Summer Intensive Expectations: 2020 Update

Here you will find the 2020 Summer Intensive expectations for WAYK team members who will be joining the project at Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, BC. We want to be clear and transparent with applicants about what WAYK expects from them and what they can expect in return. What you can expect as a summer… Read more »

WAYK Summer Intensive Schedule: 2020 Update

It can be hard to imagine what a language revitalization summer looks like, but working to keep a language vital is a full-time endeavor. Here’s an updated look at what to expect from the WAYK Summer Intensive schedule in 2020. As with any program centered around language learning, it’s essential that we have daily contact… Read more »

WAYK Summer Team Frequently Asked Questions: 2020 Update

We’ve put together a list of some of the most common questions we get about WAYK Summer Language Intensive projects and the internship/volunteer positions we offer. We hope that anyone who’s interested in applying to join a summer project with WAYK can find the answer to some of their burning questions below. If you have… Read more »

Call for WAYK 2020 Summer Team!

This summer, we are once again fortunate to offer summer positions on the WAYK team during the 2020 Summer Language Intensive. These positions are sponsored by our host community, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, located in beautiful North Vancouver, British Columbia. Participating in a WAYK summer project is one of the best ways to be fully immersed in… Read more »

Announcing WAYK’s 2020 Summer Intensive: North Vancouver, British Columbia!

WAYK is very excited to announce—after months (and years!) of planning with the host community—that our 2020 Summer Intensive will once again take place in North Vancouver, British Columbia! This will be WAYK’s 10th summer project with a partner community. In 2020, we will continue our partnership with Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN). Due to the location… Read more »

What it’s like to be a WAYK Intern

Interning: do anything and everything #forthelanguage! Explaining what it’s like to be a WAYK intern is no easy task. To be perfectly honest, I really had no idea what I was in for when I boarded the plane that would take me to St. Paul Island, Alaska. Even once I figured out what I was… Read more »

  • 24. “Riddle-me-this” – the Top WAYK Techniques

    When fluency hunting, you are never concerned with translations or explanations, because you are always looking to acquire an intuitive, whole-body understanding of the language or skill through riddle-me-this. Meaning is a complete, whole-body experience, not an intellectual one. Discovery, revelation, insight, the “Eureka!” moments of our lives are most richly felt, and most deeply… Read more »

  • 23. “Lunatic Fringe” – the Top WAYK Techniques

    During fluency hunting, you remain aware of everyone around you – young children playing, passers-by, and peers watching the hunt. You know that all these people are lunatic fringe, fully part of play, though they might not realize it, and you take care to hunt as obviously! as you can so they can follow along…. Read more »

  • 22. “Travels with Charlie”/”Sorry, Charlie” – the Top WAYK techniques

    When fluency hunting, you use limit to move through ascending levels of complex performance, leaving a Travels with Charlie roadmap behind you, and calling sorry, charlie on yourself or others anytime bite-sized pieces come up out of order. One quick look at the Big Picture can make all the details fall into place. We call… Read more »

  • 21. “Craig’s List” – the Top WAYK Techniques

    While language hunting, when you periodically discover single words and concepts in your target language, you ask for them to be included in a Craig’s List (CL) of like concepts/words, accelerating your movement through the language and raising the chances of remembering the single word you discovered. Lists are an ancient mnemonic. There are many… Read more »

  • “Copy-cat”: the Heart of Accelerated Learning

    We often say, “WAYK is a copy-cat game, not a learning game. No learning allowed!”. This can seem rather tongue-in-cheek, as if we secretly mean, no really, we want you to learn, this is just a way to make it fun. But no – though seemingly paradoxical, we actually mean it. WAYK really is a… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • 20. “Contract” – the Top 20 WAYK Techniques

    In the midst of play, you or another fluency hunter spots a way to accelerate the learning environment. You enshrine it as a technique by giving it a catchy name, and contract it as part of play from now on. Culture is an agreement between two or more people. One of the major goals of… Read more »

  • 19. “Bite-sized Pieces” – the Top 20 WAYK Techniques

    In order to keep players fluently participating in the game, you ensure all new information emerges in bite-sized pieces. Q: “How do you eat an elephant?” A: “One bite at a time.” Massively complex skills or projects are almost effortless when tackled one bite at a time. Once you’ve learned this technique, you’ll begin to… Read more »

  • 18. “My Turn/Your Turn” – the Top 20 WAYK Techniques

    While fluency hunting, you constantly double check your sense of the accent in play through my turn/your turn, maintaining a back and forth rhythm between yourself, your fellow players, and your fluent fool. Everything honest is a conversation. There are countless examples of alternating flows in the natural world. Back and forth exchanges are a… Read more »

  • 17. “You Go First” (Modeling) – Top 20 WAYK Techniques

    While fluency hunting, you want to share a technique with another player. To demonstrate its value and context, you go first, applying it in play. Later, you see your fellow player is ready to absorb another bite-sized piece of improved accent – so, you go first, modeling the accent you want to transmit. Lead from… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • 16. “Just in Time” – the Top 20 WAYK Techniques

    You are fluency hunting a skill comprised of uncountable bite-sized pieces, with the option of using and sharing hundreds of accelerating techniques. Yet this doesn’t overwhelm you, because you always bring up new information just in time. Information and ability is acquired most deeply and rapidly at the moment of its greatest relevance. If you… Read more »

  • WAYK: A Mental Martial-Art

    Over the past couple years, as we’ve been working to share WAYK with a larger audience, we’ve collected a lot of feedback on how to present the game. One piece of feedback, that we’ve received many times, has to do with WAYK itself. It runs something like this: “Do I have to learn sign language… Read more »

  • 15. “Mumble” – the Top 20 WAYK Techniques

    You may have hunted dozens of skills and languages – or none. But no matter what, every time you sit down with a new fluent fool to fluency hunt their skill, you will always start at the beginning, by copy-catting, and mumble your way to fluency. Attaining excellence requires you first embrace foolishness. Perfection is… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • 14. “Accent” – the Top 20 WAYK Techniques

    You want to hunt a target skill, so therefore you need to find a fluent fool. You choose the fluent fool according to the accent you’re hunting, or simply accept their particular accent as your target. “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • April 1st-3rd: WAYK workshop in Seattle area

    The good folks at SolutionsIQ are partnering with us to bring you our first public workshop in a while. Please check out the event details  and register for the April workshop at the SolutionsIQ Agile Learning Center. Register now for an early bird discount! Though this workshop will apply to all experienced levels, returning WAYK… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »