I'm trialling #KriolKwiz - regular Kriol Qs to help Twitterers learn more about the NT's 2nd most widely spoken language. Keep an eye out!— Kriol Kantri (@KriolKantri) December 22, 2015
After Twitter added a poll function, I realised it could be a neat way to instantly transmit some little Qs about Kriol to a few hundred people. For a language like Kriol, this can be especially useful because there really are very few avenues for non-Kriol speaking people to learn (or learn about) Kriol. Yet there are hundreds of such people living and working with and around Kriol speakers across a large part of Northern Australia. I regularly get requests or hear concerns about the lack of opportunities out there for people to learn Kriol. The Twitter questions are, of course, not going to fill that gap but hey, it's something!
I've been trialling it for a couple of weeks now and it seems to be getting a bit of response. Here are some examples:
Kriol Kwiz! Wanim min lif? / What does 'lif' mean? #KriolKwiz— Kriol Kantri (@KriolKantri) December 27, 2015
I do post the answers as well but unfortunately, Twitter doesn't easily allow for much further explanation, e.g. about Kriol's distinctive spelling system, or any finer points of grammar, usage, or dialectal variation. But until a proper Kriol language learning course comes along (and it's on my to-do list!), it hopefully makes some small contribution.Kriol Kwis! hau yu raidim 'time' la Kriol? / how do you write 'time' in Kriol? #KriolKwiz— Kriol Kantri (@KriolKantri) January 2, 2016
I also think it's a nice way to use Twitter to promote language learning/education. I haven't seen anyone else using it in this way. I'd be curious to know if it's something that others are doing or might consider trying for other languages.