Friday, March 7, 2014
Peace Corps Language Archive
It has been years since I have posted to this blog, but I got an email recently that I believe makes a worthy post. Ray Blakney is an RPCV from Mexico and he has been working to build and share an archive of languages that Peace Corps volunteers learn and use. The link, as well as the email he sent me, are below. It is an amazing site with lots of information. I was happy to see that there was lots of material on Fula, or Pulaar, the language I learned and used.
Good Day Ian!
Sorry to bother you. My name is Ray Blakney and I am a RPCV from Mexico. I am working on a 3rd goal project with the PC regional offices and the main office in DC to try to create an online archive to keep the language training material made all over the world from getting lost. I have created a sub-section (link above) on the website my wife and I run -http://www.livelingua.com - with all the information I have been able to get to date (from over the web and sent to me directly by PC staff and PCV's). I currently have close to 100 languages with ebooks, audios and even some videos.
The next step for this project is that I am trying to get the word out about this resource so that it can not only be used by PCV's or those accepted into the Peace Corps, but also so that when people run across material that is not on the site they can send it to me and I can get it up for everybody to use. It is all 100% free to use and share.
Thanks for any help you can provide in making this 3rd goal project a success. And if anybody in your group has some old material they can scan or already have in digital form, and want to add to the archive, please don't hesitate to pass them my email. Thanks and have a great day.