Speaking in tongues


John Yunker
MultiLingual May/June 2018

While Wikipedia, Google and Facebook are among the leaders in languages at 298, 172 and 107 respectively, they don’t come even close to the website of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

That’s right. The world’s most linguistic website is managed by the Jehovah’s Witnesses and can be found at www.JW.org....

Contrast this with the website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with support for 115 languages, followed by the Christian Science website, with support for 22 languages. It’s worth noting that some of these more recently “emergent” religions also tend to be more linguistically diverse than the websites of “older” religions. For example, the Religion of Islam website (www.islamreligion.com) supports just 12 languages, and The Holy See and Chabad websites fare most poorly, with nine languages and eight languages, respectively. While it may be a stretch to link language growth with the growth of religions, it’s not a stretch to state that the Jehovah’s Witnesses have a better grasp of how to communicate with people around the world than most corporations....