Duolingo Releases Two New Language Courses
Yesterday, for Indigenous People's Day (Columbus Day, as it's better known), Duolingo released two new language courses. Now, the language learning giant allows you to learn Hawaiian and Navajo on both its web and mobile app versions.
Interestingly, the reasons for adding it to the long list of languages it currently supports isn't what you might think it would be. Rather than spreading means of communication, it appears that Duolingo places its interest in preserving language, and therefore preserving culture.
Hawaiian, Navajo, and Irish (which is also supported by Duolingo), were all banned or discouraged in favor of assimilation to American or English society.
Working to revitalize these languages is as important as preserving a document in a library or an artifact in a museum. Read more about why here.
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