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Saving minority languages and endangered languages

Probably where you live minority or even endangered languages are spoken. Or maybe in a country nearby. Do you know how we can save these languages as a learner? And how could we save these languages if we live far away from where these languages are spoken? Is there a way?

My only ideas are starting a blog or a Youtube channel in the language, using it with people online and making friends in that language, connecting with local communities who are interested in keeping them alive or spreading them, teaching them to people we know, using them and consuming media and literature in that language.

If we don't move to the country the fight seems hopeless and isolated. But is there another way when this is no option?

How are your experiences? Do you have ideas? Also examples and specific languages are welcome.

January 11, 2017

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Well, Duolingo offers Irish, that's a starter. There's also Welsh, which used to be an endangered language.

I believe there is an organization in NYC that helps preserve endangered languages.


Yes, nice. And Catalan and Guarani (both for Spanish speakers) are here which is nice as well.


Yes, though I don't think either of those languages are endangered. Duolingo is great but sadly they can't do everything. They offer the languages they offer because of general public interest. Endangered languages mostly capture the interest of locals or language enthusiasts. I think the main reason Duolingo chose Irish is because of the large number of Irish-Americans such as myself. I just don't see widespread enthusiasm for Ainu or Navajo.


There is/are worldwide project/s already going on and they were (are?) actually looking for persons speaking such languages to join the project and cooperate. If you search under "languages in danger" you will find a lot of information. Below the link of the UNESCO Project, Best regards http://www.unesco.org/languages-atlas/


In my homeland there are about a hundred of minority languages, according to Wikipedia, some of them having just a handful of speakers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Russia#Languages_near_extinction



Sami languages. My grandparents spoke Inari Sami, but now there are only few hundred who speak this language. (!!) I lost that language, my mother didn't spoke it and i grow up in different part of country. Here is information on official status of Sami and more:



Are there really so few speakers? I used to suppose that Sami language is being treated well in Finland, I have recently seen a documentary about life in northern regions, there was also a story about a Sami family. One mentioned that they even have a television channel in sami and youth music bands and so on...


You are right lavendeltee, Sami is now official language in some municipalities in Norway, Sweden and Finland and it's spoken by 30 000 native speakers. It's a living culture and that is the result of the hard work done by active younger generation. But what i mentioned about Inari Sami, spoken by few hundred, is like a "minority in a minority"-issue. My post was a little bit misleading.

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