PREDICTIONS FOR 2016!
Since 2015 is coming to an end and 2016 is now approaching us, why not have a fun time predicting what courses will be completed and courses that will enter the incubator! Let's see who can guess them all perfectly (;
For Me: I think: Catalan, Finnish, Icelandic, Korean, Afrikaans, Tagalog, Croatian, Persian, Samoan, Slovak, and Latin will enter the incubator in 2016 For English Speakers! So that's 11 Languages!
I also think that: Hungarian, Welsh, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Romanian, Greek, Hindi, and Swahili will all be in beta in a years time!
Hopefully by 2017 we can get languages such as Japanese, Mandarin, and Arabic into the mix. But I don't think that'll happen just yet due to the technical difficulties. But it could totally be done. And the reason why I put down Korean is because I've heard many rumors that it will come into the incubator very soon! Now it's your turn to vote (;
I hope Amharic will be in the incubator!
አማርኛ ኢንክዩቤቶሩ ውስጥ እንደሚሆን ተስፋ አደርጋለሁ!
For English Speakers : Finnish (when Hungarian hatches), Lithuanian or/and Latvian, Icelandic, Latin, Afrikaans, Tagalog, Croatian, Slovak, Maltese, Slovenian, Zulu and Kurdish
Hatching in 2016 (in order) : Vietnamese (1st), Welsh (2nd), Hungarian (3rd), Romanian, Hebrew, Swahili and Greek.
I'm not getting my hopes too high to see Czech in 2016 because it is really difficult to develop. And maybe I will be surprised to see Mandarin, Farsi, Korean, Japanese or Arabic (The Forbidden languages).
Since the Greek team is at 35% and making steady progress now it most likely will come out next year. :D
As for languages coming into the incubator Icelandic and Finnish probably have a good chance at entering the incubator because they're so highly requested. It would also be very interesting if Hawaiian, Latin, Faroese and Sicilian (for IT speakers) entered the incubator. Ancient Greek will also be a possibility as the website supports the Greek alphabet and it might get done after (Modern) Greek enters beta/becomes stable.
I know nothing of Italian language or whathaveyou but is Sicilian a dialect or an entire different language?
Today it's called a dialect but it is actually it's own language. Even UNESCO recognizes it.
Yes, Sicilian for Italian speakers if we can also get Italian for Catalan speakers. Right now I'm learning Spanish from English and Catalan from Spanish. I'd really like to learn Sicilian but I have little interest in Italian (seems too Germanic to me).
I can't agree more. I'd much rather have Sicilian to English than an Sicilian to Italian course.
I'd love to see Sardinian. It's a very interesting language... Or Maltese (related to Arabic, but with heavy Italian influence).
Most of the Italian "dialects" are considered separate languages by linguists.
Sardinian, Sicilian, Venetò, Piedmontese, Lombardic etc etc... They're all very different from Italian (and from each other).
It's just that in Italy, it's traditional that they call the regional languages "dialetti" and encourage people to replace them with standard Italian.
You think Korean before Arabic? I thought Arabic was more likely to be first (it has spaces between words, and lacks a problematic honorific system), although I shall be very happy to be proved wrong. In the case of Persian, it's likely that a reverse course will come first. And as Slovak is so similar to Czech it would surely make more sense to wait until the Czech course is finished and then carry out some tinkering on it.
As we can apparently expect up to five threatened languages, I wonder about Quechua, Basque or Breton, possibly Frisian (probably none of them from English). Plus, probably at least one North American Indian language, which will be from English.
Hopefully Catalan for other languages (English, French, Italian). And a reverse course English for Catalan speakers could be very useful. And Occitan! Don't forget my beloved Occitan.
I personally hope that there will be more courses for non-English speakers as well.
I think that Duolingo is aiming for that. We will probably see Galician for Spanish, Breton for French, Ukrainian for Russian, Turkish for German and Sicilian for Italian
I was thinking of something more like Catalan for Ukrainian, Swedish for French, Polish for Portuguese, but okay.
I guess that it's going to be hard to find bilingual Catalan and Ukrainian speakers, but why not :)
That particular one was an instance of the very audacious daydreaming, but really, why not.
I could see a North American language or two joining, Cree, Dakota, Cherokee, Navajo, and maybe even Nahuatl. For Europe, I predict some of the following will appear: Finnish, one or more South Slavic languages, Albanian, and Lithuanian. Candidates for Asia: Farsi, Thai, Arabic, maybe Armenian, and MAYBE Mandarin. In Africa: Zulu or Xhosa (very similar), Shona, maybe Amharic.
I personally think there will be Finnish, Korean, Latin, Cherokee, Afrikaans, and Arabic. However I think it's more likely there will be English for Slovak, Tagalog, Croatian, and Persian speakers before they come out for English speakers.
When it comes to Slovak, they might add English for Slovak speakers first. Many language pairs started by this direction. And it would take some work off the Czech team's hands as well.
First of all: thank you very much, Duolingo, for the amazing work you already do for us! And now, a little bit of expectations... hehe.
Once we already have people working with these languages in the platform, I believe it is quite possible to have Catalan and Thai courses for English speakers next year in the incubator. By the way, I don't think all the courses we already have there will be ready in 2016, but for sure the most of them. No hope here for Guarani, Yiddish and Klingon, for example. Well, I hope I am wrong about it.
I would love to see Basque, Finnish and Icelandic here next year, once we have enough demand and applications for those courses (I think). Quechua and Cherokee would be lovely too. I am very skeptic about Arabic, but I don't think it's impossible (it is way more probable than Japanese or Mandarin, at least). Ancient languages don't seem to be a priority, unfortunately. In my best dreams, Amharic, Armenian and/or Yoruba would be very welcome here... but it still seems very far from reality.
And who knows I don't apply myself for an Esperanto course for Portuguese speakers next year? If I had more time... :P
Mayan will be added next year to the Incubator, plus at least one native language from the US and/or Canada (Navajo maybe?)
New for 2016 - Korean, Finnish, Arabic, Icelandic, Mongolian, Tagalog, Serbian, and Thai.
Prediction (all for English speakers): An endangered African language (there are too many to count, link here, and endangered Asian language, Faroese, Scottish Gaelic, an endangered American language, south or north, Icelandic, Korean, Persian, Finnish, Romani, and finally Latin. A few extras for speakers of other languages (these predictions are not necessarily all for 2016): Sicilian for Italian, Danish for Swedish, Norwegian for Swedish, Breton for French, (maybe) and Cantonese for Mandarin.
Let me explain my reasoning for the endangered languages: A few weeks ago, someone had applied for Persian, or some similar language, and when no reply was given to their application, they emailed Duolingo as to why. Duolingo responded, and included that they found the application to be quite interesting, and that Persian could be a possible candidate for next year, as they will be selecting five endangered languages to "save."
Interesting list, Persian's not exactly endangered though. But that's not to say it wouldn't be included as a language on its own merit, outside the "endangered languages" project.
Also - Cantonese for Mandarin isn't really viable, as in writing they aren't all that different (trad vs simplified characters aside, but you can write both in either (I write Mandarin, but generally in traditional characters)). Unless the Cantonese was being taught in the Jyutping romanization so was about teaching the pronunciation I guess.
I am taking a guess that the 5 endangered languages will be:
Cherokee, Mayan (Yucatec I guess?) (maybe from Spanish), Hawaiian, Basque (maybe from Spanish), Māori,
But I have no real basis for guess the last three. Just they seem like they'd be relatively easy to assemble a team for and could get some government backing.
The first two - Mayan and Cherokee - I've seen people claim on here to have had email communication with the DL admins about it, so I think they might be legitimately on the road.
I tried learning Basque through Spanish years ago, nearly did my head in... My Spanish isn't 100% fluent, so that was enough effort for my brain before I tried using it to access something as alien as Basque.
This is less of a prediction, but more of a hope - I really hope Cornish enters the incubator next year. Its next on my language wish list, and already I can feel myself procrastinating and dragging my heels because there isn't a Duolingo option to help me learn it. All of the other languages on my imminent wish list - Catalan, German and Welsh, either now have an option or are on their way.
My prediction is that Welsh will be in Beta by St David's Day...
I am not sure about 2016, but I am sure that by at least 2020 these different languages will have come out: Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Kurdish,Zulu, Kazakh,Punjabi,Tagalog and Danish.
What about more ancient languages such as Sumerian, Babylonian, Ancient Hebrew, Aztec, Ancient Greek, etc..
Aztec essentially still exists - its modern form Nahuatl is spoken by a few million people in Mexico and has often been suggested for a potential Duolingo course.
My predictions would have to be Latin, Ancient Greek, and Sicilian (for EN.) Actually, nvm. These are really predictions, just things I'd love Duolingo to add.
Hopefully they come out with a Sicilian course, for either English or Italian speakers (;
Why do we have a Japanese for English in the works but not a Chinese/mandarin for English? is it that much more complex?
Since when was Japanese for English in the works? Japanese has many more complications than Mandarin.