Youtube Video for Navajo Duolingo Vocabulary List
I took the liberty of spending three hours working on a list that is on Duolingo Navajo and explaining them a little more in-depth. I then recorded the audio and spent another half-an-hour today editing and making sure the audio is well aligned with the transitioning of slides. I hope that is of great assistance as you can now hear a native speaker explain and pronounce the words. I am also available for private tutoring shall any of you wish to go much further in-depth in learning Navajo. ̨ Here is the link to my Navajo YouTube channel that I have been planning to launch for months but decided now was the right time.
I hope that is of great assistance.
Thank you for taking the time to do this. I especially liked the example where you color-coded the sentence and translation.
I have a better understanding now of how difficult it will be to add audio to the Duolingo course. I quite possibly will never speak the language well- but I think you have already made me a better listener!
Well, I have stopped making Navajo videos. I didn't have a great nor positive experience when making them. I enjoyed making videos as they were fun to make. However, due to disrespectful comments made to me I have suspended making videos indefinitely and don't know when I will return to it. I was made to feel as if this was a waste of my time. Honestly, I feel it is. I'm not going to produce any native level speakers so I have given up for the time being. Maybe I will have a change of heart but we'll see.
Thank you, though.
Be assured that your videos are everything else, but not a waste of time. Every single bit of language and language information that is on YouTube (or anywhere else out there) is awesome and a treasure - and one step on the way of producing a native lever speaker.
There will always be stupid people (i.e. haters), and now and then they happen upon you, and it is totally fine to simply delete and forget their comments.
Also, I have seen discussions inside Native American communities about what is right and what is wrong, but the thing with languages is: there are often many different ways to say a thing, and those ways differ regionally. That is true with all other languages, too. You don't even have to take US English and British English; even inside the US there are words and phrases and even grammar that are used in some areas and in others not at all. Some people may not be aware of that. Just be patient with them.
As for producing native level speakers - it takes a whole community to do that. In the end, it comes down to parents speaking the language in their family and to their children for a language to be alive. That is not an easy thing to do with large language gaps in the families (and a long list of other difficulties), but the immersion kindergartens (of which there are still way too few) are one important step on that way. YouTube videos are another important step on that way.
I personally have very much hope for the Native American languages, seeing the efforts that have been taken by so many courageous people lately, including you.