Basque - A Language of Mystery

  • เผยแพร่เมื่อ 3 พ.ค. 2016
  • This video is all about the mysteries of Euskara - the Basque language of the Basque people in Europe.
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    Current patrons include: Nicholas Shelokov, Brandon Gonzalez, 谷雨 穆, Adrian Zhang, Vadim Sobolev, Yixin Alfred Wang, Kaan Ergen, Sky, Romain Paulus, Panot, Erik Edelmann, Bennet, James Zavaleta, Ulrike Baumann, Ian Martyn, Justin Faistand, and Panthea Madjidi for their generous Patreon support.
    Thanks to Juan José Oñate for his audio samples of Basque.
    Source for info at the 2:50 mark:
    Example sentences taken from “A Brief Grammer of Euskara, the Basque Language” by Itziar Laka, University of the Basque Country.
    Dama-May - Primal Drive by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( )
    Outro song: "Cromag Beat" by Silent Partner.
    Intro track 1: "Tribal War Council" by Doug Maxwell and Media Right.

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  • a markitos
    a markitos 2 ปีที่แล้ว +3

    Hi, I'm a native Basque speaker and I must admit I'm really impressed. Everything you've said is accurate af. Congratulations, this is an amazing video and it is clear that you have made a great deal of research. I hope you continue making such good videos.

  • Itziar Unciti
    Itziar Unciti 2 ปีที่แล้ว +963

    "Emakume", in english "woman", is made up of two words : "eman" (in english "give") + "(k)ume" (in english "child).

  • whoamireally
    whoamireally 2 ปีที่แล้ว +778

    I am basque, I speak basque thanks to school. A lot of students complain about the fact that it's almost compulsory to study every subject in that language. I think it's great, even if sometimes people whose mother tongue is spanish hace difficulties to express fully with the teachers or in essays and exams. The only way to protect it is by making it a big part of our culture, it's fragile, it's beautiful and very special. Euskara babestu!

  • Ignácio ‘Igno’ Grundingles The Great Sr.
    Ignácio ‘Igno’ Grundingles The Great Sr. ปีที่แล้ว +1

    The french republic suppressed basque and all other 'regional' languages by banning them in schools too. They also created a culture of shame around those languages which was almost fatal to them, and the governments today still continue to slowly and shamelessly kill our languages in the name of 'unity'.

  • Aimar AB
    Aimar AB ปีที่แล้ว +785

    Dude, I am basque, so proud of it, and I do speak basque, it is compulsory to learn it in school, and we always try not to loose our language. Thanks for showin it to the world

  • Edwin Hidalgo
    Edwin Hidalgo ปีที่แล้ว +743

    Well, as a linguist I must remind you the Spanish language (Castilian in Spain, but I am South American) has a great Basque influence. Not much in vocabulary but in pronunciation. For example, Basque (Euskera, its real name) hates labiodental sounds. That is why Spanish does not have the sound V as the other Romance languages. We write Gobierno. And V is only for spelling, because we always pronounce B. And we have cut occasionally even the other labiodental sound F. Instead of Farina (flour in Italian), we say Harina; Hijo is son (filho in Portuguese). This is because Castilian was influenced by Euskera from Navarre in the Middle Ages.

  • M J
    M J 4 ปีที่แล้ว +578

    I'm Basque and very proud because of your video, you did a very good job describing this beautiful lenguage!

  • Nerea Guiral Díez
    Nerea Guiral Díez 2 ปีที่แล้ว +435


  • leomuar 128
    leomuar 128 ปีที่แล้ว +55

    I am Basque and I have to admit that I love to see people from other countries that are not spain speak about our language so that more people know it

  • Andrés Peredo
    Andrés Peredo ปีที่แล้ว +52

    As Spaniard from a region without any other language than Castillian, I think it would be really cool if every school teaches as a third language one of the other co-oficial languages of the country. I think that would be very enriching.

  • Kiersten Reynoso
    Kiersten Reynoso 2 ปีที่แล้ว +221

    Unique languages like this are so amazing and fascinating to me.

  • Christophe de Bassompierre
    Christophe de Bassompierre ปีที่แล้ว +49

    Interesting comparisons could be made with the structure of languages such as Korean and Japanese. Definitely worth a study.

  • Original Soundtrack
    Original Soundtrack 6 ปีที่แล้ว +6

    Some interesting facts about basque (I'm basque):

  • Alejandro Marín Gutiérrez
    Alejandro Marín Gutiérrez 2 ปีที่แล้ว +71

    I' m not basque but I really appreciate their culture and way of life!

  • jose bengoechea
    jose bengoechea ปีที่แล้ว +42

    Thank you for bringing light to Euskera. We need more people like you that are lovers of language in this world. I am a Basque American, have only learned about half of the language, but have immersed myself deeply in our culture and history. Many many thanks. Eskerrik asko

  • Ju Hun Kim

    I know it sounds very awkward to many people. However, the order of words is so amazingly similar to Korean which is known to be another isolated language. Both languages have S+O+V structure. The perfect aspect and the ending with "da" (is) and its variables like dio and du are so similar too. Take one sentence for example from your clip, "The Child fell in the street." could be translated to "Ai-ka Kil-wuie Numeo-jud-da." 아이가 길위에 넘어졌다. Ai(child)+ka(case for subject) Kil(street)+wuie(on, or upon for original meaning but like "in" for your term) Numeo (fall or fell)+jud(perfect aspect)+da(is). "The man has given the book to the child." could be translated into Korean, 아저씨가 아이에게 책을 주었다. Ajeosi-ka Ai-eoke Chaek-ul Ju-eod-da. It is Ajeosi(the man)+ka (case for subject) Ai (child)+eoke(to), Chaek(book)+ul(case for object) Ju(give)-eod(perfect aspect)+da(is). Anyway, it is very interesting.

  • Jimmy Bowman
    Jimmy Bowman 2 ปีที่แล้ว +107

    Howdy. You may be interested to know that there's a large and very proud Basque community here in Idaho. In Boise, there's a "Basque Quarter" that includes festivals, a museum, and a community center. Pretty interesting!

  • Spaize Munkie
    Spaize Munkie ปีที่แล้ว +73

    Wow, I'm late to the party! Interesting video. I don't think there's any chance of the Basque language dying in France. We have Basque and French road signs for example. The kiddos learn Basque at school. The French Basque are very proud to be Basque and they continue to pass this important culture on to their mini-Basque people! 😀

  • Trader Vic
    Trader Vic 3 ปีที่แล้ว +1

    I found this video today, 3 years after it was published, celebrating 50,000 subs. The channel is now at 700,000. Dude, nice job. :-)

  • Adan Eden
    Adan Eden ปีที่แล้ว +41

    Las lenguas de la humanidad son uno de los más grandes e invaluables tesoros de éste planeta por lo que un canal dedicado a su difusión, estudio y preservación es también de inestimable valor.