Wordle for FirstVoices language sites is now an option for B.C. First Nations languages.
Word games are a great way to practice using your language and we are excited to share that Wordle for FirstVoices is now available for B.C. First Nations communities to add to their existing FirstVoices.com language sites. Playing the popular word guessing game in your language is a fun new way to add language to your daily life and activate your vocabulary.
So far nine First Nations communities in B.C. have added Wordle to their language sites.
Here are the public FirstVoices language sites that currently have Wordle games you can try:
The FirstVoices development team was able to use the open-source Wordle code developed by Aidan Pine, a B.C.-based linguist and software developer, to add the game to FirstVoices community language site dictionaries.
“FPCC has decades of experience supporting Indigenous communities in their language revitalization efforts and so they are a natural partner to house this code and work in collaboration with other communities that want to develop their own version of the game,” says Aidan.
First Nations alphabets are unique and many include more than 26 letters. Aidan’s newly rendered version of Wordle includes writing systems with more than one character, making them accessible to First Nations alphabets with complex multi-character letters like “kw’ or a:y”.
The FirstVoices Wordle game also includes a keyboard with the unique characters needed so you can type without having to download any additional First Nations language keyboards.
“Integrating a Wordle-style game with language content on FirstVoices is a great example of what can be done when language and technology are combined,” says Bridget Chase, a FirstVoices Development Manager. “We are so excited to see this guessing game format become accessible in Indigenous languages.”
By bringing more learning opportunities like this to First Nations communities, FirstVoices is further supporting the revitalization of First Nations languages in B.C.
Did you know?
This is the first year of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032. In support of this year’s theme “technology”, we will be sharing stories from those learning, teaching and documenting their First Nations languages through digital tools and technology.
To find out more about the decade, click here.
Does your community have a FirstVoices.com language site and want to integrate the word guessing game? Contact our FirstVoices team today! firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about FirstVoices, visit: www.firstvoices.com
More word games & resources
- Not Wordle Gitksan: gitksan-wordle.mothertongues.org
- Not Wordle SENĆOŦEN: sencoten-wordle.mothertongues.org
- Aidan Pine’s code to adapt Wordle to any language: github.com/roedoejet/AnyLanguage-Wordle
- Original Wordle: https://www.nytimes.com/games/wordle
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