Slovak language on Duolingo
Is there a possibility that there will once be a Slovak course for English speakers and reverse? Even in the way that there is already the Czech one.
I can speak Slovak, don't worry! :) I just applied to the Incubator with some of my friends.
Hi, may I join you and your friends? I am a native slovak speaker from Bratislava and would like to help you in creating the slovak course for english speakers on Duolingo. It will be a great help e.g. to exchange students, coming from other coutries to Slovakia.
Čauko! I would love as well to spread knowledge about the beautiful country which Slovakia really is, and help others to learn "po slovensky". I am native Slovak speaker from Bratislava fluently speaking English too. I believe that we can do it.
Hi! Ahoj! :) I will apply for this course too :) I am bilingual with Slovak and Hungarian, and i learned English as good in 7 years, as both languages :)
Thank you for your application !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please people, apply for this course to help it to be real!
I hope this happens!!!!!! Right now I'm learning Czech, but I'd really like to learn both :)
Do think more native English speakers would be helpful? Nie hovorím po slovensky veľmi dobre, ale učil som sa slovenčinu dve roky.
Correct is: "Nehovorím po slovensky veľmi dobre, ale učil som sa slovenčinu dva roky."
I want a Slovak course for English speakers very badly. I have heavy ancestry from Slovakia and I would love to learn the language.
My family is from Slovakia and I'd love to learn the language. PLEASE add it as a course!
Hope so - I think Slovak deserves its own course on Duolingo. But it's up to Slovak/English-speaking friends :-)
No, rather it's up to Duolingo. For example me and a couple of others applied to build the Finnish tree, 1 year ago. And we are nowhere, not even in the incubator.
So much time with no answer... that's not fine, there are so many people applying for a Finnish course :-(
So, let's say it's up to both the community and Duo Staff... let's hope everyone puts their weight in :-)
BTW, I like your language background... Hungarian, Finnish and Czech, an interesting ensemble.
There's a real problem with Duolingo not respecting its users enough to reply to them! That's a big big big problem. I don't know how it chooses which course it wants to let come into life, and the other one, much asked, and that they don't want. That's a mystery...
I agree. If there's a valid reason why they won't start a Slovak incubator and yet do teach High Valyrian, I'd like to at least know it.
Bene! Quando ci sarà il corso di ungherese su Duo, lo inizierò subito :-)
Non lo so, purtroppo, ma lo aspetto anch'io. Non per me, naturalmente, ma ho molti amici, per chi questo sarebbe utile. Penso che Duolingo è veramente buono per studiare e fare practica una lingua straniera. Primi ho voluto studiare solamenta l'olandese, e adesso ho già cinque lingue dietro me. Il tedesco sarebbe il sesto.
Hey probably a question that has been asked a lot, but is there actually a specific reason why Duolingo doesn't allow people to work on a Finnish tree yet? I've seen it getting requested a lot so far on the discussion fora so it's kind of strange. Especially since Dothraki has actually been added already :p
Also, spreek je Nederlands? Leuk! :)
Wel, ik probeer te spreken. Maar ik zie, ik vergat veel... Zo moet ik op Duolingo te trainen, weer. En ik weet niet, waarom het Fins is nog niet in de inkubator. Het is een groot en gelieft taal. Tenminste groter dan enige talen op Duolingo tegenwordig.
Duolingo kan je maar een beperkte hoeveelheid leren, je kan het beste veel Nederlands blijven praten ;) Maar je Nederlands is al vrij goed, je beheerst in ieder geval de basis al! :D
En inderdaad, ik denk dat het een van de meest populaire Europese talen is op Duolingo momenteel. In de Discussies zie ik veel mensen die om Fins vragen. Persoonlijk zou ik ook heel graag Fins als cursus zien, ik heb een tijd in Finland gewoond en ik vindt het een zeer mooie taal :)
Waar heb je in Finland gewoond? Ik ben daar vier keer geweest, en in 2007 heb ik in Helsinki gewerkt. Nu werk ik met het Fins, het is mijn hoofd werktaal.
Hi, I'm a native Slovak speaker and I could find a few hours per week to contribute to Slovak for English speakers course (I don't feel like I'd be very useful for a reverse one though). As soon as this will be the thing on Duolingo and there will be a demand for translators, feel free to contact me, I'll be glad to help.
I did that, but it looked like only announcement that I care about that...
Please, duo, Slovak!! It is very difficult to find comprehensive language learning tools like duo for the Slovak language. My grandmother came to the US from Slovakia after WWII. I have always been interested in learning, but recently, while cleaning out my grandmother's home, we found a box stuffed full of letters from her family. My grandmother was a spy, working with oppositional forces in the OSS, and kept in touch with her family (who were still being oppressed) after the US military sent her to college in New York at the end of the war. Some of these letters my grandmother noted were written in code, and would provide a fascinating insight into the challenges both she and her family faced being so far apart. I would love to read them... but they are in Slovak! She passed away eight years ago, and didn't like to talk about this time in her life. Please add this course - it will help bring me closer to understanding this vital part of my family history, and also will help to connect me with a huge number of relatives in Slovakia!
I'm on the tutor A1 course. It's free but you'll need to sign up for it for next year. The next tutor course starts in September. I've done some of the self-study and it's the same as the A1 tutored course, unless they've changed things since I was last there.
I will be glad to help making the Slovak course happen! I already applied, let's hope that ONE DAY Duolingo gives us the chance and we will be able to build the course :)
I've actually moved to Slovakia so this would be really useful to me. However, I don't think it will be coming soon for two reasons. One, the population and number of people who want to learn Slovak is small, especially compared to neighbouring languages. Secondly, the Slovak language is very similar to Czech, so it won't be created until the Czech course is finished. Maybe even then Duolingo might decide that the resources would be better used elsewhere.
As much as I'd like to see Slovak here very soon, I have to agree that it won't come before Czech is finished. And even if Czech finishes fast and Slovak's popularity keeps on rising at the rate it has for the past year, I still wouldn't expect it until 2017-18. But because Duo did the Scandinavian triple despite their similarities, I'm confident they will do Slovak at some point.
I am a Slovak native speaker and I know more foreigners who would love to learn Slovak. I am more than willing to contribute to its creation.
Slovak would be a great idea ! There are so many languages that Duolingo could add. But I really wish for an Indonesian and Swahilii course here. And of course... FINNISH !
I am also ready to contribute to Slovak/English version of Duolingo. I think loads of people would find it useful.
I'd like to contribute too. I'm just going to apply the 3rd time so far. Applications from year 2015 could seem out of date. Hope, this will be a real thing soon :)
I would like this too - my boyfriend is from Slovakia, lving in in England - I would like to be able to communicate with his family when we visit.
I'm in the same exact situation haha! I'd love to learn Slovak to communicate with his family, and he lives in the UK also. I think it would be good to learn the language in the long-run.
Adding my vote! My Slovakian could probably stand to be better, but if necessary I can contribute
I am also ready to contribute to Slovak/English version of Duolingo. I think loads of people would find it useful.
Hey guys, another slovak native here. I've applied to be a contributor and I really hope we can get this to happen :)
Now that the Czech course is out can you please expand on it to make a Slovak course? I know that it says that the two languages are interchangeable but all of my Slovak friends are telling me that they definitely are not. My family came from Slovakia and I want more than anything to learn this language. But there are so few tools available for learning Slovak.
If you want to learn the Slovak language specifically, I wouldn't recommend you to start learning Czech. While it is true that these languages are fairly similar in terms of vocabulary and majority of Slovaks/Czechs (native speakers) do understand the other language to some extent, this is mainly due to fact that the majority of both nations was born in Czechoslovakia, so it is not necessary for them to have original movies, TV shows, magazines etc. translated.
Because of this, younger generations are still in contact with the other language, but they're quite not that good in understanding it as their parents or grandparents are. From what I know, it's even worse in the case of Czech kids and teenagers, because in the Czech republic they even started to dub the Slovak language a few years ago. Also, there's (obviously) less material to watch/read in Slovak than it is in Czech. The problem can also be that both languages have pretty different grammar (Czech one being maybe slightly more difficult) and I believe it would be very confusing to try to learn them both. Just my two cents. :-)
While there is no Slovak course on Duolingo, you can learn some basics of Slovak on this page - https://slovake.eu/ .
I found some courses of Slovak on Memrise that I've been using. I've been having my friends from Slovakia check it out and help me and so far, it's pretty good. The pronunciation of the letter 'r' is weird when trying to learn the alphabet, but the words are correct. I'm learning from the ground up and am on numbers now. Give it a try if you like, see what you think.
Also, I've been hearing the same thing about the languages being interchangeable. They are somewhat similar but not the same. My Slovakian friend is going to university in Prague and had to take a test and sign papers certifying that she understood Czech well enough to take courses where the professors speak Czech.
My Slovak friends also told me about memrise. But I have an iPhone and for some reason memrise doesn't offer Slovak on the iPhone version.
What Iphone do you have? I have the Memrise app on my 5se. Got it off the App Store. I really like it. I have Swift Key, which allows my keyboard to type in the Slovak letters as well as English.
Ok, I found Slovak on memrise. I had to choose German and then add Slovak for some reason. I did a few lessons, they're confusing as hell. I'm not really sure what they are trying to teach me. I have my Slovak friend looking at my lesson to see if she can figure it out.
I have an iPhone 6. Slovak isn't listed as a language to learn on my memrise app.
Hmm. I found Memrise while on my desktop, so I started it there, but when I loaded the app it went straight to my account and continued along. I didn't have to search on the app at all. Here's a link. The very top one is what I'm using, although I don't know if it's the best. https://www.memrise.com/courses/english/?q=slovak
I've got your last comment on my email. Odd that it made you pick German first, that's weird. I've got my friend there helping me out too. The course I've on started with just the alphabet, then onto numbers. There are a lot more parts of it but I'm going slow. Not sure if you've tried the same one but here's the course I'm doing. https://www.memrise.com/course/50432/basic-slovak/
I am a Slovak native speaker from Žilina, and I would love to help create the course too :)
I think it would be great! But as others have noted it's really up to Slovak-speaking volunteers and enough support of general public.
Is someone really contributing this? Cause I can give you my helping hand :) But i don't know, if my english is on this high level, to do a course.. :)
Janesska, you can apply for this course at https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply. Then you may be chosen as a developer of the course.
It's really important that you apply, because as much as we keep reminding Duolingo, they won't forget to decide about the slovak course.
Thank you for encouragement :) I volunteered, and got an e-mail, that if they start doing the Slovak course I could be called as a contributor :) Ďakujem :)
PS: Has someone really volunteered to develop the course, excluding me?
I volunteered, but got only very general email stating that I might be contacted in the future. Let´s hope it will be here, soon.
I really want a Slovak course in Duolingo because I'm Slovak descendant and I want to learn this language.
Piping in to add a +1 to the demand for this language! It's a shame that although people have applied to the incubator it still is not even in hatching phase.
Ja som Poliak, takže rozumiem veľa po slovensky, ale aj tak chcel by som kurz slovenčiny v Duolingo :)
I'd be pleased to have Slovak here. It's the only major West Slavic language not featured here and I'd definitely study it should it be added.
is there or here some contact direct to duolingo team, cause its years now, that discussion about Slovak on duolingo is on on discussion boards, but still no option to trully get involved and in real help with it... will there be trully one day this a case? ... or let just people discuss about it, thats enough? ... bit dissapointed with the progress, or better with NO progress :( in this :(
I would like to encourage you to write an email directly to duolingo team and tell them that we really want to help with Slovak
I would very much like to see this, and I also am pretty disappointed in Duolingo for showing (that I can see, at least) nothing in the way of giving people a chance to incubate new languages. Please, Duolingo, if there aren't enough people wanting to help to warrant using the space to provide these languages we desire, so be it, but at least be open and show us the reasoning you use to choose this. There are a lot of people that want to learn and, from what I personally have seen, a lot of people willing to help.
I agree, it has been years of waiting to see some progress. I like Duolingo but it really bugs me when I see the messages on my loading screen that tout the fictional languages they offer but they don't offer this real and rather difficult language. Their interface could really help a lot of people learn Slovak!
This is the Slavic language I want more than any other. I know many Slovaks, but few are good enough at English. I would love to see this happen one day though!
To by bolo dobre! At some point in the future I might even know enough Slovak to contribute...
I still want the Slovak for English speakers course; I want it very much! =)
Adding my vote too. I'm from Poland, currently living in Bratislava, Slovakia. I signed up for traditional Slovak course, but would like duo to help me training it. I know English pretty well - I successfully passed FCE/CAE exams in 2001/2002.
Just want to say in the three years from this thread beginning, there's been little progress; I'm disappointed. (I first commented about 2 years ago.) Now, I'm desperate for an online Slovak language course like Duolingo––I'm married to a Slovak and his parent's can't speak English! :/ Plus, I really want to learn for so many reasons! Please duolingo, bring in the Slovak.
Do not get your hopes high, I doubt that english/slovak duolingo course will ever happen... Like in any other international services, slovakia is totally overlooked(netflix stopped creating slovak subtitles,we had been waiting for ps store like 7 years) and most common answer is that slovaks understand czech language so use czech location... but in language learning it does not work that way, I am just disapointed...
I agree completely. Duolingo has proven to be quite a disappointment in this regard. What I have done is go to Memrise. There are a number of online course there. The quality of them varies, but it's a good place to start. Or you could go to www.italki.com. There you get one-on-one teaching for any language you can think of. There are many languages that I didn't even know existed that you can find teachers for. You do have to pay for it sometimes, but every teacher charges differently ($3-$18 per lesson is what I have seen tho I'm sure I haven't seen all the teachers) and it's easy to find just what you want. One this that's also very helpful in choosing is the teachers all have a short video of themselves for you to watch so you can get an idea of what would be best for you.
I started the Czech course because I’m just tired of waiting for a Slovak course to be offered. Czech is completely different than Slovak. I don’t know why Duolingo says they are compatible.
Slovak is probably the one language that is the most different from any other European language (besides Czech). I know someone who is fluent in Slovak and English who may be interested in being part of building either course. They may also know others who could be interested.
You are conveniently forgetting about Hungarian, Finnish and Basque... Anyway, I want to learn Slovak because I compared the Slavic languages, and Slovak seems to be the most "average" Slavic language, so if I learn it, I should be in a good position to have some kind of understanding of most other Slavic languages.
Please make a Slovak language course, a large part of my family speaks Slovak and I can hardly converse with them! Czech and Slovak are fairly similar so it should be easier to make a Slovak course...
I have signed up many times, still nothing :( it is very frustrating, they just keep ignoring us...
That's fantastic, I hope they start it up soon. I just don't understand why Duolingo won't do it when so many are willing to help.
100th vote :) Greetings from Poland!
I have friends from Slovakia, one that lives in the US now, and I would love to be able to speak (or at least try) to them in their own language. Has anyone heard anything about Slovak incubator starting up?
I volunteered some time ago, but no response came from Duolingo to this day (except some generic confirmation). Also, seeing languages like Klingon or High Valyrian already present, I'm not quite sure what are the requirements for a language to get approved to the incubator. Maybe there's not enough demand for a Slovak course, sadly.
It's been a year since this discussion, but I would love to have this course. My parents are both Slovak, and I used to speak it but since I live in America, I forgot all my Slovak and I'd like to relearn it.
Yes, please add Slovak (English to Slovak)! I very much want to learn Slovak, dear Duolingo!! Thank you.
I support the Slovak course. Learnt Slovak earlier and liked it very much. Now I practice a bit with Czech here, but it's not a big joy, the difference is big enough to make difficult utilizing my Slovak knowledge effectively but close enough to be confusing.
I would definitely study Slovak on Duolingo if they would add it! I watch for it month after month, hoping they will add it! Please, Duolingo, please add Slovak for English speakers as a course!
Duolingo's offices are in Pittsburgh...how are yinz not offering a Slovak course?!?!
I would strongly support a Slovak course for English speakers.would be glad to contribute.i am bilingual Slovak,German with a near native command of English.if there is an interest I will apply as a contributor. Btw when you learn Czech as a foreigner you will find it difficult to understand Slovak although you will be understood.it is 2 languages after all.a lot of common words are totally different ,the pronunciation is quite different.while czechs and Slovaks understand each other quite well from watching movies in the other language etc this is not automatically the case for a foreigner who has learned one of the 2 languages
So let's team up and make a Duolingo request for new language to be added :)
Very much in favour of creating a new course .although Slovak is close to Czech foreigners who learn one language will have difficulty in understanding the other .many common words are totally different as is the pronunciation. Filled in an application as contributor
Quite off topic, but the first people to live in my house (in 1920) were a Slovakian divorcée and her widowed mother. I've been thinking about ways to incorporate Slovakian folk design into decorating it and other ways to pay those women homage. I've mostly studied Polish and Ukrainian but if a Slovak course were released I think I would take it too :-)
Interestingly enough, if you're fluent in Slovak, you'll be able to communicate (with various degrees of success) with Czech, Polish and Ukrainian speakers and probably with Belarusian and Russian speakers as well.
Really? I knew about Czech and Slovak, and I could imagine about Polish, but Ukranian?! Wow!
"With various degrees of success" I think is important. I think you might be able to tell what subject they are talking about, but not really understand much content. I'm not fluent in Slovak, but based on my experience and comments from my Slovak professor, communication would be just one level above pointing and gesturing, though that's still not bad for learning one language...
I think you'll do a bit better than just understand general subject of the conversation. I found Slovak in some regards much closer to Ukrainian than even polish. Don't forget with Slavic languages most adult natives from any one Slavic language are able to communicate with any other Slavic language speaker if both of them are motivated enough.
Interesting. Yes, I suppose communicating with someone who really wants to communicate is different than listening to the radio or something.
I would also love for Slovak language to be her. Does any of you have any idea, if adding Lingots to the initial comment may help? Cause I already gave my upvote, but I found out now, it is possible also to give lingots, and that can maybe help too? to attract duolingo towards this idea
I would sign up for a course in Slovak. I hope Duolingo will offer it soon.
So after seeing that there sadly isn't any real Slovak course here on Duolingo or any Slovak discord server out there I thought it might be nice to create one :) I'm not Slovak myself but would love to learn the language and would love to see you peeps join me in that journey. So, if you are interested in sharing your Slovak knowledge with other learners, love teaching in general or just love languages feel free to join!
Link to our Discord server: https://discord.gg/p4BQS5q
I learn Russian language on Duolingo, but I haven´t very well English language. Therefore I have problems the leveles. Do you plan to add this version (russian - slovak)?
Yes please. There is a difference between my family's native Slovak and Czech and I would really like to practice it on Duolingo.
Please, Duolingo, pleeeeease form a Slovak course! My relatives speak SLOVAK, not Czech! I need to learn SLOVAK!!! Please introduce an English-to-Slovak course, and I'll start the course immediately!!!!!
Dear Duolingo, PLEASE introduce a Slovak course!!!!!!! You offer Hawaiian and Navajo and Latin, etc., etc. Please bring a Slovak course!!! My relatives speak Slovak, NOT Czech!! Please bring SLOVAK learning to all of us who are watching and waiting in hopes to learn English-to-SLOVAK!!!!!! It will be bridge-building! Thank you! PLEASE!
It would be good if there was a course like on duolingo free for english speakers english to slovake.
Hey! I am from a hungarian family living in a hungarian town in slovakia and I have difficulties learning slovak, but a duolingo course would surely help!