Iโ€˜d really love having a way of depicting spoken/written language without the use of flags.

Flags often speak colonialism, suppression, territorial conflict, genocide and war. Some donโ€˜t correlate to regions or language at all.

There are significant differences between states, borders and language use.

Traditional english: ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
Simplified english: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Some variants: ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

For _basic_comprehension_ a โ€œ(some) englishโ€ depiction could be enough. Variants wouldnโ€˜t matter in that case.

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@MacLemon why not use the name of the language in the language? English, Espaรฑol, Franรงais, Deutsch, ...

@MacLemon Wikipedia and related projects use Babel to do that. Use the ISO 639-1 (or -3) language code and add a number of 0-5 for proficiency. That way you even can communicate that you do not speak a certain language at all.

@MacLemon I totally agree. There is ISO codes for languages ("en", "fr" etc) maybe that might help.

For a project in Ireland (where Irish & English are official languages), I took a fun approach for the flag for "English"

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