Course request: Squamish
As I've been a resident of British Columbia since birth, I've been exposed to a lot of Squamish names and words (and find it to be a pretty interesting language), but have had no real ways to learn it.
Squamish is a neat language and a few million people live in areas where it's heavily spoken, so I can imagine some benefit from a Squamish course.
EDIT: At the realization of Squamish being nearly extinct (thanks to headache_booth for informing me of that), I've gained a new reason to add this course to Duolingo.
If we can receive help from speakers who are fluent or partial speakers, we could work together to create a Squamish course in just a few years. If this is added to Duolingo, we'll have officially saved an entire language and culture.
In that case, it's even more important that duolingo make a course. We have to try as hard as we can to save the dying languages! It may be extremely hard to put together a course, but we have to try! Did anyone think that the cheetahs would be able to come back from the brink of extinction? I doubt it. Did the geneticists stop trying? No! They kept at it, and look where the cheetahs are now! Even if it takes years to complete, duolingo needs this course. The people here https://www.kwiawtstelmexw.com/education/old-sfu-immersion-program/ might be glad to contribute. We have to keep this language going! There are already so many dead or dying languages. That's not all, though. BBC news says that by the end of this century, half or even as much as 90% of the world's languages may be gone. 90%!!! We have to work as hard as we can to preserve and protect and continue these languages!
Didn't even know that cheetahs were ever nearly extinct, that's pretty wild to think about. Also didn't know about the SFU Squamish program either. I definitely think it'd be good to try, I was just saying I thought it sounded fairly impossible. Glad to see it might be possible though!
Yeah, it is. Apparently they were down to about thirty individuals once! And I'm glad too. :)
That's incredible and so sad because we didn't even know this was happening and it's already fixed.
the languages are dying because the people themselves don't want to speak them and don't teach them to their kids
It's not that they don't want to speak it, it's that they lack the opportunity. When you only have 6 other native speakers, that's not many others to talk to in your own language.
I've heard elders speak it before, although I've only heard a few words. All I could contribute is just the word "Squamish" in Squamish (Skwxwu7mesh). I also know what the 7 means, so that's something.
I've heard that some indigenous languages used 7 as a part of actual words, never knew of any specific ones that did before now though.