Island Down to Last 100 Manx Speakers
A UK news article has called into question the relevance of lesser-used languages like the Manx language in the 21st century.
They ask the question are these languages worth saving?
They highlight the statistic that on the Island the Manx language is now only being survived by 100 people, out of a population of 82,000.
Paul Rogers is a teacher at the Bunscoill Ghaelagh - the School that speaks exclusively Manx, based in St John’s; he thinks that the language is currently at its healthiest state in decades, claiming that the articles suggestion that 100 was a low figure couldn't be further from the truth.
He said for the population to have 100 people speaking it fluently is highly positive given it nearly totally vanished, he says he thinks its resurgance in popularity is primarily down to a change in attitudes toward learning new languages.