Laura, a blog-reader from the Eskasoni Mi’kmaw Nation, writes with the following question, which I would love to open up for discussion:
I would like to know some ways that your group is encouraging speaking of the language. Our biggest challenge is getting our people, young and old, to have the courage to actually speak it. They are too afraid to make a mistake and get embarrassed, even my own children.
For our collaborators in Listuguj: do you see a similar problem there? For everyone: what are ways we can facilitate speaking? How can we help create safe spaces where people can practice speaking, without worrying about feeling embarrassed? What are strategies other readers have used to overcome feeling embarrassed when learning a new language? What can fluent speakers to to help?