Dying languages are, unfortunately, not something new. In fact, this has become a common occurrence in many cultures. But language is one of the greatest tools to keep a culture alive, so when a language starts to disappear, the culture suffers inevitably. If I were to give examples of such a case, the list would surely be a long one. This is more common with old languages like Latin and Ancient Greek that are not in common use today.
Globalisation has its upsides, but it also guarantees a lower exposure to cultural heritage, especially for newer generations.
Woolaroo wasade keeping this in mind.
What is Woolaroo?
Woolaroo is an app – a blessing in disguise for dying or rare languages. It aims to provide a common platform for such languages so that interested people can learn and share them, thus saving indigenous language.
It is a much needed Google Art & Culture experiment.
Woolaroo is compatible both on IOS and Android which ensures accessibility for all.
How does it work?
The working of this app is uncomplicated and easy for everyone to understand. It is an open-source platform, which means that many communities will be able to use it for their particular languages. Woolaroo app can be used to add and edit entries, and for keeping a record of words from the focussed languages and their meanings. Thus, you can add new words from languages whenever you come across them.
This app will allow you to create a database for your language of interest, which can then be learned by anyone.
What are the languages Woolaroo supports presently?
A few of the many languages that Woolaroo is supporting presently are Louisiana Creole, Calabrian Greek, Yang Zhuang, Sicilian, Nawat, Rapa Nui, and a few more. The first language that this app took up was Yugambeh. Yugambeh is a disappearing language from Australia.
With proper marketing and use, Woolaroo can help sustain languages to a considerable extent.
Feel free to add languages (or just words) on this app and support the world in retaining them!
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