https://www.duolingo.com/LeviPolasak

Yiddish contributors?

They just kicked out the 3rd contributor, now there are 2 left that are both inactive for months. Come on...give the course up already to people who actually speak Yiddish since birth and know it fluently too...More people who have the time always want to contribute.

October 3, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/Gerardd88

It's good that at least something is happening with this course. Maybe someday they'll even start making it.

October 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_5.1991

Not to get too morbid about it, but I've had Yiddish-speaking relatives die during the time Yiddish has been incubating. It's starting to feel like a metaphor for waiting on the messiah.

October 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Hephaestus1999

I feel like that truly says something. To me, it seems like the language is dying along with many of it's elderly speakers. And it feels like more and more opurtunities are flying past the team as more speakers die.

I also feel as if the English to Yiddish course will bring some life back into Yiddish, y'know? I may not be Jewish, but I from the knowledge I have gathered, I can feel and empathize on the importance (and signifigance?) of this course getting done and getting done soon. I mean look what the english (and very soon spanish!) to esperanto course has done for Esperanto! I feel like the effect will be the same for the Yiddish course, especially for those who want to learn both (well, primary languages, since there's aramaic and a bagillion others, but Yiddish and Hebrew are the big ones) sides of their people and culture! I feel like the current Yiddish course, under the team as we know it, will just die, during it's currant progression.

(I hope people know what I am trying to say; it's 23:00 for me as I'm writing this!) p.s.

(to Levi) Would you and your mates(/de facto Yiddish team lol) also be willing to do a reverse course as well, perhaps?

October 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviPolasak

I would 100% make a reverse course, except they don't even let me join the regular team. They don't want any more contributors, and they don't want to continue the course too, they want it to die and be forgotten about

October 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DonFiore

inactive for months

Wasn't there a chart posted recently, which seems to have been taken down, that showed the team has made progress in the last couple of months, most recently about 3-4 weeks ago?

October 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviPolasak

The chart showed that in 1 year they barely did 20 words or so. It's not called progress if they were done with the first 20 words 8 months ago too...

October 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DonFiore

Are we talking about the same chart? I definitely remember it showing progress between September 5th and 11th and not even covering a whole year.

October 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviPolasak

Yes we are. I've commented on that post before. They showed progress, yes, but they didn't add any words. There was no progress in reality, it showed activity, but they haven't done anything in months. If they actually added 1 word every 2 weeks they'd have more than 30 words by now. They're not making any progress, nor do they want to give away the course to people who actually can contribute more than once every few months for 2 words

October 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DonFiore

If a chart depicting sentences and UI strings shows activity, doesn't that make it progress? Also, according to your own post in that thread, they have 214 words, which is more than the 30 you talk about now, and about a third of those were added 3 months ago, not 8. As for the course itself, remember that Duo wants to teach "college Yiddish" as you called it. If you aren't fluent in that, you probably won't be chosen.

October 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/swingbeatnik7

We've been waiting patiently for one small update even.... I had family that spoke it so it means something to have a course that is growing at a steady rate.

October 3, 2016
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