EDIT APRIL 25 2017: PLEASE go retweet/favorite my tweet to Duolingo where I linked this forum post!
EDIT: Obviously, there is a huge demand for Icelandic to be featured on Duolingo. Thank you to everyone who commented, the more attention this gets the better! If you can spread this forum post, DO IT!
After searching several posts about the progress of an Icelandic for English speakers course being made, it looks to me like a lot of people said that they could help.
However, it looks like no progress has been made, so I am making this post to bring attention back to the topic. I am going to ask my friends over at reddit.com/r/iceland to help out, if any of you guys know anyone who could help get this started that would be much appreciated!!!
Tusen takk (:
Hey guys, so I'm thinkin'....that just posting comments on threads like this isn't going to get us anywhere. We know now that there is a demand, but other people don't! We need to spread the word and make ourselves heard! If you aren't a member of some kind of Facebook group or organization having to do with Iceland, Icelandic, or Icelanders, become one. And share the link below to where Icelandic speakers can apply to be a contributor. LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
Most non native speaker of any language will sound off. You seem to be a troll. Are you suggesting that people should not learn a new language because it’s difficult and their accent will be annoying? You sound arrogant and I don’t necessarily believe you are from Iceland and if you are you are not representing your country very well.
I'd love to learn Icelandic, too! I've been watching Trapped on BBC4 and was amazed at how much I could actually understand - I am a Norwegian native and could recognise a lot of words, but also a lot of words that I only know from my grandfather's dialect. It would be great to to study the basics on Duolingo, so I really hope a course will be released eventually!
It seems that there has already been a post about this in the r/iceland subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Iceland/comments/32ilpy/would_any_icelanders_be_interested_in_making_an/?
Apparently, several people have already applied, but haven't yet heard back.
Currently living in Iceland as an au pair, and I learned a little Swedish before I left, which helped a little (though you shouldn't mention that to Icelanders, they don't like their culture to be compared). But most of the online resources for learning the language are literally just in Icelandic, no translation in English or any language, for that matter. I'm taking a class for it, but even the book we have has no translations, just Icelandic with some sparse cartoons. Would really love to learn it on Duolingo instead: I could understand the three-year-olds much faster!
Já, þakka þér svo mikið! I love Íslenska for so many reasons! It isn't only the closest language to Old Norse, but it also has my two favourite letters: "Þ" & "Æ"! What's not to love! I hope they incubate this language very soon. (...and Latin. If they won't give me Japanese, they should at least have Latin. It's probably the most influential language ever. Just saying.)
I think you can apply to contribute to it here: https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/is/en/status
Given the popularity of the History Channel's Vikings, it seems like a perfect time to add Icelandic, especially considering there are 2 fictional languages from television shows already in the incubator. At least Icelandic would also have a practical use.
...and maybe throw in an Old English course for good measure.
The recognisation for the effort of adding fictional languages is interesting for some enthusiastics on that, but it doesn't links the learners to join in a conversation with a culture bound native-speaker (talking about Klingon), which is far from receiving proper support outside the app (even type it properly on conventional keyboards).. So focusing on natural languages is more useful than doing much effort on contructed languages that won't even receive a proper need in daily life. The only artificial language that is really worth keeping it is Esperanto due its history and amount of speakers. Icelandic is an example of a language that should be invested time instead Klingon. I hope that more natural languages courses will soon be available and they will gladly help many people whose desire is to get to know more about the culture of a certain country with non popular languages, but relevant to them.
Did you apply here? Just making sure (:
I would love to see Icelandic on duolingo, not for myself due to the fact I am indeed Icelandic and fluent in the language but rather so that my brothers who are Danish could have a chance to learn my language via this awesome app. Please implement this as soon as possible.
Yeah I'd love Icelandic too. In the meantime that we wait, try using Memrise.com. It's very similar to Duolingo and has over 80 languages including Icelandic. Best of all, it's free! There are 3 Icelandic courses on there; a simple one, a Duolingo-style official one and one that teaches you every single Icelandic word in existence.
Simple course - https://www.memrise.com/course/351/basic-icelandic/
Duolingo-style course -https://www.memrise.com/course/134020/beginners-icelandic
Full-dictionary course - https://www.memrise.com/course/72275/first-5000-icelandic-words/
Also, to anyone who speaks Icelandic, don't be afraid to apply to the Duolingo Incubator. Just select the apply to contribute button, and when it asks you the language you wish to work on, click the last option 'add another' and write Icelandic.
Takk fyrir and happy learning.
The trouble is that there don't appear to be any icelanders that want to contribute. I can't imagine the developers/contributors get paid, so where is the motivation to develop the course? I've been waiting for a long time, gave up, and just went with Transparent Languages. Not as convenient as duolingo, and a fair chunk of change....
Actually, Icelandic and Finnish people have offered to contribute. The Finns for about 3 years since and the Icelanders for about a year since. They've been completely ignored, from what I've heard.
Presumably because Duolingo has a serious mismanagement problem, or something. I really don't know what's wrong with them. People are offering to help and they don't seem interested anymore.
I guess that's because they're too busy getting cosy with Pearson...
Icelandic is one of three languages I'm passionate about learning. Now that Japanese has been added and I've found ASL courses in my hometown there's just one language I'm desperately waiting on. I would love so much to be able to connect this way with my family's roots, and learn Islenska
Here I am 1 year later and Icelandic is not in the incubator yet :( why duolingo why? Not that I don't wanna learn Icelandic from another website or app, but the fact duolingo has two language courses: High Valyrian and Klingon that nobody speaks in real life makes me really disappointed that Icelandic shows no progress. C'mon duolingo, people are actually showing real efforts to contribute and bring Icelandic into the incubator!
I personally really want to see Croatian
I think Duo should lay out some formal criteria on how to get a new language added, and a list of what they planned to add and when.
I love Duo, and the work of the staff, but please a little more transparency would be nice.
Yes. There are several languages that people are asking for, myself included, and that people say they've applied to work on with no response. It would be nice to know if there are languages they just don't want to pursue right now so we can all move on! People are frustrated that they want to help on them and Duo doesn't seem to care, then Duo says that they have no translators to make it.
I think it is partially because of the relatively low number of native speakers that are able and willing to contribute to the creation/incubation of the course, and maybe because Duolingo doesn't have or want to allocate the resources to it.
I have posted on Reddit asking for people to apply to be contributors :https://www.reddit.com/r/Iceland/comments/415atr/icelandic_is_not_yet_available_on_duolingo_but/
But to no avail. ):
I mean, it's super cool that fictitious/constructed languages are given a chance here too. But I feel that with such a vast number of natural languages in existence with significant numbers of native speakers, and with amazing cultures associated therewith, that it's unfortunate that not much progress has been made for the release of a number of natural languages.
I agree, I love the Germanic languages. I recommend trying Norwegian too since you like Germanic languages, it's the best combination of appearing very similar to written Danish & sounding pretty similar to spoken Swedish. That being said, I'd love for Icelandic to be added (Faroese would be cool too but that's never going to happen lol)
Just saw this article today. Even more reason to get Icelandic on Duolingo!
"Icelanders Worry That Voice Commands Will Kill Their Native Language"
I don't know at what level you have to be in order to help with the course, but here's the link where you can sign up: https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/is/en/status
There are resources that aid in learning icelandic on memrise, tinycards, and Icelands government site. I've been equally bothered by the lack of the language here. I am hoping to dedicate myself to learning the language and attempting to incubate it here. If someone beats me or else joins in on helping then all the better. I'll see what I can do
I am EAGERLY awaiting Icelandic on Duolingo. I’m going to give Icelandic Online a try (already linked in this thread, but here it is again: icelandiconline.is), but using the Duolingo app on my iPhone is so much a part of my daily routine already. It’s SUCH a beautiful language, and Iceland is such an amazing country. Add Icelandic to Duolingo!!! Pleeeeeeeeaase!
I'm a norwegian with my mother being a Canadian from Gimli manitoba so natuarlly she's got icelandic heritage and whenever i visit that cozy little town and meeting my relatives and friends of the family allot of them either know some icelandic or their kids/parrents are fluent speakers of it. I even refer to my canadian grandparrents as "amma" and "afi"
i would love to have the language on duolingo as it's too different from norwegian for me to learn it :( shame we didnt have it in school
I'm trying to open a Q&A website on stackexchange for all nordic languages. Including Icelandic. It would really help if you participate in this Q&A website. https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/113184/nordic-languages?referrer=UJwIZ3DtK9beNp88ckqOeg2
I went through the free course taught by Alaric Hall and found it very helpful: https://alarichall.org.uk/teaching/modern_icelandic.php
Huh. Strange thing - for some reason I thought Icelandic was already on Duolingo. I think I thought one of these other flags was Icelandic flag and got my wires crossed thinking about these other Nordic languages. Bummer. Well, I already started Norwegian because I did not see Icelandic on the app and preferred using my phone at the time. Good news is I also love Norwegian and it's one of the easiest languages if not the easiest I've studied so far.
There are some good textbooks out there for English speakers. The most classic is Gordon's "An Introduction to Old Norse", but Byock's new "Viking Language" series has received some pretty great reviews. From what I have read, it looks like many think it's the best available option, so that's the one I'm probably going to use as my main studying guide. It's also accompanied by some audio lessons with readings from Old Norse sources.
I approached it with several methods:
- I took a course when I was in university (but that's not available to everyone)
- I studied E.V. Gordon's "An Introduction to Old Norse"
- I studied Michael Barnes' "A New Introduction to Old Norse" (available in book form, or in PDF for free online)
- Finally, I have been reading through "Viking Language" by Jesse L. Byock.