La Gomera is one of the smallest Canary Islands, and it’s a place where its inhabitants communicate with each other by whistling. As you walk along the beach in La Gomera, you can hear the sounds of the Gomeran whistle, an ancient language that the locals still use, in which Spanish is replaced by two whistled vowels and four consonants.

No one knows when they started doing this or where it came from, but when the first European settlers arrived in the 15th Century, they were already doing it, and with the arrival of the Spanish, they adapted the whistling language to Spanish.

The original inhabitants were of North African origin, where there other whistled languages exist or existed. read more