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I just got my glasses done and noticed that even with my glasses, I couldn’t see the bottom row of the Snellen Chart. Worried that my glasses wasn’t made well, I asked my optician whether that was normal – and she said yes.

Before I continue, let me show you a picture of a snellen chart:

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Apparently, most people can see up to the red underlined row. And that already is ‘perfect eyesight’ but few could actually read beyond that red underlined row. I wonder how many readers can actually read beyond the red line. I know I can’t… even with glasses.

Anyway, here’s some more trivia for you:

Why is the letter “E” on top of all eye charts?

Read more about the chart here

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I have a question: Which languages have at least 100 million native speakers?

Before you hasten to list the languages you know best, it might be worth knowing that the language French has about 65 million speakers and German about 95 million. Not even 100 million! Are you surprised? I was.

There are 9 languages that actually make the cut. Any idea which are they?

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Sigh. I don’t know how to do those cool javascript thingy that would hide the answers… so I’ll hope no one cheats and write the answers below:
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Got ur list ready?
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Here goes!~

  1. Mandarin Chinese has nearly 900 million speakers. Of the other Chinese languages, the most widely spoken are Wu (80 million) and Yue/Cantonese (55 million). Recommended reading: The Languages of China.
  2. Spanish has about 320 million native speakers.
  3. English has about 310 million native speakers.
  4. Hindi+Urdu have about 240 million speakers (split 180/60).
  5. The various Arabic varieties have about 210 million speakers.
  6. Portuguese has some 180 million speakers (most of them in Brazil).
  7. Bengali has about 170 million speakers (in India and Bangladesh).
  8. Russian has about 150 million speakers.
  9. Japanese has about 120 million speakers.

Cool eh?

taken from here