I wonder if the Canadian government would ever sponsor Duolingo to put forth a Cree or Dene (two popular native languages) incubation. Tansi!

February 11, 2014


Great idea!

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.

Everyone, please upvote this discussion so Duolingo knows we want a Cree course!

ᑭᓇᓈᐢᑯᒥᑎᐣ (That's Cree for thank you)

July 1, 2016

There are still people interested in taking this course. Casting a vote for Cree!

July 6, 2017

Navajo is now in the Incubator. Now is the perfect time to push the Canadian government to help sponsor a Cree course!

August 27, 2018

If Navajo and Hawaiian get really popular the might start thinking of adding more first nation languages such as Cree. My fingers are crossed.

October 19, 2018

YES! I would be thrilled for this to come to fruition-- I live in Winnipeg, and with respect to my work, neighbourhood, and social involvements, it would be enormously helpful.

July 2, 2019

Do not involve the goverment, involve the Cree comunity instead. All it take is some fluent speakers, and some will.

February 11, 2014

why not both? The Cree community can donate their time, and the government can donate their money, especially if they could sponsor elders (pay a salary) for them to contribute to the course, so that they don't have to also worry about earning their keep.

February 28, 2017

Cree is one of the top three Native American/First Nations languages in terms of number of speakers; the others being Navajo (which is offered) and Inuit. So as far as these languages go, it is one of the most sensible to add and as easy to find contributors for as any other.

April 28, 2019

There's been some interest in the discussion section concerning various Native languages in the past couple of days. It would be very cool to learn something like that, but rather than money, it takes someone with fluent expertise in the languages to put together a course.

If you know the language - or you know someone who does - sign up in the incubator! Sometimes all it takes is two fluent individuals :D I just wish I could help.

Edit Go here if you'd like to help build a course at the incubator:

TY for the link, Usagi-senpai.

February 11, 2014
July 17, 2017

Thanks, those are more resources for me to relearn my first language! Hooray!

January 29, 2018

Thank you! I am trying to look for the materials for so long!

April 8, 2019

Decks, a sister site of Memrise also has a few courses. I am planning on learning the language of one of my I'll look into the ones you posted.

April 17, 2019

I think it takes Duolingo being willing to let us use the software. I'm willing to do a duolingo program for Michif, but I doubt I'll get a response from them for years if ever. All I got when I submitted for the language I teach was a note saying "someday we might talk to you" and that's it.

November 12, 2015

I'd like to add my vote for this course.

In addition to the points raised here ( ) , 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.

While it would be nice if the Canadian gov't would get involved I don't think it makes sense to hold our breaths for that when there are plenty of grassroots resources who would probably happily participate just for the potential benefits to their own communities.

November 17, 2017

Yeah that would be nice. I would like to learn James Bay cree, as I live there. As a French Jamesian, I would like to understand the language of my cree neighbours.

November 7, 2016

Yes! I'm all for adding Cree. Duolingo needs to add at least one Native American language on here for right now, to get this ball rolling.

March 9, 2017

This is a great idea to bring Native American languages into Duolingo, especially because many Native American languages are in danger of dying out. There are a lot of people that I know who would love to learn languages such as this one but aren't able to because they cannot find a reliable source that could teach them it.

December 15, 2017

I agree I think they worked hard on what they have made on this app. I think some indigenous languages would be nice.

May 9, 2016

Has my vote!

October 9, 2016

I have Plains Cree heritage, so it would be great to learn Cree on Duolingo.

July 17, 2017

Hooray! I'm finally finding posts like this to vote up!

I've been trying to find decent resources to help me relearn my first language... and have not really been getting too many decent results. Outside of a couple of books published via a university in Saskatchewan.

Oh... how does one not know how to speak their first language anymore? Fun times... fun times... except fun is the wrong word. It frightens me that I technically got lucky with how things worked out for me.

January 29, 2018

I'm very interested in this idea!

January 27, 2017

I'd love to see some Native Canadian languages available to learn! :)

July 19, 2017

My family and I would be all over learning Cree if it comes out!

June 27, 2018

I'm indigenous and from Ouje-Bougoumou, Quebec. My first language is English and my second language is Cree (learning French through Duolingo now). I'm obviously fluent in English and I'd say my Cree is pretty strong, my reading and writing could be better, but I speak fluently. I would love to start a Cree language course for English speakers. The largest difficulty I could see is the different dialects and areas. I'm from Southern James Bay so we speak the Southern dialect of East Cree, but the Northern dialect is difficult for me to understand, even though we are the same nation. This difficulty in understanding different dialects increase the further you travel. Small things like pronunciation, spelling, grammar, etc.. are variable from each dialect. Again I would love to contribute my time to start a course specifically for Southern East Cree but I feel the many different dialects in Cree would be difficult for learners. If most people don't object, and don't mind learning a specific dialect, I would definitely create a course for the Duolingo community.

June 8, 2019

I suppose you mean Plains Cree?

July 4, 2016


January 20, 2019

i would love to learn Cree myself

January 27, 2019

Cree is a beautiful language and spoken by the largest indigenous population in Canada. One of my neighbors just spoke it!

One important and interesting feature of the script is that the vowel is determined by the direction of the letter. The script is a super clever design and well fitted the language. The script looks so cute.

March 7, 2019

I would love to learn Cree. Ill cast my vote. The Native American and Canadian languages are by far the most beautiful in my opinion.

April 17, 2019

I am Cree from Quebec however I never really got to learn much of my own native language due to me being raised off reserve. Please I would love to have a course for this on here!

May 6, 2019

This would be an interesting course.

November 7, 2016


December 29, 2016

I hope so!

January 22, 2017

Love it can't wait! Will donate!!

September 27, 2017

As a Canadian, I would love this

December 29, 2017

I would be very excited for this course

May 16, 2019

Maybe a different Canadian government, but certainly not the one we have at present.

February 11, 2014

Really?? Duolingo is about Languages, not Politics!

December 29, 2016

First Nations Languages and Culture has a long history of politics causing problems.

Mostly the various forms that cultural genocide has appeared in.

There have been plenty of Canadian governments whose policy was various First Nations Languages are to be illegal. Which has got to be a level above banning books.

January 29, 2018

Still, I would love for us to not get politcal on Duolingo... let's celebrate the Languages! :) (P.S.: I adore Cree for example... it's agglutinative like turkish and sounds so cute!)

January 30, 2018

Maybe the one you have now. It does make me somewhat more hopeful ;Þ

July 4, 2016
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