Every Word In This Language Is A Whistle

Every Word In This Language Is A Whistle

Silbo Gomero is native to La Gomera, a single island in the Spanish Canary Islands. Its whistles are well-suited to the island's hills and ravines, which allow the language to carry over great distances. Though Silbo Gomero is no longer as common in public, some inhabitants of La Gomera are striving to preserve the language by teaching it to children in schools.


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    The Silbo language, which consists entirely of whistles, is native to the island La Gomera in the Spanish Canary Islands. (0:12)

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    The topography of La Gomera allows its inhabitants to communicate with the whistling Silbo language across distances of up to 7 kilometers. (1:46)

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    The whistling language of Silbo is rarely heard on its native island, but certain people continue to use and teach it. (3:22)

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