German for Arabic!
A new course has just started, German for Arabic speakers. Meny people have been asking for it since the refugee crisis started, and now Duolingo has answered, as quickly as it could. Thanks Duolingo!
Edit: when I noticed there were 25 courses in the incubator I thought it would be Welsh u.u, it's a fantastic idea though! :)
Direct link to the new course in the incubator:
Congrats to the new team and we wish you well :)
It's really wonderful Duolingo reacted so fast on this one. This course will probably help a lot of people :)
BTW, it's been mentioned in threads before, but Hebrew <-> Arabic courses would be incredibly important. I've worked with peace groups in Israel/Palestine and the language barrier is an extra challenge. There are people on both sides who want to learn each other's languages, but many just use English as a bridge language right now.
Thank goodness! This will be a great help to the refugees already in Germany and the ones who are waiting to get in. I hope it will be finished very soon! Thank You Duo!
And not only to the German refugees, an Swedish for Arabic speakers is also about to be published soon.
I'm probably going to get down voted for saying this, but I don't think that many refugees have, or worry about, smartphones when they can barely keep up with food and water. No offense, but they leave their families and everything behind, so they probably didn't bring any smartphones. Maybe some, but even then they wouldn't work in Europe if the company who supplies the coverage is based in another continent.
Just saying, and I know this will probably be counted as spam or probably be removed, but it's my own opinion that people wouldn't worry about having a smartphone or internet to learn the language when they are struggling to survive.
Since someone kindly asked me to stop arguing here, I will. Please don't judge my profile on this one post, I feel that I have lots to say about language learning and Hebrew that is useful. Thank you.
Many have smartphones. It's an essential tool actually, you can use the GPS to navigate, check social media for obstacles on the way, and stay in touch with your family. I'm pretty sure that my phone would be among the first things it'd take with me if war broke out here.
For more information and some language practice, here are some articles, taken from a post by christian in this thread :D
It is a very useful tool, but how could you possibly afford one if you come to Europe and barely afford food? How could you also afford one if you had to walk to Europe, not even have enough money for a bike? My point is that it is an extremely useful tool and they should all have one, but for people who can barely maintain a food supply which Americans would call nothing, it's not exactly easy to afford a smartphone(at least one that would work at no extra charge in Europe, worked with Duolingo and the migrants even knew about Duolingo). I don't usually criticize posts here, but the actual helping by giving migrants the absolute necessities for life is much more important than a course online which few could probably even hope to study.
The ones with high chances of getting asylum don't come because they are poor, but because their home is a war zone.
Newspapers report that people spend all their savings on coming to Europe; it's apparently not uncommon to pay 2,000-10,000€ for bus/train tickets and smugglers. Looking at it like this, a smartphone is both a reasonable investment and affordable. (Or maybe they are just taking their old one that they already had before the war broke out.)
I know this is kind of an old issue, but I just wanted to say that I don't think you need to apologise for expressing your opinion respectfully. That said, I'm living in a European capital and the refugees I've met often have smartphones... at the refugee shelter I helped out at once, there was wifi provided. Mind you, I 100% agree that in a camp in Jordan or Turkey, most people are presumably generally more concerned with more immediate needs. Basically, it depends where the refugees are and their circumstances, don't you think?
I love news about courses being added! Duolingo is getting bigger and bigger!
Wow, the incubator page says: "Estimated Completion Date: September 19, 2015". Let me donate a lingot in recognition of the effort!
Speaking of courses for speakers of languages other than English, support for Hungary, and language learning being the topic of the Duolingo forums...
...which additional courses for Hungarian speakers do the people taking the English for Hungarian speakers course request? :)
I have seen threads at https://www.duolingo.com/topic/1 where people ask Duolingo for more courses for English speakers.
I have seen threads at https://www.duolingo.com/topic/216 where people ask Duolingo for more courses for Spanish speakers.
I have seen threads at https://www.duolingo.com/topic/836 but I don't know enough Hungarian to know if any of them are from people asking Duolingo for more courses for Hungarian speakers. Probably some are!
Is Finnish as popular on the forums for Hungarian speakers as on the forums for English speakers? http://aboutworldlanguages.com/uralic-language-family says that they're on different branches of the same Uralic language family. Finnish for Hungarian speakers might be easier for Duolingo to make than Finnish for English speakers...