ARE WE DOING A GROUPLEARN?
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? Serafín posts: 41
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You know, learning a language in a group. Are we?


<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)
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<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> anything
<Ser> Gothic, Cree, Guarani, Khmer, throw anything at me
<YaaliAnnar> Let's learn castillian.
<Yatalac> gothcruaranmer
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<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.
? Nesescosac Verborum qaghatun
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Again, I'd be down - we could do Quechua, I wouldn't be opposed to that at all. Something South American would be nice. What about Mapuche?
? Yaali Annar The Gote
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>>  What about Mapuche?

What about Aymara?

Anyway, I'm fine either way, as long as our target language is highly regular.
? dhok Eastern Establishmentarian
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, Alkali Metal, Array
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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.
? twabs fair maiden
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? Hallow XIII Primordial Crab
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Quechua would be cool. Cree too. I need me some highly synthetic languages in my life.

Or, to suggest an option that Yaali won't like, Pali, because buddhism is good for you.
? tiramisu posts: 74
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Since it hasn't been mentioned here:

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...
? Nesescosac Verborum qaghatun
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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.
? tiramisu posts: 74
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I think my preferences are:
1) Quechua
2) Mapudungun
3) Guaraní
4) Aymara

But we should maybe pool together what we can find in terms of resources before choosing a language.  Maybe I'll do a little bit of that tomorrow myself and post here.
? tiramisu posts: 74
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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.
? Nesescosac Verborum qaghatun
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In order, my preferences are:

1) Mapudungun
2) Guaraní
3) Aymara
4) Quechua

not that I wouldn't want to do Quechua, I'd just like to do the others more.

But you are certainly right that African languages are cool. Kinyarwanda or Fula would be my votes, but Akan is cool too. But again, resources.
? dhok Eastern Establishmentarian
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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.
? tiramisu posts: 74
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Also re: Quechua:

Consider Bolivia's promotion of Quechua culture under Evo Morales.
Have a taste from Bolivia's one-time ambassador to France: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4puoVGx62n4
? con quesa posts: 13
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I'm interested.

I'd vote for Quechua, just because it seems like the langauge that would be easiest to find resources on, and it's as interesting to me as any of the others.
? Rhetorica Sleepless Scribe
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Motion to rename the above poster to 'con quechua'.
? Yaali Annar The Gote
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If we're voting. I vote for kichwa.
? tiramisu posts: 74
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Doesn't look like it's happening, and my time off is coming to a close. I'm out.
? Serafín posts: 41
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Nesescosac/Yatalac and dhok already declared the grouplearn dead two days ago, before it even began.

Therefore I've decided to go for plan B: study Russian with miekko.

Thank you very much for your initial interest.
? tiramisu posts: 74
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I've been asking people to study Russian with me over the summer for months

Jerks.