How to Help Living Tongues

First of all, we would like to thank all of our donors who generously contributed to our programs this year! We truly appreciate your support. We rely solely on the generosity of donors and grants to fund our field expeditions, publications, and assistance to indigenous communities struggling for cultural and linguistic survival.

Click here to donate to Living Tongues’ Adopt-a-Language program.

All human languages are tools of creativity and webs of knowledge. Every two weeks, the last fluent speaker of an endangered language passes on. In this critical time, help us document and maintain these languages so that future generations may speak them. Please consider Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, when planning your charitable giving.

Living Tongues has many ongoing documentation projects currently taking place around the world. We need your help to sustain these projects. Our mission is to record vanishing languages as well as create state-of-the-art digital audio-visual materials in collaboration with speakers of endangered languages.

The languages we are currently focusing on are listed here. In choosing a language to support, you are helping linguists and language activists document, conserve and maintain a language. You are also helping future generations gain access to printed materials or online resources produced in their own language. Your generous donation will go towards:

  • Multi-media educational materials such as videos and Talking Dictionaries,
  • Digital databases containing maps, recordings of oral history and endangered knowledge systems,
  • Scientific reference grammars,
  • Traditional pedagogical materials such as ABC books, children’s readers and translated texts,
  • Informational videos and booklets,
  • Fieldtrips for linguists to work with local language activists,
  • Language Technology Kits for endangered language speakers.

Click here to donate to Living Tongues’ Adopt-a-Language program.

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2 Ways to Support Living Tongues

The Living Tongues Institute needs your support. We are putting forward a new way to contribute to our projects: Adopt-a-language is an innovative donation tool that allows you to donate to the language revitalization program of your choice. In choosing a language to support, you are helping linguists and language activists document, conserve and maintain a language. You are also helping future generations gain access to printed materials or online resources produced in their own language. Please donate generously to this work! We appreciate your support.

In addition, we are in the process of developing our online store, where you can purchase beautiful limited edition screen-printed Living Tongues t-shirts and bags. All of our products are made with environmentally friendly materials, such as canvas, cotton and water-based inks, and all of our screen-printing is hand-made by our local staff in the United States.