https://www.duolingo.com/Terrence011

Chamorro Language Option

I know this is probably the wrong place to post this but the steps on requesting a language is very confusing.

Chamorro(Fino Haya/chamorro) is the indigenous language of the Micronesian people. These people come from Guam or the Common Wealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. I am chamorro and notice that this language is only spoken by my elders these are people ages 50-70 and the younger generation like 20-30 understand but can’t converse while children 5-18 have no understanding and little interest in learning. I don’t mean to sound bitter but the fact that Hawaiian is listed as a endangered language and chamorro isn’t as well is very heart breaking. Guam and the CNMI have been territories of the U.S. since WW2. Our history Is skipped over in history and many Americans don’t even know that our islands are apart of their nation. I believe that the chamorro language should be included to Duolingo as it would help many of our people’s children learn the language at a young age and help prolong the life of this language.

(Language history) Just to start Y in chamorro sound like Z like in the word Zebra. Chamorro is heavily influenced by Spanish and it was controlled by Spain for about 300 years so there is some heave Spanish influence. The word to help in Spanish is Ayudar but in chamorro it’s Ayuda (Azuda) very similar words like Basta, masa(table), boca, towaya, siya... the list go on of Spanish influence words.

If possible I would love to voice and read sentences for these lessons If need be. I just want to help revive my language and i would cry tears of joy if Duolingo could help.

-sincerely -Terrence Babauta Hem

June 8, 2019

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TJTitmus

Many thanks for sharing this post, I sincerely hope you achieve your dream one way or another. My Tai Chi teacher many years ago said to me to form my own class and be the teacher myself (he was moving far away and I couldn't find a replacement teacher that I was happy with) - if Duolingo aren't able to help you at this moment in time perhaps you could start your own class. We have a saying in England "Out of acorns mighty oak trees grow"... maybe your people have a similar expression. Very best wishes for your future.

June 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Terrence011

That is such a beautiful saying and I will take your advice and apply to be a contributor for the language and make a forum to get lessons planned and hopefully Duolingo will choose to promote the language

June 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ingen_Hjerne

This is a great idea. I shall probably never have the opportunity to speak it but save a cultural heritage is a noble cause. I wish you all the best of luck

June 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Terrence011

Thank you for helping/encouraging me and reading my post I hope that I can get this to be a learn able language

June 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Pajarogris

Hafa Adai Terrence011. Languages do and will continue to die, but for the work of people like you. Guam was our home for three and a half years and we loved it. Thank you for highlighting the need to save the Chamorro language.

June 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Terrence011

Hafa Adai pajarogris si yuus mase for commenting and giving word of encouragement. I think i will create a forum for the language if you ever want to maybe learn it :)

June 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ARCANA-MVSA

If you haven't already, you can submit an application to become a Course Contributor for this language on DL. They may not get back to you for however long (if at all), but they'll probably at least keep it on file for if ever they do decide to add the course. :) You can also set up an unofficial course for this language in the Duolingo forums if you'd rather not wait (and you can make TinyCards decks to go with them), or start doing YouTube videos to raise awareness and teach this language - or both! However much you want to (or feel you can) do, go ahead and do it - anything is better than nothing. :)

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.

June 8, 2019
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