Article by Inky Gibbens, founer if Tribalingual
Tribalingual is an online language learning platform that teaches rare and endangered languages through online course content and personal Skype sessions with a language instructor. Half of the world’s 7000 languages are expected to disappear by the end of the century. The purpose of Tribalingual is to ensure that the unique beauty of individual cultures doesn’t get lost in translation. By learning languages at risk of extinction, students help preserve the unique cultures around the world.
All the courses last for 10 weeks, are online and easily available wherever you are. On top of that you receive personal weekly Skype sessions with your teacher to ensure you are truly learning and motivated for the entire course. At the moment, Tribalingual offers the content of the first week of any course for free so you can experience what learning an endangered language feels like. Create your account to view the course structure and access the first week!
Currently the program offers four endangered languages you can start learning. The languages include:
The Ainu are an indigenous group living in Japan. No one knows really where they originally came from, there is speculation that they arrived from Siberia, but no one has been able to prove that yet.
Gangte is an indigenous language spoken in the verdant hills of Manipur, a bucolic northeastern state referred to by Indians as The Jewel of India. Gangtes have official tribal status in Manipur, but the language is also spoken in Assam, Meghalaya, and across the border in Myanmar.
Mongolian is the official national language of Mongolia, where it is spoken by nearly 2.8 million people and is the official provincial language of China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, where there are at least 4.1 million ethnic Mongols.
Quechua is an indigenous language spoken mainly in the Andes of South America, since the times of the Incan Empire in the 15th century. It is spoken by an estimated 8-10 million people. Peru has the highest number of speakers, about 5 million, or 20% of the population. In Peru, the language is considered to be an official language, along with Spanish.