Renato Figueiredo is taking us to a journey round the world, and a journey in time too. We start in Europe in the 17th century, with an Old Prussian dictionary. Old Prussian ceased to be spoken around the beginning of the 18th century. Then we travel to Central Asia, with Abkhaz and Ubykh, both northwestern Caucasian languages. Ubykh is now extinct, as his last speaker died in 1992. Pashto is an Indoeuropean language spoken in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and this is another new dictionary on Freelang. Moving on to north India, with Rajasthani and Oriya, then to Philippines with Cebuano, a Malayo-Polynesian language.
Now let’s go back across the Indian Ocean, and here we are, north of Madagascar and off northeast Mozambique coast, on the French island of Mayotte. French is the official language of the island, but Shimaore is the “lingua franca”. Let’s sail pass the Cape of Good Hope towards America, our last destination. Lunfardo is an argot of the Spanish language, spoken mostly in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay), on either side of the Rio de la Plata estuary. We are now entering the deep forest of Brazil, and we meet the Xavante people, who live in the state of Mato Grosso. Finally, in Nicaragua and Honduras, we come across another indigenous language, Miskito.
We hope you enjoyed travelling with us, thank you Renato for being our guide!