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?
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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...
Gaelic / Scottish Gaelic / Gàidhlig! I study (Scottish) Gaelic in other ways, but Duolingo would be fantastic.
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.
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!
Gothic, Old English, and Ladino (I mean true Ladino, not the overly Hispanisized version).
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.
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.
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!
Old Norse, Old English, Middle English, Old Welsh, Old High German, Gothic, Latin, Cornish, Manx, Gutnish, Faroese, Sámi... that's about it.
I also didn't mention Breton, Elfdalian, Greenlandic Norse, Yiddish and many other cool Northern european languages.
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.
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!
Ladino and Pontic Greek! I know both languages pretty well, so I could contribute, too.
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.
Yiddish! I have a book of phrases, but thats no way to learn a language. Is the grammar similar to German?
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.
dead languages: old norse, old english, gothic, old high german, latin Dying languages: elfdalian
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.
Dead languages: Ubyx and Latin Endangered languages: Xhosa, Archi, Georgian, Navajo and Greenlandic
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?