Why is Navajo such a short course?
I started learning Navajo out of curiosity, but I noticed that the language only has about 10 skills. I haven't even finished the first skill yet, but I doubt that even if you finished the whole language you would even be somewhat fluent. Why is this? Duo couldn't even find contributors? Maybe I'm just wrong, and the course is amazing. It is in beta, after all. I just want some insight from someone who has actually learned Navajo and can clear this up for me.
The reason why it is a limited course is because Duolingo has trouble finding contributors who can actually create a lot of content for the course. Navajo, being a Native American language, is what Duolingo considers to be an endangered language (although there are still about 150,000 native speakers). I tried applying to become a contributor for the course but they have not gotten back to me yet. If you want to have some more content, please do take a look at this Memrise course I created: https://decks.memrise.com/course/2215337/navajo-1/.
I also, a fluent speaker of Navajo, was kicked off of the contributor list. The course material lacks syntax, accurate grammar, etc. The contributors who are currently contributing have a lot on their plate because they must correct all errors while creating new content.
Hello, Your Memrise course is really great. The voice is only in the initial words. Do you plan to add sound to other words?
Yes, once I have the opportunity to do so. I will be creating a series of eight sequential courses, and I will hopefully have audio for every exercise eventually.
Very happy to see people working to create online learning opportunities for less-studied languages such as this.