https://www.duolingo.com/Umiman

Who wants to learn Swahili?

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Swahili, native to countries such as the DR of Congo, Kenya and Tanzania has around 150 million+ speakers. I was just wondering if a Swahili course might be developed for Duolingo in the near future. I've been eager to learn it for a very long time because I personally have a great love for the African continent. Also, resources on the internet are scarce. So perhaps this topic might spread so awareness for the language, :D.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/KevanSF
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I've voiced my support and interest in learning Swahili each of the many times this topic has come up in the forums here over the past several months.

As I've said before, I think Duo would be well served by finally offering an African language (as opposed to European languages which are spoken in African, and as such, might be termed African languages by some).

Of the African languages, Swahili is possibly the most widespread and easily accessible to those who already speak a European language.

I say this because Swahili uses the standard Latin alphabet, and doesn't bring any added phonetic/transcription difficulties such as the clicks or tones that other languages present.

Also, many years ago when I took a number of linguistics courses, it seemed that Swahili was a sort of favorite language among linguists. Swahili was often cited and used as examples in numerous textbooks to illustrate grammatical properties different from those common in European languages. This leads me to believe that the interest among Americans and Europeans would be higher for Swahili than for most other African languages.

As Swahili is already spoken in several countries in Africa (Wikipedia lists about 14 countries where it is spoken). Wikipedia cites 5 to 15 million native speakers, and 150+ million speakers in total, so obviously millions and millions of people have learned and are learning Swahili as an L2 or a lingua franca, so there must be a wealth of material useful for Swahili learners already available to draw on.

There must be numerous native speakers of Swahili in the US, probably several in academia, so it seems quite doable that someone in this category could take the lead to start the work of bringing this important and beautiful language to a wider audience.

I hope it happens, but after observing the path languages take from appearing in the incubator to being released in beta, it is clear that we won't have a Swahili course in Duo for at least several years to come.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Umiman
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It's good to hear it's popular and has similarities to European languages. But the 'several years to come' part was...sad, to say the least. But thanks, anyway!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SoupandPie
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When I took up language learning as a hobby, I started with Russian, German, and Swahili. Russian was dropped because it was quite difficult because I didn't know anything about learning a language by myself. But Swahili, which is miles easier than Russian, was dropped because there just simply weren't enough materials for it... And also there just weren't enough people who spoke Swahili near me. Swahili for Duolingo Incubator 2016.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/miacomet
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Who cares about the 2016 US Presidential Election, let's start a race for the 2016 Incubator Slots!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ismaithliomceoil

When is the debate happening?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MadameJoan

Yes, I want to learn Swahili! It's the best African language to start with because it is spoken as a trade language over such a wide geographical area. And because it is a Bantu language, it would be a good starting point from which to branch out to other, less widespread Bantu languages like Luganda.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingMonk
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I want to learn it also.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doyle.locker
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I would be interested in learning Swahili.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/miacomet
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I would be interested! I had a great book on Swahili, but in a fit of generosity, I gave it away to a language-learner friend. I'd love to learn more.

Also, I see you're learning Esperanto, along with some of the other commenters. Here is a link to a video that Judith Meyer (aka junesun aka sprachprofi), one of the course contributors, made in Esperanto, that teaches the basics of Swahili. Se vi volas, vi povas provi aŭskulti ĝin kaj lerni interesantajn etaĵajn pri la svahila lingvo. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zass30
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Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba! Sithi uhm ingonyama

3 years ago
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