Top 10 Classical Languages

The Top Ten
1 Tamil

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.

Tamil is oldest language in the world. Tamil is one of the longest surviving classical languages in the world. 2,200-year-old Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions have been found on Samanamalai. It has been described as "the only language of contemporary India which is recognizably continuous with a classical past." The variety and quality of classical Tamil literature has led to its being described as "one of the great classical traditions and literatures of the world.

1.You can find at least one tamil speaking people around the world.
2. There are 6 classical languages of the world list out in the UN. Tamil is one among them.
3. An institute in Singapore make idols. Ten sages of the world recently. The great tamil poet Thiruvalluvar is among them.

I am not emphasized by this lists.

I know how great my tamil language is. Before the civilization occurred in many places, there were poets lived here made poems.

Ulagathin muthal mozhi TAMIL.
You can not get that taste of language elsewhere.
Valgha 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...

2 Armenian

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!

At the base of the Indo-European language tree, it is one of the oldest languages on the planet; further, it is not a branch of anything else, nor does anything directly sprout from it - truly classical.

This language identifies one's relationship to their relatives. Each relative has it's own word. The words for new technologies are made by combining ancient words.

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 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!

5 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.

6 Old English

So brash, so exciting! A powerful language indeed.

7 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.

8 Old Norse

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

9 Slavic
10 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.

Eloquent and deeply rich when spoken in its classical form.

Arabic is the Father of all Muslim languages.

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

The Contenders
11 Japanese
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 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 started in the Indus Valley Civilization nearly 4500 years ago.

14 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.

15 Anglo Irish
16 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.

17 Kannada

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.

Kannada one of the richest language with lot of grammars and Expressions. Beautiful scripture. Very pleasant to hear

18 French

Not really classical

19 Hungarian
20 Turkish

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

21 Russian
22 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.

23 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.

Every language has its greatness, every culture has it's specialty. Few may be old, few may be new!

I have saw people saying that Tamil is the Mother Language for Telugu!?

LOL - Laughing Out Loud, well Telugu belongs to a Dravidian Family as Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Tulu does!

Tamil hasn't given birth to Telugu!

Here I go with my reasons - Let you take a Persian Person, he would definitely say that his language is the oldest language than the any other language.

Take an African, he would claim that all the cultures are originated by them!

A Telugu Person would feel proud because of their dynasties ruled most parts of India!

Sathavahana Dynasty or Shalivahana Dynasty ( Marathi Term), Kalaiyargalin Dynasty, Veera Pandya Katta Bomman ( First Indian freedom fighter is Katta Bomman, a Telugu King that have ruled a jurisdiction of South Tamil Nadu called Panchalan Kurichi, his Telugu form of a name was Gatti Bheemudu which is known to be ...more

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.

25 Sinhalese

Old and richest language

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