HAVE you ever wondered how some of the least spoken languages in the world sound?
Among 2,500 languages are in danger of becoming extinct, and some of them are spoken by only 30 people.
Among the languages at risk of disappearing is Irish, which has only 440,000 speakers left.
Verve Search, an award-winning content and SEO agency, found native speakers from 25 of these countries with disappearing languages and asked them to record a sentence spoken in their language. What they asked them to say was “A different language is a different vision of life”.
You can listen to each language here.
The language with the least amount of speakers left is Wiradjuri”, from Australia.
Sadly, only 40 of Australia’s original 250 indigenous languages remain. Wiradjuri is one of them, spoken in the south-western part of New South Wales.
It has only 30 native speakers of the language still alive.
The publication of a Wiradjuri dictionary has led to a revival, with the language being taught in schools in a growing number of areas.
Another language at risk of disappearance one is “Nawat” from El Salvador. It has only 200 speakers yet.
Alternatively known as Pipil, this language is spoken by 200 people. Despite a period of extinction in some regions, there is a growing number of second language speakers of it, signalling the language’s revival.
Here is the full list of languages at risk.
- Aymara: Bolivia, Chile, Peru
- Balti: India, Pakistan
- Basque: Spain, France
- Belarusian: Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine
- Breton: France
- Choctaw: USA
- Cornish: England
- Guaraní: Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil
- Irish: Ireland
- Kalmyk: Russia
- Limburgian: Netherlands, Germany
- Lombard: Italy, Switzerland
- Nafusi: Libya
- Nawat: El Salvador
- North Frisian: Germany
- North Sami: Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russia
- Ojibwe: USA
- Ossete: Georgia, Russia
- Quechua: Bolivia
- Venetan: Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Brazil, Mexico
- Walloon: Belgium, France, Luxembourg
- Welsh: Wales
- West Frisian: Netherlands
- Wichi: Argentina, Bolivia
- Wiradjuri: Australia