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Wikitongues is a global nonprofit community of over 1,000 volunteers working to ensure every person has the tools to preserve, promote, and pass their languages on to the next generation. In addition to distributing accessible frameworks for language preservation, we're building a public archive of oral histories in every language in the world. This user group facilitates contribution from our initiative to Wikimedia projects.

Wikitongues began as a grassroots initiative in 2014 and has been a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit since 2016.


Wikitongues is increasing the scope of language content for Wikimedia projects and expanding their overall linguistic diversity.

Language Content[edit]

All appropriately licensed Wikitongues content is hosted on the the Wikimedia Commons.

  • We recruit volunteers to record video oral histories in their native language.
  • We contribute all appropriately licensed Wikitongues language documentation to relevant Wikimedia projects.
  • We introduce language activists to the Wikimedia movement and educate the general public about:
    • Linguistic preservation;
    • Oral history production; and
    • Digital media publishing as it pertains to Creative Commons Licensing.

Language Events[edit]

Wikitongues aims to organize events that expand the quantity and quality of language-related content on Wikimedia projects and improve the overall linguistic diversity of Wikimedia. These will include translate-a-thons, edit-a-thons, and “record-a-thons” for the Wikimedia Commons.

  • We coordinate with local WMF affiliates and partners to organize translate-a-thons for Wikimedia projects.
  • In the future, we aim to organize Wikipedia training sessions for language activists who wish to launch Wikipedia editions in their language.


Daniel Bogre Udell speaking at Wikipedia Day 2018
Language recording at Wikimania 2018
Wikitongues-Odia Wikimedians User Group in Cape Town.



2018 was a big year for Wikitongues and Wikimedia!


  • We launched our official Wikimedia user group.
  • We participated in Wikipedia Day 2018 in New York City
    • Daniel Bogre Udell (talk) expanded upon his Wikimania lightning talk by presenting examples of Internet-based language activism on every continent.


  • We updated our licensing system to track language documentation under CCbySA.
  • We co-organized the April 2018 Translate-A-Thon at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.



  • Ben Jones-White presented Wikitongues at WikiConference North America in Ohio.
  • We contributed over 300 language videos to the Wikimedia Commons.
  • We systemized the Wikitongues-Wikimedia contribution flow for future language videos.
  • We co-organized the first-ever Afro-Recordathon in at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.


Coming soon!

How to Contribute[edit]

Submit a video[edit]

To contribute a video to Wikitongues, simply upload it to the Wikimedia Commons under the Wikitongues category and fill out the following form.

Join our volunteer community[edit]

Anyone who speaks a language (everyone) is invited join our community: either add your name to the community section below or fill out our volunteer application.


  • If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave them on the talk page.
  • You can also visit us online at or drop us a line at hello(at)

WhatsApp Group[edit]

If you enjoy texting, you may join our WhatsApp Group.


To join us, simply add your name below.

Designated Contacts[edit]