From Local to Global: The Evolution of European Languages

This September, Eton Institute puts the spotlight on European Languages, while highlighting their fascinating origins and their use worldwide.

NEW YORK, NY – 9/15/2016 (PRESS RELEASE JET) — The origin of the European languages goes back to a family tree that branched out almost 9,500 years ago. The geographical widespread of the Indo-European languages and their historical influence to several countries suggest that a considerable number of the world’s languages belong to this family. According to About World Languages, 45% of the world’s population (over 3 billion people) speak one or more languages from Indo-European family.

Originated from the Vulgar Latin, romance languages such as Italian, French and Spanish are the most easily identified languages from Indo-European family. Spoken by almost half the world’s population, English, German, Greek, Russian, Albanian, Lithuanian, Armenian, Persian, Hindi, and Hittite are all Indo-European languages. The other languages include in groups: Slavic, Baltic, Hellenic, Celtic and Indo-Iranian.

According to the South China Morning Post’s World Languages infographic, there are at least 7,102 existing languages in the world today, of which 230 are spoken in Europe. However, European languages are not restricted to their native countries. Just as some countries being more culturally diverse than others, the same goes for languages. They are not uniformly distributed due to imperial past or immigration statuses of countries outside Europe. The European languages which are the most spoken by countries are English (110), French (51), Spanish (31) and German (18). Additionally, English, French and Spanish are among the most widespread languages because of the history of colonization, adding to the evolution of the countries’ language system and culture.

“Languages are always evolving. That is why language learning is such an enriching activity aside from the fact that it supports your self-development. With globalization and mobility that demand better linguistic skills, learning European languages also provides many career opportunities,” commented Manon Hazell, Marketing Manager at Eton Institute. “As an international language training provider, Eton Institute makes this a reality with its wide range of over 160 languages taught by qualified native instructors. It is our commitment to give the best options for language learning that will surely make a difference to your personal or professional development,” she added.

This September, discover more about European languages as Eton Institute celebrates the ‘European Languages Month’ with an exclusive offer. Learners can book any language of their choice and get the second one at half the price. Valid on all group European Language Courses, Business English and Exam Preparation, the discount is available online or at the Institute in New York. 

To know more about the European Languages Month September offer, visit

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