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There are hundreds of thousands if not a couple of million speakers of Riograndenser Hunsrückisch at various levels of fluency and with different levels of interest in this traditionally non-written Germanic language (it was severely repressed by the Vargas Regime during World War II, and until recently suffered strong lack of social prestige). There has been a slow revival up and coming which with the advent of modern communications is consolidating... The state of Rio Grande do Sul this year approved unanimously (51 in favor - 0 against) Law proposal # 14061 (Processo 20047.01.00/12-8) set forth by state representative João Fischer that the Riograndenser Hunsrückisch language is officially recognized as part of the "historical cultural patrimony" of the state (please see here: http://proweb.procergs.com.br/consulta_proposicao.asp?SiglaTipo=PL%20&NroProposicao=14&AnoProposicao=2012 ). The official Brazilian cultural institute Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional / IPHAN also recognizes this minority language as a national cultural good worth protection and maintenance (please see mention of Riograndenser Hunsrückisch at the IPHAN website: http://portal.iphan.gov.br/portal/montarDetalheConteudo.do?id=13808&sigla=Noticia&retorno=detalheNoticia ). It is important to note that this language has almost two hundred years of history in the New World, with most of it's speakers living in the south of South America, specifically in the Plata River Basin but mostly in the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. I myself grew up with both the national language, Portuguese, and Hunsrückisch Plattdeitsch at home, and in the community at large. I am also fluent in English, having obtained my bachelor degree here in the United States. I also have very good fluency in both High German and in Spanish. Please see the Ethnologue - Languages of the World assessment of the Hunsrückisch language: http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=hrx ; you can also find additional information here at my Facebook page Riograndenser Hunsrückisch: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Riograndenser-Hunsr%C3%BCckisch/366655020086673 ; and on my blog about the language: http://www.hunsriqueano.riolingo.com/blog/?author=2 . Please feel free to contact me personally for further clarification: Paul Beppler email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org ; my home phone number in Seattle, Washington is 206-709-9881 .