https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yellow_Xan

Australian Aboriginal language ready to incubate!

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

January 18, 2017

33 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WildSage

I would recommend adding the ISO Code and then following the Guide for requesting new languages.

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piper-fred

As an Australian I would be more than willing to give a native aboriginal language a go! I think it is great to have the opportunity to support an endangered indigenous language, and learn more about aboriginal culture.

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alf42

This looks like an awesome opportunity. Please follow up and hopefully we can get this available on Duolingo. Thanks.

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JessePaedia

I have send an email to them informing them about the incubator and asking if they would like to contribute to a course, hopefully, hearing this twice would encouage them to do so. :)

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JessePaedia

Update: I got a response, they're actually trying to organise contributors already.

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rindisal

Sounds fantastic!

January 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizsue

Meanwhile, don't only wait to hear from Duolingo. You might want to get in touch with other programmers too, and other companies such as Ogoki: http://www.ogokilearning.com/ogoki-learning-inc/ .

Ogoki itself focuses on languages indigenous to the U.S. and Canada, but https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/education/native-education/learning-a-native-language-ojibway-programmer-has-an-app-for-that/ says

“I’ve gotten calls from all over the globe, from the Maori in New Zealand to the Sami people in Norway, who I had to Google. I didn’t know about them,” he [computer programmer Darrick Baxter] said. “It was kind of an awakening of just how global this desire to speak and preserve our languages are.”

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BerberuEsperanto

Yes, the people all over the world are slowly awakening. We want to recover what was destroyed while we were sleeping.

Humans' most valuable asset is ability to communicate. Losing a language is losing a culture, it's losing a different experience/view of the world. ~~ It's like losing a part of an island (well a big one in Australia) where we are standing on.

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bulbasaurus

I don't know why that got so many downvotes, have a lingot.

July 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BerberuEsperanto

Thanks, it's fair to share - have a lingot too. When we accept diverse cultures, we can see what's on the dark side of the moon. :)

August 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BerberuEsperanto

Now we know there's about 3-4 persons Downvoting Everything in this discussion. Can we implement/learn Aboriginal faster, so they would not understand when we discuss in non-English. Dankon.

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clh335763

Hahaha let whoever reads your comment upvote everything back then; I've read through this short discussion and all the posts are quite meaningful anyway

November 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Turbolangs

I would so much love to have it! Since I published a post about an Aboriginal language (Noongar) on my website, I had been taken abash by my readers' response. Most of them would definitely subscribe to a course like that!

June 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BerberuEsperanto

Did anything happen with this initiative? I was planning to talk to the 1st aboriginal woman MP in the Australian parliament about supporting Aboriginal culture/languages.

January 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yellow_Xan

Application (in Kunwok and English) supplied... I guess now we wait

September 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/b05aplmun.ca

While Duolingo is not particularly transparent about how they choose courses for the incubator, it's pretty evident that sheer popularity and the (possible) availability of appropriate course contributors are not the sole criteria.

Duolingo is moderately transparent about how it chooses course contributors. I suggest you look at the application guidelines for course contributors: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply. If, after considering the time involved, your aunts and cousins are willing to do this, ask them to go through the application process.

As I understand it, Duolingo gets back to potential course contributors only if it decides to actually do the course and this can take quite a long time. Duolingo chooses two contributors and has them pick the rest of the team.

There is also a place to suggest and up-vote specific languages. (Does anyone know exactly where it is?)

Your suggestion is more likely to be seen if you put it in the correct place.

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yellow_Xan

Thanks for the link! I have sent them an application. In the meantime, my colleague and I have started a wiki for learning Kunwok. So happy to see so much love Indigenous languages!

September 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roman_Huczok

You had me excited there....

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizsue

From https://www.quora.com/What-would-it-take-to-start-a-partnership-with-a-Native-American-tribe-using-Duolingo%E2%80%99s-technology-to-propel-a-Language-Nest-initiative :

Q: What would it take to start a partnership with a Native American tribe using Duolingo’s technology to propel a Language Nest initiative?

Luis Von Ahn: This year we plan to add a few Native American languages. I’d recommend getting in touch with press@duolingo.com (it’s our one public facing email address!) stating your interest, and most importantly, how you plan to get a very large number of people to support your campaign. We’d like to draw attention toward the importance of preserving and teaching smaller languages, especially Native American languages.

Since then, the plan to add a few Native American languages in 2016 fell through :/ but the contact info here is still useful and is probably useful for all topics including indigenous Australian languages. :)

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12868264 has some more commentary on that Quora session. :)

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

Hi lizsue, thanks for writing to me on my activity stream to let me know about this discussion! I've updated the [GUIDE] I would like a new post: What should I do?

January 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/QrEIBlX0

I live in Australia and think this would be so interesting. Australian aboriginal languages are linguistically amazing and it would be amazing to learn a language from one of the oldest cultures in the world

January 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Evildea

Hi, Amikumu is looking for collaborators in the Australian aboriginal language community. If you want to discuss this further check out https://www.amikumu.com

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BerberuEsperanto

Great (here's lingot). What about Aromanian(Vlach/Armãneshce), which is dying, or reincarnating via Esperanto? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aromanian_language

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Evildea

I don't know anyone in this language community. However, if a speaker wants to work with the Amikumu team to make it available, we'd love to hear from them.

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BerberuEsperanto

It's my father tongue (1st language). Vulgar Latin based similar to Romanian (which has Slavic influence). Aromanian has more Italian/Greek influence with some Macedonian (mother t). It's a language maintained since the Roman occupation of the area of Alexander the Great (hypothesis).

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Demonym281

who tf keeps downvoting this guy for no reason

November 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clh335763

dk I suppose lingots are more permanent then

November 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Evildea

Awesome. Make sure you Email us through our website if you want it added to Amikumu :)

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Evildea

Also, I know someone in the local Esperanto community that is from that region. I don't remember the name of his mother tongue but it sounds very similar to what you're describing.

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BerberuEsperanto

Now we might have a team (2+) to test Amikumu. Let me know who it is? My predecessors come from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscopole (2nd cultural centre during Ottoman empire, destroyed 1788 as the Turks were afraid of dominance). Most influential figure baron https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgios_Sinas was sucessful chief banker in Austria and ambasador (donated to Athens Uni etc).

That place had 'uni'(liceum), print house, library, with many merchants AND no need for courts (4 somebody else 2 sort their disputes). High % leaders (like the Jews).

My aunt speaks 10ish languages, poet in 7 (inc. Esperanto) and teaches Armãneshce via Esperanto method.

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tatonka71

Vi estas Evildea el youtube?

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Evildea

Jes, tiu estas mi :)

January 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tatonka71

I've watched a few of your videos! I hope more people like you can contribute Esperanto videos to youtube! Unfortunately my Esperanto isn't good enough yet!

January 19, 2017
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