I remember that about thirty years ago, being in the house of the famous Basque sculptor, Jorge Oteiza, he explained to me the great cultural significance of the fact that in one of the abundant prehistoric caves of Baskonia —specifically in the Isturitz cave, North Baskonia or French Basque Country— a flute made from the ulna bone of a vulture would have been discovered. That happened during the Aurignacian period, about 30,000 years ago.
We both understood fluently that if there was a flute, there would also be music and musicians, and dancing and dancers. All that told us that culture had been surprisingly born and would flourish for many millennia and millennia until the lyric of words emerged —words they called “hitz”— in an ancient language that was spun and woven in the darkness of those prehistoric caves of the eternal Baskonia. This is how this millenary language was born and forged and it was called “hizkuntz”, since the down of time.
In my opinion, the most beautiful language is Basque and I say it because I speak it and I know it, like many other languages. Basque is an intelligent language that comes from the Paloelitic. Therefore, it is very curious that, despite this, its grammatical rules combine simplicity and pragmatism, giving honor to its 12,000 years of existence.
It is very significant that Basque language is very musical and pleasant and uses a series of mathematical rules in the construction of sentences and compound words. It also has the great advantage of only using five vowels, like Spanish or Castilian which was the Romance language that began to be spoken by Basques in the Middle Ages.
Even so, it is a pity that, due to ignorance and lack of rigor, there is a false stereotype that places the Basque language as the most difficult language in Europe, when it is much easier to learn than other languages lost in their guttural sounds, barely perceptible to those who haven’t had contact with them.
They are very conspicuous languages but their pronunciation offers multiple different sounds and they confuse with vowels that are pronounced as randomly and differently than they should, when using their Latin characters to write them. There are aspects in Basque that are not found in others languages because this amazing language is always written as pronounced and that is to be appreciated.
Finally, I will point out that the Basque language is generous in its learning, something that does not happen with other languages, that first you have to study 80% to be able to understand only 20%.