Request: Yup'ik course
I have been very interested in Yup'ik recently, but there doesn't seem to be any resources to learn it. If anyone could make a course for this then it'd be amazing, thanks!
On the off chance that you're in a position to uproot yourself to devote a few years of your life to learning the language, the University of Alaska Fairbanks has a really good Yup'ik program. If that's not an option for you, you might have to settle for getting the grammar book they teach with:
There's a corresponding dictionary which is available online through the Alaska Native Language Archive: http://www.uaf.edu/anla/collections/search/resultDetail.xml?id=CY972J2012.
Overall we just need more Native American languages. I wanted Cherokee, Sioux, Navajo, and more Inuit/Eskimo languages (Yup'ik falls under the last one)
I would use a Yupik duolingo course. I would recommend it to friends, I would recommend it to my students. I would recommend it to people taking the courses at UAA and UAF, and I would especially recommend it to people who don't have the time and/or money to take courses at the university.
Imagine a world in which I can learn Hebrew or Japanese, and my best friends who speak Hebrew and Japanese can learn my Native language. Imagine getting on video chat and spend time helping each other, by speaking each other's language. It would be so empowering to hear. It would be amazing, and it would help my friends from outside of AK understand things about me that have shaped my worldview so differently from theirs.
This would also be an excellent tool for teachers who are going to teach in the villages, or who teach in them now. It would be empowering for students to know that the teachers are making an effective effort to learn their difficult, complex language and that that language is something to be fiercely proud of.
Our language is awesome, and I've heard so many non-speakers and speakers alike say that it is a language that is too difficult to learn as an adult. This is not true, but there are few resources that really empower the learning of this language as an outsider, especially free ones. I would highly encourage a course on this site in Yupik. I looked into what the process is for this to happen, and I can't imagine that someone hasn't brought it up to the language faculty at the university. I'll spend some time this summer investigating the interest the language professors would have in helping to make such a course. If there are other AK people on here, I would encourage you to also find professors and teachers who are speakers and talk to them about this. The more something like this is brought up, the more likely it is to happen.
Yup'ik is the second most common language spoken in Alaska. Another good reason to have a course in it on Duolingo.
Thanks for this link! I set up an account and I'm learning Łingìt and Yup'ik!
I work in a long term care facility in AK with several Yu'pik speaking elders who have been relocated hundreds of miles from their homes/ families and the language and culture they spoke and lived all of their lives. They are frequently lonely and light up when someone shows an interest in learning their language. I've learned a few words but a vocabulary list and pronunciation practice would be wonderful!