Hello, Duolingo! I have come to create a post that will help those with a common predicament on Duolingo: When you want to contribute to a course, but you do not know the language.* Sadly , this has happened to me loads of times; yet I will help those ( including myself : ) who have faced this. I am making the Incubator club! We are here to cheer on the course contributors, and make them feel like we care, and we know why they are contributing to the course: For the hope of learning another language. Without languages, we would not be able to communicate our hopes and dreams, to show love and sorrow, to share joys and fears and even anger .
*Of course, Course Contributors can also join a club! Just tell me if you are a Contributor. Good 'luck' in the Incubator!
Here are some facts:
: Course contributors take several hours out of their week in order to help others
: They do not always get help from people who could contribute and don't know it
: Sometimes contributors have to stay up late just to make courses for you and me
: And even you can help them!
Here's how: 1) Read this WHOLE post.
2) Contact me on my stream to let me know if you would like to join the Incubator club for a language.
3) Tell me whenever you change your username so that I can find you
4) Keep calm and Duolingo on!
You can sign up free of Lingot payment. I am not asking for any "money"!
Courses in Progress:
Welsh for English stable! Llwyddiant! Hooray!
Vietnamese for English Stable!
Hebrew for English beta
JJPaulo; Blaze; Ace_Mctintosh; ccsdg ;
Greek for English beta
Purpleguy101 ; Ifphigenia ; ccsdg
Czech for English estimated launch date : July 17, 2017
Romanian for English estimated launch date :October30, 2016
Swahili for English December 1, 2016
Hindi for English estimated launch date : January 1, 2016
Klingon for English estimated launch date : December 31, 2016
ShadowMoon101 ; NathanJessen1 ; Ben278939 ; GregLurker113
Korean for English December 31, 2099
Indonesian for English estimated launch date : April 19, 2019
Yiddish for English speakers estimated launch date: July 7, 2018
Courses That Should Be Added :
Farsi for English
Japanese for English :
ShadowMoon101 ; Maria-anime ; RyanOkushi
Latin for English :
ShadowMoon101 ; Blanthor1 ; RBennett ; HistoryCulture ; ccsdg ; AbbyKunze Quenya ( Elvish ) for English :
ShadowMoon101 ; SilverCharacter ; ccsdg
Finnish for English :
Ifphigenia ; SilverCharacter ; ccsdg
Middle English for English :
Hyllning ; HistoryCulture
Arabic for English speakers :
NathanPhoneGuy ; SilverCharacter
Chinese for English Speakers :
gijira ; SilverCharacter
Serbian for English Speakers :
gijira ; SilverCharacter
Chinese and Serbian Course suggestions: gijira
Galician course suggestions: AlexioDePena
Middle English Course suggestions: Hyllning
Farsi Course suggestion: LilHoggie
Writing/managing: ShadowMoon101 If you have any suggestions or ideas to improve this post, or if you want to join a language club, then contact me on my stream. If you are signed up for the club, I will contact you on your stream and give you a link for the course; once it is in beta. All club members must start the course for their club language once it is Beta mode.
Yeah, it really annoys me when people are like "WHERE IS (WHATEVER LANGUAGE)?!!" They are doing it for free, just so that language learners can experience whatever language it is. I don't know if you were around when Russian was still in the incubator, but it was bad then.
Hey, a sizeable chunk of us going "where's Finnish" are offering to contribute to the course... And have been offering this for years.
Of course, picking which languages they feature is Duolingo's prerogative. But they once said they couldn't see enough interest in Finnish here, so that's why those interested in Finnish are now making a lot of noise.
I don't care how many of them have offered to help. Throwing tantrums, which is essentially what it is starting to look like, about Finnish is just annoying. There are the slow Finnish lessons on here, they could offer to help with those instead of acting so entitled about their chosen language.
It may be that your sense of humor differs from that of many of us who would like to see Finnish here. You also don't seem to be aware of (all of) the informal Finnish teaching that is going on here (for example, I have been helping a number of users with little Finnish translation exercises nearly every day for about 6 months or so) , so that horse you're on sure looks a little high.
You may also want to check out the informal but widely referenced polls going back a couple of years which used to be run by krispykracker: Of the 10 or so most requested languages in them, I think that all but Latin and Finnish have been picked by Duolingo by now. So you may call it entitlement, others might call it exasperation.
@WildSage: You advised people to help with the slow Finnish lessons, I informed you that there are also other ways people are helping out with Finnish here, and that your advice is therefore maybe not that apt. That's all. If that's throwing a tantrum in your book, I really can't help with that.
True , starting a riot before contributing is very irrational ... So keeping your cool and asking smoothly about a course is the way to go . So that's why I wrote this ; If people keep spamming about one little course , then the contributors aren't going to get any happier . So we need to calm ourselves down and just be HAPPY that a course is in progress , then we can wait . Happy Duolingo-ing ! : )
I have a friend who is an alpha tester and I know just HOW much work even that stage takes ..... I think the important thing is to get the message out that new language courses don't just miraculously appear overnight, nor is there a staff team paid to work exclusively on them but that a huge amount of work is undertaken on our behalf by volunteers who still have lives, families and responsibilities outside Duolingo.
I fully support your initiative, you can count me in. :-))
I am thinking about taking Klingon But I am not sure if I should. what do you think