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At school in Tecate in the 1950s, a city sitting on Mexico's border with the United States, Josefina Meza was welcomed by a chorus of children's chants in a language she did not understand.UNESCO named 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages, committing to working with governments and native peoples to rescue endangered and threatened tongues among the 600-some surviving indigenous tongues in the region.Paraguayan Guarani, one of the two official languages of Paraguay, is still spoken by some 12 million people in South America and nine out of 10 Paraguayans.Programs in the languages of Aymara and Ashaninca soon followed.But across the Americas, indigenous activists say the policy shifts are too little, too late. They say it remains impossible to navigate most countries using indigenous languages, and a number blame governments.In the past five centuries, more than 1,000 languages disappeared in Brazil.Elsewhere, even widely spoken tongues like Quechua face problems when it comes to the language of technology. Like Quechua, Nahuatl was a dominant language in the Americas.However, although the language still has 1.5 million speakers, it once had many more.
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