The World's Most Beautiful Language?

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"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his  own language, that goes to his heart."

 — Nelson Mandela

Music is the universal language of mankind. No matter who we are or where we are from, music can make us all feel a vast range of emotions, can make us think and see in different ways, can inspire us, boost us just the same way it can break and overwhelm us.

Humans have been creating music for over 40,000 years and research suggests it may have allowed our distant ancestors to communicate before the invention of language, been linked to the establishment of monogamy and helped provide the social glue needed for the emergence of the first large early and pre-human societies. The Hmong people, an ethnic group inhabiting the foothills of the Himalayas, communicate in a language of music, a language of whistles. 

To hear their beautiful melodies is like sitting in the middle of a forest listening to the sound of birds singing, and to know this dazzling melodies hide in them complex and elaborate messages demonstrates the incredible human abilities to communicate and the capacity of the brain to break down and interpret harmonious keys and chords into thoughts, ideas and feelings.

Today these cryptic languages are highly used in between couples and lovers to communicate their love, their desires and their dreams . However paradoxically, it has also been a very effective weapon of war. During the Second World War, the Australian Army recruited Wam speakers from Papua New Guinea, to successfully evade Japanese radio eavesdroppers through whistle messages.

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These delightful melodies may be the closest to the sounds of humanity’s first words. And we shall move quickly if we want to save this language. Rescue and treasure it before those echoes from our earliest primeval ancestors are forever gone.

Ava L.