Tlingit for English speakers
This is a shot in the dark, but I propose that Duolingo adds Tlingit. I noticed that there isn't a discussion post or request for it yet. It is a Native American language spoken in Southeastern Alaska by about 500 people. There are about 10,000 Tlingit people but the language is dying. There have been efforts for revitalization, but I do not think they will work with such a low amount of speakers or interest. I feel like it would be very helpful if Duolingo added it soon. Duolingo has added dying languages and even artificial languages, it even has plans for dead languages, so I believe that this is not impossible for Tlingit to be added!
Another interesting fact to possibly make this more interesting, is that the Tlingit people were important in the Russian colonial period of Alaska. They revolted against the Russians and were important in this period. The language uses the Latin alphabet and used to use the Cyrillic alphabet. I think that this would be a language that might interest those learning Russian or wanting to learn Native American or dying languages. I hope that Duolingo will add this at some point to help save this language!!!
Edit: It has been recommended that I make a Tinycards deck. I may do that, but it would be difficult for me to figure out how to teach the alphabet and phonology, so I have found an app for now. It was made by some women in Alaska who worked hard to find enough audio from speakers to make it. It teaches the names of various birds, ocean animals, their environments, things you'd find in your house, and some prepositional phrases. The app is called Tlingit Games. It is for both iPhone and Android. I hope that this helps until I can learn how to make something and hopefully this post will be discovered by someone like Lrtward! I hope this helps!!!
The following link contains multiple interactive Tlingit games!!!
What an interesting history! Sadly, apparently one language disappears from our world every two weeks or so. While this is likely not completely unavoidable, some may be saved, and Duolingo could be a part of this (you can see how this is happening in Wales with Welsh, and Duolingo now offers this as an option.).
Some other information if people are interested in Tlingit: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/tlingit.htm http://alaskool.org/language/indexing/tlingindex.htm http://tlingitlanguage.com/learning-tlingit/
I took a look at this language, and it seems fascinating! Its phonology reminds me much of Circassian. You have my full support for this language course. One of the weird things I found about this language was the presence of a velar ejective fricative. Insane! I love it.
I'm glad you love it! I had not yet heard of a velar ejective fricative and I had to look it up. I have never heard of a language that has it and Wikipedia gives Tlingit as the only language to contain it (I'm not sure if that's true). It's fascinating! Thanks for your support!
I'm actually from Alaska, and this language is very hard to get sources for from the community, but it is very important to our communities, and it would be great to get it on here. It is taught in school in places like Wrangell, but the elders of our communities do not speak much of their cultures and there is a huge generational gap between the youth and the elders. It would be nice to have a resource like this for it.
I just found this thread, but I want to say—Yee gu.aa yáxh xʼwán! (Be of good courage!) I think there are quite a few young Tlingit language learners developing into fluent speakers and teachers right now, and hopefully maybe in a few years some might be able to start working on developing a Duolingo course. I don't think anyone in the Tlingit community would say it's a top priority, but it could be a huge accomplishment for the language. Gunalchéesh for bringing it up here.