Surayt (also known as Turoyo) is a Neo-Aramaic language, traditionally spoken by the Syriac Christians (also known as Arameans and Assyrians) in different countries in the Middle East, and today by approximately 250,000 people in Europe.
Surayt is a continuation of the ancient Aramaic language – famous as the language of Jesus – with a distinguished cultural and linguistic history over a period of more than 3,000 years.
Surayt has predominantly been a spoken language.
Surayt is classified as ‘severely endangered’ by the UNESCO, because of the emigration or expulsion of its speakers from their native areas in the last 50 years.
The future viability of Surayt is related to the efforts and projects that aim to develop durable educational sources and innovative tools for teaching Surayt.