Wikitongues/Reports/2019

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The Wikitongues User Group was recognized as a Wikimedia user group in May 10, 2018. This report outlines our accomplishments and activities between May 3rd, 2018 and May 2nd, 2019.

Overview[edit]

Wikitongues is a not-for-profit organization and volunteer community that educates the public about linguistic diversity and how to sustain it. In particular, we help people around the world create and archive documentation in their languages, especially video oral histories and distribute guides for getting involved with language preservation, revitalization, and sustainability.

Our user group was founded with two objectives:

  1. Facilitate Wikitongues contribution to Wikimedia projects, especially in the form of language content on the Wikimedia Commons.
  2. Promote linguistic diversity in the Wikimedia movement through language-centered events and campaigns.

Content[edit]

Wikitongues began contributing to the Wikimedia Commons on June 24th, 2016, about two years before our user group was recognized. As of this report, we have contributed 315 language videos to the Wikimedia Commons, representing 250 unique languages. A lifetime index of videos contributed to the Wikimedia Commons may be found here.

Since our user group was recognized, we have updated our overall licensing system to encourage contributors to submit videos under a CC-by-SA 4.0 license and systemized our contribution flow to Wikimedia Projects: if a video is submitted on Wikitongues platforms with the appropriate license, it will be published on the Commons and if a video is contributed to Wikitongues through the Wikimedia Commons, we will archive it internally. This ensures that as our community grows and engages through the project from increasingly different touchpoints, we can maintain confidence about the contents of every video our community produces.

Between May 3rd, 2018 and May 2nd, 2019, Wikitongues contributed 220 language videos to the Wikimedia Commons, representing 189 unique languages.

Languages on Commons[edit]

Between May 3rd, 2018 and May 2nd, 2019, Wikitongues contributed videos in 189 unique languages to the Wikimedia Commons. Notably, 11 of these languages are Indigenous to Indonesia's Borneo provinces, unlisted on Ethnologue and Glottolog, and therefore potentially unclassified.

ISO Code (639-3/6)* Language Name
No code - potentially unclassified Bedineh
No code - potentially unclassified Bedamea
No code - potentially unclassified Benana
No code - potentially unclassified Beahe
No code - potentially unclassified Be Eih
No code - potentially unclassified Bekambai
No code - potentially unclassified Bekoeh
No code - potentially unclassified Bemak
No code - potentially unclassified Bengape
No code - potentially unclassified Beaye
No code - potentially unclassified Mentuka
No code - understudied Bildts
No code - understudied Transylvanian Saxon
No code - constructed language Kreel
No code - constructed language Toki Pona
No code - Asturleonese variety Leonese
ace Aceh
acm Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
aeb Arabic, Tunisian Spoken
afr Afrikaans
apc Arabic, North Levantine Spoken
arb Arabic, Standard
arq Arabic, Algerian Spoken
ary Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
ast Asturian
azb Azerbaijani, South
azj Azerbaijani, North
bar Bavarian
bbc Batak Toba
bei Bakati’
bel Belarusan
ben Bengali
bgc Haryanvi
bho Bhojpuri
bjn Banjar
bre Breton
byd Benyadu’
lit Lithuanian
cat Catalan
chr Cherokee
ckb Kurdish, Central
ckt Chukchi
cmn Chinese, Mandarin
crh Crimean Tatar
dag Dagbani
deu German, Standard
dnj Dan
dse Sign Language of the Netherlands
dty Dotyali
mos Mòoré
dyu Jula
egl Emilian
cgg Chiga
gyn Guyanese Creole English
njo Naga, Ao
epo Esperanto
eus Basque
ext Extremaduran
far Fataleka
fra French
fry Frisian
fse Finnish Sign Language
fss Finland-Swedish Sign Language
gla Gaelic, Scottish
glv Manx
gos Gronings
gsw German, Swiss
gwi Gwich’in
hak Chinese, Hakka
hat Haitian
rus Russian
heb Hebrew
her Herero
kfy Kumaoni
hin Hindi
swg Swabian
hun Hungarian
hyw Western Armenian
iba Iban
ibb Ibibio
irk Iraqw
ell Greek
ita Italian
jav Javanese
kab Kabyle
kan Kannada
kas Kashmiri
kaz Kazakh
ady Adyghe
kbd Kabardian
kha Khasi
kir Kyrgyz
klu Klao
kmb Kimbundu
kmr Kurdish, Northern
knx Kendayan
kor Korean
kqo Krahn, Eastern
kry Kryts
ktz Ju|’hoan
lea Lega-Shabunda
lht Lo-Toga
lij Ligurian
lim Limburgish
lmo Lombard
lom Loma
loz Lozi
lrz Lemerig
lvs Latvian, Standard
mai Maithili
mal Malayalam
mev Mano
mlu To’abaita
mlv Mwotlap
mnk Mandinka
msn Vurës
mui Musi
mvi Miyako
mya Burmese
mzj Manya
nap Napoletano-Calabrese
nau Nauruan
ndo Ndonga
nia Nias
nld Dutch
nmk Namakura
nnd Ambae, West
unm Unami
nnt Nanticoke
npi Nepali
ntu Natügu
nus Nuer
nya Chichewa
omb Ambae, East
ory Oriya
osi Osing
pan Panjabi, Eastern
pes Persian, Iranian
bwg Barwe
por Portuguese
ppi Paipai
quz Quechua, Cusco
rif Tarifit
ron Romanian
sat Santhali
sbs Kuhane
scn Sicilian
sdn Sardinian, Gallurese
sev Sénoufo, Nyarafolo
shi Tachelhit
smo Samoan
fil Filipino
eng English
sck Sadri
khr Kharia
spv Sambalpuri
ssp Spanish Sign Language
sun Sunda
swh Swahili
syc Syriac
szl Silesian
tam Tamil
tgl Tagalog
tha Thai
tli Tlingit
spa Spanish
tnq Taino
tpi Tok Pisin
tql Lehali
trs Triqui, Chicahuaxtla
tsn Tswana
tso Tsonga
ttb Gaa
tvl Tuvaluan
twd Twents
uzn Uzbek, Northern
vai Vai
vec Venetian
wol Wolof
wuu Chinese, Wu
wya Wyandot
xdy Malayic Dayak
xpe Kpelle, Liberia
yor Yoruba
yua Maya, Yucatec
yue Chinese, Yue
zlm Malay
zom Zo
zsm Malay, Standard

Videos and Audio on Commons[edit]

Between May 3rd, 2018 and May 2nd, 2019, Wikitongues contributed videos in 220 unique languages to the Wikimedia Commons.

Featured languages by ISO Code (636-3/6) Featured languages by name Video File
epo Esperanto File:WIKITONGUES-_Joshi_speaking_Esperanto.webm
syc Syriac File:Syriac_interview_in_Amman.mp3
afr Afrikaans File:WIKITONGUES-_Alaric_speaking_Afrikaans.webm
mos, dyu Mòoré, Jula File:WIKITONGUES-_Achille_speaking_Moor%C3%A9_and_Dioula.webm
kas Kashmiri File:WIKITONGUES-_Aakriti_speaking_Kashmiri.webm
sev Sénoufo, Nyarafolo File:WIKITONGUES-_Afou_speaking_Nyarafolo.webm
shi Tachelhit File:WIKITONGUES-_Abderrahman_speaking_Tachelhit.webm
no code - potentially unclassified Bedineh File:WIKITONGUES-_Albina_and_Donawati_speaking_Bedineh.webm
no code - understudied Transylvanian Saxon File:WIKITONGUES-_Thomas_speaking_Transylvanian_Saxon.webm
no code - Asturleonese variety Leonese File:WIKITONGUES-_Jos%C3%A9_Benito_speaking_Leonese.webm
apc Arabic, North Levantine Spoken File:WIKITONGUES-_David_speaking_Syrian_Arabic.webm
ary Arabic, Moroccan Spoken File:WIKITONGUES-_Anass_speaking_Moroccan_Arabic.webm
ary Arabic, Moroccan Spoken File:WIKITONGUES-_Nawal_speaking_Moroccan_Arabic.webm
bgc Haryanvi File:WIKITONGUES-_Nitesh_speaking_Haryanvi.webm
bho Bhojpuri File:WIKITONGUES-_Nimita_speaking_Bhojpuri.webm
bjn Banjar File:WIKITONGUES-_Nurkhalis_speaking_Banjar.webm
bre Breton File:WIKITONGUES-_Wayne_speaking_Breton.webm
fra, lit, ita, eng, spa, cat French, Lithuanian, Italian, English, Spanish, Catalan File:WIKITONGUES-_Pau_speaking_French%2C_Lithuanian%2C_Italian%2C_English%2C_Spanish%2C_and_Catalan.webm
ckb Kurdish, Central File:WIKITONGUES-_Golala_speaking_Sorani_Kurdish.webm
ckt Chukchi File:WIKITONGUES-_Evgenii_speaking_Chukchi.webm
cmn Chinese, Mandarin File:WIKITONGUES-_Changjiu_and_Chaofen_speaking_Guiyangese.webm
cmn Chinese, Mandarin File:WIKITONGUES-_Ying_speaking_Henan_Chinese.webm
crh Crimean Tatar File:WIKITONGUES-_Neceadin_speaking_Crimean_Tatar.webm
por, spa, ita, fra, eng, deu Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, English, German, Standard File:WIKITONGUES-_Diego_speaking_Portuguese,_English,_Spanish,_French,_Italian,_and_German.webm
dse Sign Language of the Netherlands File:WIKITONGUES-_Sofie_speaking_Dutch_Sign_Language.webm
dty Dotyali File:WIKITONGUES-_speaking_Dotyali.webm
fra, eng French, English File:WIKITONGUES-_Bryan_speaking_French_and_English.webm
gyn, eng Guyanese Creole English, English File:WIKITONGUES-_Sandra_speaking_English_and_Guyanese_Creole.webm
eus Basque File:WIKITONGUES-_Txeli_speaking_Basque.webm
far Fataleka File:WIKITONGUES-_Michael_speaking_Fataleka.webm
fra French File:WIKITONGUES-_Jacques_and_Yvette_speaking_Chiac.webm
fra French File:WIKITONGUES-_Maxime_speaking_Qu%C3%A9becois_French.webm
fry Frisian File:WIKITONGUES-_Sjoukje_speaking_West_Frisian.webm
fse Finnish Sign Language File:WIKITONGUES-_Eetu_signing_Finnish_Sign_Language.webm
glv Manx File:WIKITONGUES-_Owen_speaking_Manx.webm
gsw German, Swiss File:WIKITONGUES-_Dominique_speaking_Alsatian.webm
hat Haitian File:WIKITONGUES-_Castelline_speaking_Haitian_Creole.webm
swg, hun Swabian, Hungarian File:WIKITONGUES-_M%C3%A1ria_speaking_Swabian_and_Hungarian.webm
iba Iban File:WIKITONGUES-_Sedang_speaking_Iban.webm
irk Iraqw File:WIKITONGUES-_Xwats%C3%A1_and_Basilisa_speaking_Iraqw.webm
ell, ita Greek, Italian File:WIKITONGUES-_Maria_Olimpia_speaking_Greko_and_Italian.webm
scn, ita Sicilian, Italian File:WIKITONGUES-_Paola_speaking_Italian_and_Sicilian.webm
jav Javanese File:WIKITONGUES-_Disa_and_Niken_speaking_Javanese.webm
kab Kabyle File:WIKITONGUES-_Ghiles_speaking_Kabyle.webm
kab Kabyle File:WIKITONGUES-_Sophia_speaking_Kabyle.webm
klu Klao File:WIKITONGUES-_John_speaking_Klao.webm
kmb Kimbundu File:WIKITONGUES-_Ant%C3%B3nio_speaking_Kimbundu.webm
lht Lo-Toga File:WIKITONGUES-_Kami_speaking_Lo-Toga.webm
lim Limburgish File:WIKITONGUES-_Carolien_speaking_Limburgish.webm
lom Loma File:WIKITONGUES-_Zubah_speaking_Loma.webm
loz Lozi File:WIKITONGUES-_Winnie_speaking_siLozi.webm
mlu To’abaita File:WIKITONGUES-_Michael_speaking_To%E2%80%99abaita.webm
mlv Mwotlap File:WIKITONGUES-_Serah_speaking_Mwotlap.webm
mnk Mandinka File:WIKITONGUES-_Musu_speaking_Mandingo.webm#Summary
mnk Mandinka File:WIKITONGUES-_Omar_speaking_Mandinka.webm
msn Vurës File:WIKITONGUES-_Betsy_speaking_Vur%C3%ABs.webm
mui Musi File:WIKITONGUES-_Ihsan_and_Septiadi_speaking_Palembangnese.webm
mvi Miyako File:WIKITONGUES-_Hiroyuki_speaking_Miyako.webm
mzj Manya File:WIKITONGUES-_Garfeen_speaking_Mandingo.webm
nap Napoletano-Calabrese File:WIKITONGUES-_Foffo_speaking_Neapolitan.webm
nap Napoletano-Calabrese File:WIKITONGUES-_Stefano_speaking_Abruzzese.webm
nau Nauruan File:WIKITONGUES-_Siro_speaking_Nauruan.webm
ndo Ndonga File:WIKITONGUES-_Hannah_speaking_Oshiwambo.webm
nld Dutch File:WIKITONGUES-_Jan_speaking_Brabants.webm
nmk Namakura File:WIKITONGUES-_James_speaking_Namakura.webm
nnd Ambae, West File:WIKITONGUES-_Regianna_speaking_West_Ambae.webm
unm, nnt Unami, Nanticoke File:WIKITONGUES-_Latonian_and_Yankee_speaking_Lenape_and_Nanticoke.webm
ntu Natügu File:WIKITONGUES-_Patricia_speaking_Natqnnga.webm
nus Nuer File:WIKITONGUES-_James_speaking_Nur.webm
omb Ambae, East File:WIKITONGUES-_Daisy_speaking_North_Ambae.webm
ory Oriya File:WIKITONGUES-_Musamoni_speaking_Baleswari_Odia.webm
osi Osing File:WIKITONGUES-_Dimas_speaking_Osing.webm
pan Panjabi, Eastern File:WIKITONGUES-_Randeep_speaking_Powadhi_Punjabi.webm
pes Persian, Iranian File:WIKITONGUES-_Daniel_speaking_Farsi.webm
rif Tarifit File:WIKITONGUES-_Anass_speaking_Tarifit.webm
ron Romanian File:WIKITONGUES-_Raluca_speaking_Romanian.webm
eng, sbs English, Kuhane File:WIKITONGUES-_Musuweu_speaking_English_and_Subiya.webm
scn Sicilian File:WIKITONGUES-_Steven_speaking_Sicilian.webm
fil, eng, spa Filipino, English, Spanish File:WIKITONGUES-_James_speaking_Filipino%2C_English%2C_and_Spanish.webm
ssp Spanish Sign Language File:WIKITONGUES-_M%C3%B3nica_speaking_Spanish_Sign_Language.webm
sun Sunda File:WIKITONGUES-_Mandala_speaking_Bantenese.webm
sun Sunda File:WIKITONGUES-_Yusuf_speaking_Sundanese.webm
szl Silesian File:WIKITONGUES-_Otmar_speaking_Po_Naszymu.webm
tam Tamil File:WIKITONGUES-_Marapun_speaking_Tamil.webm
tli Tlingit File:WIKITONGUES-_Lgeik%27i_and_Naakil.aan_speaking_Ling%C3%ADt.webm
spa, tnq Spanish, Taino File:WIKITONGUES-_Areitoyaya_speaking_Spanish_and_Taino.webm
tpi Tok Pisin File:WIKITONGUES-_Priscilla_speaking_Tok_Pisin.webm
tvl Tuvaluan File:WIKITONGUES-_Paulo_speaking_Tuvaluan.webm
vai Vai File:WIKITONGUES-_Varney_and_Omoru_speaking_Vai.webm
vec Venetian File:WIKITONGUES-_Arlon_speaking_Triestine.webm
vec Venetian File:WIKITONGUES-_Nicholas_speaking_Chipile%C3%B1o.webm
wya Wyandot File:WIKITONGUES-_Richard_speaking_Wa%E2%81%BFdat.webm
xpe Kpelle, Liberia File:WIKITONGUES-_Jerry_speaking_Kpelle.webm
zom Zo File:WIKITONGUES-_Khup_speaking_Zom.webm
zsm Malay, Standard File:WIKITONGUES-_Senful_speaking_Malay.webm
no code - potentially unclassified Bedamea File:WIKITONGUES-_Romanus_speaking_Bedamea.webm
no code - potentially unclassified Benana File:WIKITONGUES-_Milzon_speaking_Benana.webm
no code - potentially unclassified Beahe File:WIKITONGUES-_Victorinus_speaking_Beahe.webm
no code - potentially unclassified Be Eih File:WIKITONGUES-_Bujang_and_Alimoto_speaking_Be_Eih.webm
no code - potentially unclassified Bekambai File:WIKITONGUES-_Samuel_and_Apolonius_speaking_Bekambai.webm
no code - potentially unclassified Bekoeh File:WIKITONGUES-_Supriadi_speaking_Bekoeh.webm
no code - understudied Bildts File:WIKITONGUES-_Anna_speaking_Bildts.webm
no code - understudied Bildts File:WIKITONGUES-_Gerard_speaking_Bildts.webm
no code - potentially unclassified Bemak File:WIKITONGUES-_Andarius_speaking_Bemak.webm
no code - potentially unclassified Bengape File:WIKITONGUES-_Hermica_speaking_Bengape.webm
no code - potentially unclassified Beaye File:WIKITONGUES-_Kristianus_speaking_Beaye.webm
no code - constructed language Kreel File:WIKITONGUES-_Svend_speaking_Kreel.webm
no code - potentially unclassified Mentuka File:WIKITONGUES-_Paulus_speaking_Mentuka.webm
no code - constructed language Toki Pona File:WIKITONGUES-_Koishi_speaking_Toki_Pona.webm
acm Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken File:WIKITONGUES-_Mahmoud_speaking_Iraqi_Arabic.webm
aeb Arabic, Tunisian Spoken File:WIKITONGUES-_Afek_speaking_Tunisian_Arabic.webm
afr Afrikaans File:WIKITONGUES-_Roussow_speaking_Afrikaans.webm
arb Arabic, Standard File:WIKITONGUES-_Arabic_translation_of_training_in_technical_%26_scientific_English.webm
arq Arabic, Algerian Spoken File:WIKITONGUES-_Mohsen_speaking_South_Azerbaijani.webm
arq Arabic, Algerian Spoken File:WIKITONGUES-_Reda_speaking_Algerian_Arabic.webm
ast Asturian File:WIKITONGUES-_Victor_speaking_Asturian.webm
azb Azerbaijani, South File:WIKITONGUES-_Mohsen_speaking_South_Azerbaijani.webm
azj Azerbaijani, North File:WIKITONGUES-_Elgun_and_Tarkhan_speaking_South_Azerbaijani.webm
bar Bavarian File:WIKITONGUES-_Carolin_speaking_Bavarian.webm
bbc Batak Toba File:WIKITONGUES-_Risata_speaking_Batak_Toba.webm
bei Bakati’ File:WIKITONGUES-_Florensius_speaking_Bakati%27.webm
bei Bakati’ File:WIKITONGUES-_Yulius_speaking_Bakati%27.webm
bel Belarusan File:WIKITONGUES-_Uladzislau_speaking_Belarusian.webm
ben Bengali File:WIKITONGUES-_Hasive_speaking_Bengali.webm
ben Bengali File:WIKITONGUES-_Pradeep_speaking_Bengali.webm
byd Benyadu’ File:WIKITONGUES-_Hendrik_speaking_Benyadu%27.webm
cat Catalan File:WIKITONGUES-_Guillem_speaking_Catalan.webm
chr Cherokee File:WIKITONGUES-_Hassan_speaking_Cherokee.webm
cmn Chinese, Mandarin File:WIKITONGUES-_Tao_speaking_Mandarin.webm
dag Dagbani File:WIKITONGUES-_Mohammed_speaking_Dagbani.webm
deu German, Standard File:WIKITONGUES-_Gereon_speaking_German.webm
dnj Dan File:WIKITONGUES-_Robertson_speaking_Dan.webm
egl Emilian File:WIKITONGUES-_Paolo_speaking_Emilian.webm
eng English File:WIKITONGUES-_DrLuv_speaking_English.webm
eng English File:WIKITONGUES-_Gereon_speaking_English.webm
eng English File:WIKITONGUES-_Jesse_speaking_English.webm
eng English File:WIKITONGUES-_Leena_speaking_English.webm
eng English File:WIKITONGUES-_Mckensie_speaking_English.webm
eng English File:WIKITONGUES-_Sam_speaking_English.webm
eng English File:WIKITONGUES-_William_speaking_English.webm
cgg, eng Chiga, English File:WIKITONGUES-_Paison_speaking_Kiga_and_English.webm
njo, eng Naga, Ao, English File:WIKITONGUES-_Imtimeren_speaking_Mongsen_and_English.webm
szl, eng Silesian, English File:WIKITONGUES-_Piotr_speaking_Silesian_and_English.webm
ext Extremaduran File:WIKITONGUES-_Daniel_speaking_Extremaduran.webm
fry Frisian File:WIKITONGUES-_Stephan_and_Simon_speaking_Frisian.webm
fss Finland-Swedish Sign Language File:WIKITONGUES-_H%C3%A5kan_signing_Finland-Swedish_Sign_Language.webm
gos Gronings File:WIKITONGUES-_Theo_speaking_Gronings.webm
gwi Gwich’in File:WIKITONGUES-_Allan_speaking_Gwich%27in.webm
hak Chinese, Hakka File:WIKITONGUES-_Sanda_speaking_Hakka.webm
rus, heb Russian, Hebrew File:WIKITONGUES-_Amir_speaking_Russian_and_Hebrew.webm
her Herero File:WIKITONGUES-_Pamela_speaking_Herero.webm
kfy, hin Kumaoni, Hindi File:WIKITONGUES-_Muktesh_speaking_Kumaoni_and_Hindi.webm
hun Hungarian File:WIKITONGUES-_Norbert_speaking_Hungarian.webm
hyw Western Armenian File:WIKITONGUES-_John_speaking_Armenian.webm
ibb Ibibio File:WIKITONGUES-_Esther_speaking_Ibibo.webm
jav Javanese File:WIKITONGUES-_Cahyo_speaking_Javanese.webm
kan Kannada File:WIKITONGUES-_Kumudini_speaking_Kannada.webm
kaz Kazakh File:WIKITONGUES-_Mereinur_speaking_Kazakh.webm
kaz Kazakh File:WIKITONGUES-_Yernur_speaking_Kazakh.webm
ady, kbd Adyghe, Kabardian File:WIKITONGUES-_Yinal_speaking_Adyghe_and_Kabardian.webm
kir Kyrgyz File:WIKITONGUES-_Azim_speaking_Kyrgyz.webm
kmr Kurdish, Northern File:WIKITONGUES-_Mohamad_speaking_Kurdish.webm
knx Kendayan File:WIKITONGUES-_Fransiska_and_Limoi_speaking_Kendayan.webm
kor Korean File:WIKITONGUES-_Hanbid_speaking_Korean.webm
kqo Krahn, Eastern File:WIKITONGUES-_Jackson_speaking_Konobo.webm
kry Kryts File:WIKITONGUES-_Tarkhan_speaking_Jek.webm
ktz ’hoan File:WIKITONGUES-_Classen_speaking_Jul%E2%80%99hoan.webm
lea Lega-Shabunda File:WIKITONGUES-_Célestin_speaking_Kilega.webm
lij Ligurian File:WIKITONGUES-_Alessandro_speaking_Ligurian.webm
lmo Lombard File:WIKITONGUES-_Jacopo_speaking_Lombard.webm
lmo Lombard File:WIKITONGUES-_Matteo_speaking_Lombard.webm
lrz Lemerig File:WIKITONGUES-_Isso_speaking_Lemerig.webm
lvs Latvian, Standard File:WIKITONGUES-_J%C4%81nis_speaking_Latvian.webm
mai Maithili File:WIKITONGUES-_Keshav_speaking_Maithili.webm
mal Malayalam File:WIKITONGUES-_Netha_speaking_Malayalam.webm
mal Malayalam File:WIKITONGUES-_Ranjith_speaking_Malayalam.webm
mev Mano File:WIKITONGUES-_Genesis_speaking_Mano.webm
mui Musi File:WIKITONGUES-_Finny_speaking_Musi.webm
mya Burmese File:WIKITONGUES-_Naw_speaking_Burmese.webm
nia Nias File:WIKITONGUES-_Anugrah_speaking_Li_Niha.webm
npi Nepali File:Wikitongues-_Safal_speaking_Nepali.webm
nya Chichewa File:WIKITONGUES-_Chabota_speaking_Nyanja.webm
nya Chichewa File:WIKITONUGES-_Timothy_speaking_Nyanja.webm
por Portuguese File:WIKITONGUES-_Sara_speaking_Portuguese.webm
quz Quechua, Cusco File:WIKITONGUES-_Casiano_speaking_Quechua.webm
sat Santhali File:WIKITONGUES-_Sathi_speaking_Santhali.webm
scn Sicilian File:WIKITONGUES-_Steven_speaking_Sicilian_(describing_plants).webm
sdn Sardinian, Gallurese File:WIKITONGUES-_Ricardo_speaking_Sardinian.webm
smo Samoan File:WIKITONGUES-_Lee_speaking_Samoan.webm
spa Spanish File:WIKITONGUES-_Andrea_speaking_Spanish.webm
spa Spanish File:WIKITONGUES-_David_speaking_Spanish.webm
sck, khr, spv Sadri, Kharia, Sambalpuri File:WIKITONGUES-_Nicolas_speaking_Sadri%2C_Kharia%2C_and_Sambalpuri.webm
sun Sunda File:WIKITONGUES-_Dede,_Febri,_and_Sandi_speaking_Sunda.webm
swh Swahili File:WIKITONGUES-_Iddy_speaking_Swahili.webm
syc Syriac File:WIKITONGUES-_Jeries_speaking_Syriac.webm
tam Tamil File:WIKITONGUES-_Paul_speaking_Indian_Tamil.webm
tgl Tagalog File:WIKITONGUES-_Josh_speaking_Tagalog.webm
tha Thai File:WIKITONGUES-_Tao_speaking_Thai.webm
tql Lehali File:WIKITONGUES-_Anna_speaking_Tehali.webm
tsn Tswana File:WIKITONGUES-_Donald_speaking_Tswana.webm
tso Tsonga File:WIKITONGUES-_Louren%C3%A7o_speaking_Tsonga.webm
ttb Gaa File:WIKITONGUES-_Samuel_speaking_Gaa.webm
twd Twents File:WIKITONGUES-_Martin_speaking_Twents.webm
uzn Uzbek, Northern File:WIKITONGUES-_Jamal_speaking_Uzbek.webm#Summary
uzn Uzbek, Northern File:WIKITONGUES-_Nataev_speaking_Uzbek.webm
wol Wolof File:WIKITONGUES-_Aminah_Abba_speaking_Wolof.webm
wuu Chinese, Wu File:WIKITONGUES-_Chengxi_speaking_Hanghzounese.webm
xdy Malayic Dayak File:WIKITONGUES-_Apolonius_speaking_Malayic_Dayak.webm
yor Yoruba File:WIKITONGUES-_Olaniyan_speaking_Yoruba.webm
yua Maya, Yucatec File:WIKITONGUES-_Manuel_speaking_Yucatecan.webm
yue Chinese, Yue File:WIKITONGUES-_Joseph_speaking_Siyi_Yue.webm
zlm Malay File:WIKITONGUES-_Rizki_speaking_Malay.webm
zsm Malay, Standard File:WIKITONGUES-_Zairul_speaking_Malay.webm
kha Khasi File:WIKITONGUES-_Sylvia_speaking_Khasi.webm
bwg, por Barwe, Portuguese File:WIKITONGUES-_Cristiano_speaking_Barwe_and_Portuguese.webm
ace Aceh File:WIKITONGUES-_T.A.,_Iqbal,_and_Kalam_speaking_Acehnese.webm
bre Breton File:WIKITONGUES-_Iain_William_speaking_Breton.webm
gla Gaelic, Scottish File:WIKITONGUES-_Iain_speaking_Scottish_Gaelic.webm
ppi Paipai File:WIKITONGUES-_Armandina_speaking_Paipai.webm
trs Triqui, Chicahuaxtla File:WIKITONGUES-_Jos%C3%A9_Manuel_speaking_Chicahuaxtla_Triqui.webm

Events[edit]

To promote multilingualism on Wikipedia projects, we organized translate-a-thons and helped develop the record-a-thon, a new event format for contributing oral histories—representing oral and traditional knowledge—to Wikimedia projects.

Translate-a-thons[edit]

Between May 3rd, 2018 and May 2nd, 2019, Wikitongues co-organized the following translate-a-thons:

Record-a-thons[edit]

The Afro-Recordathon at LaGuardia Community College in New York City contained a record-a-thon component. In addition to providing support for Wikimedians interested in translation, we operated a recording room where participants shared oral history. Three people joined us in person. One person self-recorded and contributed remotely from Ghana, making this a transatlantic event.

Cross-Collaboration[edit]

AfroCROWD and WhoseKnowledge?[edit]

In coordination with the AfroCROWD User Group, WhoseKnowledge? and LaGuardia Community College, we organized the translate-a-thons described above. The video station at the Afro Record-A-Thon yielded four videos, including one oral history of Jesse Hameen II, who is featured on Wikipedia, and one transatlantic contribution from Ghana.

Wikimedians of the Levant[edit]

In coordination with Wikimedians of the Levant, we recorded a fluent speaker of Syriac and the head of a local church in Amman, Jordan.

Odia Wikimedians User Group[edit]

At Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town, Daniel Bogre Udell (talk), Subhashish Panigrahi (talk), Sailesh Patnaik staffed a joint Wikitongues, Odia Wikimedians, and O Foundation table at the community village. Together, we recorded 18 Wikimedians speaking their languages.

Presentations[edit]

Wikipedia Day NYC[edit]

Daniel Bogre Udell (talk) participated in Wikipedia as a Global Project, a panel discussion about cultural and linguistic diversity in the Wikimedia movement, especially in light the of 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Wikimania 2018[edit]

Daniel Bogre Udell (talk) expanded on his 2017 lightning talk with a full-length presentation on the Wikitongues mission and activities.

WikiConference North America[edit]

Ben Jones-White presented Wikitongues at WikiConference North America in Ohio.

Wiki Loves Africa 2019[edit]

Chabota Isaac Kanguya (talk) presented the Wikitongues User Group to an audience in Lusaka, Zambia.

Finances[edit]

Wikitongues is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation registered in the U.S. state of New York since 2014. Our fiscal year runs from January to December. During our User Group's first year, which ran from May 3rd, 2018 to May 2nd, 2018, we allocated our budget exclusively to programs outside Wikimedia and, as such, all Wikitongues contributions to Wikimedia were entirely volunteer-driven without supporting expenses. Our organization's Statement of Activities for the period of May 3rd, 2018 to May 2nd, 2019 is included below.

Revenues, Gains, and Other Support[edit]

Private contributions $13,900.95 USD
Government contracts and grants $0.00 USD
Private foundation grants $0.00 USD
Other (such as contracts) $4,073.68 USD
Total revenues, gains, and other support $17,974.63 USD

Expenses and losses[edit]

Management and general $4,826.18 USD
Growth and fund raising $32.60 USD
Total expenses and loses $4,858.78 USD

Net assets[edit]

Net assets at beginning of cycle $1,316.77 USD
Net assets to date $14,432.62 USD
Change in net assets $13,115.85 USD

Gallery[edit]

Reflections[edit]

Though Wikitongues has informally contributed to Wikimedia projects since 2016, our first year as a recognized user group saw a vast expansion in our contributions and strong coordination with other parts of the movement. We contributed oral histories in nearly two hundred languages from every populated continent, contributed to events on two continents, and helped set a precedent for a new event format for preserving oral and traditional knowledge, the record-a-thon. By all measures, this was a successful year.

Looking forward, we could improve in two areas.

Content curation[edit]

Our Commons category page could be better organized, with a clearer hierarchy of sub-categories that distinguish between documentation of the user group and its members (i.e., event photos, recorded presentations, etc) and the user group's actual contributions (language videos, and so on), as well as breaking down these two larger categories into manageable sub-categories. Additionally, some contributions listed under Wikitongues sub-categories are not listed under the Wikitongues meta category. This makes it hard for would-be contributors to sift through media and add it to other relevant Wikipedia projects like Wikipedia. An overhaul is needed.

Additionally, our contributions are underutilized. Most videos aren't included in relevant Wikipedia pages and we have yet to contribute to other projects that could benefit from Wikitongues content, like Wikivoyage. Contribution beyond the Commons will help further our stated objective of expanding linguistic diversity across Wikimedia projects.

Member engagement[edit]

Though just 47 users are formal members of the Wikitongues User Group, 92 unique authors contributed videos with Wikimedia-appropriate CC-by-SA licenses between May 3rd, 2018 and May 2nd, 2019. This indicates that we could do a better job onboarding external Wikitongues volunteers to Wikimedia.

Broadly, we could make Wikitongues-Wikimedia contribution easier using the following strategies:

  1. Routinely messaging User Group members with edit suggestions, such as contributing certain videos on the Commons to relevant Wikipedia articles;
  2. Including better resources for recording language videos on our User Group meta page; and
  3. Designing templates for organizing translate-a-thons and record-a-thons, so that Wikitongues members can more quickly launch language-centered Wikimedia events, wherever they are.