The team behind language-learning app Busuu have named 12 UK and European languages that are at risk of extinction in a bid to encourage the public to keep them alive. Out of the approximately 6,000 languages spoken in the world today, linguists estimate that at least 43% are endangered or vulnerable to some extent, and will likely disappear in this century. Amongst the list are Scots, Welsh and Irish. Other regional languages in and around the British Isles that are considered at risk of extinction include Cornish, Manx, Guernsey French, and Jersey French. Swiss German is the most at-risk European language on the list, and is classed as ‘Severely Endangered’.
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