The Basque language, the pride of an entire region

On the Saint-Jean-de-Luz market (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), don’t be panic if you don’t understand everything. To speak Basque is first of all to be Basque. And know that it is not the easiest language. “We are proud of our land, of our heritage and therefore of our language passed down through generations” ; “Almost all my family speaks Basque, that’s normal” ; “We care about our culture, our history and our language. It seems quite normal to me that Basque is spoken in all aspects of everyday life”.

Almost a quarter of the population speaks Basque, and even more, sings it. Stirring sounds, powerful voices that express the pride of being Basque. “When we sing in the Basque language, there are vibrations that sometimes we cannot see in other languages”, confides a singer choir of the Pottoroak club. But Basque is also the business of the youngest. In this college, the students take their lessons in Basque, one day to pass it on in their turn.

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