Locals In This Turkish Village Communicate By Whistling
Even with all the classes available in high school and college, we never truly gain an understanding of language. Those who don’t go searching for the information will find it surprising that a great deal of language used is not spoken, but sometimes communicated through a series of esoteric noises.
In the remote village of Kuskoy, Turkey, its people communicate in a way that very few in the world do to this day. Using something called “Bird Language,” the residents communicate through a series of different whistles.
Why would anyone use whistles to communicate with each other, you ask? How else would you talk to someone on the other side of a cliff from you? Not only can you use Bird Language to talk to others at a great distance, but you can also relay messages as well as any spoken language.
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The villagers can still talk to distant neighbors by name, decline an invitation, or ask a question.
Because only 10,000 people ‘speak’ the language, the United Nations Educational Scientific, and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO for short, declared Bird Language and the place of origin endangered and necessary of protection.
50 years ago, the language spread across the Black Sea regions of Trabzon, Rize, Ordu, Artvin, and Bayburt.
Every year, the Turkish village holds a festival to celebrate this very old language, helping to preserve it in memory. Authorities of the district where Kuskoy is located, have required Bird Language lessons at the primary school level since 2014.
If you’re ever in Turkey, and you hear consistent whistling, you know that the residents are speaking Bird Language.
If you’re a big fan of whistling, why not take on the challenge of learning a language solely based in whistling? It will likely take years of practice, but once you learn, it doesn’t sound like something you’ll forget how to do.