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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jlew45

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.

April 28, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ILopez20

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/.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/keanu933461

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jlew45

I don't know why they wouldn't let you help.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LazyEinstein

That is unfortunate but expected from Duolingo. They often operate in obscurity and weird secrecy. This sucks for those who believe in their companies mission and product.

Thank you for trying. We appreciate you and those like yourself that want to volunteer to make courses better for those of us who are interested.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jlew45

Thanks for clearing that up!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nathan619706

I just took a look at the memrise course you're developing. You have good explanations, I hope to see more.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AgnieszkaM926196

Hello, Your Memrise course is really great. The voice is only in the initial words. Do you plan to add sound to other words?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ILopez20

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ryanaissance

Very happy to see people working to create online learning opportunities for less-studied languages such as this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jlew45

Nice moves! Keep it up! Proud of you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thlacko_

It's still in beta and new skills are probably going to be added soon.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AccordionCat9000

That's what I was thinking!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Meowmix69000

Hey dude,

I saw you commented on my comment that got deleted seemingly. Would love to practice if you have a grasp of the language. I'm basically going in blind.


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    It's in beta version, so new skills would be added.

    Learn Navajo in just 5 minutes a day. For free.