My gal pal and I are really big Tolkien geeks and I'm a huge fan of duolingo. It'd be pretty miraculous if the two combined for an Elvish program. So anyone out there who might know Elvish, I urge you to volunteer. There's Klingon in the works, so why not humor the fantasy fans? Thanks!
What Elvish would you like to learn? Tolkien made two main Elvish languages. If you would like to learn them, Memrise has both (it's free like Duolingo):
There are a few others but those are the main two. Duolingo plans to make a Sindarin course (at least, that's what the incubator says...) but it is not even started yet. Hope this helps you.
honestly the elvish languages are the only conlangs i would be really interested in, and its because the script is so gorgeous.
I would love to see Elvish, I am aware that Tolkien used the Welsh language as the inspiration for Elvish. So until Elvish appears, might be helpful to get a head start learning Welsh?
How closely Elvish and Welsh are related I am not certain, I think it is just the method of pronunciation that is the same/similar.
Quenya (High-elven) is one of the two most complete of Tolkien's languages (the other being Sindarin, or Grey-elven). The phonology and grammar of Quenya are strongly influenced by Finnish, Latin, Greek and elements of ancient Germanic languages, and Sindarin is strongly influenced by Welsh. Picking which language to do as well as interests levels may be why it is taking so long! I vote for Quenya, but will take Sindarin as well. Good luck to all of us interested!
SINDARIN!!! it sounds beautiful
A Elbereth Gilthoniel silivren penna míriel o menel aglar elenath! Na-chaered palan-díriel o galadhremmin ennorath, Fanuilos, le linnathon nef aear, sí nef aearon!
A Elbereth Gilthoniel o menel palan-diriel, le nallon sí di'nguruthos! A tiro nin, Fanuilos!
Omg I would absolutely love for there to be a good Quenya course. @o@ My only concern would be that learning to /write/ the language would be difficult, just like in Japanese (Idk if Quenya has stroke order for writing but still. It'll be difficult to get it right.)
I hope that they add Quenya as well as Sindarin, because I like both of them, although I prefer the sindarin writing system.