This language is strange in that it has no connection to any other in its region (island of Newfoundland, Canada). Some connection to Algonquin languages has been speculated but it’s not clear and concise, I would say that if the language were a part of the Algonquin family, then it would be perhaps a very divergent member of the family. Proto-Algonquin was said to split off between 2,500-3,000 years at minimum, but Beothuk must have been a family that broke off much earlier than any of the other languages, but I don’t see the connection well at this point. The number system is completely different, there are words from contact or idea spread, but they’re not native to Beothuk. There are some suffixes and/or morphology however that could have a connection from some quick, personal observation, but it’ll never been known for sure.
This language has sounds which are not typical of most North American Indigenous languages, such as /θ/, “dr”, “tsch”, and who knows what the writers of the time meant by “dr” or “tsch” anyway? Beothuk does not have the /f/. It is remarkable that a linguist (Gatschet) was able to infer so much about the grammar in a most possible way based on the scant information available and the variances in the word-lists.
I’d be more than happy to make a video and do some research with Ojibwe, Micmak or other Eastern Algonquin languages to see if some connection between them and Beothuk could be forged but it would surely be one divergent language.
Currently at LangShack, we have just finished our first language course, and are currently researching how to get the book published and are in the process of getting an ISBN for that Papiamento course. We are planning out a mobile app for the Apple App Store and the Google Market, which is slated to be released sometime during the next year. The app will feature our LangShack language courses with audio, and a portal to import additional, custom lessons with audio, this will also be released with some additional features. We want to develop a way for you to keep track of all your language study notes in one place and some games to keep our users engaged with learning languages. Please email us with suggestions or if you’d like to volunteer with us.
As the site and this business grows, we are looking into holding conferences with potential customers and current fans to elicit feedback on our courses and media content to make sure that we are satisfying the needs of our fans and customers. If you’d like to make a difference by helping us develop our language courses or if you’d like to volunteer in translating a course into your language (any language, especially more widely known ones), then please email us at [email protected]
I have been spending a lot of time editing the Papiamento course I made. I started this whole thing with a daily video of all my study progress and got discouraged that no one was following and changed my approach. The thing about starting a business is that it takes patience and people aren’t going to find LangShack over night. I’ve been producing videos for about two months now and it is finally starting to produce a following. I started experimenting with an audio podcast that has an accompanying PDF that has a reading selection or dialogue, followed by vocabulary, grammar explanations and exercises to practice and because it was so late in my study process, everything became jumbled. Now, I have the process in place but I am editing the book so that it can be used as a study tool by learners.
One idea that I have in mind is that the lessons need to be short and “bite-sized” so that it isn’t so long that the learner gets discouraged but just long enough to where you can still learn something and get through the lessons somewhat quickly. I have some other supplemental ideas in mind for future languages, which will be part of paid-tiers on Patreon but the audio of the lessons will always be free. I intend to sell the books on my website and find native speakers to record audio for the reading selections so learners have a native ear.
Cape Verdean Creole will be the next language I intend to brush up on and I am going to make a PDF and audio podcast for this language for the next month and a half as soon as I finish the Papiamento book which I intend to have done in the next few days.
I need feedback on the Papiamento book as this will be the basis for all future LangShack courses. If you are interested in helping me, I have a sample PDF of one lesson that can be reviewed. I need to know if a learner would be comfortable learning a language with this material, and the format, or if it needs work, such as more exercises, shorter dialogues, etc.
I made a compilation of my conversations with locals in Aruba. I learned the language before I went with the intent of only speaking Papiamento with everyone in Aruba. You should always learn the language before you go to a country, it makes the trip so much more worth it and gives you a new life! Check this out and spread the world. Subscribe on YouTube for more content and support us on Patreon!
Here at LangShack we have a new weekly podcast show. This will be released every Saturday! Filmed in the morning and released in the evening. In the future when the show gets a bigger following, we want to go live every weekend and have a live discussion with our followers and subscribers! Spread the world and check out La Esquina! First episode featured below!
Aruba is truly a fascinating place. It is a polyglots paradise. Learning four languages is required for every resident who goes to school: Dutch, Papiamento, Spanish and English. However when you speak Papiamento and they know you’re a tourist, then they may think you’re attempting to speak Spanish and the way to clear up the language you intend to use if it’s Papiamento is to just straight up ask “Bo ta papia Papiamento?”. This works every time. It is a mixture of 5-7 different languages, mainly Portuguese and Spanish but also a lot of Dutch and English, with elements of French, and a sprinkle of African languages.
My wife has been speaking Spanish to everyone in the language she’s more comfortable with, and they respond comfortably in Spanish. I try whenever possible to use Papiamento. They use English with me by default unless they’re a native Spanish speaker and have been speaking with my wife in Spanish in which I’ll just join the conversation in that language. They’ll often switch back to English with me and continue with her in Spanish. It is truly amazing how Arubans can switch between the four languages.