I remember hearing a few years ago that English had 8,000 different sounds, and it's something that has stuck with me this entire time. I've started to question this knowledge, since googling various search terms yields only a single non-academic result:
There seem to only be '44 key sounds' in English, based on search results. This seems more correct.
There is at least one other person who seems to think that there are 8,000 sounds in the English language? If this assertion is hopelessly incorrect, where do you think this assertion comes from?
It seems to be something akin to the myth that humans only use 10% of their brain.