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Cherokee anyone?

I don't know how I got to this site, but it worth the attention from the Duolingo creators and community.


Duolingo has been doing a great effort to bring these languages back from centuries of colonization. Guarani, Irish, Welsh, Catalan, (?)... Cherokee language would be a great addition.

Probably as well the Cherokee nation would be more than willing to contribute. But that I don't know.

April 16, 2017


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    If I recall Duolingo actually wanted to work with the US Gov to get some indigenous languages on here but it got too political, I still hope they do build these courses sometime in the future.


    https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15014194 - it's one of the top stickied popular discussions. That would seem to me to be the obvious first place to go...


    Cherokee is such a wonderful language worth preserving!

    When TinyCards first came out I created a deck for the Cherokee syllabary: https://tinycards.duolingo.com/decks/30604249-40e2-4e55-a123-7b391e0efe28

    There is also a Cherokee course on Mango, if you happen to live near a library that offers it.


    I imagine that the Cherokee nation would be willing to contribute too, as you said. But just out of curiosity, is this used anywhere except the Cherokee nation?


    Does that really matter? Is Estonian significantly used anywhere except Estonia? Welsh anywhere save Wales? Most languages - especially smaller ones - are used in fairly restricted geographical areas, or among fairly small populations.


    TBF, to be fair Welsh is used in places except Wales, (Argentina) but I get what you're saying.

    Irish, for one thing, is not well-traveled. Guarani is used in a vast majority of South America but not on any other continent. Estonian I imagine is present in some parts of Finland and Russia.

    (Just to be a smart-alec.)


    Oh, I realize that - modern borders are lines on maps; language usage goes beyond them (and I'm vaguely aware of Welsh in Argentina). Cherokee is probably similar - there are eastern and western tribal groups.


    That's a good point you made. Some of these languages don't have much in terms of practicality, but seem to have more of a cultural or historical reason for them being on here.


    Given that people move around from time to time, I imagine that there are also some families living in areas with few or no other Cherokee-speakers who, nevertheless, use Cherokee at home.


    I don't know much about the spread of Cherokee speakers, but I live in Eastern Oklahoma, and here there is a very strong Cherokee presence, even outside of the Nation itself. Besides the Creek, the Cherokee Nation is one of the most visible Indian Nations in Eastern Oklahoma for sure. Lots of people whose families have lived here for generations have some Cherokee ancestors somewhere down the line, including myself. So here, at least, where the culture is centered, it is visible and is beginning to thrive again. There is very much a demand for good Cherokee language materials.


    *Probably as well the Cherokee nation would be more than willing to contribute.

    Kuketo is right, there was an idea floating around to bring Cherokee to Duo but under the former White House, something fell apart. So we'll see, I guess.

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