Half the world’s languages are predicted to be extinct by 2100
In Ukraine, there are only six people left who speak the Karaim language. Ume Sami is only spoken by 10 people living near the Scandinavian Mountain Range. Just 574 people still speak Cornish. These are some of the most endangered languages in Europe which could potentially join the 139 already extinct languages globally which have died out with their speakers over the past millenium.
Four of Europe’s endangered languages belong to Britain and the Channel Islands: Guernésiais and Jèrriais, spoken by around 1000 people in Guernsey and Jersey respectively, Cornish and Manx.
The latter is a story in how languages can be saved. The last native Manx speaker died in 1974, but concerted efforts from the locals in recent years have revived the language: 50 young students have been enrolled in an immersion programme in which they’re educated primarily in Manx.