For any Amharic learners and potentials out there...
Hi everyone. As some of you may know, I am an Amharic speaker that's applied to contribute to a Amharic for English speakers course.
I've posted some lessons in the discussions before, but I have stopped for several months now. As the discussions were not like what they used to be like before and get rather cluttered quickly, it was hard to get a lot of messages across or find anyone interested in Amharic.
Are there any of you that would like there to be an Amharic course and if so, how would you like me to help? I was thinking of setting up a chat-room or Skype group to collectively help more than one person with the language. I was also thinking of making some word (to pdf documents) of the lessons I would have posted here rather than put them on the discussions.
If you're interested, please let me know! :) I hope it can be the next African language to be added on Duolingo.
If I have to be honest I wouldn't do the whole tree but I think Amharic would be a good Duolingo language. Sure, it's not one of the languages I want most but I'm always up for more languages on Duolingo! However, if i were you I'd keep making lessons and maybe make a Memrise course (even just for the first 50-100 phrases/words).
Hi EmperorIguana42, thanks for your reply firstly. I do believe I should carry on making lessons on Duolingo but some things such as the 'downvoting trolls' and the amount of formatting required before a post is made is slightly long. I was thinking if I do carry on, I should just attach a Google doc containing the lesson instead...
And thanks for the Memrise course suggestion too. The only problem with Memrise is I can't figure out how to allow multiple spellings of a word as our alphabet does have multiple letters for some letters. These are the 3 lessons I got round doing https://www.duolingo.com/comment/17526026 .
Thanks for the reply Swan84! How would you like me to proceed? Would me posting lesson documents be of use and also making a chat? If there are any current questions you have it could also be a good way of getting them answered quickly :) .
This is a great question. There must be platforms out there that are perfect for this... For me, the thing I am stuck on is verb conjugation. It is just like a wall I am banging my head against. Honestly, anything you offered I would use! Skype, documents, anything. Amharic is so difficult, I feel like the smaller you can break things down, the better.
I'm sure there are. I found a chat-room site where you can have your own chat URL, but once you quit and return, the history is not saved so that is of no good. If you are on a computer (or tablet/phone but you might not be able to read the script), you can join this chat http://stin.to/42qnu and send a message when you do. I'll be on there for the next hour or so and will look out for a message. Other than that, I'll try to make a Skype group for Amharic and some help material.
You say you are stuck on verb conjugation, which tense is this or is this all-round just with verbs in general?
I am back on the chat again for the next couple of hours so you can join if you read this message until then :) .
Hi Swan84, just to let you know, you can add me on Skype by searching my email- email@example.com as I didn't sign up with my username. Any questions, I will be able to message you over there or on email and will be creating an Amharic group for learners.
I really like the idea of Amharic in Duolingo, but I don't know how good of a student I would be. I'm going to university in the fall and am trying to cut down on my extra stuff.
The largest african community in my city is ethiopian.
Maybe a google doc that questions could be added in at the end of lessons, but that can also be taken at their own pace?
Hi, thanks for the reply. Amharic is quite a difficult language but you can make it easier for yourself. Anyone can be good at it. I guess you are maybe from DC?
I think Google docs will be a good idea too. I will post them here (and on your stream) once I've started making them and will try and include a wide variety of questions for students to answer.
I just posted a chat-room link to Swan84 above^ (http://stin.to/42qnu) and you can feel free to join if you want to ask any questions that you want answered quickly or have more than one. I will be on there for the next hour and a half. :)