Good afternoon and could you answer me a question, please?

Good afternoon and could you answer me a question, please?

Good afternoon and could you answer me a question, please? I'd like to know what is the most ancient language of the world which is still spoken nowadays.

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It’s not easy to tell, what the oldest language is. According to an article in a Finnish magazine, “Tieteen kuvalehti”, the oldest language still in use is Sanskrit. It also has changed very little during the 4000 years it has been used. Sanskrit is the language of the Indian classical literature. It is used in religious ceremonies and is today spoken by about 6 000 people. Sanskrit is one of the official languages of India and new words and constructs are added for the modern use.

Besides Sanskrit there is another ancient religious language still in use today: Coptic, which has been spoken in Egypt for 2000 years.

The oldest European language is Basque which most probably came from a language spoken in Europe during the Stone Age. Thus it is the only European language which doesn’t originate from Asia.

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