Endangered species. Endangered whales. Endangered languages?

What’s an endangered language?

About half of the world’s 6000 languages will be extinct in 100 years unless we act to preserve them.

In this video, I explain why you should care about languages, how linguistic diversity enriches your life and brain health and what we can do to keep languages alive.


  1. This is a really dear cause to me, and I had to stop watching with your list of “gones”… I fear there is not enough people learning these languages. People are more interested learning languages they can use, now, or some invented languages, like Klingon or Sindarin.

    I wish I had the courage to go to Sapmi and learn Saami, go to Russia and learn all the Finnish languages there… but – then… what? I too will die one day.

    Someone said that a dying old person is a burning library, and… in this case it’s a library with texts that don’t exist anywhere else…

    • After the “gones” section in the video, I suggest people upload audio and video recordings of people speaking dying languages to http://www.endangeredlanguages.com so that we can hear how these languages sound and not just have text documents or grammar explanations of the language. By keeping a record of these languages, they will not just die with the few who know them. Others can learn them, use them in songs and keep them from extinction.

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