Learn Basque

The Basque language is seen by linguists as an unsolved mystery as it’s not related to any other language around it and its origins are unknown. It is thought to pre-date the arrival of Indo-European languages such as Latin and Greek into Europe. The language is spoken in the Basque country, an area of the Pyrenees which spans the borders of France (where it has no official status) and Spain (where it has official recognition). The language is classified as vulnerable by UNESCO.

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Where Is It Spoken?

Spain

France

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Fun facts about Basque

The Basque language is so important to Basque people as a symbol of their identity that any other language besides Basque is simply referred to as Erdera.

Basques love adding the suffix -txo to words to make them diminutive and cute. Herri means 'town' but herritxo means 'village'. A 'gazte' is a youth but a 'gaztetxo' is a kid.

If you're a girl, the word you use for your brother is 'neba', but if you're a boy, your brother is your 'anaia'.

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