https://www.duolingo.com/RandomTed

Is there a thread asking for more courses that use danish as one of the languages?

I heard that if you want a language to come to Duolingo you should find a post about it and like that post. Since I am am only fluent in English I can't volunteer to work on a course, but I can at least like the threads about the languages I want.

Does anyone know if anyone has even suggested any of the following language pairs? And yes I know they are very unlikely to be popular, so no need to tell me so. The three languages I am interested in using on Duolingo are; English, French and Danish. These are the three language pairings not available on Duolingo that use those languages.

English from Danish

Danish from French

French from Danish

February 8, 2016

28 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

I think Danes, on the whole, speak excellent English; teaching English is at the heart of their educational system, so there is little demand for an English-from-Danish course.
Greenlandic from Danish and Faroese from Danish might be more appealing to Danish-speakers, as both are spoken in parts of Denmark, but most Danes do not know either language.

As for other languages to and from Danish, I should think German would be the most useful one to start with. However, as most Danes speak good English, there are probably lots of them just using the German from English course.

February 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Irusejka

I hope there will be Greenlandic from Danish!

February 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

I hope there will be a Greenlandic from English, as my Danish is still awful...

February 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Irusejka

Yes, but I think the course for Danish speakers is more possible. I do not know Danish at all, but I started to learn it, hoping for Greenlandic course.

February 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TobiasJacobsen

Godt gået! Fedt at du lærer dansk :)

February 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Irusejka

Tak! Jeg er kun en nybegynder i dansk :)

February 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TobiasJacobsen

Yeah I am a native Dane and I'm learning German and French from the English courses. But I would love to do it from Danish though, as it would be a little faster and easier. The good thing about learning a 3rd language from my 2nd is that I improve 2 languages on the way. I really hope for greenlandic, as I know many greenlandic people and would love to interact more with them in their language. German and Spanish would be the two most useful courses for Danes to learn, I think. Arabic would also be very useful, as we have many arabs living here, who come from Syria, Iraq etc.

February 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/RandomTed

Being a native Dane.

Do you think a Danish from English course would be useful to a bunch of Danes?

February 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TobiasJacobsen

I think it would beneficial actually for some danes. Even though danes learn English from 1st grade in primary school, many would be able to use duolingo. Many schools could use duolingo in the teaching, or children could learn English in a fun way at home - and in that way improve more in English faster. My brother has English in 2st grade, and he really wants to learn it! I showed him Duolingo already, but I'm not able to give him any course, he can learn yet. Many refugees also wanna learn English when they come to Denmark, because they have had horrible English teaching where they come from. I also have a couple of friends that could benefit from that course. Many people in Greenland have very bad English teaching in schools, so they would also be able to use the course to learn English.

Thanks for the lingots BTW - whoever gave them! :)

February 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LucBE
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The problem with Arabic is that there are a lot of different dialects. If there were a course DA>AR or EN>AR, it would be 'modern standard arabic' (I believe it is called). You would be able to read Arabic, but not really to talk with arabs from other place than Saudi Arabia.
Anyways...
I would love an arabic course, though.

February 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TobiasJacobsen

Yeah okay, I can see your point. I didn't know that much about it, I just think it sounds very nice! There are not very many Saudi Arabs here in Denmark though. I would still love to learn some basic sentences and phrases, which I could use, when talking to muslims e.g.

February 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Abeneezer

I would for sure give Greenlandic and faroe courses a try if they ever become a reality.

February 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LucBE
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I hope you don't mind, but you may overestimate the knowledge of English in Danmark. When I did the Danish tree for the first time, I noticed there were a lot of Danish, doing Danish from English, to learn English (in absence of the English from Danish tree).

February 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TobiasJacobsen

Yeah that's true. I took the Danish-Englis course mostly to help the developers, but also to improve my English a little. I don't think he overestimates his views, as this article also says: http://www.thelocal.dk/20141112/danes-the-best-non-native-english-speakers-in-the-world

February 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/IanEvison

Now, Faroese from Danish would be wild. I am learning Danish mostly for personal interest. Both English speakers and Danes tend to find this odd. I would love to see their reaction if I started using my Danish to learn Faroese....

February 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TobiasJacobsen

I don't find it odd that you are learning Danish - i just think it is clever! It's always WIN to learn a new language. I would find it funny though, if you started learning faroese. You should travel to the Faroe Islands then, because they have a stunning nature up there! With mountains and beautiful seas.

February 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/RandomTed

I do know that now days, most Danes end up okay with English. I have had 3 second cousins come over from Denmark and live with my mother in Canada and attend middle school for a few months, Mainly to improve English. I also have two Older relatives whose English isn't much more than a few phrases.

Duolingo has requested that people show them what languages they are interested in by finding and liking a thread asking for that language. I'm just doing so.

February 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/RandomTed

I just heard that the Danish school system starts teaching Danish at year 3. I'm guessing that would be about age 9+.

I think that is also a good age to start using Duolingo on the Ipad (Less typing than the website). Both my boys started using Duolingo a little older than that age, and it has worked out well with them.

I think a Duolingo course, Danish from English would be popular.

February 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TobiasJacobsen

My Danish brother in 1st grade in Denmark just started learning Danish at the age of 7. Many schools teach English from 1st grade actually i Denmark nowadays.

February 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ohheyitslilly

I'm a Dane and from what I've picked up it's not really that high in demand. I don't think English for Danish speakers would be used enough - danes are exceptionally good at it. German for Danish speakers could possibly be of interest though. There's an abundance of danes who hate learning the language in school but actually want to learn it. I did myself and wasted five years worth of amazing german classes because the general lack of interest is so huge.

February 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Darchy77

and danish for spanish, too? please? It is hard to me to work from english... (and like the guy who start this thread, I cant help with a es-da course cause they say that one must be bilingual, and I am not biliguan spanish - danish - I have better danish that my stats says, but very far from "bilingual"-)

spanish for danish could also be fine (I could use the inverse tree, I think) and a lot of danes are learning spanish out there :) so... why dont here?

March 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DogProblems

According to Wikipedia, 86% of Danes speak English as a second language. I would still love an English from Danish course, though.

February 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/RandomTed

Yes, but I am assuming that most of those 86 percent had to learn it at some time after age 8. (From what I read online, and learnt from my Danish relatives, English is mostly taught at schools and not learnt from birth)

So you have the majority of a country learning English as a second language. So I'm guessing some would like to be able to use Duolingo to help them learn English.

February 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Abeneezer

The vast majority of danes with poor/no english skill wouldn't use duolingo ever anyways.

February 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TobiasJacobsen

How can you be so sure of the future? Are you a seer or prophet?

February 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/IanEvison

I have a little bit of a sense of what Abeneezer might mean. The Danes in Denmark who I have met with poor English do not tend to be the same crowd with who is into their apps on their mobile devices. They are more like the genial older fellow from Jutland I got to know in our apartment building. He was apologetic for what he regarded as his bad English. He was motivated. He had tried to sign up for a English language conversation group in the building, but just was not going to get into learning through an electronic device.

February 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Abeneezer

Conditional tense. The condition was implied as 'if a course like that was created'

February 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TobiasJacobsen

Yeah I get that though. Of course the most Danes wouldn't use Duolingo, but many would, if they got to know it. I believe most people who speak other languages don't use Duolingo either. According to Wikipedia - 94,6% of Danes use the internet, so I think Duolingo would be accesible for many Danes to learn languages if they knew about Duo. The problem with Duolingo is that it is not that Famous in Denmark yet for most people. They don't see the use of it in their every day lives. Duolingo needs some more PR in my opinion, but they don't generate that much money to be able to do that. It also needs more PR in the school system, so they would use it also as an extra tool for those learning English. Yes many adults who don't speak English are elderly people, but they also use computers more and more frequently nowadays. Many elderly people have computers actually, they are just not so fast to know about new services, apps etc.

February 15, 2016
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