How many different languages are there?
There are about 6900 known languages worldwide. For more
information, see the link below. Keep in mind many of these are
variations of one another and some are only spoken by a handful of
There's a problem with this, though. The distinction between a
language and a dialect is abitrary. There are no scientific
criteria, and the decision whether to call a variety of language a
dialect or something more impressive is socio-political, not
The number of languages will change depending on your criteria
for a language. For example, french is spoken in Canada and France,
but a frenchman and french Canadian will have great trouble
communicating because they speak very different versions of French.
Every minute the number of languages change because either speakers
of one uncommon language die, or a child who will learn to use
language in a different way than his/her parents is born.