Whistling language 口哨語

更新時間 2013年 1月 16日, 星期三 - 格林尼治標準時間14:52

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Children at schools in the Spanish Canary Island of La Gomera are learning an ancient local language. Find out more with Story of the Week.

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After almost dying out in the 1970s, a kind of whistling language is now undergoing a revival.

Silbo Gomero, as it's known, has become a compulsory subject in one school in Spain's Canary Islands.

The whistling approximates the sounds of the Spanish language.

It can be heard from two miles away, and was used to communicate across valleys and ravines before the arrival of telephones.

Vocabulary 詞匯:

dying out 正在消失的

undergoing a revival 趨於重振

compulsory 必需的,強迫的

approximates 模仿,接近於

ravines 峽谷

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