Endangered languages in Duo?
I just thought that making some well unknown languages, or languages which are about to dissapear, or which are endangered come into Duolingo would be a very good way of making them "revive" again.
I'm not saying that would prevent all languages from dying, but it's true that some people would learn them (myself included) and so they would not "die" or dissapear, or at least they would not be so unknown.
So, if a language dissapears completely, we will always have the duolingo course page for that language (which should be long enough so that the language can be well learned) and so, there would be always one or two "freaks" (myself included) who'd learn it.
Because I'm sure that the number of people who can speak basic Esperanto has greatly improved since the launchment day, and so with catalan, and so will happen with yiddish (slow one...) or with vietnamese (I was so dissapointed with the data loss) or with Klingon (which is a cool language, although I myself have no plans for learning it, for now...) or with any other language that gets into Duo
So, what do you think about it? Do you think that this is a good method of making more people grow interest in the language? By the way, do you know any language (endangered or partly unknown) that you'd like to be implemented into Duolingo? I'd sooner learn Toki Pona, but, anyway, I cannot wait until Japanese from English comes (although I know that language is in no danger of dissapearing and that it's well known) (and I will try to make people think about that particular course in another disscusion, beacuse I have some ideas, and I want to know yours!!) but anyway. What do you think about the reviving or increasing popularity Duolingo plan?
Let me know what you think in the comments!! :)
The problem with your idea is finding sufficient people who are prepared to volunteer to create the language courses. This is because when a language becomes endangered it probably means there are very few people who are qualified to create a course.
However, when the Klingons eventually arrive, they will, I think, find lots of us who can write 'Gons go home' in their own language.
I would love to see some languages from North and South American Natives, Polynesia, and Africa. I would also like to see a track for learning Latin. Other appealing languages would be ancient languages like ancient Egyptian, Babylonian or even Old English.
I would love to see Duolingo as a source for preserving languages and keeping them from extinction. Each language has a unique way of viewing the world and it is a shame when those unique thoughts get lost forever.
There Is something to learn latin on duolingo!!!
Wait a sec, I bring it here now...