I know there is not much commercial need for this Eastern Siberian language, but it may go extinct soon as only around 6,000 people speak it currently. It is an amazingly beautiful and exotic language, not to mention the beauty of the landscape it lives in. Give it a vote :) In the meantime, I will be looking for someone to create the course, although I may have to go to Russia for that! Thanks all!

July 16, 2017


Here is a link to the post for adding a new language to Duolingo:

July 16, 2017

I just happened to notice this post - Chukchi is now added to the GUIDE :)

July 16, 2017

Wonderful! It's amazing how many languages are out there, I had never heard of Chukchi before.

July 16, 2017

Thank you!!!

July 16, 2017

Some quotes and links to fuller articles:

a Chukotko-Kamchatkan language spoken by about 10,400 people in northeastern Siberia, mainly on the Chukchi peninsula or Chukotka between the Chukchi and Bering Seas

[10,400 may be an old figure. See the next quote.]

Site: omniglot

Chukchi is a severely endangered language belonging to the Chukotko-Kamchatkan language family, spoken by the indigenous Chukchi people living in the far North Eastern part of Siberia, Russia. The majority of the roughly 16,000 ethnic Chukchi live in Chukotka Autonomous Okrug and of them only around 5,000 report speaking the Chukchi language as their native language, as of the 2010 census.

Site: Languages Around The Globe

Vowel harmony and a great variety of consonant assimilation and dissimilation are typical for the Chukchi language’s sound structure. Chukchi grammar has developed declension and conjugation systems. The noun in the Chukchi language has a category of person. (Like pronouns in some other languages the noun can change its forms according to what person it indicates.

Site: чукотка.рф http://xn--80atapud1a.xn--p1ai/en/region/national_park/language/

A notable feature of Chukchi is its vowel harmony system largely based on vowel height. /i, u, e1/ alternate with /e2, o, a/, respectively. The second group is known as "dominant vowels" and the first group as "recessive vowels"; that is because whenever a "dominant" vowel is present anywhere in a word, all "recessive" vowels in the word change into their "dominant" counterpart. The schwa vowel /ə/ does not alternate but may trigger harmony as if it belonged to the dominant group.

Initial and final consonant clusters are not tolerated, and schwa epenthesis is pervasive.

Stress tends to: 1. be penultimate; 2. stay within the stem; 3. avoid schwas.

Site: wikipedia

Further relevant wikipedia links:

Several small and ancient Paleo-Siberian groups live in Russia's extreme northeastern section of Siberia. The Chukchi are an ancient Arctic people who chiefly live on the Chukchi peninsula, or Chukotka. ...

The territory is mostly tundra (treeless arctic plains), with some taiga areas (plains with scattered trees) in the south. The climate is harsh, with winter temperatures sometimes dropping as low as –65° F (–54° C). The cool summers average around 50° F (10° C ). ...

Some Chukchi personal names reflect natural occurrences at the time of the person's birth—for example, Tynga-gyrgyn ("sunrise"; male) and Gyrongav ("spring"; female). Other names, such as Umqy ("polar bear"; male) Galgan-nga ("duck"; female) are the names of animals native to Chukotka.

Site: everyculture

Chukchi ethnic group doesn’t have a single self-ethnonym: reindeer herding Chukchi call themselves Chav-Chyv (чавчыв) (pl. Chav-Chyvat (чавчыват)), also see below, settled Chukchi living on the Bering sea shoreline and in villages scattered along the shore of the Arctic Ocean call themselves Anklyt (ан’к’альыт) (sing. Ankalyn (ан’к’альын)) “maritime” or “coastal” (from Chuk. anky (ан’к’ы) “the sea”). In the early 1930s the ethnonym Luoravetlan (луораветлан) and the term Luoravetlan language (луораветланский язык) (from Chuk. Lygoravetlan (лыг’ораветлан) “a real man” used as one of Chukchi [ethnonyms]) were introduced instead of terms “Chukchi” and “Chukchi language”; however, these names were not adopted and have not been used since the late 1930s.

Site: Endangered Languages of Indigenous Peoples of Siberia

And a youtube search to round things off:

[I have no knowledge of any of this beyond what the above sites have supplied. The quotes and links are for information purposes, and while anyone could find them with a simple web search, I include them here for those who just wanted to know a tiny bit more immediately.]

July 16, 2017

You still deserve some lingots for your efforts. : )

July 16, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to research this. I agree, some Lingots for you! :)

July 16, 2017

You have my support! : )

July 16, 2017

Same but with Nenets, honestly. If I ever stumble across a native speaker, I'd do my best to make a course.

June 21, 2019

What is "the" in it ( just want to know a example of Chukchi)

July 16, 2017

Just a tip: when you want to know a word in a language you know nothing about, it's usually a good idea to ask for a word that exists pretty much universally, like water or I, instead of a grammatical feature most languages don't have, like an article.

July 16, 2017

Oh ok. I'm doing Swedish and just remembered it doesn't have "The"

July 16, 2017

The only thing I know is the name of the language in the language: Ԓыгъоравэтԓьэн йиԓыйиԓ Lyg'oravetl'en jilyjil

July 16, 2017

WOW!!! I wonder how long it takes them to say a few sentences

July 16, 2017
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