. It is also a great way to improve your language skills. Although German is a close relative of English, it won’t be an easy to learn language for English-speakers. But Danish and Swedish can be easier to learn for English-speakers.
It is also a good idea to focus on vernaculars that would benefit you. For instance, if you are a British citizen who wishes to move to South Africa, learning Afrikaans would be a good idea. It is important to understand that a few seemingly similar languages may have huge differences. For instance, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese have a few similarities but they have different grammar rules. Every polyglot should also study an indigenous tongue to keep them alive. Above all, one should be ready to dedicate enough time for the learning process.