Top 10 Classical Languages

The Top Ten
1 Tamil

It is a language which has rich poetry, well being thought, humanity thoughts, living habits, eating habits...
The Tamil is the mother of the below derived languages like Kanada, Telegu, Malayalam...
No other language has this much deep thinking in framing the alphabets...
The Tamil method of framing alphabets -grammer has been migrated to other languages of world like Japanese, Sanskrit etc...

If the main special thing if we speak Tamil we don't want to use other language words ... Tamil have a seperate word birth rules... That's lead to create new words... So it is surving till now...

Rich with literature that is very beautiful. The language has mathematics element (where plus or subtract for words). The core tolkappiam not only have root of structure for the language but have life principles theory to be adopted by human.

Tamil is the most dominating language of South Asia. It survived through several invasions. We still have traces of Tamil scripts. Our literature talks about Trade of Tamils with Greek, Roman and other European countries. On the other hand, some so called Tamil liberation groups exploit Tamil language, culture and traditions for their self-goals. Tamils are lovely people who share food and resources with their neighbors. Tamils should feel proud about their language and must not fall victim for terrorism in the name of language.

2 Armenian

It is one of the proto-indoeuropean languages of the world, coming straight from the roots to our days, almost unchanged!

We, Armenians, are proud to have such an old and still young mother tongue, despite where we live and how many other languages we speak!

"Armenian is the language to speak with God." - Lord Byron

Armenian derives directly from the Proto-Indo-European family, and may stand at the root of the Indo-European languages due to the new hypothesis of the language family origin in the Armenian Highlands. At the same time, it is pleasing to the ear, most logical and very expressive as contemporary language.

There is lots of logic in Armenian vocabulary and Alphabet is almost perfect. Armenian has so many different, little ways (sometimes hard to explain) to express various emotions an attitudes!

Armenian is both very descriptive whereby you can piece compound words together to make bigger words (like German and Greek) and there are many onomatopoeic words in the vocabulary adding further colour.

3 Latin

Stuff you should know about Latin: It exists different forms of Latin and the easiest one for people that knows Spanish is Neo Latin. Latin is a subject, object, verb language and has no words such as the, of, with and shall, as well as some extra like yes and no. The closest one to no is non which means not nor thou shalt not, depending on the sentence of course. When referring to the language do you say Latin lingua, but lingua means also tongue in Latin, so lingua Latin basically means the Latin tongue. Latin is a language beautiful in music, classical to death metal. Lots of words have been taken from Latin.

No offense, but, I don't really know what there is to like about Latin... It seems simple and melodic, but at the same time, it manages to be annoying and off-putting. Sorry to the butthurts, but it is not a beautiful language.

Latin is not easy but compared to somewhat many languages, it is. Ever read Latin For Dummies or even watched latintutorial?

So hard but why it is still needed, not only of course but still. A true experience.

4 Arabic

+ Aramaic (Assyrian) might've influenced the Arabic alphabet, but Arabic for sure influenced Aramaic in vocabulary and grammar. Hebrew got influenced and reconstructed thanks to both.

The best tongue and the sweetest rhymes. This is the language of paradise. Allahu akbar

Eloquent and deeply rich when spoken in its classical form.

The strongest most sophisticated language in history

5 Japanese

Japanese is a classical language and it's beautiful and cute it's beautiful when it's sung and sounds cute when be spoken everybody in Tokyo sound beautiful and cute when they talk this language sounds like singing and it sounds like whispering and it sounds like they are talking to babies some of you think this language might sound very ugly because you guys think this language sounds like yelling but,I've heard this language it sounded very smooth sounds like culture telling when they speak in Tokyo sounds like music and so peaceful it sounds lovely and also Korean sounds beautiful too I think the classical languages are Japanese,Mandarian and Korean I love how they sound they sound like singing!

According to me Japanese derives from Chinese and Tamil

Japanese is its own language

Cause japqn is very talented in technology

6 Assyrian

Assyrian Language is a one of living language of Middle East. That most of words of other language has assyrian roots

Assirian, also Neo-aramaic is language of Jesus Christ. This is also true and It sounds, like mixture of Arabic and Hebrew.

Assyrian language is so foreing, it sounds like magic

7 Ancient Greek

From Homeric texts, to Greek philosophy, drama, medicine, to Christian classics, patristics, and Byzantine manuscripts, Greek is the language carrying a vast cultural memory that off-springs into medieval, modern and contemporary European culture, the Latin corpus, and a unique influence to monotheistic religions and cultures through original texts and commentaries (Arab world, Slavic world, Iranian world). The basis for the world's largest theological traditions (in terms of number of members), but also the basis for modern and contemporary scientific inquiry (in medicine, natural sciences, mathematics etc).

Also, Greek is pretty much why people started classifying languages as 'classic' on the first place. In a way, it is the definition of a classical language. All languages are important though, this ranking makes no sense

Ancient Greek is so cool, should be #1!

8 Chinese

Chinese sounds like English but it's writing shows it is classical.
It origins the world's first language.

Every character has a story.

9 Anglo Irish

What language But 3rd place but

10 Hebrew

Not only the first spoken language, it's the first truly written language.
Hebrew is past classical. I would call it the human 'root language'.

According to the bible, G-d said "A light shall be" in Hebrew. The hebrew was the one language until Babilon's tower. All the years Hebrew was spoken by the Jewish religious people, and all their holy books are written in Hebrew. Since 48' it's the formal language in Israel.

A jew from 3000 because easy to understand another jew today.

The letter of Hebrew looks funny but it is clasical.

The Contenders
11 Old Norse

Anything that has to do with Vikings is cool in my book!

Pure elvish, so ancient and magical, makes you listen

12 Persian

Persian language is driven from middle Persian and the middle Persian also related to old Persian, so it has a long story. The first Persian inscriptions are written in 5th century (B.C) and the language is somehow still alive.

About Persian literature, it goes without saying that it has awesome rich literature. So according to the definition of "Classic languages", I think Persian language is the most classic language in the world.

Many people think Persian is Arabic at the first encounter, but just in 1 minute, they realize that these two are totally different and that Persian is so much more sweeter and rhythmic which applies for the alphabet as well. It's so much more older than any other language in Middle East and is really easy to learn.

One of the oldest languages still in use today, Rich classical literature, A long tradition of scripture, One of the only languages in the world to have survived the Arab onslaught and the Arabization of the Islamic world, All of these show the power behind the Persian language.

There is more poetry in Persian that all other languages combined. Poets in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikstan, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and many other lands have composed Persian poetry.

13 Malayalam

YES malayalam is one of the big classical one. Many persons misunderstood that it is the mixture of Tamil and sanskrit. But by the approval of government of India it is a big classical language

Hello friends malayalam is old language I agreed, don't compare with Tamil, Tamil always top in the world.

Malayalam language has mostly Tamil words and numeric and the letters are resembles Tamil letters.

Malayalam is the child of Tamil and sanskrit.. it has pure Tamil words not used by Tamils now.

14 French

Not really classical

15 Hungarian
16 Turkish

Proto-Turkish language dates back to 14.000 years because. Concerned fellows may check the The Academy of Sciences of the USSR records.

Spoken in 7 countries as a mother tongue and you can travel if you start from Germany unil northern China without any problem if you know it

17 Russian
18 Old English

So brash, so exciting! A powerful language indeed.

19 Kannada

It's a great, oldest, and beautiful language on earth.
Perfect script and beautiful script,
Highest gnanapeeta awardees fron kannana.

Kannada is one of the oldest languages of India. It is very simple, sweet and easy to both learn and use. It is definitely better than Tamil language which sounds very harsh and ugly I have no idea how it is in the #1 place it does not even deserve to be in top 10. Just because a language is old it doesn't mean it is better. It has very beautiful literature or script and it is 99.99 percent logically correct and it has been declared as a 2nd language with beautiful and perfect script in the world after some European language. So it definitely deserves to be in the #1 spot so people please vote up and help this amazing language to reach #1 spot where it deserves to be.

Kannada words were even used in the Greek play around 2nd century BCE.
It is surely one of the oldest languages of the world. We have a great confusion as Kannada and Tamil was both the same before 1CE due to which most of them get confused while they see the proofs.

Kannada may be one of oldest Ianguage in India but not as much as Tamil. Because Tamil is oldest language and very first Classical language in the world. The only Indian Language recognised by UN Assembly.

20 Sanskrit

Sanskrit is not a language of gods. It has only Hindu Scriptures.
It shares the position with Tamil. Because both are twin languages.

Sanskrit is not the language of god.. it is oldest and sanskrit is mostly derived from Tamil language. Tamil is the mother of all languages.

Sanskrit sounds the best and melodies.
It is the second oldest language in India.

It is oldest language because many language in world based on this

21 Hindi

Hindi is not classical language. It is just the simplification of Sanskrit with some mix of parsi and urdu before 200 years. But it is the most spoken language in India despite the fact that India has rich tradition of 2 wordly recognized classical languages: Tamil and Sanskrit.

Hindi is not a traditional language. It is a mixture of Dheva Nagari a north Indian language and urudhu. Unfortunately it becomes the mostly speaking language in India mainly in north India. Tamil language only has status of Indias national language when compared with its tradition and classical scripts.

Hindi is definitely a classical language.

Best language

22 Telugu

Telugu is also classical but not so as that of Tamil and Sanskrit. Tamil is the mother which gave the ovum of grammar and sperm of words was by Sanskrit to give birth to 3 new languages called Telugu, kannada, malayalam... Among this Telugu is eldest and malayalam is the yougest!

True. Tamil is worlds oldest and classical language which gives birth to Dravidian languages like kannada, malayalam and Telugu. It is the worlds number 1 classical language.

Telugu is the sweetest language. It has very good script.

Coolest language

23 Sinhalese

This person does not know the history Sinhala is one of the oldest languages and a supporting doc is attached. IMG_8653.png

Sinhalese is recent language formed in 1980

Old and richest language

24 Marathi

Marathi is such a beautiful language. It was derived from Maharashtri Prakrit and it is older than Hindi. Marathi has a unique kind of boldness and energy to it but it is also very pleasant to here.

Marathi is a aryan language with a great dravidian vocabulary influence on it.
It is one of the oldest language in india.

Oldest Indian language: Older than Sanskrut!

25 Lithuanian

Closest living language to Sanskrit.

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