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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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MegL wrote on October 11, 2018, 2:23 PM

That's an interesting reason for adding those two languages. I often wish I spoke another language fluently, it's never the same learning it as an adult.

VinceSummers wrote on October 12, 2018, 9:03 AM

I have an interesting take on languages I seldom speak about. I have an app that doesn't completely instruct in a language, but does do a lot to help communication at a basic level, greetings and common phrases. It's in just tons of languages. Languages currently in use. It isn't intended to preserve languages.

VinceSummers wrote on October 12, 2018, 9:26 AM

Oh, what the heck? First let me say, at least some linguistic scientists are beginning to say the many current languages did not have a root language they came from. They are too different for that. What then? Well, it closely relates to the topic of race, and I wrote an article on that commonality... Here: https://www.quirkyscience.com/what-is-the-origin-of-races/