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New United Nations Languages?

The United Nations has six official languages, being English, Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic. While these are massive languages making up a lot of the world's population, there are still other large languages without official status. If the United Nations were to add more official languages, what do you think they would be? Personally, I can see Hindi and Portuguese eventually getting added.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ConradTiedeman
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English, French, Russian, and Chinese are spoken by the 5 Permanent Members of the UN security Council. Spanish and Arabic are official languages in dozens of UN members states. It is not about population and numbers of speakers. It is about the politics of the post 1945 world. The nations that speak the first four languages were the victors.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
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I could see Hindi, Portuguese, and German all getting added.

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https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
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Hindi, Portuguese, Japanese, Indonesian, Bengali, German

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/miacomet
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I wonder if they made Indonesian official, they might call it "Malay" so as to include Singapore, Malaysia, and Brunei. The four national standards are based on the same language, after all.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jessica4201
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The United Nations' current languages are all widely spoken throughout several countries, and any future additions will likely follow the same criteria. So languages such as Japanese and Hindi likely won't be added because they're primarily spoken in a single country. The most widely spread non-UN language(in terms of the number of countries using it officially, not total speakers) is probably Portuguese, so I think that has the greatest chance of being included.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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Chinese was added, so I don't think the languages must be spoken in many countries.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Schwitzhofer

China is one of the permanent seats on the Security Council. That is why it is one of the official languages of the UN.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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I wasn't saying this is the case with another language, I was saying the being spoken in many countries is not a necessity.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aokoye
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Yeah but I think that had a lot to do with political climate, globally, at the time.

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https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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Which means that if the climate were similar the same thing could happen with a different language.

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https://www.duolingo.com/aokoye
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Right but that isn't the case for a languages like Hindi or Portuguese.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8
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Hindi is spoken in India, which is an emerging super power, as stated by many sources. But still, as it's spoken in a handful of countries and concentrated only in one, there's no point of adding it as an official language, as said by many others in this thread. Adding to those reasons is that the people who represent India are educated (of course :P) and English being an official language here, they know it. So as far as India is concerned, Hindi doesn't need to be added.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/atikshsingh10

They should add Hindi since it is in the top 5 popular languages

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https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8
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But that doesn't count, all the native speakers wouldn't attend the UN meetings and stuff. Representatives from various countries would. This means the more countries speaking one language, the better. Hindi is spoken and understood in only ~3.

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https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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Portuguese or Swahili, I would think.

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https://www.duolingo.com/aokoye
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I could possibly see German added but only because of their offices (or perhaps campus is the better word?) in Vienna (UNO City). I'm not sure though. Whatever language will be added will likely be added if it's spoken in not only by a large number of people but also by people in more than a handful of countries (which is why I don't think we'll see Hindi any time soon).

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https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8
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I heard about something called P5+1, referring to Germany. Maybe German is most likely to be added?

2 years ago