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A Provisional List of European Languages

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This is a provisional list of European Languages that are not currently being developed by Duolingo.

Let me know if you speak any of them, and wich one(s) you would like to learn some day!

National languages

Northern Europe:

  • Estonian - Spoken in: Estonia - Origin: Uralic - Script: Latin

  • Finnish - Spoken in: Finland - Origin: Uralic - Script: Latin

  • Icelandic - Spoken in: Iceland - Origin: Indo-European; Germanic -Script: Latin

  • Latvian - Spoken in: Latvia - Origin: Indo-European; Baltic - Script: Latin

  • Lithuanian - Spoken in: Lithuania - Origin: Indo-European; Baltic - Script: Latin

Eastern Europe:

  • Belarusian - Spoken in: Belarus - Origin: Indo-European; Slavic - Script: Cyrillic - Note: probably too similar to Russian to warrant a separate course

  • Bulgarian - Spoken in: Bulgaria - Origin: Indo-European; Slavic - Script: Cyrillic

  • Moldovan - Spoken in: Moldova - Origin: Indo-European; Latin - Script: Latin - Note: Edit, apparently the Moldovan language is not only essentially the same as Romanian, but is now also officially the same.

  • Slovak - Spoken in: Slovakia - Origin: Indo-European; Slavic - Script: Latin

Southern Europe:

  • Albanian - Spoken in: Albania - Origin: Indo-European - Script: Latin

  • Bosnian - Spoken in: Bosnia and Herzegovina - Origin: Indo-European; Slavic (Serbo-Croatian family) - Script: Latin and Cyrillic - Note: this language is very similar to other Serbo-Croatian languages.

  • Croatian - Spoken in: Croatia - Origin: Indo-European; Slavic (Serbo-Croatian family) - Script: Latin - Note: this language is very similar to other Serbo-Croatian languages.

  • Macedonian - Spoken in: Macedonia - Origin: Indo-European; Slavic - Script: Cyrillic

  • Maltese - Spoken in: Malta - Origin: Semitic; Arabic - Script: Latin

  • Montenengrin - Spoken in: Montenegro - Origin: Indo-European; Slavic (Serbo-Croatian family) - Script: Cyrillic and Latin - Note: this language is very similar to other Serbo-Croatian languages.

  • Serbian - Spoken in: Serbia - Origin: Indo-European; Slavic (Serbo-Croatian family) - Script: Cyrillic and Latin - Note: this language is very similar to other Serbo-Croatian languages.

  • Slovene - Spoken in: Slovenia - Origin: Indo-European; Slavic - Script: Latin

Regional languages

  • Basque - Spoken in: Spain (Basque) - Origin: Vasconic (no known relatives) - Script: Latin - Teach from: Spanish, English

  • Breton - Spoken in: France (Brittany) - Origin: Indo-European; Celtic - Script: Latin - Teach from: French, English

  • Faroese - Spoken in: Denmark (Faroe Islands) - Origin: Indo-European; Germanic - Script: Latin - Teach from: Danish, English

  • Frisian - Spoken in: the Netherlands (Friesland) - Origin: Indo-European; Germanic - Script: Latin - Teach from: Dutch, English

  • Galician - Spoken in: Spain (Galicia) - Origin: Indo-European; Latin - Script: Latin - Teach from: Spanish, Portuguese, English

  • Greenlandic Inuktitut - Spoken in: Denmark (Greenland) - Origin: Eskimo-Aleut - Script: Latin - Teach from: Danish, English

  • Romansh - Spoken in: Switzerland (Grisons) - Origin: Indo-European; Latin - Script: Latin - Teach from: German, French, English

  • Scottisch Gaelic - Spoken in: UK (Scotland) - Origin: Indo-European; Celtic - Script: Latin - Teach from: English

Ethnic:

  • Romani - Spoken by: Romani people (aka Gypsies) - Origin: Indo-European; Indo-Aryan - Script: Latin - Teach from: English, German, other

  • Sami Spoken by: Sami people (living in the northern most regions of Scandinavia) - Origin: Uralic - Script: Latin? - Teach from: Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, English - Note: This is essentially a collection of barely standardized languages

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/lstrzelak

I don't really speak any of the ones listed above, but as a Scottish citizen, I'd like to learn Scottish Gaelic. It's really sad that they don't teach it in our own schools.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/clingonsurfer

Is Scottish not available at all in Scotland then Laura? I think the situation is improving elsewhere. Gaelic is making something of a comeback (Manx was almost lost completely) and more schools offer that option now - at least, that's the case in the Isle of Man, Cornwall, and Wales.... so keep lobbying & you might just win! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lstrzelak

It's mostly a subject in primary schools, but it's not a compulsory subject. I remember having a year of Scottish gaelic. They don't even offer it up as a language in high school, though. I wish it did, as it is a massive part of our culture. But hopefully it will rise like Welsh!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/clingonsurfer

Seriously? It's not even optional? That seems crazy not to offer to teach a country's official national language in school. How on earth do they get away with it? I reckon the Manxies (& probably the Welsh too) would be burning politicians at the stake! :-) . I think you should start a campaign, a movement! I'll come on your marches... :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lstrzelak

That's actually a great idea!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/clingonsurfer

Thank you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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You have missed out Manx, Occitan, Ladino, Corsican, Jèrriais/Guernésiais/Sercquiais, Latgalian, Livonian, Tsakonian and probably quite a few others I can't think of at the moment.

Greenland is part of North America, incidentally, much as I pains me greatly to suggest that you should remove Greenlandic from any such list of languages Duo ought to have.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBramnotABram
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I saw a much bigger list even on Wikipedia, though I only included languages I knew at least a little bit about, or could easily find information on (it is a provisional list after all).

As for Greenlandic, I included it because 1) it is still part of Denmark, and until recently even the EU 2) it is closer to Iceland than Iceland is to main land Europe 3) I am the listmaker and I decide what to put on it (HA!) ;) Though I admit it is the "odd duck in the basket".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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My apologies, I assumed 'provisional' meant that you wanted people to help make it more comprehensive. I was merely trying to assist.

French Guiana is both part of France and part of the E.U., so you might as well add Arawak...

Also, it just occurs to me that you've missed out Latin, the National Language of the Vatican City State.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roman_Huczok
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I'd like Crimean Tatar and Karelian.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SinaverIdris

Thanks for being interested! We already applied to create Crimean Tatar - Ukrainian course. Waiting for Duolingo Team response. If everything goes fine, we will apply for Crimean Tatar - English course too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/basak.o

I would really love a Crimean Tatar course! I didn't know it was THAT close to Turkish. I hope you get a response soon!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roman_Huczok
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Have you considered creating a forum course, like the ones for Finnish, Latin, etc? Of course an actual course would be much better but something is better than nothing

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gesteur
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That would be great !

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/soedori
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Moldovan is not a language. Even the Moldovans admitted that!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBramnotABram
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I know, it is kind of like Flemish in Belgium, I guess. My Romanian friends said that it is the same. However, it is their official "national language" and this is what they call it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/soedori
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No, tye official language in Moldova was changed to Romanian via a court ruling

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBramnotABram
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Ah, thanks for the update, my information was outdated then.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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'Moldovan' is still the official language of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (I quite agree that it's not really a distinct language, though).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianMolin

Update, not only was the language established in court ruling a few years back, a modification to the constitution of Moldova is now undergoing voting to officially change the name of the language (from Moldovan to Romanian).

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tjweeks101
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Emilian e Romagnol

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/txredeyes
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this is a great list! i hope to try finnish, icelandic, greenlandic and sami (it would be amazing if duo had a sami course, but it would probably be a sami dialect with the most amount of speakers, but great anyways :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RoseAirheart

My neighbors speak Albanian. They are from there and also speak English. I could ask them

2 years ago