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Click Consonants

Does anybody know if any of the language trees on this website contain words that utilize click consonants? If you are not familiar, here is a good example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6WO5XabD-s. I've always been fascinated by theses types of languages and wondered if instances of such pronunciation occur outside of indigenous populations. This skill is similar to the Spanish 'rolling' of the R consonant - which many people find difficult- so I wonder if clicks are difficult for non-native speakers as well.

April 21, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael.Lubetsky

Duolingo does not, as of yet, offer any language that uses click sounds. I believe that the most spoken language with clicks is Zulu, which could be offered some day, but is not in the Incubator at the moment.


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

The Bantu languages borrowed all their clicks from the Khoisan languages. I certainly heard far more frequent clicks in that video than I ever have listening to people speaking Zulu.

FIO OP: I believe the only click sounds known outside of Africa and of non-Khoisan origin occur in an obsolescent Australian aboriginal ritual language; I can't recall its name at the moment, but it is quite famous in linguistic circles.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Garrett831863

I was unaware that Australian aboriginals also used click consonants. Looks like I have more reading to do. Thanks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Garrett831863

Hmmm that is interesting. Zulu is definitively not a language that most people need or care to learn, however once all other options are exhausted then it will probably be added here. Thank you for your input.

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