I hope Duolingo is considering Arabic. In today's political climate, it would do a world of good for English speakers to be able to use a few polite phrases with Arabic speaking friends and neighbors. I learned some basic Hindi phrases a few years ago before going to India for vacation, and even without being able to read Hindi, it gave me a huge advantage in relating to people and showing that I respected their culture by making the effort to learn their language.
I think one of the problems is how to introduce the new phonemes and writing system. Thus far, Duolingo has only had to deal with Latin and Cyrillic script for the most part. But most importantly, yes; with things as they are, people studying Arabic and learning more about Islamic and Middle Eastern culture would be a great thing, and Duolingo is a great platform on which to do this.
While it can be transliterated in either a informal online style: El-lugha El-3arabiyya El-Fu97aa El-7adiitha, or an academic one: Al-lugha Al-ᶜarabiyya Al-fuṣḥā Al-ḥadītha, neither of these systems will be of much use if you're stuck trying to read anything in an Arabic-speaking country. A romanisation system can be useful for absolute beginners, but the Abjad should be taught as well, as it's way everything is actually written in Arabic (except for some online communication of course). Either way, it's a useful tool for learning pronunciation early on, but not much more.
There's also the issue of r-to-l text (perhaps the Hebrew for English Speakers crowd are sorting that out?) and the cursive nature of the Arabic script, which some computers have trouble with.
It think it should be possible to apply the alphabet much like applying accents in other languages like Turkish, Russian or Polish. At least there aren't a huge number of symbols in Arabic like there are in Japanese or Chinese :-) I learnt the arabic alphabet quite quickly 40 years ago, but I have definitely forgotten it now. Recognising words, as I remember, was a bit harder :-)
It would be great for volunteers who help refugees just to know a little Arabic. Sometimes, the refugees speaks no or just a little English. It would make many things so much easier, and I think they would feel more respected and more motivated for integration, if they meet helpful people with knowledge of their native language.
Given that they've started Russian and are working on scripted languages like Korean and Klingon, I REALLY hope they do Arabic soon! I desperately want to learn and Duo works really well for me. Otherwise, I end up spending way too much money on auditory systems like Pimsleur, which work for me, but frankly are much slower than Duo. So, here's to Duo getting Arabic soon!!
yes we have different "versions" of Arabic! but I would advice you to learn the standard Arabic since it's the one used in media, politics,literature..etc. It may be more difficult, but it will make understand what is around you in Arabic, while sticking to a specific dialect will be of no use, because you would not be able to understand anything but the dialect you're learning. All the best for you أتمنى لك التوفيق في تعلم العربية (:
It's also because Duolingo doesn't really decide which language to work on next. As far as I know, the content is community-generated, so therefore when you have enough users wanting to make a course, then that course gets made. It doesn't necessarily matter how many people want a course/how "major" that language is.
I would also love to see Arabic (MSA) for English speakers here on Duolingo. I've started on Russian while I wait for Arabic but I'd really like to get started soon. If Arabic for English speakers takes much longer to show up here, then I'll probably check out what's available on Memrise.
Yes, please, can we get Arabic for English speakers soon? I had assumed for a while that the hold up was the different characters and/or formatting, but Hebrew is now available, as are things like Greek, Korean, Klingon, and several languages using Cyrillic scripts. This is an important world-wide language, and one which many native English speakers have little access to. Having it added to duolingo would be a tremendous benefit.
Definitely so looking forward to this course. Should be starting soon as english for arabic is at over 5million learners! Know a bit of arabic so would love to join the incubator phase but unfortunately not yet enough to be able to contribute meaningfully to building the course.
I'm also looking for this one, Sally. First step will be roll out of A to E. Then E to A will follow later. You can track A to E here:
As it is posted here http://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/en/ar/status that there are no contributors as of yet.
Hi jacqklueh, you can keep an eye on the English for Arabic speakers course. Once it enters phase 3 (and possibly at phase 2) the team will begin building the Arabic for English speakers course. Either way, once they do, the Arabic for English speakers course will appear here http://incubator.duolingo.com ^_^
Aaah, but which kind? The nice and standardised Modern Standard Arabic (اللغة العربية الفصحى الحديثة); the language of media, politics, modern literature, and the basis for written communication? Or one of the many more colloquial regional forms (العامية), like Egyptian; often heard in Arabic films and music due to the strength of the Egyptian entertainment industry, and what you'll actually hear people speaking 90% of the time?
I think there's a standardized Arabic language which is used in schools that every Arab can understand,but i've been informed that it's not an every-day language.Seems to me like Egyptian Arabic would be the best,as it is quite likely the most ˝understandable˝ for all.
I myself am incredibly interested in learning,but i feel like it's something i'd only learn with Duolingo,just trying to learn the abjad seems discouraging the regular way.
Yeah, MSA is incredibly widely-understood, but nobody outside of an official setting will ever speak it. Egyptian Arabic would arguably be the best form of the language to teach for conversational purposes (that or Levantine). However, if you don't learn MSA, then your understanding of the language outside of informal situations will be severely stunted, and most of the written language will be completely beyond you. I think teaching a mixture of MSA and Egyptian would be a good idea.
I wanted to ask the same thing. Arabic has 450 million native speakers - it certainly dwarfs Catalan or ... Klingon. Far more than Greek (which I speak a little and am looking forward to) or Hebrew. It's way overdue. Anyone know if it's coming? We have many Syrian refugees arriving in Vancouver and I wanted to learn a few words in order to help a family we are aiding.
The Arabic language is one of the most widely spoken languages all over the world. It is the means of communication for over 422 million people, mainly in North Africa, the Middle East and what is known generally as the Arab World (22 countries). I see that it should be listed in the list of courses but what I know is that arabic language is not easy to learn,for example,many english speakers find it very difficult to pronounce the خ,غ,ق,ء, ّ ...
Couldn't agree more. I understand it is an aweful amount of work constructing a course especially if it is for a language with a seperate alphabet. However, Arabic is an important language and spoken by millions - the demand for Arabic for English speakers seems pretty high. And for Klingon? Not so much I am guessing...
I agree as well. Others have posted a link to the English for Arabic speakers incubator, which is supposedly going to branch to Arabic for English speakers next -
The latest post was about 3 weeks ago. Perhaps one of the contributors could provide an insight on potential future plans for Arabic for English speakers.
when are they going to put the arabic to english course up? its been up there since last yr they keep changing the date it should be soon or we should have it takeing off there showing it building and there not puting any effort into it there wasting our time if they whant english to arabic folk to kearn it on duolingo they should have done it by now, stop wasting time and hurry up. sorry for the inconvienince.