Whispers from the Past:  10 Oldest Languages Still Whispering Today

6th March, 2024


Roots: Southern India and Sri Lanka Cultural Gem: Possesses a rich literary tradition dating back centuries. Fact: It's one of the official languages of Singapore and Sri Lanka. 

Tamil (300 BCE - Present)

Hebrew (1000 BCE - Present)

Biblical Connection: The Language of the Old Testament Incredible Revival: After centuries of decline, it was resurrected as the official language of Israel. Fact: Hebrew reads from right to left. 

Greek (1450 BCE - Present)

Heavyweight: Deeply influential on Western philosophy, literature, and science. Source of Many Words: Gave English terms like "democracy" and "physics." Fact: The Greek alphabet has been used for nearly 3,000 years. 

Chinese (1250 BCE - Present)

Speakers: Boasts the world's largest native speaker population. Unique Writing: Based on logograms (characters representing words). Fact: There are many regional Chinese dialects, some as different as Spanish and French. 

Aramaic (1100 BCE - Present) 

Jesus' Language: The language spoken by Jesus Christ. Far Reaching: Once a major language across the Middle East Fact: Small communities still speak Aramaic dialects today. 

Sanskrit (1500 BCE - Present)

India's Sacred Tongue: The language of Hindu scriptures and ancient philosophy. Mother of Many: Languages across India descend from Sanskrit. Fact: Its precise grammar was a key influence on early linguistics studies. 

Egyptian (Coptic) (2690 BCE - Present)

Echoes of Pharaohs: Descended from the language of ancient Egypt. Religious Use: Preserved as the liturgical language of Egypt's Coptic Christians. Fact: The Egyptian hieroglyphic system was one of the world's earliest forms of writing. 

Farsi (Persian)  (522 BCE -  Present)

Voice of Iran: The official language of Iran, with variants spoken in Afghanistan (Dari) and Tajikistan (Tajiki). Poetic Legacy: Language of great poets like Rumi and Hafez. Fact: Farsi uses a modified version of the Arabic alphabet. 

Basque (~1500 BCE - Present)

Mysterious Origins: Spoken in the Basque region of Spain and France. Linguistic Puzzle: Its roots remain a matter of debate among scholars. Fact: The word "Basque" likely has the same origin as "Gascon," an inhabitant of southwestern France. 

Korean (57 BCE - Present)

Pride of Korea: The official language of both North and South Korea. Unique Alphabet: The Hangul script is known for its simplicity and ease of learning. Fact: Korea has numerous dialects, though the standard is the Seoul dialect.