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A neutral, non-national language such as Esperanto, which would place all languages on an equal footing would certainly combat such imperialism.

Most of the words you provided in the example for the Chamicuro language are of Spanish origin. The Spanish words for horse, chicken, duck, and cow are caballo, pollo, pato, and vaca in Spanish, respectively. Compare those to kawali, polyo, pato, and waka.

I think my languages, Kokborok and Molsum (I dont know how to spell it) should be added. They are both spoken in north-east india, around Tripura

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Wow. I am learning French right now, but now after I read this, I want to put all my thoughts aside and focus on that. It is so sad only a few people know these endangered languages, and to think that you are the only person knowing a language-so sad. I am an avid learner, so whatever I can do to increase the population-even to two people-I will do it. Again, PEOPLE, WHATEER YOU CAN DO TO LEARN A LANGUAGE YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE (Or even heard of before) DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO LEARN IT! ?

Unfortunately keeeping these languages alive as the sole language of small populations keeps them in a liguistic straght jacket. Never can they integrate into the greater society of their country. Most are spoken laguages only. They will be forever illeterate. There are no textbooks. They can never learn mathematics. They can never learn communicate by letter, never use the internet.

Most of the time when thinking of language, people will automatically think about English,German, French, Spanish, and maybe others like Japanese, Arabic, Russian, and possibly Latin. Language is something that many people today take for granted. Without it, thered be no communication, and no way to connect with others in the world. Imagine a life without a common language that at least a few others around you know.  Sure people could write books and novels, but itd be rare for someone else to understand. Language plays a huge role in everyones life, whether we think about it or not.

Chemehuevi, a Uto-Aztecan, Northern Uto-Aztecan, Numic, Southern language is mainly spoke in states in the Midwest as well as on the western coast. You may hear the language spoken in Ute,Colorado, Southern Paiute, Utah, northern Arizona, southern parts of Nevada, and in Colorado River, California. While the Chemehuevi tribe does still exist and is thriving, the amount of people who speak the language fluent is not. A 2007 study showed that only 3 people fully speak the language, all of them adults. If you ever want to talk about natural things in Chemehuevi, try words such as kaiv (mountain), hucip (ocean), mahav (tree), and tittvip (ground/soil).

Esperanto is definitively NOT the direction language is going, and I dont consider it all that neutral since it is loosely Latin-based. Also, Esperanto is not indigenous to any culture; it is an artificial language. If Esperanto got to be accepted worldwide, it would be a polyglot language. The Hapsburg Empire subjugated Hungary for 200 years and discouraged natives from speaking the ancestral language, Magyar. Hapsburgs out, Hungary got its culture and language back.

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Truly fascinating! I cant imagine being the one person who knows a language, and knowing that it will become extinct. What a mind-bending thought.

In 2008, the Ongota language was said to still be declining. Only 6 native speakers know and use the language, all of them are elderly. This makes the language critically endangered. However, unlike most languages that are disappearing, there is actually a professor at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia that studies Ongota. Hes concluded that the language follows a structure of subject, object, and verb. Ongota is said to be a Afro-Asiatic language that is spoken inEthiopiaon the west bank of the Weito River in a tiny village.

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Its World Association enjoys consultative relations with the United Nations as well the Council of Europe and is using its position to defend the rights of minority languages.

I know this does not have anything to do with languages, but I did not know that you could make icons with simple text images! ? ? ? 3

I was going to say the same thing, but thought Id check the comments first. I caught it with polyo.

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And those two can teach two more, and then those two can teach two more and so on and so on.

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Spoken in Vanuatu, an island located in the southern part of thePacific Oceanabout 1,000 miles east of northern Australia, Lemerig makes the list at 3. More specifically, this language is spoken in Vanua Lava Island. The language only has two people left who can speak it fluently, according to a 2008 study, making it another nearly extinct language on the list. Lemerig consists of at least four different dialects, all of which are probably extinct.

Despite the fact that language seems to be a necessity, the United Nations stated that on average, a language disappears every two weeks. Around the world, almost 6,000 or more languages are in danger of becoming extinct. These languages are rapidly disappearing due to circumstances such as those who speak the languages dying, certain languages integrating, and the fact that languages are more prominent than others, and in todays world is more important than ever to know these popular languages, therefore leaving behind the less ones that are less known. In a sense, the death of a language means the death of a culture. Below are the 10 rarest languages from all over the world:

It is spoken all over india, how is it rare?

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According to UNESCO 2009 edition there were 2488 languages that are near extinction.

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Just out of curiosity, how fluent (in Taushiro) was the person who concluded that only one person speaks the language (Taushiro) fluently.

you forgot dumbo language. its like morse code, but you have to use a stick and hit the other person in the head. it was first used by neanderthal dudes.

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Ever heard of bilingual people? I speak Danish, a pretty common language compared to these, but if i didnt speak english i would have some major problems when surfing the web or looking at english tv-shows.

Throughout the world, there are 8 people that speak Chamicuro, according to a 2008 study. The language is mostly spoken in Peru and is today considered to be critically endangered, as most of the people who do speak it are older. There are no children who speak Chamicuro because the region has adapted to speaking Spanish. However, those who spoke the language were able to develop a dictionary of their terms. If you ever want to know how to say a fewanimalsin Chamicuro, use these: kawali (horse,) polyo (chicken,) pato (duck,) katujkana (monkey,) manali (dog,) mishi (cat,) waka (cow.)

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Chamicuro (Chamekolo, Chamicolo, Chamicura) Pato (duck) here in Philippines Pato also means duck!

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Dumi, a language of Nepal is usually spoken in regions near the Tap and Rava rivers. It is also spoken the mountains of Khotang District, located in eastern Nepal. It is a Kiranti language, meaning that it is part of the Tibeto-Burman language family. With only 8 people speaking it in 2007, the language is considered to be criticallyendangered. Information about the Dumi language has been collected overtime, and there is a dictionary available. There are also many books written about the languages grammar and syntax.

It would be quite tragic when you are down to the last two language speakers once one of them dies the language is obsolete. Im sure there should be some Native Australian languages on the list by now.

Those who do speak the language are elderly, so in a few centuries the language will more than likely be extinct.

Are they extinct today? Im only 11, and if these languages still exist today, then Ill do whatever I can in my power to keep it alive, and Ill teach it to all my friends, and I can write a little book so people (probably those I know) can learn it. People try really hard to keep an animal from being extinct, but we, as the citizens of Earth, need to contribute to keeping languages from being extinct, too.

Years, more likely. Which is a very sad thought. Thnks for the list!

The linguistic imperialism both Mandarin Chinese and English, is certainly endangering minority languages.

What would happen it there were another Einstein in one of these small populations? His/her genius could never be used, never communicated to the outside world.

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What, no Busuu? Spoken by 3 people I think.

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Liki is a critically endangered language that is spoken in Islands off of the north coast of Sarmi, Jayapura Kabupaten, and Sarmi Kecamatan, all of which areislandsnear Indonesia. In 2007, a study showed that only 5 people speak the language. In the past, the language was spoken by all local church officials who lived in the region. The language doesnt have just one origin, as it is said to be Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Western Oceanic, North New Guinea, Sarmi-Jayapura Bay, and Sarmi.

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Njerep is a Bantoid language that is spoken in Nigeria. The language was once spoken in Cameroon but isnt any longer. It is now most commonly spoken near the Mambila. Today, the language has been replaced by different Mambila dialects such as Ba and Mvop. There are only 4 people who still speak Njerep according to a study conducted in 2007, making the language critically endangered. Those who do speak the language areelderly, so in a few centuries the language will more than likely be extinct.

Taushiro, a language of native Peru, is spoken in the region of the Tigre River, Aucayacu River, which is a tributary of the Ahuaruna River. It is known as alanguageisolate, which means it has no demonstrable relationship with any other language. Those who spoke the language usually only counted up to ten, using their fingers. For instance, to say one in Taushiro, youd say washikanto. To say a number above 10, youd say ashintu and point to a toe on your foot. In 2008, a study conducted on the Taushiro language concluded that only one person speaks the language fluently. The language has since been listed as nearly extinct.

Esperanto already is accepted worldwide.

Kaixana is one of the many critically endangered languages that exist today. The language was once spoken in a village near the banks of the Japura River, located in Brazil. Over time, Portuguese settlers took over the area. At one point, nearly 200 people spoke the language. But, a 2006 study showed that only one person still speaks Kaixana, making it critically endangered anddoomed to become extinct.

In the Solomon Islands, the Tanema language was once used in places such as Vanikolo Island, Temotu Province and in an Emua village. Today, the language is only spoken by 4 people, according to a 2008 conducted study. This makes the language criticallyendangered. Tanema is Austronesian as well as Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, and Oceanic. Many of those who once spoke Tanema have adapted and have started to speak either Pijin or Teanu, both of which are very popular languages within the region. Want to learn verbs in Tanema? Try: wekini (to turn), laro (to swim), la vamora (to work), and la munana (to lie down.)

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Well,actually this is the 1st time that I think u r better than The List Universe.Go on fighting!!!!!

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