Cree for English speakers:
I would like to show my support for the development of a Cree course for English speakers. I believe Cree would be a wise choice as a new course, as Duolingo have recently been looking to add some Native American languages to the list of available courses.
Earlier this year, They were unable to receive funding from the White House to create Native American language courses. This does not affect Cree, as it is spoken primarily in Canada, and it's development is partially funded by the Canadian government, so if Duolingo needed funding for the course, they could seek the funding Canadian government.
Cree is also an important Native American language. It is the most widely spoken Algonquian language in the world, and the third most widely spoken Native American language in the United States and Canada.
I believe Duolingo should develop this course because:
~ It is the third most widely spoken Native American language in the United States and Canada. This means there is potentially a large number of people who would be willing to contribute to the course.
~ It is a beautiful language that is much easier to learn than you may think. It is a heavy verb based language which means one verb can often translate to an entire sentence in English!
~ The Cree syllabic script is simple and beautiful: ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ It is one of the most beautiful scripts I have ever seen!
~ It will boost the number of people who speak the language enormously.
These are just some of the reasons why Duolingo should create a Cree course.
If you would like to learn more about the Cree language, please check out this link
Please upvote this post and comment below to show your support and show to Duolingo that they should create this course!
ᑭᓇᓈᐢᑯᒥᑎᐣ (That's Cree for thank you)
Hi Alec, this is a great post!
I'm going to add Cree to the "I would like a new language" guide, but sticking with our established policy I'll be adding a link to https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1787299 since it is the original request for Cree. Linking to the original request avoids arguments over which request is "better" or "more suitable."
If you want to copy-and-paste some or all of your comments into that discussion it would be a good addition, I think.
And also anyone who is up voting this discussion should up vote that one, please and thank you :)
I wish there was more I could do to support it rather than one upvote. I really believe that Cree would be the best option for Duolingo as their first Native American language, because they have a chance to have the course funded by the Canadian government, and get attention through the media.
Oh, I wasn't very clear, was I? Your content doesn't need to be part of the OP's initial post; it can be a comment to that post. The important thing is that it be in that discussion somewhere. That post serves as a "gathering place" for all people interested in Cree to voice their enthusiasm, and for all curious people to learn more about Cree (and perhaps become advocates themselves).
So you can just copy information from your post here and put it into a comment on that original request.
Hope that helps!
That is a cool script! Just wondering; is Eastern or Western Cree standardized for those learning Cree? Also, would the transcription of the phrase you wrote be "kinanaatkumitit"? (looking at the charts on Wikipedia to try to read it). I have heard of this language but never knew they developed such an inventive script for it.
Hi! There is no "real" standardization when it comes to Eastern and Western Cree, because Western Cree is composed of a number of dialects. The Plains dialect (one of the Western ones) is the most widely spoken, so this probably the standard dialect that people learn, although James Bay Cree (Eastern Cree) is popular too. The transcription of thank you is :"kinanāskomitin" for what I have written because I used a specific Plains Cree chart, which is slightly different to the Western Cree chart, but both transcriptions are very similar. I hope this helps!
I'd like to add my vote for this course.
In addition to the points raised, I'll point out that
There are already a number of active revitalization communities for different dialects of Cree, and several of them are very active online.
This is also a language that is actively taught in several Canadian universities, so in addition to a robust community of native speakers interested in promoting the language there is also an academic community who may be interested in both promoting and participating.
In some areas Cree study is encouraged not only for the Cree community as a way of reclaiming culture and heritage but for other residents who work in certain industries (esp health care) to foster a greater sense of respect and help facilitate understanding.
In general, although there are few large concentrations of native Cree speakers, there are a lot of small Cree speaking communities and the scattered nature of both the native speaking community and the potential learners makes a platform like Duolingo ideal.
(note that a lot of the above applies to other indigenous languages as well)
I think that Cree has a lot of potential for this sort of course, and although it would initially be more work to connect with the native speaker communities than for a national language like French or German once the connection was made I think Duolingo would find that the response of both volunteers and course users would make it worthwhile.