We can only give you a brief glimpse of some of Europe’s languages. There are many, many more we have not mentioned, not because they are any less important or less interesting but simply because we cannot cover them all on this short journey.
There are some examples of regional and minority languages that are spoken in part of a country or areas of several countries by a relatively small part of the population. There are the non-territorial languages which are spoken by groups spread all over Europe but not identifying with a specific country of origin. There are also the languages of migration which do not originate from Europe but have been brought to the continent by speakers moving from other parts of the world.
On each language page there is a short introduction from Lara, some key words, phrases and special characters from the alphabet, as well as an estimated number of people around the world who use it as their first language.
We hope you will enjoy following our guide, Lara, on her trip through some of Europe’s languages. It might prompt you to set off on a similar voyage of discovery with a lot of ‘oh really!’ and ‘wow – I didn’t know that!’ moments, as you uncover some of the treasures hidden just beneath the surface of our everyday lives!