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FounderFrederico Andrade, Daniel Bogre Udell, Lindie Botes[1]

Wikitongues is an American non-profit organization registered in the state of New York. It aims to sustain and promote all the languages in the world.[2] It was founded by Frederico Andrade, Daniel Bogre Udell and Lindie Botes in 2014.[3][4]

Oral histories[edit]

Wikitongues contributors in Montreal during Wikimania 2017

By May 2016, Wikitongues had recorded around 329 videos in over 200 languages.[5] As of 2018, they have recorded more than 350 languages, or 5% of the languages in the world.[6] They also have 15% of their videos subtitled through the organization Amara, formerly known as Universal Subtitles, which is a web-based non-profit project that hosts and allows user-subtitled video to be accessed and created.


Poly is open source software built to share and learn languages.[7] The project was supported on Kickstarter[1] and the organization was able to raise $52,716 USD with the help of 429 backers. Currently the software is under development.[8]


All the videos are released under CC-by-NC 4.0 license. Recently, another option to release the video under CC-by-SA 4.0 has also been introduced.[9]


  1. ^ a b Kate Groetzinger (February 12, 2016). "Anyone can contribute to this dictionary of the world's dying languages". Quartz. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. ^ Daniel Bögre Udell (2020). "". Wikitongues. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Wikitongues Press Release". Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Wikitongues: Biography". Kickstarter. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  5. ^ Wikitongues (2016-11-04). "Hello from Wikitongues". Wikitongues. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  6. ^ Nina Strochlic (2018-04-16). "The Race to Save the World's Disappearing Languages". National Geographic. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  7. ^ Jared Goyette (February 23, 2016). "This nonprofit wants to build a tool to share and document all the world's languages". PRI. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  8. ^ Wikitongues. "Share and learn every language in the world". Kickstarter. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  9. ^ Wikitongues. "Wikitongues Licensing". Wikitongues. Retrieved 20 August 2017.

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