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Collection on World Languages

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According to the Ethnologue catalog of world languages, there are approximately 7,099 living languages spoken throughout the world. Learning about the world’s languages can offer students opportunities to explore the many facets that make up a culture. From music, history, social organization, family structure to myths and religion, discovering new world languages is a gateway to expand students’ perception of themselves and the world.

This collection contains short films which document communities and individuals who speak various world languages. Watch a film about a Quechuan native in Ecuador, a Colombian flamenco guitar player living in Spain, the last fluent speaker of Wukchumni (a Native American language), grandmothers who play soccer in Limpopo, South Africa, a group of turf cutters in Ireland, or a community living in the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley in Ethiopia. Each story will immerse students in the local dialect while imparting a worldview with similarities and differences to students' lives.

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Soleá

This story follows a day in the life of Spanish flamenco guitarist, Juan Ramírez.

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Marie's Dictionary

Marie Wilcox is the last fluent speaker of Wukchumni and created a dictionary to keep her language alive.

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