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Is Any Project Ever “Simple”?

Very early in the summer Evan mentioned to me that there were some Unangam Tunuu books that had been read by speakers but to date no one had figured out how to, or at least had not gotten around to, combining the audio with the scanned copies of the books. This meant that anyone wanting… Read more »

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Report from the Road: St. Paul Island Summer Intensive Video

We are pleased to share another great video from WAYK player and filmmaker Sky Hopinka. Sky joined the WAYK team on St. Paul Island for the 2015 Summer Intensive as a returning intern. Even though his focus was on teaching our newest WAYK interns and guiding the local team through hunting language and developing lessons,… Read more »

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Sky’s Video Tips for Cellphone Cameras

When you’re language hunting, or even teaching, it helps to document those sessions in any way you can. With the ubiquity of smartphones it’s easier than ever to video record a language hunt, bucket brigade, TQ: Walk, or whatever you’re working on. Here are a few tips and tricks that may help you get started… Read more »

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Pedagogy Rusticatio with WAYK

We are pleased to share a gorgeous new video by Sky Hopinka, WAYK team member and a truly stellar filmmaker. Sky’s film is about how classroom teachers can strengthen one of the most misunderstood endangered languages…Latin. In July 2014, Sky traveled with WAYK to West Virginia to document the second annual Pedagogy Rusticatio, a program… Read more »

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Beyond the Script

This video shows what advanced WAYK looks like.  This is no longer the simple “What is That?” game.  Now that Evan and Sky are both seasoned WAYK players, they can push and pull language using a wide range of techniques although the untrained eye may not notice the high level of cooperation they employ. The… Read more »

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WAYK Mandarin Chinese

Here’s player David Edwards, at Stanford University, sharing Mandarin with a friend for the first time. It’s a lot of fun to watch, and with subtitles too! Keep in mind we’ve never played with David, which makes it all the more fun to follow the game. We’re always really excited when we see video of… Read more »

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Yiddish Language Hunt

[vimeo=20128505] Here you can see Willem hunting Yiddish language for the first time, with the help of fluent speaker Selma Zack, in February 2011. Just moments before the video starts, Willem has begun by asking Selma, “How do you say ‘What is that?’”. Almost all of the rest of the language hunt is spent immersed… Read more »

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VIDEO: Irish language (Gaeilge) 4

[vimeo=20063545] Here’s the fourth video in the series, which covers the third persons, He/She. It’s worth noting that, as always, we are applying tq mumble to leading a game in Irish – this is not perfect, fluent adult Irish, of any accent. But it is the Irish game that any new game leader will be… Read more »

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VIDEO: Irish Language (Gaeilge) 3

[vimeo=19914532] Here’s the third video in the Irish language series. Remember, you’ll need to start with the first video, and for most folks, completing the WAYK tutorial beforehand is a must. In this video we play through Craig’s Lists Give/Take and For/if/and. It’s worth noting that, as always, we are applying tq mumble to leading… Read more »

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VIDEO: Irish Language (Gaeilge) 2

[vimeo=19905263] Here’s the second video in our Irish Language series. Start with the first one. In order to take advantage of videos like this, you’ll need to have mastered the WAYK tutorial or played a WAYK game before. It’s worth noting that, as always, we are applying tq mumble to leading a game in Irish… Read more »

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VIDEO: Irish Language (Gaeilge) 1

[vimeo=19896067] For anyone who has either been to a WAYK workshop, language night, or mastered the WAYK tutorial, you can copy-cat along with this video and learn some Irish language, known in America as Irish Gaelic, and in Ireland as Irish or Gaeilge.   You may note that we haven’t completely made up our mind… Read more »

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WAYK ASL with RaVen Sequoia, Deaf ASL educator

[vimeo=19727433] In this video, you’ll see Willem mentoring RaVen in WAYK game play over Skype videoconferencing, in exchange for mentoring in ASL. Willem and RaVen are probably signing too fast for beginners to learn – but for ASL educators this video provides a good example of how to apply the game to American Sign Language…. Read more »

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Fluency Fiddling with Michael Ismerio

[vimeo = 19478895] In this video Willem Larsen sits down with Michael Ismerio, old time music fiddler and workshop leader, to discuss his recent workshop that they both boosted with an array of carefully chosen WAYK techniques. WAYK is a design system for generating and improving accelerated learning environments, not just a language fluency game!… Read more »

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WAYK Farsi

[vimeo = 19412787] In this video Willem and Holia explore doing a language trade, where Willem will learn Farsi, and Holia will improve his English, and also will be trained to rapidly teach and learn language through language hunting. Please keep in mind, that if you find this video confusing, then you probably need to… Read more »

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WAYK with New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and English

Meet John Graham, a New Zealand player who has never met us in-person, but has learned WAYK through the on-line videos, podcasts, and blogs. Here you can see a short, off-the-cuff video with his japanese friend Mai, as they play in NZSL and English. Note that John has adapted the grammar of NZSL to act… Read more »

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Language Hunting in Latin

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/15491950] In this video you’ll see footage of the September 2010 Latin WAYK Weekend Workshop at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, WY. Towards the end of the weekend at a typical WAYK workshop, the steadily improving language hunters participate in the “Tea with Grandma” scenario, where attendees hunt language from fluent elders with no… Read more »

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Iliodor Philemonof on Traditional Unangax Art and Regalia

[vimeo 14780588] In this video Iliodor Philemonof, elder speaker of Unangam Tunuu (Aleut), provides the language for some traditional items and art of the Unangax people. This video was filmed during the 2010 “Where Are Your Keys?” Unangax Language Camp at the NW Indian College, on the Lummi Reservation, in Bellingham, WA.

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VIDEO: “Tea with Grandma” at the 2010 #WAYK Unangax Language Camp

[vimeo 14757931] We feel strongly that we’re doing work no one else is doing – work that teaches communities a particular kind of real-world, practical, all-ages, all-weather skills at learning and teaching language in any environment. “Tea with Grandma” is a prime example of this – at every workshop we do, we run this scenario… Read more »

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“the Walk” in Unangam Tunuu with Iliodor Philemonof

[vimeo 14724207] This is a video of “the Walk” Unangam Tunuu curriculum, generated by and for the campers at the 2010 WAYK Unangax Language Camp. Note that there are no translations or subtitling, as this is meant as a refresher for attendees.

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VIDEO: Unangam Tunuu Universal Speed Curriculum

[vimeo 14723748] This video contains the Unangam Tunuu Universal Speed Curriculum, and is a refresher for attendees of the 2010 Unangax Language Camp at the NW Indian College. It contains no subtitles or translations, and is meant to serve as a guide for improving players’ accent and pronunciation. If you’d like to see Unangam Tunuu… Read more »