https://www.duolingo.com/RhydianDavies

Congratulations to the Guaraní team!

I just saw that the course has entered Phase 1 in the Incubator. It's an eventful day for Duolingo - two new languages after a long(ish) period of quiet! :)

At any rate, buena suerte, and we definitely need more non-mainstream languages on here. I know Guaraní has a comparatively large and vibrant native speaker community, but in general I'd like to think that Duolingo has the potential to infuse new energy into such local languages and make them more global.

Saludos!

October 8, 2015

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First Native (South) American language!

October 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RhydianDavies

I know, it's an important moment. Also, a very interesting language from a socio-linguistic standpoint: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Paraguay

October 9, 2015

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Did you see http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/world/americas/in-paraguay-indigenous-language-with-unique-staying-power.html ? :)

...To this day, Paraguay remains the only country in the Americas where a majority of the population speaks one indigenous language: Guaraní. It is enshrined in the Constitution, officially giving it equal footing with the language of European conquest, Spanish. And in the streets, it is a source of national pride.

Paraguay differs significantly even from other multilingual Latin American nations like neighboring Bolivia, where a majority of the population is indigenous. Languages like Quechua and Aymara are spoken by different groups there, but rarely by people of mixed ancestry or the traditional elite.

In Paraguay, indigenous peoples account for less than 5 percent of the population. Yet Guaraní is spoken by an estimated 90 percent of Paraguayans, including many in the middle class, upper-crust presidential candidates, and even newer arrivals.

“Mba’éichapa?” asked Alex Jun, 27, a Korean immigrant who works in his family’s restaurant in Asunción’s old center, as he greeted customers with a Guaraní phrase translating as “How are you?”

“We’d go broke if we didn’t know the basics,” he explained...

October 10, 2015

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At least - a native american language!

October 9, 2015

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Time to learn Spanish!

October 9, 2015

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Is myra really a contributor or did they just add the course now and add the contributors later (like with Irish)? https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/gn/es/status

October 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RhydianDavies

No clue to be honest, but even in your scenario it means they want to have the course.

October 8, 2015

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Oh, they definitely want it. Just hours ago they announced that it would be available soon. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/10943058

October 8, 2015

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She's probably not a real contributor. But if they've started the course, they must have some people in mind.

October 9, 2015

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What is she then? A spot filler? Lol... I'm just asking to avoid jumping to conclusions ;).

October 11, 2015

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October 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LeticiaAya6

Me, as an Paraguayan I get really happy to know this, Guarani is such beautiful, expressive and warm language. so I congrats the team for this initiative

October 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JaoDoAgreste

Time for Portuguese-Tupi now

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TonyMintz

Guaraní and Catalan; I'm jealous of native Spanish speakers now!

October 9, 2015

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Yay! Thanks Duo!

October 8, 2015

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Very unexpected and exciting. I understand very basic Guarani, and it would be very fun to learn it with Duolingo

October 10, 2015

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very aggressive completion date, don't you think?

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Expect delays on the New Jersey turnpike.... I'll just act surprised when it's done. It'll keep me from being disappointed with all the delays...

October 9, 2015
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