Fun Facts for Kids

Fun Facts for Kids About Foreign Countries and Cultures

As the world is becoming a global society, it is necessary that our children learn the skills to communicate early with people of different cultures who speak different languages. A solid foundation in creative thinking and a second language are the keys to child's future success in the world community.

Here at the International Children's Books we seek to become a one-stop resource of children's reading materials for parents, grandparents, care-givers and educators who are interested in teaching a second language to infants,  or expose children to different cultures through a foreign language. 


      DID   YOU   KNOW?

  • In the United States, there are more than 60 million people, aged 5 and over, speaking a language other than English at home
  • Spanish is the most spoken, with more than 37 million speakers, but French, Chinese, German, and Tagalog are common as well.
  • There are about 7,000 languages in the world
  • 1/4 of the world’s population speaks at least some English
  • 1/8  of the world’s population speaks Mandarin as their first language
  • There are 24 working languages of the EU
  • There are about 2,200 languages in Asia
  • There are 6 official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, German, French, Russian & Spanish) 
  • Russia (population 148 million) has by far the highest number of languages spoken on its territory from 130 to 200 depending on the  creteria
  • Most European Languages use the Latin alphabet. Some Slavic languages use the Cyrillic alphabet: Greek, Armenian, Georgian and Yiddish  have their own alphabet. 

For children who want to learn more about the different countries of the world and languages spoken there, here is a list of kid friendly websites:

Science kids
Fact Monster 
Kids. National Geographic
Country Reports
Geography and history for kids
Around the World-TIME for kids
Facts about the spanish language and Spanish speaking countries
Random facts and interesting trivia for the curious mind 
Facts for Kids 
True Nomads - interesting country facts
Tooter for kids-Japan
Kid info - Countries around the world /geography/the_world.html
BBC languages
Facts for kids - oocities 
Explore & more cultures for kids
Omg Facts
Maps of  World
Social Studies for kids