Celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity - Day 5

languages optDid you know that there are languages that still exist in the world but are only spoken by a few people so are in danger of dying? 

They include Taushiro and Kaixana that only have one speaker each, Chemehuevi that has three speakers and Ongota which is spoken by people in a small village in Ethiopia. The problem with these languages is that the people who speak them are old, and young people aren't learning them as all these languages exist in places where there is another official language that is used day to day, like Spanish, English or French. Dictionaries have been written for a few of the languages and in some cases, there are programmes to try and teach younger people how to understand and speak them before it's too late. 

Find out more in this very interesting article 

Another language that is rare and also very interesting doesn't use words but whistles! Here's a video about the language that dates back to Ancient Greece - look Year 3! - and is still used in Antio, a Greek island village. And Silbo Gomero, used on the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands, was named by UNESCO on their list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

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