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https://www.duolingo.com/Zemo1239

Indigenous Australian Language?

I think it would be cool for this website to develop an indigenous Australian language for people to learn. I'm not too sure on the details, but hey, it'd be pretty cool right?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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It would help your cause to actually name some languages and maybe tell a little bit about them.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RonaGlynn

I am from central Australia. People from Alice springs and the surrounding area speak Arrernte, I would love to coordinate a team of bilingual volunteers to get it up and running in the incubator! After speaking to a number of people, I have found 10 native speakers (who are fluent in English) and a few linguists who would be keen to contribute. I am not sure if Duolingo would be interested in a language with only 3000 native speakers, but it has the opportunity to attract so many Australians and international learners who want to learn more about Indigenous culture. Using duolingo architecture, we could ensure the language prospers for many years to come!! Boost this comment for ARRERNTE

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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I suggest you create a discussion specifically suggesting/requesting (Upper) Arrernte language.
And, you could even in such specific discussion precise which one of Anmatjirra (amx), Alyawarr (aly), Antekerrepenhe (adg), Eastern Arrernte (aer), Western Arrernte (are) or Ayerrerenge (axe) the course you'd coordinate would be.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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Hi Zemo1239,

If you want to make a [course] suggestion, we encourage you to visit the forums and making a search for suggestions that have been made in the past, and adding your vote and comments to those existing posts [and thus not creating a new one]. That will make the request more popular and make it stand out more, encouraging more people to add their votes. :)

From Help Center: "How can I suggest a new language course?
Note: Texts in between square brackets are additions of mine.


And, as WildSage, said, make the request specific to one language to have a chance for it to have any influence on Duo's decision: they

However, courses needing volunteers fluent in the language to create them and since that 5-10 of this languages have 1000-2000 native speakers and the rest have in general from 0 to ~100 native speakers (source = Wikipedia), it seems unlikely Duolingo achieve to find fluent volunteers to create such courses, unfortunately.


If you were to find 2-3 fluent speakers of one same of those languages motivated and available to share several hours a week to create the course, (strongly) encourage them to apply in the incubator.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LinguaPhiliax
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I can name a couple:

Arnhem Land: Yolngu Matha

Central Australia: Pitjantjatjara, Ngaanyatjarra, Ngaatjatjarra, Luritja

Lower Western Australia: Noongar

Gold Coast/Upper NSW: Bundjalung, Yugambeh

Victoria: Woiwurrung, Boonwurrung, Djadjawurrung

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Livvvy75
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As an Australian myself who learns about these kinds of things in school, I can say I highly doubt there would ever be a course. Because, 1) like mentioned before, there are a huge variety of languages as there are a very, very large number of different tribes and 2) I highly doubt they would be able to find enough volunteers, especially since a lot of the speakers are probably older. If you're REALLY interested come study here at uni cause that's really where you can learn them :) it would be cool to have one on the site though

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yellow_Xan

Let's get an Australian Aboriginal language up on duolingo!

Bininj Kunwok (spoken in west Arnhem Land and Kakadu national park) is a great choice. Check out the website: http://bininjgunwok.org.au/

I'm learning it, but my aunties and cousins are fluent speakers, so I'll get them on board as native speakers and my colleagues at ANU to help with the technical side of things.

This is totally doable and just needs your upvote!

Karridjarrkwokbukkan Bininj Kunwok!

Ngal-kodjok

1 year ago