<Ser> has anybody tried learning a language on their own (not in a class) along with somebody and making it actually work?
<Ser> me and Cev once said we'd go through an Old English textbook, but I gave up on the 2nd day and he gave up on the 3rd, lol
<Ser> dhok told me we'd probably study Plains Cree early this year but the plan never went through (did not even start)
<Ser> so yeah, would anybody want to learn any language with me this summer?
<Ser> I kinda have more free time than I should
<Ser> maybe I'll make a post on Annie
<Ser> or on the ZBB, but that's more dangerous
<Yatalac> and ser, what would you be interested in learning?
<Ser> Gothic, Cree, Guarani, Khmer, throw anything at me
<YaaliAnnar> Let's learn castillian.
<Zayk> ARE WE DOING A GROUPLEARN?
<Ser> Zayk: yes
Most of the rest of the conversation was people discussing the merits of studying Guarani vs. studying Quechua (with Quechua gaining a slight upper hand), but I'd welcome anything. Learning materials are the real issue in the end.
I'm down for Quechua, though if I go to Rome this fall I may not be around much. Actually, I'm probably down for most things, though my vote is cast for either Quechua or Cree.
One benefit to doing Cree is that there's an excellent three-part book course with audio that's just recently been completed- though we'd have some scanning to do. To my knowledge nothing of the sort exists for Quechua.
I suggested we restrict ourselves to a language with a decent amount of available literature. As much as we might like to fantasize that we're going to be speaking the language out loud, in practice we're really only going to be using it as a written language. So literature is more important for us than audio samples. I think we decided both Quechua and Guaraní would be OK in that regard. Mapudungun should be OK too. I don't know about Cree...
I'm with Zayk on this one, which is why I'm thinking of one of the larger/better supported South American languages. I think our four options really are Quechua, Aymara, Guaraní, and Mapudungun, and of those it was mentioned how difficult it was to find resources for Guaraní.
Personally, my votei s for Mapudungun, but I'm fine with whatever y'all pick.
Also, because African languages are cool and I have more interest in them, I want to throw out Xhosa and Akan and Zulu. But because I don't want to be a thorn in everyone's sides, I won't push any of them unless someone else would be interested in considering one of them over the other four in the running.
FSI is your best bet for a lot of African languages: Fula, Hausa, Chinyanja, Kirundi, Kituba, Lingala, Moré, Shona, Luganda, Swahili, Igbo and Twi all have FSI courses. (As does Amharic, but that doesn't really count.) I'd be down for an African language- always wanted to dabble in something with tone. We could do Fula, though- while not tonal, it's still got more than enough nuttiness to please my inner tryhard.