It sucks that they aren't developing any Mesoamerican indigenous languages courses, like nahuatl or yucatec. I would love to help with the development of one, but I am not a fluent speaker, just an advanced one. Although I could probably fill most of the categories correctly. In fact I'm currently helping developing an introduction course on Memrise. I speak a dialect from Milpa Alta. Anyone else?
For example just off the top of my head for lessons 1 in Basics, the Duolingo way:
Nehuatl-Me or I
Ahmo-no or not
Telpocatl-Boy or young man
Piltontli -Boy (More common)
In is definitely an article, meaning the. For example "In tlacameh ihuan cihuameh"=The men and women. It doesn't need to be put in front of everything, but I will probably explain that in memrise. It isn't even that important and some people hardly use it at all.
Yes! You are already learning plurals from pure context! But there are more plurals and there is a lot more to it (which I'll explain later), but you are already on the right track!
Really weird bit of the dialect I've been learning. In super formal speech we add -(i)n to the end of a word to make it "the".
So "tzapulli"=cricket, but "tzapulin"=the cricket. Likewise "an"=the water
BUT, we also say "in tzapulli/tzapulin" in normal speech. I should also mention that I'm NOT a native speaker. I've been learning for two years from a friend in mexico. The biggest thing about learning Nahuatl is openness and preparedness for all of the variations we have, like how I say "tza" where others might say "cha". Nahuatl still has no formal dialect to call the standard, so there's a lot of weirdness one can learn. :)
I dont speak a bit of spanish so I had to look up by what you ment as "Chico" and "Niño". And my answer is...Yes! I mean, if I really spoke spanish I could tell you for sure. One of them is not more common or anything, as it depends on the speaker or region. In fact, I think i remember someone asking this question along time ago. And I am sure the answer was that Poltontli is closer to Niño. If that helps any.
I'd love to learn Nahuatl at some point, I found it while researching indigenous languages in Mexico and it, along with Yucatec Maya were the two that interested me most along with Trique, which actually has a small community of speakers in a city near my city. Learning a language indigenous to the Americas is definitely something I'm interested in doing at some point so it would be awesome if you could send a link to the memrise course when you complete it.
No problem, I'll definitely link it and might make a course here like I've seen some people do with languages. Trique huh? Tell me how that goes, sound cool. Native American languages are awesome. I study yucatec, cherokee, and Nahuatl. I even know a little ancient Mayan glyphs and literature. I highly recommend learning the Mayan ancient glyphs, especially if you like art. I learned from a few documents I still have somewhere on my pc.
and might make a course here like I've seen some people do with languages.
That's part of how Hebrew for English speakers got in the Incubator! http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/User-created_lessons#Hebrew links to the Hebrew Time lessons posted in the forums before Duolingo added Hebrew for English speakers to the incubator.
Intresting, thanks for letting me know. I might give it a try, if I have time between school.
Yes I do agree, Nahuatl sounds very "cool" and I also agree it is hard to find online resources, and even more if you don't speak Spanish. Real life is the best way...but not everyone can and that's Ok, we can still cover some cool stuff.
In fact there are many Nahuatl speakers, but not all of them can afford computers or are too old.
Hey everyone. I just started a nahuatl course and its short first lesson in discussions if anyone is interested. I wish to spread what I know about this beautifull culture and its language. I want to spread the word to those who primarly use Duolingo for language learning/foundation.
As Mexican and of course spanish speaker I think it would be almost an obligation that we learn any of the indigenous languages (at least the one from the region where we live). Sadly that is not part of the education in general. I really admire those who can speak either Nahuatl, Zapotec, Maya, Totonac, etc specially when coming from traditional teaching ways, to know, beyond grammar is the relation with the cultural and natural landscape. I just know a few words in nahuatl and would wish to learn more. I noticed that Guarani for instance is now available for spanish speakers and cherokee is on its way, so why not at least one or two from Mesoamerica?
Do you happen to know someone who speaks Nahuatl that could contribute to the Nahuatl for Spanish speakers course?
They can apply here:
Check out the Yucatec Mayan language which is now in phase 1 of development!
I would looooove to have Nahuatl on Duolingo! I'm planning to do some research this summer in Mexico with Nahuatl speakers, and I've been trying to teach myself through online courses, but having a Duolingo course would make things soooo much easier and also help revitalization efforts in general.
Would you possibly consider contributing to the Nahuatl for Spanish speakers course ?
You can apply here:
Check out the Yucatec Mayan language for Spanish speakers course is already in phase 1!
Duolingo needs to make a course in Nahuatl. Preferably a spoken variant such as Huastec, which could help foster the revitalization of this forgotten language in Mexico. This is the most widely spoken indigenous language in Mexico, yet it is endangered. Many young people don't care for it but the few that do find it difficult to search for online material, including myself!
I am from Veracruz & Nāhuatl is a main language along with Huasteca (Teenek), Totonaca, Otomi which I would love to learn. these 4 languages are dying & I’d like to keep the culture alive
Damn, Duolingo has Klingon & High Valyrian which are useless languages & Esperanto is a language with not majority anywhere or importance. At least they finally added Guarani & Arabic
If Duolingo adds nāhuatl however it’ll either be huasteca nāhuatl or classical nāhuatl
Glad Duolingo is adding Quiche & Yucatec Maya but I mean Nāhuatl, Otomi, Aymara, Garífuna, Kekchi, Mam, Miskito, Quechua, are needed & maybe to some extent Huasteca, Totonaca & Afro-Seminole Creole
Do you know somebody you could ask in Veracruz or Mexico in general that would be able to apply to be a contributor for the Nahuatl for Spanish speakers course?
If so, they can apply here:
Check out the status of Yucatec it is in phase 1 how awesome!
Could you sign up to become a Spanish to Nahuatl language contributor here:
Look at the Yucatec course it is already in Phase 1 how exciting!
Way to go!!! :-) Even though it's useless for me because I don't know Spanish, I'm really happy about that. Imagine how happy I'd be if you made an english course. Cause I relly really want to learn Nahualt, but I have lessons in university and it's difficult to find the amount of time I need to learn it without a good course.
If you would like, once my memrise course is about halfway complete i could link it to you?
I'd love to see this course come to fruition here on DuoLingo. It'd be interesting to learn a Mesoamerican language, and it would certainly add to the linguistic diversity of DuoLingo. I reckon it would most likely be a Nahuatl for Spanish Speakers course, but that's not a problem for me; I already speak Spanish. If I hear news of this language being in the works, I'll definitely be interested in learning! c:
I have a close relative who speaks it fluently, knows the different variations of the extinct Tlahuac, Atzcapotzalco and Xochimilco quite well but for some weird reason (which sucks), he never bothered to teach me.
I would enjoy learning Nahuatl to put my pitch of salt to save the language from extinction. It would give a sensr of nationalist pride to mexicans.
Otomi would be cool because it is such an unusual language, Chol Yucatec Maya would come in handy because many of them don't speak Spanish fluently and also Huichol.
Still happy Guarani was included. That would be fun to learn.
Would you be able to ask your relative to join the contributing team part time for the Nahuatl for Spanish speakers course?
He can sign up here:
That way we can get Nahuatl !
Look at Yucatec, it is already in phase 1 of development:
That would be cool. I studied yucatec mayan for a while, and it has the largest presence online, so it will probably be that one. I couldn't say I would be much contribution to yucatec like I would be Nahuatl.
I have no idea what Duolingo is planning but I think it is more likely that the K'iche' dialect would be the one they'll use for the upcoming course. Don't forget that the founder of Duolingo is from Guatemala. Also, K'iche' is the largest dialect of Mayan by the number of native speakers.
Really? I didn't know the founder of Duolingo was from Guatemala. Well eithier way, i already know a good amount of yucatec, so adding K'iche' to the list will be awesome.
BTW, it'll most likely be for Spanish speakers instead of English speakers, so you could take Spanish for English speakers on Duolingo to get ready for Yucatec or K'iche' for Spanish speakers. :)
In the comments on https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9609404 one cluster of comments is about whether it should be for Spanish speakers or English speakers.
Are you possibly interested in making a Duolingo course ?
Somebody is making the Yucatec language right now, my girlfriend is from Yucatan and thats cool but my family is from the Mexico city area where they speak/spoke nahuatl and I really want to learn it on duolingo.
Here is the yucatec progress in phase 1:
Nahuatl is a very important and fascinating language spoken in Mexico. I am very interested in learning it and we can still make it happen!
Look even the Yucatec Mayan language for Spanish speakers is now being developed for Duolingo and is in Phase 1 of release!
And even more amazing that Guarani the native language of Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia is already available now to study on Duolingo for Spanish Speakers!
Does anybody speak Nahuatl who can make a Spanish or English course?
I hope to see a Nahuatl course made for Spanish speakers soon and whoever does it will be preserving a very historically important language for the world :)