Will there be courses for Swedish speakers?
Hi, I just wanted to ask, will there be future language courses for Swedish speakers?
I understand that English is spoken by almost 90% of Sweden's population, so it's redundant to make an English for Swedish speakers course, but are any of you (Swedish learners) interested in learning another language, such as French, Spanish or Russian from Swedish?
As far as I know, there are no current plans for such courses, although there is a course teaching Swedish for Russian speakers being built.
Courses are built by volunteers that have sufficient drive and knowledge of both languages to make a course. Since Swedish is a relatively minor language compared to bigger ones like English. French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, I think it is unlikely that there will be courses built to teach from Swedish.
But if there should emerge a team of driven contributors willing to, who know what could be? :)
I thought that the main problem is that Duolingo doesn't want to build a Swedish interface. There would be so much to translate to Swedish and apparently and they are not prepared to pay for that, at least not for now. As far as I understand, they won't let volunteers create the interfaces.
That's what they've told us. I'd personally love to have courses for Swedish speakers. I'd even consider contributing to a Russian course for Swedish speakers although I'm a bit too busy at the moment.
I would love that! And we mustn't forget Anrui's grandmother who wants to learn English :). (Don't know why I remember that.)
I want to add that this means that there is an opportunity if anyone wants to create a Swedish course for German, French, Spanish or some other language that already has an interface on Duo. (My friend Bruno_de_Brito would love it if someone built a Swedish for Portuguese…)
Personally I think it would be a better idea to do that after this team has finished the Swedish 2.0 tree, but if anyone has a solid knowledge in one of these languages and feels up to the challenge, now is a good time to start thinking of it. Feel free to get in touch and ask questions.
I have a decent knowledge of Spanish. Once my Swedish improves from where it is now, I might be able to help out.
English is my native language, and the only other language I'm okay at is Swedish. I would absolutely love it if I could strengthen my Swedish by using it to study my other languages. It would be like getting 3x as much Swedish practise in the same amount of time :)
From what I can tell most of the Swedish people on here take those courses from English.
I suppose we do!
But still, you need a little more than basic knowledge in English to do the courses or you will struggle a little. But then again, I even learn a lot of English (or understanding of the language) when taking the Spanish course here. OK, maybe not so much from the exercises but from the discussions.
I am thinking about making my son (eleven years old) take the Spanish course, it might boost both languages!
I definitely wasn't suggesting the duo shouldn't have the option, just speculating as to why it wouldn't be a priority to them.
Personally, I would have preferred to have taken the Norwegian and Danish courses from Swedish instead of English so I could just keep my head out of my native language while trying to learn.
The sweedish population is now 10 miljon people. Do we not deserve to have a course in spanish in our own language. Even if 90% of us know some english it is not easy to do a course from a forrin language. And spelling in english is differcult so the faults are many when we have to write.
In comparison, the population of the Netherlands is 16 million, yet there is an English for Dutch speakers course.
However the Netherlands also has overseas colonies such as the Dutch Caribbean. Suriname is also Dutch speaking. There are 23 million Dutch mother tongue speakers worldwide.
Well, there are actually many Swedish speakers who do not know much English. All of us have to learn English in school, we are not born speaking so we are very far from native and most of us have to struggle quite hard to learn it. Therefore, I think an English course for Swedish speakers would be great.
However, what I think we need the most is a Finnish course for Swedish speakers and vice versa!
I would like an English for Swedish course ... it would give me a reverse tree to do.
I wish there was an English for Swedish speakers course. Some people after finishing a course take the reverse one. It actually helps to improve both the languages. I would also like to take courses of other Nordic languages (Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic) from Swedish but I think it is unlikely that such courses will ever be created here.
I'm a little late here, but I don't think Icelandic (as much as we want it to be, because believe, I want to learn Icelandic) will ever be on Duo because of the exceptionally minuscule amount of speakers. :( Just wanted to add my 2 cents even though this has nothing to do with what OP wanted to discuss.
Think again! :) Duolingo has added, Esperanto with 0 native speakers. They have also added Klingon to the waiting list, Klingon also has zero native speakers and almost zero non-native speaker. As for natural languages, Duolingo have addes Irish and Welsh, each with much lesser utility than Icelandic (IMO). They also plan to add Yiddish... So I think Íslenska has a great chance join our Duo family in a not so distant future. :)
I forgot about Irish, Welsh, and Klingon! Oops. Well, maybe it is possible ^-^! I hope so, at least. :3
That it is bad for somebody else does not make things better for me. It is a much deeper understanding if you get a translating to your own language. And how will it be when you get to a more advanced stage. Maybe theese courses doesn´t goo to a high level?