The languages you will encounter in this book reflect the diversity of the cultures and traditions which exist side by side on our continent. Some of the around 225 languages which are native to Europe are spoken by millions and others, that are only spoken by a handful of people, are, sadly, close to dying out.
During this short journey, you will discover similarities. European languages largely fall into three main categories: Slavic, Romance and Germanic, the languages within each group have the same roots – however, over centuries they have split off from one another and developed in their own separate ways. You will also find out about their differences: the large variety of alphabets (such as Latin, Cyrillic and Greek); the artistic scripts like Armenian and Georgian, how they deal with creating words for new inventions and their sometimes mysterious origins. All have a unique identity and their own story to tell!