Top 10 Rarest Languages
When we speak about languages, the most common names that come to our mind are English, French, Spanish, German,Russian,Latin, Greek, Japanese or Arabic. Language is the medium for a successful communication and a way to connect with others in the same world. Still it is believed that around 6000 languages are on the verge of extinction all over the world. As we are improving ourselves and our lives, we are gradually leaving the less common traditions and culture behind and taking up newer and improved ones. The result being the death of a language. But how many of us would understand that death of a language is equivalent to death of a culture. We have collected 10 different languages which are the rarest from all over the world.
10. Chamicuro (Chamekolo, Chamicolo, Chamicura)
Today there are only 8 people who speak Chamicuro. This language is spoken in Peru by a small group of older people. With gradual adaptation to the Modern Spanish language, no children are found speaking this language. So the people speaking this language have come up with a dictionary of their terms delivering you a few details on the word like – waka meaning cow, kawaii meaning horse, mishi meaning cat, polyo meaning chicken, ma’nali meaning dog and pato meaning duck.
9. Dumi (Lsi Rai, Dumi Bro, Ro’so Bo’, Dumi Bo’o, Sotmali)
The inhabitants near the Tap and the Rava river in Nepal speak the Dumi language. It is a part of the Tibeto-Burman language family. Till 2007, only 8 people were left speaking the language with a dictionary and books available stating about syntax and grammar.
8. Ongota or Birale
According to a study in 2008, only 6 elderly natives were left speaking the Ongota language. This language is considered to be originated from the Afro-Asiatic origin.
7. Liki (Moar)
Liki is basically found among people residing at the islands near Indonesia. According to a study in the year 2007, only 5 people remained speaking this language. It is believed to have originated from Austronesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Malayo-Polynesian, North New Guinea, Oceanic, Sarmi-Jayapura Bay and Sarmi.
6. Tanema (Tetawo, Tanima)
This language was found being used at places in the Solomon Islands. Only 4 people were found speaking it. Tanema is also believed to have originated from the Austronesian, Central-Eastern, Oceanic and Malayo-Polynesian cultures. People have now adapted to speaking Teanu or Piji. Example – la munana meaning to lie down, laro meaning to swim, la vamora meaning to work and wekini meaning to turn.
This is a Bantoid language which is prevalent in parts of Nigeria. Evidences state that Cameroons also used this language and is now spoken near the Mambila among common inhanbitants. Other Mambila dialects like Ba and Mvop have replaced the Njerep leaving only 4 people speaking this language.
Chemehuevi is a Southern language and also a Uto-Aztecan and Northern Uto-Aztecan language. Some also claim it to be a Numic language in states of the Midwest and Western coast. People of the Colorado, Northern Arizona, Ute, Southern Paiute, California, Utah and Southern parts of the Nevada. Today only 3 or less elderly people are left speaking this language and the Chemehuevi tribe still exists. Example – Hucip meaning ocean, tittvip meaning soil or ground, kaiv meaning mountain, mahav meaning tree.
3. Lemerig (Bek, Lem, Leon, Pak)
The Lemerig is spoken in an island of the Southern part of the Pacific Ocean, the Vanuatu. This island is located about 1000 miles east of Northern part of the Australia. Now it has only 2 people left speaking this language at the Vanua Lava Island.
2. Caixana (Kaixana)
The kaixana language was once spoken in a village located in Brazil near the bank of the river Japura. Gradually the Portuguese settlers have settled over this area, leaving behind only 1 person speaking this language.
1. Taushiro (Pinchi/Pinche)
Taushiro is a prominent language among the residents of the Tigre river in Peru. It is basically a language isolate, i.e. it does not have any relationship with other languages. These people mostly counted up to 10 using their fingers. Based on a study conducted in the year 2008, only one person has been observed speaking this language.