You might not typically think of language as being a thing that can become endangered, but it absolutely is. Spoken and written languages have been coming and going since humans first managed to string words and writing together. As languages die we lose integral parts of our own history, the history of humanity. Not knowing about our past can be disastrous when trying to navigate into our future. We decided to pull together 12 of the most endangered, dying languages on the planet.
While you likely aren’t going to run into anyone speaking Ainu while on your Maine rafting trip, it’s still worth pointing out that the language is slowly dying. Considered to be one of the rarest languages in the world, this Japanese dialect belongs to a group of people on the Island Hokkaido. At the time of this writing there are only 15 fluent speakers of the language on this plant and only 300 people that even know how to work the words. People are trying to bring it back but it is not looking good. If you want to take a fishing trip to Hokkaido you might just run into one of the Ainu and get your chance to experience the language first hand. Rental cars are cheap and discount hotels can be had for people who look hard enough.