Lauren recently finished the Ainu course with us. Ainu is the native language spoken by a minority community in Northern Japan. We caught up with her to find out how she found the course, what she liked about it the most and what advice she had for prospective students.
T: So Lauren, why Tribalingual?
L: Curiosity, I’ve always wanted to learn one of those obscure languages that no-one every teaches ever, unless you’re on like a reservation or something. And I’m interested in Japan and of course Ainu is a Japanese language. Well, you know, erm, and sort of also like a sense of linguistic duty because I know it is probably going to die soon. I’m trying to go to Japan and there is a chance that I could go to Hokkaido and meet some Ainu peoples.
T: What was your favourite part about the course?
L: Well, let’s see, it was good at going over a lot of grammar and like the finer points one at a time. Erm, let’s see, I like the cultural bits, I don’t think I probably would’ve learned these things just you know on google. It was good for connotations or usages of words.
T: What was the best thing you learned?
L: I like learning how the Ainu view different animals through folktales, that was neat. Foxes pretend they’re smart but they’re not really smart. Walruses are stupid. There is a lot of good practice. It was challenging. I learned quite a variety of grammar points. I learned a lot of exceptions to rules so it was very comprehensive in the grammar and the vocabulary department.
T: Would you recommend taking a course on Tribalingual?
L: Yeah, if they were really dedicated, yeah yeah. I mean it’s a lot of things you will never learn ever anywhere else. It is like a summer course at college in that it is like a semesters worth of information in 10 weeks. Prepare yourself for some heavy knowledge learning.
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