TIL about Silbo Gomero, a language spoken entirely by whistling. Developed by natives of La Gomera, Canary Islands. The language enabled long distance communication across the deep ravines and narrow valleys of the island, allowing messages to be exchanged over distances up to 5km (3.1mi).

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  1. It’s not a standalone language; it’s an encoding of Spanish into whistling. It’s kind of like writing – it’s a way of converting a language’s sounds into another format.

    It’s also not alone; there’s quite a few whistled versions of languages around the world.

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