In North America there are 150170 languages that have at least one speaker and

In north america there are 150170 languages that have

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America there are 150–170 languages that have at least one speaker and many of these languages have under a hundred speakers.One ancient language which is spoken by the Northern Paiute tribe has more than two hundred speakers. This means when the elders of the tribe get together, they still speak it. But for most of the younger members of the tribe, the everyday language is English.But the good news is that some of these people are keeping their culture and language alive. They are also receiving help from the National GeographicSociety’sEnduring Voices Project. The aim of the project is to help languages around the world which are dying out. Linguists and experts meet these ‘last speakers’. The team interview them and they are recorded with video, pictures and audio. They also tell old stories which are written down in English so people can learn more about the culture.Life
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reservation (n) / rezven/ an area of land where Native Americans ˌəˈƭʃliveboarding school (n) / bd ŋ sku l/ a school where you live, study and ˈ ɔː ɪːsleepRecording the language and culture is only part of the project. The next stage is to pass on the language to the next generation. Some children pick up some of the language from their parents or grandparents but many tribes also offer courses in the language. The Salish tribe is an excellent example of how schools can help. Thetribe lives in the Flathead Reservation in Montana. Their language is currently spoken by about 50 people who are aged over 75 years. No one under 50 speaks thelanguage. So now, the local people have set up a school. It has 30 students aged twoto twelve during the day and there are also courses for adults in the evening. It is schools and projects like these which – hopefully – might save languages for the future.Life
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  • Native Americans in the United States, Indigenous peoples of the Americas, American Indian languages, Northern Paiute tribe

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