Elia is a graduate in Japanese language and culture. After studying Japanese for four years he became interested in linguistics and, at the same time, he got fascinated by the history and traditions of Ainu people. As part of his academic formation as a student of Japanese language and culture, he first got to know about the Ainu people in a history class and from there he started to gather more information about the Ainu culture, and especially about the language. Elia started to teach himself Ainu by consulting and reading several Ainu grammars, and later by translating into English texts of the Ainu tradition, such as folktales and songs. At present Elia is a PhD student in linguistics and... Read More
My name is Florentina and I want to teach the Armãn/Aromanian language because it is under threat of disappearance. As language is central to human nature and culture, and is an expression of identity, issues surrounding language are particularly important to small linguistic communities, like mine, seeking to maintain their distinct group and cultural identity, sometimes under conditions of marginalization, exclusion and discrimination. The loss of linguistic diversity is a loss for humanity’s heritage.
My name is Paul and my first language is Gangte. With only 15,000 speakers, my language and culture will vanish if we don’t take action. This is the language of my friends, of my family – including my young nieces and nephews. I owe it to them to secure a future where their language and culture are valued, where Gangte thrives as part of our world’s rich linguistic diversity
My name is M.Olimpia. When I was born my dad gave me the most beautiful gift, Greko. He started to speak with me and my sisters only in this extremely endangered Greek variety still spoken by less than 300 persons in Calabria – southern Italy. I decided to try and revitalise this stunning language. This is why I am here, I don’t want Greko to disappear. And I know it might be weird if its new speakers will come from outside the community, but I have now realised that it is better to make it live in the world rather then letting it die within its borders. Fenòmmaste!
My name is Enkhee and Mongolian is my mother tongue. Although there are around 5 million speakers of Mongolian worldwide, it’s one of the hardest languages to learn, due to lack of any good material. This is why I want to teach Mongolian online – to make it accessible for anyone, anywhere. Not just for second language learners, but for the Mongolian diaspora more widely.
I like Urdu because Faiz, Iqbal and Ghalib wrote in it; I like Pashto because Ghani, Hamza and Rahman Baba wrote in it; I like English because it is the lingua franca of the world but I LOVE Torwali because the first word I spoke was in Torwali. Torwali is my mother language. It is spoken by about 110,000 people. It will vanish along with the culture, history and wisdom it carries with it if no action is taken to save and promote it. It won’t stand the onslaught of globalization if we do not teach it to our younger generations. The Torwali people will lose their history and identity if the language is allowed to die. We need to... Read More
My name is Deepa. I grew up speaking Tulu, but this language is not officially recognised in India. It makes me sad that the language of my people does not have the same status as other. Tulu is part of our identity, of who we are. When Tulu dies, so will our heritage. I can’t let that happen.
In response to the dwindling interest in my mother tongue, Yorùbá, I created @yobamoodua, a platform dedicated to promoting the Yorùbá cultural heritage online. I have published an e-book;Ẹ̀yà Ara Ẹ̀dá Ọmọ Ènìyàn (parts of the human body). I visit elementary schools on cultural days to talk about the essence of the sustainability of indigenous languages for national and global development. Work is in progress to design @Yorubagames and apps to further enhance interest in the language. I have taught personal lessons in Yorùbá to individuals as extra coaching, including non Yorùbá speakers. Most of my students are on the cyber space all over the world like in China, America, UK and other countries. To further spread the gospel of... Read More
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