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Does it seem that American indigenous languages could be anywhere on the horizon? I would love to see languages like Cherokee, Nahuatl, or GuaranĂ­ be available from English, Spanish, and/or Portuguese - or at least to have these courses in the incubator! Unfortunately I don't know any of those languages :(

4 years ago

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If you could find native speakers for those languages that are willing to create courses, they could show up. I know I have a bit of Cherokee heritage myself. The downside for the teachers is that they will be teaching for free, but the upside is that their languages will be preserved and easily accessible to those wanting to connect with their heritage or just learn.

4 years ago

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I know Nahuatl, but not too much to undertake a course. :)

We'll surely have people here who speak those languages.

4 years ago

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I would reach out to the Cherokee nation at www.cherokee.org as they offer Cherokee courses and may be able to put a teacher in touch with Duolingo. That would be a great connection to make. Also, Western Carolina University offers college courses in Cherokee and may also have an interested contributor. The trick is finding a fluent speaker who is also able to contribute and does not require compensation. The three recognized Cherokee tribes all seem to be very interested in developing free and user-friendly materials to help preserve and grow interest in the language, however their native speakers make up a very scarce resource at the moment. (If you're interested, Michael S. Joyner has developed some mobile app games to help learn animal names and the Syllabary...quite fun!)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kbrimington

It would seem that both demand and interest are the primary drivers to adding new courses. Certainly if the right people get involved, Duolingo has promised virtually any language to any language. I imagine many people have languages they want to learn that are sitting with fingers crossed, hoping the right people get involved. I live near the tribal offices of the Shoshone-Bannock. I'd love to learn even basic greetings.

This is a good opportunity for folks like you and me to encourage fluent bilingual speakers to get involved. If you know anybody who could contribute, by all means, reach out. Duolingo depends on the crowd to get the crowdsourcing, so to speak.

Cheers!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pinkduckling

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/15/tech/mobile/duolingo-incubator-language-teaching/

From this article: "There are also organizations interested in this new Duolingo tool, among them a foundation in the south of Mexico that wants to develop courses of indigenous languages in the area."

I would think there would be other organizations interested too :)

4 years ago