Top 10 Most Interesting Languages

Ongota

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Also known as Birale, this is a language spoken by only around 10 people on the west bank of the Weito River. There is no written form, but SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics), who are part of Wycliffe Bible Translators, have made a study of the language, so as to preserve it for future generations. The current speakers are all elderly and the language is likely to become extinct in the near future, although many of the speakers also speak Oromo, which was used to communicate between SIL and the Ongota speakers. So it’s likely that when the speakers die, or (Phonetic spelling), the language is likely to too. It’s also been studied by Italian linguist Graziano Savà (pictured above), who went to live with the native speakers and try and learn their language.