Top 8 weirdest languages ​​spoken in the world, do you speak ?xóõ?

Our non-French-speaking friends or French-speaking apprentices often tell us that French is a frankly difficult language to understand and learn (the proof, we think that there are plenty of grammar rules to delete). It’s certainly not completely false, but we still have a lot of progress to make in relation to these few languages ​​that are totally unknown to the battalion (unless you’re a linguist) and really really strange. Special dedication to our Sentinel friends whom we do not despair of meeting one day.

1. The ?xóõ (also called taa)

Belonging to the large family of Khoisan languages ​​spoken mainly in Botswana and Namibia, ?xóõ is known as the living language with the largest number of phonemes. According to the sources, the ?xóõ has a choice of 58 consonants, 31 vowels, and 4 intonations, or 87 consonants, 20 vowels and two intonations. Either way, you won’t be surprised to learn that linguistics researchers have a hard time understanding ?xóõ. According to the latest news, in 2002, there were 4200 speakers.

2. Artchi

A Caucasian language from the Lezgic language group and the Nakho-Dagestanian language family, Artchi is spoken in the Dagestan region of Russia. Its very nice little particularity is to have 1.5 million possible endings in its conjugation. For example, in artchi, the verb ends in -cugu to express doubt, -ra when we think that what we are talking about has happened and -er when we are sure that it has happened. So there are only 1000 people who can speak artchi. It’s artchi not much.

3. Silbo

What is the whistled language of the Gomeros, the inhabitants of the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands, and which is incidentally classified as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity? Each word being whistled in a very specific way, the vocabulary is necessarily a little restricted, but know that this does not prevent you from having an entire conversation in silbo. For the record, the range of silbo whistles can reach 8 to 10 km, handy when you forgot to say something to your other half before going to work.

4. Rotokas

Spoken by barely 4,000 people on the island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, Rotokas has the reputation of being the language with the fewest phonemes in the world since there are only 11 for an alphabet of 12. letters. Rotokas also has the particularity of not containing any nasal phonemes, unlike most other languages ​​on the planet. This obviously makes it a particularly hard language to learn for the basic tourist who will inevitably have a more or less shitty accent.

5. Piraha

The Pirahãs are members of a tribe of hunter-gatherers living on the banks of the Rio Maici, in the Brazilian part of the Amazon. There were only 340 of them in 2004 and their culture is clearly threatened with extinction, starting with their language, quite logically baptized pirahã. In terms of phonemes, Pirahã is on par with Rotokas, which makes it a very, very basic language. This is all the more so since it has no relative clause, nor grammatical recursion, and it only allows counting up to 2. Other than that, the Pirahãs have the most basic kinship system in the world since they are basically all siblings.

6. Tuyuca

A Tucanoan language of the eastern branch, spoken in the Amazon, Colombia and Brazil, Tuyuca is perhaps one of the most difficult languages ​​in the world. Why will you tell me? Well because it has no less than 140 different genres, all extremely precise. For example, in tuyuca there is a specific genus “with bark that is not attached to the tree”. To make a complicated language there are people, but to hold a camera correctly there is no one left:

7. The pawnee

A Native American language from the Caddoan language family spoken by the Indian tribe of the same name in the United States, Pawnee works much like Lego. Basically to make a word, you take other words and stick them together. To say “it’s mine”, you will say for example “kutatii’i”, which is the contraction of two morphemes, one indicating possession, and the other the fact of existing. We call it a polysynthetic language, like Basque and the Finno-Ugric languages ​​in Europe. Below is a way to say hello in Pawnee, but according to commentators the guy has a shitty accent. Let’s admit.

8. The Sentinel

To tell the truth, we don’t really know if it’s a weird language since no one has ever had the chance to hear a word of it. We just know that those who speak it, the Sentinels, live on the island of North Sentinel, in the Andaman Islands (India), and that they are one of the last peoples still completely cut off from the rest of the world. And for good reason: they have repelled, with arrows and sometimes more, all the researchers and curious people who have tried to approach their island in recent years.

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