What's the Oldest Language We Still Use

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Determining the oldest language still spoken today is tricky. Languages change over time, and experts consider how they've been written down to estimate their age. One contender for the title is Tamil, spoken in India and Sri Lanka, with written records possibly dating back 2,800 to 7,000 years. However, some argue it has changed too much to be considered the same language. Greek, with texts from around 14th century BC, is at least 3,400 years old, but Ancient Greek differs significantly from the modern version. Chinese has evidence of writing from 3,300 years ago, but the characters used today were introduced later. Hebrew and Arabic have 3,000-year-old writing, but Classical Arabic is less common in everyday conversations. Sanskrit, with texts dating back 3,500 years, is considered by some as the oldest still-used language, mainly used by Hindu priests in India.


1- What is one contender for the title of the oldest language still spoken today?

2- Approximately how many years do experts estimate the written records of Tamil to date back?

3- Which language has evidence of writing from 3,300 years ago but introduced characters used today later in history?


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