The Belarusian language got in the list of “25 endangered languages you need to listen to before they disappear” compiled and published by the Independent.
«Iншая мова з’яўляецца iншым бачаннем жыцця»
To highlight the languages, the newspaper asked native speakers to record themselves pronouncing the sentence: “A different language is a different vision of life”.
The Independent remarks that there are about 4 million people who speak Belarusian.
They can be found in Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.
However, most Belarusians speak Russian at home, around half of them can both read and speak it.
Accordint to UNESCO classification, Belarusian falls in the category of vulnerable languages.
It is where most children speak the language, but it may be restricted to certain domains such as the home.
At the moment there are only two Belarusian-language kindergartens and about one hundred Belarusian-speaking groups in Minsk .
According to latest UNESCO data, about 2,500 languages are in danger of becoming extinct and some of them are spoken by only 30 people.
By the turn of the century, it is estimated that at least 50 per cent of the world’s current spoken languages will be extinct.
Among other endangered languages are Wiradjuri, Nawat, Aymara, Balti, Basque, Breton, Choctaw, Cornish, Guaraní, Irish/Gaelic, Kalmyk, Limburgian, Lombard, Nafusi, North Frisian, North Saami, Ojibwe, Ossete, Quechua, Venetan, Walloon, Welsh, West Frisian and Wichi.