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https://www.duolingo.com/tzz1326

Will we ever see an Afrikaans course?

I know the Dutch language is closely connected to Afrikaans but is there any chance we will have a shot at learning the rhythmic African-Dutch language.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lahure
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Unlikely tzz1326. I am a native Afrikaans speaker and have approached Duo on a couple of times to help create such a course. I still await a response from them two years after contacting Duo in this regard.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViolettePolyglot

I would have thought that Afrikaans would have been made by now. Especially since it is so close to Dutch. I would love to see a course though....

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lahure
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They are effectively equivalent, with minor differences, Viola.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tzz1326

If they're so close in similarity, I was wondering why not just make the Dutch course, Dutch/Afrikaans course.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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They are close, but not the same. They're still different languages, and Afrikaans deserves its own course :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lahure
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Ja - ek moet saamstem hierso! Yes - I must agree here.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViolettePolyglot

Good idea.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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have approached Duo on a couple of times to help create such a course. I still await a response from them two years after contacting Duo in this regard.

Afaik, like for everyone: Duolingo communicate (for example by answering to email(s)) about new languages/courses added only once they decided they want to add it in a near future (up to some exceptions probably, but almost all the time they don't).
So I don't think it's an indication that they plan to not add it one day.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tzz1326

I would much rather just learn Afrikaans instead of having to learn Dutch to do so. That is partially why I am taking a break from Dutch and now working on my German. I love the tone and the style to African languages which I want to learn Afrikaans along with possibly a little Swahili and I do not think it's fair that they haven't taken your messages into account.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViolettePolyglot

Or for some basic knowledge, you could try memrise....

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lahure
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To tzz1326. Think your only option here is www.witslanguageschool.com - but there will be cost implications :(

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tzz1326

That's a bummer. I guess I will just stick to Dutch, Thanks for the meticulous info though Lahure.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

I personally think Afrikaans and Dutch are not as close as everyone claims. I would LOVE a course on it. It has similarities to Dutch, English, German, and the Scandinavian languages all in one, with some cool African influence. I really hope we see it hear some day!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SenorDustin

I think that if we keep the discussion going we will eventually. Almost two years ago, a survey was done about what languages people wanted to see. It was pretty big and about 4% of people wanted Afrikaans. It doesn't seem like much, but that same percentage wanted Catalan (which I will remind everyone had ONE SINGLE contributor for the first while). It goes without saying that the Catalan course is nearly out of beta, and no mention of Afrikaans has even been hinted at.

I don't think it's a question of volunteers (since many have offered and made it public that they have offered), but rather a question of priorities at Duolingo central. We will probably have another constructed language on this website before an actual one like Afrikaans (spoken by upwards of 20 million either as an L1 or L2).

Rant finished!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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I don't think it's a question of volunteers, but rather a question of priorities at Duolingo central.

Definitely!
Volunteers are necessary to construct the course *but not for the decision to add the course.
If Duo decides to add a course but don't have yet contributors, they make a call for applications. There is even the example of Irish for English speakers course that have been added to the incub on St. Patrick's day 2014 (17/03/2014), for obvious calendar/buzz purpose, but first contributors arrived on 24/04/2014: Duo had decided anyway to add it then searched for contribs but took advantage of the calendar for the addition in incubator (despite not having yet found contribs for this course they wanted anyway to add).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/swingbeatnik7
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Yeah I want to learn Afrikaans! For those who may end up in Africa at some point through Peace Corps or whatever and get a chance to visit or end up going to South Africa.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tzz1326

Another cool course they could do is Urdu.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/swingbeatnik7
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Sure why not? If they have time and contributors. Since Hindi is in the incubator I don't see Urdu anytime soon .

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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Hi tzz1326,

as for any language or course, there is no reason for it to not be added one day. Now when is another story: many courses (and not only from English) are waiting to be added.

See this 7 months old discussion about Afrikaans for Enlgish speakers where you can add your vote and even comment.

If you want to make a [course] suggestion, we encourage you to visit the forums and making a search for suggestions that have been made in the past, and adding your vote and comments to those existing posts [and thus not creating a new one]. That will make the request more popular and make it stand out more, encouraging more people to add their votes. :)

From Help Center: "How can I suggest a new language course?
Note: Texts in between square brackets are additions of mine.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sunbeam42
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I think eventually Duolingo will have all major languages, so yes!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tzz1326

Some day... :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tzz1326

I do think that the Afrikaans course should be added as well because for english speakers, I hear it is easier to learn than other languages, which could provide easier credits for people.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/inmendham
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There are at least 10 major languages to be added let alone the ones we already got which should be made longer. It's not a top priority in my opinion.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tzz1326

What 10 major courses may we see before this? I personally think they should do Afrikaans instead of Klingon. Just my opinion

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/inmendham
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Mandarin Japanese Korean Cantonese Arabic Hebrew Hindi Thai Vietnamese Persian Tagalog Finnish Romanian Hungarian Greek Icelandic Serbian Croatian Indonesian Mongolian Malaysian ...

And I'd rather do the Klingon course instead of a dialect of Dutch any day. Why not Quenya by the way ?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tzz1326

Afrikaans is spoken more than Icelandic, It should definitely be considered but I do see your point.Perhaps it will have to wait behind three or four languages.

2 years ago