Thousands of languages are spoken worldwide. Only few of them are recognized in the world for example those that officially belong to a particular country. There are however several tribes that have limited contact with the modern human civilization, and they speak the most fascinating languages. According to an estimate, the number languages range between 6,000 and 7,000. Some of those languages are spoken by billions, while some are only spoken by a limited few.
While all languages are interesting in one way or the other, there are a few which stand out for a variety of different reason. So read on to find out more about the top 5 most fascinating languages.
The first on our list of fascinating languages is ‘Ongota’. It is also known as ‘Birale’. The most fascinating fact about this language is that it is only spoken by around 10 people; yes the number of fingers on your hands. It is spoken by the people on the west bank of the Weito River. Another funny thing about this language, is that it has no written form. Since the current speakers of this language are quite old, it is expected to become extinct soon however, efforts are being made to preserve it for future generations.
This language made the list owing to the fact that it is artificial. The language originated in ‘Star Trek’. It is an artificial alien language, if you may. That’s nothing new. In order to give character to certain characters, you have to give them a language that does not make sense at all. However, this language is fascinating because it is a completely developed tongue. It has its own grammar and phonetic systems. The language was developed by a linguistic called Marc Orkand. If you are a crazy big fan of Star Trek, you would be interested in learning this language. It shouldn’t be that hard considering that the Klingon dictionary uses Latin script.
Esperanto is one of those artificial language that never really took off. With an estimated speakers between 100,000 and 200,000, the language is endangered and soon to die out. It was created by L. L. Zamenhof in 1887 and he meant it to be a universal language. The language takes its roots from all the European languages combined, pretty much, and the vocabulary primarily comes from Romance Languages like French. The language was adopted by an artificial nation of Rose Island. It stands on a platform in the Adriatic Sea.
Many find this to be the most fascinating languages. At least the story of this language is more interesting than others, many say. Ayapa Zoque is an endangered language. Only two people speak it in the world, Manuel Seovia and Isidro Velasquez. They both live in Mexico and are quite old. Even so, the language is not spoken at all. The reason being, that the two speakers of this language hate each other and refuse to speak to one another. There is no written version of this language, and so they only way to preserve this language would be to get one of them to talk. The efforts are proving quite useless.
The last on our list of most fascinating languages is Taushiro, which is spoken by just one person on the planet, Amadeo Garcia. He lives in a native community with a population of 20. The language comes from Peru and has no links with any other language. The language may still be preserved however, that might prove difficult. The speaker is old and there are no other references. Another interesting fact about this language is that the numbers run out at 10 – as in there are no numbers after 10.
If you would like to add to this list of fascinating languages, feel free to comment below. Hope you enjoyed the read. Come back every weekend for more such lists.
P.S. Look at the picture below and locate the roots of your native language (Click to enlarge picture).