https://www.duolingo.com/HidekiYamamoto

Finnish, Icelandic, Greenlandic, Faroese, & Sami should join the group.

All these languages should join the group because they are the only Nordic languages that Duolingo don't teach.

This is an update to Icelandic & Finnish should join the group: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/10046017$comment_id=10072404

Thanks

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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Have some Greenlandic lingots.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Frederik81
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You forgot Karelian

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nebebelyashas

Finno-Ugric languages should receive more attention

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
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Yeah I agree, because they are unique. But Georgian is the most unique language because it is the only left of a family that got extinct

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nebebelyashas

Georgian is a part of Kartvelian languages (other besides it are Mingrelian, Laz, and Svan), while there is a true loner in Europe - Basque language..

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HidekiYamamoto

Greek is also the only living Hellenic language

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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Hm... really? What about Griko in Italy and Pontic Greek in Ukraine? Those are not the same as Greek in Greece and are probably no closer than Spanish and Portuguese.

I think that even in Greece, there are some people that still speak other Hellenic languages - I seem to recall reading of a place tucked away in a corner of the Peloponnese somewhere, for example.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsakonian_language Yes there is. But not for long.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mar-Ti-ni
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Greek is Indo-European, so it is in many way similar to other Indo-European languages.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HidekiYamamoto

You wouldn't consider Karelia Nordic (well I guess you could but I don't really think you would consider it a country). And I think you would say it's more Russia (but a bit Sweden and Finland (but still not exactly)): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karelia/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Frederik81
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So if you don't consider Karelian to be Nordic because it is not a country why would YOU consider Sami, Faroese or Greenlandic to be Nordic?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundgeirr
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I'm not sure all them should have top priority. Icelandic and Finnish are a must, that's for sure. Faroese could be nice (I don't know how difficult will it be to find suitable contributors) and Sami could be very useful for the large part of Sami people who don't speak the language because of the repression and discrimination suffered some decades ago.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andyemanu
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I applied to contribute to a possible Faroese course. Some other Faroese people I know did too. I just got an e-mail, but it will probably be the last language they will make a course for :/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundgeirr
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That's awesome Andreas! Takk fyri og góða eydnu! I hope we manage to get a Faroese course here in Duolingo.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andyemanu
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Túsund takk! :) I hope so too! Dang, I'd love to make Faroese more popular :) The reason there are very few resources is that all Faroese people can also speak Danish =) Btw, I made a short-course of Faroese on Memrise, if that's of any interest.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundgeirr
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That's nice, I believe you should share it with everybody who might be interested. I'm too occupied with Norwegian and Old Norse at the moment, but I'd like to have a look at your course.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andyemanu
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You can join our Faroese learning group, the course is linked in the resources: https://www.facebook.com/groups/376680669191107/?fref=ts

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundgeirr
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Thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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There is this Faroese course for English speakers, which looks like it might be quite good:

http://www.amazon.com/Faroese-Language-Beginners-Hjalmar-Petersen/dp/9991842527/

but alas it appears to be out of print.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andyemanu
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Awesome! It's seldom to see any decent Faroese resources, so that's just fine :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/drowssapp

I'd love to learn Finnish!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skuggstralar
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I can only see Finnish and possibly Icelandic being real possibilities, unfortunately, although I'd be the first to take any of these - I love these sorts of languages ^.^ (Although if you've included Greenlandic, I'd add Inuktitut too - less people speak it, but because it's spoken in Canada I can see there being substantially more interest :D)

Well, if there's no Greenlandic course for English/Danish speakers (or no Danish/English course for Greenlandic speakers) by about 2020, I should be doing an Arctic Studies degree so I'll be sure to volunteer to contribute then ;)

And speaking of Sami languages, if you can read a little Swedish you need to check out this website, it's a basic course in Sami! I can only say like two sentences so far, but it's two more than I could before :D www4.ur.se/gulahalan/ Buorre beaivi!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick1107
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I bet that Greenlandic would be possible if Duolingo asked for help from the Danish Goverment.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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I don't seem to understand your use of the word Nordic. I have heard people use it to mean North Germanic languages, but this would not include, Finnish, Greenlandic and Sami.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zerozeroone
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The Nordic Council is a geo-political inter-parliamentary forum for co-operation between the Nordic countries. It was formed after Second World War in 1952 to promote co-operation between the five Nordic countries. Its first concrete result was the introduction in 1952 of a common labour market and free movement across borders without passports for the countries' citizens. The Council has 87 elected members from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_Council

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nebebelyashas

the true use of the word 'Nordic' refers to the Germanic branch only, however, he must've used it as a geographical term (imho, it's a common way of using this word)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Day_1

These two articles show the difference between the Scandinavian countries and the Nordic countries:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_countries

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HidekiYamamoto

Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden & Denmark) is in Northern Europe (The Nordic Countries).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HidekiYamamoto

Actually you are wrong Finish Greenlandic and Sami are Nordic (North European) languages. The Nordic languages: Finnish/Suomi, Icelandic/Íslendska, Norwegian/Norsk, Swedish/Svenska, Danish/Dansk, Greenlandic/Kalaallisut, Faroese/Føroyskt, Sami/Saami.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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The description of the word "Nordic" given in links makes sense. However, I feel the need to say that Greenlandic is American, not European, and there are without a doubt other North European languages not yet in the incubator.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andyemanu
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Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic and Faroese (and the language Elfdalian, spoken in Sweden) are North Germanic languages. Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian and Sami are Finno-Ugric languages. Greenlandic, along with the other indigenous languages spoken in Canada and Alaska are Eskimo-Aleut languages. These language families are totally unrelated. I don't know if "Nordic" is a term to be used for all of those language families, but Finland and Greenland are Nordic countries (some say Estonia is too, but that's another debate), so that might be the reason for this confusion :) Oh, and there are three definitions of Scandinavia :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HidekiYamamoto

I just realised I was wrong. I may have used the wrong word 'Nordic'. You are right Finnish and Sami are Finno-Urgic or Uralic. But what I really meant was the languages that they speak in some Nordic Countries (or Northen European Countries). Sorry about that. Oh and by the way I know that thing about "Estonia" it's not true though. Although Estonian is related to Finnish and Sami but that doesn't mean it's a Nordic Country.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andyemanu
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Estonia has been ruled by both Sweden and Denmark, and they say they have Nordic culture. I don't know much about it, though. Oh, and it's all alright :) Finland is a Nordic country, just as well as Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Åland, and Sami languages are spoken in both Sweden, Norway and Finland, so of course they also deserve just as much of an applause :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HidekiYamamoto

You are very right. But the Germans once ruled Estonia too. Still Estonia isn't a Nordic country but it is related though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Frederik81
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You are mixing up Northern European countries with Nordic countries

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HidekiYamamoto

They're the same.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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Quiero Basque. However, why not more? Greenlandic looks cool, and I want the Faroe Island flag on my profile.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Xefjord

Greenlandic is a Inuit language and as much as I love it, and want to see it. They are VERY difficult to build a course for because of their super flexible word order and sentence structure. There is other courses we could get first that are more plausable. It is more reasonable to say we should just finnish the Scandinavian group. If you know what I am saying? ;3

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanKozlow

I agree with Finnish and Icelandic but Sami, Greenlandic, and Faroese are jut not usefull enough.

2 years ago
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