Wikitongues is a global nonprofit community of over 1,000 volunteers working to ensure every person has the tools to preserve, promote, and pass their languages on to the next generation. In addition to distributing accessible frameworks for language preservation, we're building a public archive of oral histories in every language in the world. This user group facilitates contribution from our initiative to Wikimedia projects.

Wikitongues began as a grassroots initiative in 2014 and has been a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit since 2016.

Objectives edit

Wikitongues is increasing the scope of language content for Wikimedia projects and expanding their overall linguistic diversity.

Language Content edit

All appropriately licensed Wikitongues content is hosted on the the Wikimedia Commons.

  • We recruit volunteers to record video oral histories in their native language.
  • We contribute all appropriately licensed Wikitongues language documentation to relevant Wikimedia projects.
  • We introduce language activists to the Wikimedia movement and educate the general public about:
    • Linguistic preservation;
    • Oral history production; and
    • Digital media publishing as it pertains to Creative Commons Licensing.

Language Events edit

Wikitongues aims to organize events that expand the quantity and quality of language-related content on Wikimedia projects and improve the overall linguistic diversity of Wikimedia. These will include translate-a-thons, edit-a-thons, and “record-a-thons” for the Wikimedia Commons.

  • We coordinate with local WMF affiliates and partners to organize translate-a-thons for Wikimedia projects.
  • In the future, we aim to organize Wikipedia training sessions for language activists who wish to launch Wikipedia editions in their language.

Activities edit

Daniel Bogre Udell speaking at Wikipedia Day 2018
Language recording at Wikimania 2018
Wikitongues-Odia Wikimedians User Group in Cape Town.

2017 edit

2018 edit

2018 was a big year for Wikitongues and Wikimedia!

Q1 edit

  • We launched our official Wikimedia user group.
  • We participated in Wikipedia Day 2018 in New York City
    • Daniel Bogre Udell (talk) expanded upon his Wikimania lightning talk by presenting examples of Internet-based language activism on every continent.

Q2 edit

  • We updated our licensing system to track language documentation under CCbySA.
  • We co-organized the April 2018 Translate-A-Thon at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.

Q3 edit

Q4 edit

  • Ben Jones-White presented Wikitongues at WikiConference North America in Ohio.
  • We contributed over 300 language videos to the Wikimedia Commons.
  • We systemized the Wikitongues-Wikimedia contribution flow for future language videos.
  • We co-organized the first-ever Afro-Recordathon in at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.

2019 edit

All 2019 activities to date may be found in our 2018-2019 User Group report.

May 3rd, 2019 - May 2nd, 2020 edit

All activities from this period may be found in our 2019-2020 User Group report.

May 3rd, 2020 - May 2nd, 2021 edit

All activities from this period may be found in our 2020-2021 User Group report.

May 3rd, 2021 - May 2nd, 2022 edit

All activities from this period may be found in our 2021-2022 User Group report.

May 3rd, 2022 - May 2nd, 2023 edit

All activities from this period may be found in our 2022-2023 User Group report.

How to Contribute edit

Submit a video edit

To contribute a video to Wikitongues, simply upload it to the Wikimedia Commons under the Wikitongues category and fill out the following form.

Suggested Edits edit

The following videos have been added to language articles, the rest have not.
Video name/Link to Wikimedia Commons File usage on Wikipedia Used on Meta Other projects
Anass speaking Tarifi - لهجة تريفيت - Rifeny - Tarifit - Rifian language - Idioma rifeño and Lenguas bereberes - Langues berbères and Rifain - Lingua berbera and Lingua tarifit - Tutlayt tarifit - Riffijns - Línguas berberes and Língua rifenha - Берберские языки and Рифский язык - Berberspråk

Anass speaking Moroccan Arabic - لهجة مغربية Marokkansk arabisk - Moroccan Arabic - Árabe marroquí - Arabe marocain - Arabo marocchino - Marokkansk-arabisk - Árabe marroquino - Марокканский диалект арабского языка - Marockansk arabiska


Abderrahman speaking Tachelhit - لهجة تشلحيت - Shilha language - Lenguas bereberes and Idioma tashelhit - Langues berbères and Chleuh - Tutlayt tacelḥit - Berberspråk

Andi speaking Batak Toba - Tataramon na Toba Batak - Toba Batak language

Samuel speaking Gaa - Ga language Grants:Simple/Applications/AfroCROWD/2018-2019
Afek speaking Tunisian Arabic - Txikipedia:Arabiera - Arabo tunisino

Namibian Sign Language - Namibian Sign Language
Timothy speaking Chi-Chewa - Chewa language
Aakriti speaking Kashmiri - Kashmiri language
Alessandro speaking Ligurian - Ligurian (Romance language)
Allan speaking Gwich'in - Gwich'in
Candy speaking Malagasy - Malgaština - Malagasy (Sprache)

Christine speaking Shetlandic - Scots language, Shetland Scots

- Christine De Luca - Q5110992
Daisy speaking Kinyarwanda - Kinyarwanda
Darma speaking Minangkabau - Minangkabauische Sprache
Elizabeth speaking Cornish - Kornische Sprache
Foffo speaking Neapolitan - Neapolitan language
Freddie speaking Portuguese - Txikipedia:Portuges
Gereon speaking English - Txikipedia:Ingeles hizkuntza
Gereon speaking German. - Txikipedia:Aleman
Hans speaking Sranan - Sranantongo - Sranan Tongo

Iain speaking Scottish Gaelic - Schottisch-gälische Sprache
DaSupremo speaking Ghanaian Pidgin - Ghanaian Pidgin

Join our volunteer community edit

Anyone who speaks a language (everyone) is invited join our community: either add your name to the community section below and feel free to join our TELEGRAM GROUP

Questions? edit

  • If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave them on the talk page.
  • You can also visit us online at or drop us a line at hello wikitongues org.

Community edit

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Designated Contacts edit

See also edit