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Potential Cherokee Course?

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About six months ago, I posted a message about wanting a Cherokee or other Native American course to be made. Since then, I decided to contact the Cherokee Nation Language Department and sent them an Email proposing the idea of a Cherokee course. Just now, I received a reply from the Email; they took an interest in the site and applied to create the Cherokee-English course! Because there are presumably more that a couple of people who are a part of the Cherokee Nation Language Department, a successful application is likely and there is a good chance the Course will be created! Don't get me wrong, teaching the Cherokee language is no walk in the park; it might take months, if not a year, for the Course to launch in Beta. However, you have to start somewhere! :)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/JeffA2
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Wow, thanks a lot for taking the initiative to contact the Cherokee Nation about this. That was a great idea, and I would definitely think that it will make it more likely that the course will be accepted into the incubator. This kind of official connection was what allowed Ukrainian and Swahili to be started, and it seems like a really good idea. It gives Duolingo more assurance that the course will be produced by people willing to stick with it and put in the work.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grey236
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slowly claps in admiration No seriously this is amazing! I just wished they would add Navajo too because it's starting to "die" out

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ezkertia
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All indigenous languages of the United States are endangered. There are no exceptions.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grey236
grey236
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Well Cherokee is very famous so it's often learned/taught in schools more. Navajo really isn't being taught anymore. But I do understand what you're saying about all of them dying out :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ezkertia
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I'm not convinced that Cherokee is better off than Navajo--Navajo has an order of magnitude more speakers than Cherokee, and there are still children learning the language. But my point is that Navajo and Cherokee are among the more healthy indigenous languages of the US, and the fact that even they are struggling means we have a serious problem. Languages like Arapaho, Aleut, Sahaptin, Caddo, or Seneca, to name just a handful, are in even worse shape.

Having said that, I'd love to see a Cherokee course, or a course in any other native language of North America.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam9812

The problem is, there are so many, and a rather small pool of people in the US interested into learn another language, that this is almost inevitable.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KevanSF
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What a great thing! I do hope Cherokee can make it to the incubator and eventually become a language that people all over the world could learn.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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If properly-qualified fluent Cherokee speakers have applied, I can't see how Duolingo could turn them down; it's certainly in keeping with Duo's stated aim of supporting threatened languages. iOS even supports input in Cherokee syllables.

I do hope this is true!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Noah_B_16
Noah_B_16
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I promise it is, hopefully we are both right and the course will appear in the incubator soon. They said that they are waiting for a response and I asked if they could keep me updated, but have not yet received a response. It took about a month for them to reply to the 1st Email, so I don't know when I will get a response to this one. Here's hoping! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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I hope Duolingo responds to their application very quickly!

Doesn't Duolingo sometimes wait until after they decide to add a course to see if anyone applied to volunteer for it, which could be months or years after those applications were sent in? :/

I would recommend that you also contact Duolingo more directly, not only through the incubator application page, to make sure they know that people from the Cherokee Nation Language Department have applied. The closest thing I have found to a general contact email is press@duolingo.com .

You could also contact the volunteers for the Ukrainian and Swahili courses. Those courses are part of a partnership bewteen Duolingo and the U.S. Peace Corps. These volunteers might have advice for how to start a partnership between Duolingo and the Cherokee Nation Language Department.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Noah_B_16
Noah_B_16
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I sent an email to that email address and am waiting for a response. In the email, I pretty much said that Cherokee would be a good addition to the list of languages and that they should look for the applications that the Cherokee Nation sent. Hopefully I will get a response soon. Thanks for sharing the email address, though; wouldn't have known how to email them if you didn't give it to me. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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You're welcome! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DerGoldmann
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I hope you also encouraged them to make an effort to contact the Duolingo office in Pittsburgh directly. If Cherokee is not on their radar at the moment their well-meaning applications will likely go unnoticed.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson
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This is brilliant!!!!

This is so much better than all the pointless language request posts we get in this forum. They achieve nothing. This, on the other hand, stands a really good chance of making something happen!

Duolingo is much more likely to add a language, if groups like this offer their services. Not only can Duolingo be assured that they are knowledgable, but also that they have access to the necessary resources and that they are very unlikely to flake out on them. Also if they are co-located, it makes collaboration much easier.

I wish more people would try to do this.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachael.cr3
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That is awesome! I'm really excited to learn Cherokee when the course is eventually finished! The alphabet is so beautiful.

Maybe I'll send this to my local First Nation (Okanagan) and see if they are interested. If nothing else it could be very useful to schoolchildren, students and local residents here.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Woodness11
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Wow, great job man! This would be an awesome addition and I would definitely be a participant in the course!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doktorkampi
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So cool!!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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https://www.duolingo.com/underwood.jones
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D'aww, thanks for linking my post! :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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You're welcome! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/underwood.jones
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I have often, often, often hoped the Cherokee Nation would contribute to a Duo course. The way the language is constructed does not lend it to Duo well at all, and it would be another course that would have to "scrap the tree" and build another from scratch, but it would be well worth it to have such an amazing resource available, even if it took three years to graduate to Beta!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Krinadoodle
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OMG I WANNA LEARN IT!!! {@style=color:blue}

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https://www.duolingo.com/Xefjord

This is awesome!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/themarinegamer

Cherokee huh? sounds interesting keep up the good work.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Footsore_Rambler
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That is awesome! You go!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam9812

I might learn this language if it gets added, it is a very interesting proposal.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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A very good initiative!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ettoleseil
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I also would love to be able to learn Cherokee--learning the languages of the indigenous peoples of this continent has been a long-time dream of mine! Please let us know how things develop!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/themarinegamer

there is a large Finnish movement happening right now. Maybe of they make a Finnish course they will make a Cherokee course. They have Welsh, klingon, and Hungarian. Anything is possible

2 years ago