Meet Latgalian and Tatar, the 104th and 105th languages on TED.com

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The 104th and 105th languages on TED.com come from Latgale, Latvia and Tartarstan, Russia. The 104th and 105th languages on TED.com come from Latgale in Latvia and the Republic of Tartarstan in Russia.

TED.com volunteers translate talks into many languages, from commonly used (like Spanish and Mandarin Chinese) to a few less expected (like Klingon). And two new languages just joined our library: Latgalian and Tatar.

Latgalian is officially the 104th language on TED.com. It’s spoken in Latgale, a region in the eastern part of Latvia, by about 165,000 people. Because Latgale was an outpost of Roman Catholicism, the language became part of a thriving literary tradition, but it was banned in 1865, along with any other language with Latin letters, in favor of Latvian text. From 1920 to 1934, the language was revived and used in Latgale’s local government, but today Latgalian holds no official status. Its use is rapidly declining, especially among younger people.

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