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Whistled language of the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), the Silbo Gomero

Known as Silbo, the whistling language of Gomera Island has a vocabulary of over 4,000 words, and is used by “Silbadors” to send messages across the island’s high peaks and deep valleys.

Though Silbo was on the verge of extinction in the 1990s, the Gomerans have made a concerted effort to revive their language by adding it to the public school curriculum. Today 3,000 schoolchildren are in the process of learning it.

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgEmSb0cKBg

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