The 👪 people of Burundi speak the Kirundi language, but almost no resources are available for their children to begin learning in the language they grow up with. This makes school very difficult, since they have to learn everything from math to business in a foreign language. For several years, Kamusi and students at University of Ngozi have been building tools for Kirundi, which will be available for free 🆓 to children throughout the country. The initial work was funded with support from the US National Endowment for the Humanities. We were able to produce a promising preliminary🔢 dataset before we ran out of funds to pay the student stipends necessary to continue the work. Please join our special Together for Burundi campaign on 🌍🎁 Global Giving to help resume the collaboration, which will provide free language resources to an extremely underserved community of nearly 9 million people.
These are the languages for which we have datasets that we are actively working toward putting online. Languages that are Active for you to search are marked with "A" in the list below.
•A = Active language, aligned and searchable
•c = Data 🔢 elicited through the Comparative African Word List
•d = Data from independent sources that Kamusi participants align playing 🐥📊 DUCKS
•e = Data from the 🎮 games you can play on 😂🌎🤖 EmojiWorldBot
•P = Pending language, data in queue for alignment
•w = Data from 🔠🕸 WordNet teams
We are actively creating new software for you to make use of and contribute to the 🎓 knowledge we are bringing together. Learn about software that is ready for you to download or in development, and the unique data systems we are putting in place for advanced language learning and technology:
Our biggest struggle is keeping Kamusi online and keeping it free. We cannot charge money for our services because that would block access to the very people we most want to benefit, the students and speakers of languages around the world that are almost always excluded from information technology. So, we ask, request, beseech, beg you, to please support our work by donating as generously as you can to help build and maintain this unique public resource.
Answers to general questions you might have about Kamusi services.
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