"Speak your mother tongue at home. Respect your neighbor's culture. Support governmental efforts to keep the planet alive and various in all its marvelous cultural diversity. Let the world speak!"
 

- Language Matters Host Bob Holman

Language Matters is streaming and available on DVD from PBS.

There are over 6,000 languages remaining in the world. We lose one every two weeks. By the end of this century, half the world’s languages will have vanished. The die-off parallels the extinction of plants and animals.

Winner of the Berkeley Film & Video Festival's 2015 Documentary of the Year award, Language Matters chronicles language loss and revitalization around the world: on a remote island off the coast of Australia where 400 Aboriginal people speak 10 different languages, all at risk; in Wales, where Welsh, once in danger, is today making a comeback; and in Hawaii, where Hawaiians are fighting to save their native tongue.

View the Endangered Language Curriculum

PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown sits down with poet and host Bob Holman to discuss Language Matters and what's truly lost when a language disappears.