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Postby nighean-neonach » 2007-01-29, 7:59

zhiguli wrote:if you're not teaching, and you don't know the language, how is it that you get your own forum?


:shock: Are you a moderator or admin here or what gives you the idea to be in a position to make such remarks?

I think it's clear enough from the things I have written in the other thread, that this is going to be a study group for Greenlandic. Obviously it was opened by a moderator or admin after Stacy's request, so that's alright.

Maybe I am a bit nitpicking here but I have a certain idea of what "language teaching" means, and this forum as a whole does no language teaching in the close sense of the word. What it does is networking, exchange, advice and help among language learners, students, native speakers etc.

So if some people claim to be "teaching" a language here on this forum, that's just fine, but I would not do that, not even in my native or fluent languages. I am willing and happy to give some help and advice, in Gaelic or German for example, but I would never call that "teaching", and similarly I don't speak about "teaching" Greenlandic here.

I'm a serious learner of Greenlandic, not a "dabbler", I am in contact with native speakers, I have lots of materials and I'm willing to share and exchange, and there is at least one other learner here who is interested in working together on this forum, to practice and exercise.

I wonder why on earth all sort of people who are actually not interested in learning Greenlandic, who have no resources to share and nothing to say about the language itself, are hanging around here and commenting on this forum.

A bit disappointed.
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Postby ego » 2007-01-29, 8:10

OK zhiguli, let's say this forum won't make it and soon turns inactive. What will be the problem exactly? The resources will always be here

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Postby nighean-neonach » 2007-01-29, 8:24

ego wrote:OK zhiguli, let's say this forum won't make it and soon turns inactive.


I can assure you it won't, unless I fall from a tree or the ferry sinks the next time I travel to the Hebrides... ;) I am not a "language dabbler", and I have the intention to acquire a good basic knowledge of Greenlandic before I travel there this summer or next summer. And I'm sure not going to stop after that :lol:
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Postby ego » 2007-01-29, 8:27

nighean-neonach wrote:
ego wrote:OK zhiguli, let's say this forum won't make it and soon turns inactive.


I can assure you it won't, unless I fall from a tree or the ferry sinks the next time I travel to the Hebrides... ;) I am not a "language dabbler", and I have the intention to acquire a good basic knowledge of Greenlandic before I travel there this summer or next summer. And I'm sure not going to stop after that :lol:
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Take me with you to the Hebrides :cry:

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Postby Steisi » 2007-01-29, 8:36

Me too. And then on to Greenland!
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Postby nighean-neonach » 2007-01-29, 8:39

Yay, in a sailing boat like the Vikings :D
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Postby zhiguli » 2007-01-29, 8:43

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Postby Steisi » 2007-01-29, 8:47

zhiguli wrote:though admit - you are a chat op and you do have a great deal more influence here).


Yeah, chat op. This is a forum where I have no more influence than anyone else o.O They don't even know who I am, except Varislintu, whom I didn't ask.

no problem at all, i might even be interested in them myself. the problem, as i've been saying all along, is altogether different.

and that will be my final word on this topic. good luck, again

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Postby nighean-neonach » 2007-01-29, 9:04

zhiguli wrote:i sincerely hope you do succeed, and that you are as serious about this language as you say you are (again, no offense, but "serious" passing fancies for exotic languages are more common than the flu on here).


I've noticed that as well, and I've only been here quite a short time. It bewilders me, as I stated in the "language dabbling" thread, and it's definitely not my kind of attitude. If I learn a language I learn it, and I usually reach a level of basic communication abilities within a year (at least with Indo-European languages), and up til now I have never skipped or discarded a language I have chosen to learn. My usual aim is fluency or at least confident conversational skills.
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Postby allemaalmeezinge » 2007-01-29, 11:11

I am pro this forum Nighean's last post about language teaching on Unilang convinced me.

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Postby Sisyphe » 2007-01-29, 16:26

Zoroa wrote:
I wouldn't recommend using the word "Eskimo". It's not a polite word for them since it means "red meat eater".


I have heard that it wa a legend, and that eskimo would mean "speaker of a foreign language" although its origin remains blurry.


It still isn't polite usage in Québec at least - and in the rest of Canada as well, afaik - although Pastorant will tell you differently. :roll:
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Postby E}{pugnator » 2007-01-29, 23:39

You girls (Stacy and nighean-neonach) say you have resources, but I don't know where these resources are. You only have paperback resources you are sharing with each other. So this forum is for us to sit down here and watch you two learn Greenlandic?
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Postby Steisi » 2007-01-30, 7:42

Expug, do read the other threads. There are audio resources, and lessons that have been posted.

If you don't like it don't come here to whinge. You can learn too, from this thread, or, exchange some material with us to get even more resources.

But as my memory serves me, you're really selfish with all your books and don't like to share..
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Postby nighean-neonach » 2007-01-30, 8:17

E}{pugnator wrote:So this forum is for us to sit down here and watch you two learn Greenlandic?


This forum is first of all for everyone to read what's written there.

What exactly are complaining about? Do you want to learn Greenlandic? Well, get going then :) You know, if I saw a thread called "Learning materials, web resources and suggestions" I'd figure there's some good information in there.
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Postby JackFrost » 2007-01-31, 8:58

Found the Greenlandic book in the library, but it's about East Greenlandic, not West. And it's in Danish. :roll:
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Postby nighean-neonach » 2007-01-31, 9:37

Danish would not be a problem. Most of my Greenlandic books are in Danish and it's alright. But East Greenlandic is a dialect with is quite different from West Greenlandic. It's interesting from a comparative linguistic viewpoint, but not for learning the language :)
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Postby JackFrost » 2007-01-31, 19:21

nighean-neonach wrote:Danish would not be a problem. Most of my Greenlandic books are in Danish and it's alright. But East Greenlandic is a dialect with is quite different from West Greenlandic. It's interesting from a comparative linguistic viewpoint, but not for learning the language :)

That's why I didn't bother writing down the title. ;)
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Postby Steisi » 2007-02-01, 10:55

Got the materials! Thank you sooooo much, I didn't expect so much stuff and I love it! :praise: :praise: :woohoo:
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Postby nighean-neonach » 2007-02-01, 11:20

:shock: That's amazing. I took it to the post office on Tuesday afternoon and I expected it to take a week or so... when I send stuff to friends in Scotland, it usually takes at least 5 days.

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :waytogo:

I'm going to post more stuff here soon, probably tomorrow... got to keep an eye on the Saami forum as well ;)
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Postby Alcadras » 2007-02-01, 11:23

What did you send her? I want it too. :lol:


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