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5 Interesting Endangered Languages With Fewer Than 10,000 Speakers

towerbabel Sometimes, I feel like we strive to build the Babel Tower… Really, when I hear people speaking, every day they become more similar to each other with new technological words and “trendy” phrases. In Turkey, we have a new saying “plaza Turkish”. This is half English and half Turkish- kind of funny. Anyway, I guess it is one of our humanly instincts to speak the same language eventually. :p

While some major languages are degenerated, some other just disappear or begin to be spoken by only a few people. Here are 5 interesting endangered languages with fewer than 10.000 speakers.

Thank you Omniglot for this compilation. You can always read the whole article by clicking the link at the bottom.

Hawaiian (ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi)

Until the year 2000, the Hawaiian language was spoken by as little as 2,000 native speakers and its demise was the result of colonialism and English replacing Hawaiian as the primary spoken and written language in the islands.

Ainu (アイヌ イタ / Aynu itak)

Today, there are less than 25,000 ethnic Ainu left, and of those less than 100 are native Ainu speakers in Japanese isles.

Jeru (Aka-Jeru)

Jeru is a language that is spoken in the Andaman Islands, located just south of Burma in the Indian Ocean. It is only spoken by about 20 individuals…


The Carabayo, also known as the Yuri, is a tribe in the Columbian Amazon that has had relatively little contact with the outside world and is considered a protected tribe by the Columbian government. There is only an estimated 150 native speakers left.

Klingon (tlhIngan Hol)

While you may argue that Klingon is a fictional language, Star Trek fans everywhere are willing to fight to the death to defend its honor. Fictional languages can become more popular than ones that evolved naturally. Today, there are about 30 fluent Klingon speakers.

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