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Indigenous languages revive and thrive in Mexico

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Published on Feb 11, 2009

About half the estimated 7,000 languages spoken in the world today may disappear by the end of this century. The world loses another language approximately every two weeks.

In the state of Chiapas, Mexico, about 25 percent of people dont speak any Spanish. Rather, they speak a host of indigenous languages, many of which originated in ancient Mayan times. Some organizations, like the Intercultural University of Chiapas school in San Cristobal, work to keep these dying languages alive by teaching them to the next generation.

Worldfocus special correspondent Lynn Sherr and producer Megan Thompson highlight Mexicos attempt to preserve the past by speaking ancient languages in the present tense.

Learn about other endangered languages across Latin America and listen to audio samples courtesy of the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America: http://worldfocus.org/blog/2009/02/11...

Worldfocus video podcast: http://feeds.feedburner.com/worldfocus

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