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which old or endangered languages would you like to see on duo?

A lot of languages are either endangered and there are a lot of old languages out there.

Duo is in the translating business. There are a lot of old texts which could be digitalized, translated, and shared with the world. Wouldn't you like to be part of something like that? There are a lot of endangered languages out there too, which need to be protected.

Some older ones which I have been thinking of are old english, latin, and ancient greek (there is more than one kind of ancient greek).

For endangered languages, I thought mainly of native american languages. I am not sure how duo would turn a profit on these though, so I doubt the staff would prioritize these languages. I suppose they could use good press. Good press is worth money is it not?

So what endangered, or old languages are you interested in?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/elsentrix
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There are literally thousands of old books in old or dead languages that have either been translated poorly or not at all. The problem is how many people know latin these days? or Ancient greek? Babylonian? So that incubation can happen? There is a "profit" side to translating these old books (historians would be jumping for joy with the information that could be found) Can you imagine being in the library of Alexandria OMG

In regards to "dying" languages, native American, African tribal languages, islander languages. I think its a great idea but like Mat said you need to have someone who is fluent in both languages to start it off, its better if you can get a native speaker too (for example an actual Commanche American would be better then say a professor who studied the language) Its the slight nuances that can change things.

I love your idea though. I want to learn Norse.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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I've got a bit of Cherokee in me and I'd love to learn about that. Unfortunately, I don't look it. My sister got the Cherokee skin, and I got the German skin.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sommerlied
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Not only historians would be jumping with joy :D I love this idea. There is so much old knowledge out there that just isn't accessible to the public right now. I am very much looking forward to learn some Sanskrit, Tibetian, Tamil, and others, because I think all these cultures have very old very interesting knowledge that people can't really read and understand otherwise :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NickM98
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I'd love to learn Latin

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maxim_SMWD
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CORNISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andalula

Yes. Me a vynn kewsel Kernewek!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andalula

And there's probably some grant money in it since the EU just declared it a minority language and the UN classified it (wrongly) as extinct. Nudge nudge.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindz

Catalan would be great! Or Scottish Gaelic....

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aorejas
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Here a post about Catalan: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1933408

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/occitalan
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Catalan is already on the Spanish version of Duolingo.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Canadianplease
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Old norse, scottish gaelic, and latin :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/theGoldenKaiser

Old norse would be really cool

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Odin_
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I also vote for Old Norse

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alien-Layer-Hen

I'd love to see Latin and Ancient Greek... However, I am curious, how does DuoLingo turn a profit at all? It's free, after all, and I've never seen any ads...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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It's because of the articles we translate. see:

http://www.duolingo.com/comment/167330

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alien-Layer-Hen

Thanks! Maybe I should actually look into translating, then... :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-Alvina-

Gaelic / Scottish Gaelic / Gàidhlig! I study (Scottish) Gaelic in other ways, but Duolingo would be fantastic.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JacquesVancak
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So many to choose from, Latin, Ancient Greek, Welsh, Manx, Scottish Gaelic, Scots, Old Church Slavonic, Classical Chinese (albeit a real Chinese course should come before that), Old English, Old French, Berber, Hawaiian, Gothic, and many more. It'd be great if Duolingo could be the vehicle of revival for dying or dead languages.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matson
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I can't see creating one as a duolingo, unless it has already been revived, like Manx. I vote Manx.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HerrArbo
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I think all the celtic languages should be available... especially Welsh for me :) but there does seem to be a demand for people learning the celtic languages so i think this could work - and as many of the native speakers are very proud of their language translating from English into the celtic languages could earn Duolingo some money - i hope you're listening Duo! It's worth your while!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

@QuackSack agreed completely :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Go Manx!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Polyglot_246
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I've created Manx Flashcards in Duolingo Tinycards https://tiny.cards/users/WelshPolyglot246

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Revenant_Prince

Gothic, Old English, and Ladino (I mean true Ladino, not the overly Hispanisized version).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdg9999

OOOLLDDD NOOOOORSEEEE!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Matt.Cooksey

Next year, you'll be able to help in the incubator with whatever language you like to whatever other language you like. You just have to know both.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blueandnerdy
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I learned some Ancient Greek a few years back and would really love to get back into it and use Duolingo to make sure I actually stay in practice. I'd also be interested in Old Norse. And Egyptian hieroglyphics could be cool. Let's get some old languages on here.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sarah134711

Old Norse

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seapipe
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Cornish!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/keyrex2
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Old Norse!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lifey
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Yiddish

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmiliaMari7

ancient greek

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruthlilycat

Yiddish

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielleDiane_

I would love a section on Ancient Greek and/or Latin! I studied both in college but now have very little use for them and I find my memory waning. I would love to continue my studies on my own with Duolingo!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PauBofill
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Occitan and Basque!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UralicElkrider

Old Norse, Old English, Middle English, Old Welsh, Old High German, Gothic, Latin, Cornish, Manx, Gutnish, Faroese, Sámi... that's about it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andalula

No Scots?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UralicElkrider

I also didn't mention Breton, Elfdalian, Greenlandic Norse, Yiddish and many other cool Northern european languages.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Polyglot_246
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I've created Manx Flashcards in Duolingo Tinycards https://tiny.cards/users/WelshPolyglot246

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arinai

Old Norse/Icelandic is a very interesting one. And Mvskoke (Muscogee Creek) is something I'd definitely like to learn as a tribute to my heritage.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/7drytongues
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Minor tribal languages with unique sounds: Lushootseed/Salish is pretty neat - Chief Seattle's language. Sounds like a wet forest. Or Nama - a click language from the Kalahari. Qa Qe Qi Qo Qu!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeLurie

Yiddish

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Janothar

Yiddish, Ladino, Aramaic would all be great for me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OlgaKleine
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Ladino and Pontic Greek! I know both languages pretty well, so I could contribute, too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/artemisfowlII

Old Norse for sure. Some have said that Modern Icelandic is a better choice, but I believe that there is quite a bit to be said for the original Old Norse. This language is the language of two large bodies of ancient literature, the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda, also being the language of Norse Mythology, putting it on a level with Ancient Greek.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/l.josephine

Yiddish! I have a book of phrases, but thats no way to learn a language. Is the grammar similar to German?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/U1ry1
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Not at all

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Immortalist

Old Norse

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachael.cr3
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Old Norse!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alice_In_Wl

Yiddish

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/esp6792

Yiddish and Basque

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/occitalan
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The dead languages I'd like to see are Old Norse, Old English and Latin.

Talking of endangered languages... Scottish Gaelic, Breton, Occitan, Basque, Cornish, Yiddish, Hawaiian, Lakota, Navajo and Nahuatl would be great.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/radikian
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dead languages: old norse, old english, gothic, old high german, latin Dying languages: elfdalian

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Southpaw9
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Ainu - I can help if you have a vocabulary list. I just read the entire Ainu dictionary and the Ainu grammar guide. The pronunciation is very logical, though the way of thinking is interesting.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rainbowpuke

Old Norse and Gothic

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ConLanger12
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Dead languages: Ubyx and Latin Endangered languages: Xhosa, Archi, Georgian, Navajo and Greenlandic

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/akunosama
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Prussian

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jayfeather_123

Elfdalian, Navajo and Old Church Slavonic would be fantastic

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/malt464824
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Ancient greek

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aiub
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Old Norse and Latin

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuckanEGG3

Sorry if I'm a freak for Germanic languages... but 5 isn't enough for me. Where's Nynyorsk? Where's Elfdalian? Where's Icelandic? Where's Faroese? Where's the three varieties of Frisian? Where's Scots? Where's Afrikaans? Where's Low Saxon? Why hasn't Yiddish come out of the incubator already? What about dead Germanic languages as well, such as Gothic and Norn?

7 months ago