Out of the 7,000 languages that are spoken around the world, 500 of them are at risk of being forgotten and lost to the annals of history.
Thankfully, Daniel Bögre Udell has created an online library to preserve them all.
Udell is the co-founder of Wikitongues—a nonprofit dedicated to saving the world’s endangered languages from extinction.
More than 1,000 international volunteers contribute to the Wikitongue language library by interviewing people in their native languages.
Some of the participants use their mother tongue to talk about their culture and language—others simply use their video interviews to talk about themselves; regardless of the topics, all of the video interviews are catalogued and documented through the Wikitongue website.
When Great Big Story interviewed Udell back in April, he said the organization’s volunteers had recorded more than 435 languages from 70 countries ranging from Aruan Malay to Finnish sign language—and that number is increasing every day.
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