You get a native language (typically English) and are normally literate.
Total Points in Languages

Total in Languages
1 point in languages:
2 points in languages:
3 points in languages:
4 points in languages:
5 points in languages:

Total languages known
1 additional language
2 additional languages
4 additional languages
8 additional languages
12 additional languages

Languages in the same family can be learned at the rate of two for one, provided you know one language in the family. In another words if you have take a Germanic language for each point spent you would have a bonus language from the Germanic family, because you speak English and they are in the same family. Example: If you take 3 points in language you would have a total of 4 additional languages. Since you speak English you can take another 2 Germanic languages say Danish and German for the cost of one language. You would have 3 more languages that you could take if you take. Farsi and Mandarin they are from different language families and you would not get a bonus language like you would if you took Farsi and Pashto. You would have 2 more languages that you could learn. You could take a Slavic language say Bulgarian. Then you would have 1 more language, but since you took one language in the Slavic family if you took Ukrainian you could take Russian as a bonus language giving you 1 more language that you could take. Say pick up 1 in a field you already speak like Swedish. This means you can take a whole lot of languages if you put some points into it (study it).

Don't forget that regions have their own dialects that differ slightly from the primary language. A cockney form of English can be confusing to a person from the Deep South in America. Dutch is the language spoken in the Netherlands, but in Freschland, a Dutch state, the language spoken there is so different that they need to subtitle it on Dutch TV. The populations of typically Europe and Africa have more points in languages because there are so many languages and dialects in those areas. In Belgium English speaking TV shows are subtitled in Dutch and French since both languages are used in Belgium.

Brazil speaks Portuguese because of early European development there by the Portuguese. Mandarin is the common language spoken by the most people in the world. English is the common language of high technology (all aircraft controllers must speak English, computer terms are typically in English, Orgotek is based in America, and so on). Spanish is the second most common language used all over South America (except Brazil), Central America and many parts of America. French is a dying language since the homeland was destroyed, but it is still spoken in Quebec. French is also considered the language of Diplomacy.


Algonkin, Arapaho, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Shawnee
Apache, Chipewyan, Navaho
Ancient Greek*, Greek
Latvian, Lithunian
Gaelic (Irish), Gaelic (Scottish), Welsh
Cantonese, Mandarin
Estonian, Finish, Lapp
Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, English, Flemish, German, Icelandic,Norwegian, Swedish, Yiddish
Coptic* "Middle Egyptian*"
Hindi, Punjab, Sanskrit*, Urdu
Farsi (Modern Arabic), Pashto
French, Italian, Latin*, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
Akkadian (Babylonian), Ancient Hebrew*, Arabic, Aramaic*, Hebrew
Belorussian, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croation, Slovak, Ukrainian
Burmese, Sherpa, Tibeta
Azebaijani, Turkish, Uzbek
Hungarian (Magyar)

* = A language not spoken when re-discovered, so called dead languages.
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