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Inuktitut: An underrated language I would like to introduce

Inuktitut is a very unique and amazing "eskimo" language spoken in northern Canada and Greenland. You probably already know this. But the grammar is extremely unique, and I'd just like to explain it a bit.

Most sentences are one word. (I've always had an idea for a language or a version of english like this, but Inuktitut seems to do it well). Nouns and verbs are usually affixes. The sentence structure is slightly different from English but it makes sense, in my opinion.

For example, I eat > eat I > niri-junga > nirijunga

Verbs, nouns, and pronouns are all extremely easy to conjugate and remember. Picking up this language is extremely easy, for some reason. It's just so fluid and natural. All the rules seem strange but there's something about them, deep down, that makes sense.

And of course, my favourite part of Inuktitut is the syllabics. I've never seen anything like them. It's sort of like different shapes for consonants with vowel diacritics, but sometimes vowels just change the way the shape is aligned. They also fix the two consonant in a row problem by having them be represented by smaller versions of themselves.

Both the grammar and alphabet is extremely easy and fun. Inuktitut is probably the most unique language I've ever come across, and definitely a personal favourite. I'm glad you read this. I really hope more people learn about it, because there aren't many resources for it now. All I could learn is a few words and some of the grammar from one website.

June 18, 2017



the grammar is extremely unique

Nothing is 'extremely unique'; by definition, anything that is unique is already occupying an extreme, as there is nothing else like it.

Verbs, nouns, and pronouns are all extremely easy to conjugate and remember. Picking up this language is extremely easy, for some reason.

They are pretty regular, but there are an awful lot of them, considering the dual and the direct object and all manner of mood and event markers. If you find it extremely easy then you must indeed be strangely blessed.


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Yes, I agree with you, it's a cool language. But when you said, picking up this language is extremely easy, I don't think that is right. Picking up a language is never easy, it has to do with how much you are exposed to it. Also, at first I was confused about your title (since you said you wanted to introduce Inuktitut, I thought you meant contribute to it, but then at the end, when you wrote that you didn't know many words, I realized that wasn't the case.) It would be cool to see that language on duolingo, but we have to be patient because people need to contribute to it.


I'd like to show you this cool song. It's in Inuktitut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DueVqYKWQxE


I'd be interested in this. We've got a few dictionaries in the house because all our dogs have Inuit names, but it's never been clear to me how to pronounce a lot of the words in the dictionaries. There must be quite a lot of dialects as well, as a word in one dictionary will be translated differently in another.


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All I could learn is a few words and some of the grammar from one website.

From what the user has said, I honestly don't think they're fluent enough to create an entire course for the language.


Even Google Translate doesn't support Inuktitut. So I doubt we will get the course on Duolingo until the far future.


Lots of dialects to choose from as well. Personally I'd choose Greenlandic


Greenlandic is almost impossible to learn if it isn't a native language. I worked in Greenland last year. My boss had lived there for 25 years and still didn't spoke the language. I think he could understand it but definitely not speak it.

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