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Silbo Gomero, the Whistling Language of La Gomera
According to Sarah Andrews, Silbo was most likely first used as an emergency signal, but over time, it developed into a full language. Over the years, of course, the language all but disappeared, but recently, it's made a comeback. In fact, the government is trying to resurrect the whistling language by teaching it in schools.
Want to learn more?
- Check out J. Brent's online coursebook.
- Listen to a short online conversation.
- Hear Silbo in person. Demonstrations are given daily at Las Rosas.
- Watch this 2-minute video, which describes the island of La Gomera entirely in Silbo.