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Indigenous languages video tutorials will be released in Yakutia

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A series of educational video lessons and audio phrasebooks of rare languages will be released in Yakutia as part of the International Year of Indigenous Languages.


A series of educational video lessons and audio phrasebooks of rare languages will be released in Yakutia as part of the International Year of Indigenous Languages. This was announced on Friday by the first vice-president of the Association of Indigenous Minorities of the North of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Vyacheslav Shadrin.

“We have prepared video lessons in Even, Evenki, Yukagir, Dolgan languages for release. The course for each language consists of forty 15 minute lessons. In addition, we are developing mobile applications for Android and iOS - audio phrasebooks in these languages. This format seems to be effective for young people and children,” he said.

In addition, with the assistance of the Association, Sunday schools for learning native languages will be organized for the first time in areas inhabited by indigenous peoples of the North. "Now such courses are held only in Yakutsk," said Shadrin.

He is convinced that the holding of an international year will make it possible to draw attention to the situation with languages that are on the verge of extinction. “For example, only a few speak fluently in the Yukagir language today. A rather complicated situation with all the other languages of the northern peoples. Among the main problems is the lack of funding for the development and publication of textbooks in their native languages, the translation into these languages of world, Russian and Yakut literature.”

2019 is the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. According to estimates of the world organization, there are currently 370 million indigenous people in the world living in 90 countries.

TASS ТАСС