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Duolingo Tamil Course

I am NOT implying that there will be a Tamil course soon, even though that that would be cool!

Hello there,

I am one of the many many Duolingots on this wonderful website who are interested and dedicated to learning languages. I was wondering if there is any interest in creating a Tamil to English or English to Tamil course for Duolingo.

Are there any fellow Duolingots who have studied Tamil or know the language well enough to create a course of Duolingo?

Are these people willing to do this?

This forum is for discussion about Duolingo for Tamil or anything related.

Have fun! ;)

2 years ago

45 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/miacomet
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Duolingo has said that they're planning on piloting other Indian languages after the Hindi course is released. Punjabi and Bengali are options when you apply to the incubator, so they are likely to be first, but since Tamil is the fourth most spoken language in India, I think that it makes sense for it to be next, along with Telugu.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Umiman
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I have been wondering the same thing. It would be great for a Tamil course to be released, it's a very interesting language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KaiLoh
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Thank you for your interest -- an English to Tamil course is on the Incubator roadmap for the near future, please refer to https://www.duolingo.com/comment/14428196

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RohitSureshanand

Thank you for this wonderful update!

2 years ago

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

It will come ecntually but ATM we have Hindi on teh way which is nice

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TriciaSutt

PLEASE add Tamil!!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LauriLidst

Yes!! I will be excited to learn when you create the course. Thank you for your efforts everyone!! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arasan83

I'm interested in creating a Tamil for English speakers course, but I'm looking for some other people who are willing to contribute.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RohitSureshanand

Hi there! Are you fluent in speaking as well as reading and writing?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nickveen-123

You mean Tamil? Yes.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/its.just.pri

i am as well and i am a year 9 student in the uk

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RohitSureshanand

If you are interested and fluent, would you be interested in creating the course with me?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fieryice12

I am also fluent, and I'm looking for some fellow contributors

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nickveen-123

I can contribute.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/indresh.in

I also can contribute. Once the course is approved, I'll be active.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/its.just.pri

i am a year 9studnet i will be availiblein most holidays follow me in that time and we will keep in contact.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kleczekr
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It's really great to see you eager to initiate a Tamil module! I do hope you will manage to assemble a good team and start your work. If it so happens that contribution of someone learning Tamil (primarily the contemporary literary variant) as a non-native speaker would occur to you as a good idea, I would be happy to offer my help, at least with the beginning stages of building up a tree and a list of basic vocabulary. Thumbs up for your efforts!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RohitSureshanand

Thank you! Will keep in mind! Are you Indian, if you don't mind me asking?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kleczekr
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No, not Indian, though I've been living in India for last four years :-) I am basically a Sanskrit scholar

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RohitSureshanand

Wow! That's really cool!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kleczekr
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The difficulty with Tamil is the degree of difference between spoken and written varieties (or, high and low register, official and colloquial, etc.), which would demand on creators of the course undertaking the decision of which "Tamil" to teach. Most intuitive choice would perhaps be the contemporary literary variant of the language - perhaps also with several skills in spoken Tamil. But this can be decided only after settling for whom the module would be. Majority of online courses in Tamil focus on literary language, and seem to be addressed mostly to the members of Tamil diaspora-at least this is the impression I have.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RohitSureshanand

I agree, I think when creating this course. It would be teaching the written version, and as you said skills in spoken Tamil (perhaps for both the Sri Lankan and Indian variants). This can be like the Arabic course, which uses Modern Standard Arabic instead of dialects of Arabic (as they differ to the point of unintelligibility).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Copperstream_1

Hello. I would like to contribute to this course when it comes up.... :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shnkr

me too

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/senthilkumar

Hello, I'm ready to contribute as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RohitSureshanand

Please apply!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/senthilkumar

Thanks, I already applied but haven't got any response yet

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RohitSureshanand

Yes, neither have I

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pro.ayhtas

That's a wonderful idea. i willing to contribute this course.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rhannahthomas
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Yes! I would love a Tamil course!! I hope one is eventually made :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MathewDynasty

i live in Chennai and don't speak Tamil. It would be really cool if Duolingo would include a English to Tamil course as well.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/its.just.pri

hi i am a tamil speaker but i am a year 9 student in the uk . i didint know you were interested till now or else i would have tried to contribute in these 6 weeks. maybe in two to three years i will probably have time in that time i will follow you and tell you when i can contribute.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffGreen8

I really hope this happens. My partner is from Singapore, and while she speaks excellent English much of her family only speaks Tamil. I have been learning it slowly, but Duolingo, and all the great work from the contributors makes learning natural and easy. My goal is that when we go to Singapore, I can somewhat speak to and understand her family. Thank you for your efforts!

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WilliamTeo7
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Thank goodness, please make it happen!! I think the tamil alphabet part should be a piece of cake to make, that itself should be Level 1 and Level 2. Too bad I haven't been practising it for a long time, so my skill's pretty rusty... But having it here would be a great way to help me improve!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TinkTink9

I am a student in high school in Canada, but I have learned Tamil since I was four years old and consider myself somewhat fluent in Tamil. I am willing to help create this course to expand the Tamil language

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/S4Qbm

My mother tongue is Tamil, which is one of the classical languages. It is definitely 2500 years old. I would love to be a part of the team to create a course.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/diviradical

someone please start a course to teach the spoken Chennai dialect of Tamil!

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/its.just.pri

i speak tamil but not into detail buuut i know enough tamil to at least be able to live in southern india. im interested in developing the course but i'm only 14 which is quite young for me to do so. i hope i can develop at least a simple course with many other contributors to the course

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8
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I know mentioning Hindi on a discussion dedicated to Tamil won't be nice... (:/), but I guess what happened with Catalan may happen here. There might be a Tamil->Hindi Course first. Or maybe...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RohitSureshanand

Hi there! I see your point, however, I must point out that Hindi and Tamil belong to different language groups and families. Much of the vocabulary is also very different and the writing scripture. Hindi is also not commonly used among Tamils (not as much as say, a Punjabi would when communicating with other Indians) as Tamils prefer English as well. So while there probably are a sizable amount, the amount of Tamilians who are fluent in both Hindi and Tamil is much lower than those who are fluent in Tamil and English.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8
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Well yes. You have a strong point there. I agree.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aaryaninja

என் பெயர் ஆரியா

10 months ago