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Saving Languages, One Speaker at a Time

Helping languages stay alive

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It's estimated that over 3,000 of the world’s languages will be extinct by the end of the 21st century. That’s 50% of the currently existing languages gone- with it their sources of knowledge and culture.

Rather than document vanishing languages, Linguaphile aims to create new speakers - whether that be:

Learners

A student who has never encountered the language before.

Hobbyists

A person who is trying to connect with their cultural heritage and ancestry.

Connoisseurs

Someone who is interested in improving their proficiency.

 

We’re here to help you connect to your roots through language.

Linguaphile is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a 2014 Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant recipient.

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Team

Michelle McCloskey

Michelle McCloskey

Founder of Linguaphile

A lover of cats and travel, she has spent most of her adult life learning Turkish, Mandarin Chinese, and Uyghur. She hopes to learn enough Tagalog or Ilokano to one day impress her grandparents in their native languages. She is also a proud alumna of Drexel University in Philadelphia and the University of Texas-Austin.

Yusuf Selim Alan

Yusuf Selim Alan

Turkish Instructor

A graduate of Boğaziçi University and native İstanbullu. When he’s not helping out with Turkish lessons at Linguaphile, he can be found in the many cafes around Üsküdar and Kadıköy.

Michelle McCloskey

Michelle McCloskey

Founder of Linguaphile

A lover of cats and travel, she has spent most of her adult life learning Turkish, Mandarin Chinese, and Uyghur. She hopes to learn enough Tagalog or Ilokano to one day impress her grandparents in their native languages. She is also a proud alumna of Drexel University in Philadelphia and the University of Texas-Austin.

Yusuf Selim Alan

Yusuf Selim Alan

Turkish Instructor

A graduate of Boğaziçi University and native İstanbullu. When he’s not helping out with Turkish lessons at Linguaphile, he can be found in the many cafes around Üsküdar and Kadıköy.

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What We Do

Community


We bring speakers of extinct, diaspora, indigenous, and less commonly taught languages together to cultivate online communities.

Teach


We curate and create cultural, conversational, and collaborative language content for our communities to get the languages thriving online.

Let's Collaborate

Big or small ideas, we want to work with you to help keep languages stay alive.