Today, we are diving into the top 5 languages and taking an inquisitive look at these relics of a different time.
1. Irish Gaelic
Today, Irish Gaelic has around 40,000 speakers. Despite the fact that there are a variety of communities in Ireland, referred to as Gaelatchts, where it is the native language, the government of Ireland has been pouring in resources for more people to learn it.
Ts’ixa is also known as Ts’exa, and it is a language spoken in Botswana, related to the main language of central Botswana – Shua. Ts’ixa is only spoken in the village of Mababe and only has 200 native speakers. Today, only the adults of the village are actually fluent in the language.
Ainu is a language only present in its native group, the Ainu people of Japan. There are currently only 10 native speakers, and all of them are currently elderly. This makes the language be considered critically endangered by the ELCat. With that being said, currently, there are efforts being made to get the younger generation of Ainu to learn the language.
4. Rapa Nui
Many languages in the world are considered endangered because their native populations are simply found on islands and are highly isolated. Despite the fact that Rapa Nui has 3390 native speakers, it is slowly dying out. It is considered a threatened language because slowly, Spanish seems to be overtaking it, with fewer and fewer new generations learning their native tongue.
Yagan is arguably the rarest language in the world. Yagan has only one native speaker in its indigenous country – Chile. While there are other people that are vaguely familiar with the language, they do not possess fluency in it and speak it quite rarely. This is why Yagan is quite liable to die out extremely soon.
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