Wikitongues is a non-profit
In the last 5 years, the team has collected 435 languages via video submission from native speakers. The ongoing work done by Wikitongues is especially important when we consider that, of the estimated 6500 languages in the world, about half of these are in danger of disappearing. The Wikitongues community is operated by volunteers from around the world, therefore allowing communities to have a central role in the preservation of their own languages.
Even with the vast reach of the internet, less than 1 percent of all languages are actively represented online. Wikitounges are working hard to increase this figure, and although there have been over 400+ languages documented by volunteer submission, there is still a huge way to go. There is massive variety within the 435 languages Wikitongues has documented on their Youtube channel. Some, like English, Mandarin and Farsi have hundreds of millions of speakers. Others are more uncommon. Bora, for example, is spoken by only a few thousand people in the Amazon regions of Peru and Columbian.
Wikitongues co-founder Daniel Bogre Udell described one of the more uncommon (and endangered) languages Wikitongues has helped preserve in an interview with VOA: “We have [a] volunteer from Scotland who is one of the last speakers of a variety of Scottish dialects.” Udell added, “He’s in the process of reclaiming them, revitalizing, and building a dictionary for them.”
Wikitounges are a non-profit