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Just Whistle!

Tzipi Wolner

La Gomera is also known as the Whistling Island. Why? Because its inhabitants don’t just speak Spanish; they also whistle it! Silbo Gomero is a language of whistling.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Whistling Words

Long ago, the people of La Gomera spent all day working their fields and herding their sheep. It was lonely high in the mountains, and even talking to a neighbor was hard as the houses were so far apart. So people learned to communicate by whistling to each other. How is this possible? Because a whistle can be heard up to two miles (3.2 km) away.  

 

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