Maybe The World’s Most Unique Language Is Going Extinct. They ‘Speak’ By Whistling.

by
Owen Poindexter
In the Canary Islands, an archipelago off the coast of West Africa, people generally speak Spanish, but some can also communicate through Sylbo, a nearly extinct whistling language.

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In the Canary Islands, an archipelago off the coast of West Africa, people generally speak Spanish, but some can also communicate through Sylbo. Sylbo is based on Spanish, but if you heard it without context, you probably wouldn’t even realize that words were being spoken, because Sylbo works entirely through whistles.

It’s more than just a collection of basic messages, this is a real language that can communicate complex ideas. The best proof of that might be at 2:28 of the video in a classroom learning Sylbo, when a student gets a laugh from the room with a joke in Sylbo.

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