English -> Yoruba / Yoruba -> English course!

I request that some thought is put into including an English -> Yoruba course to be included in the language learning options of Duolingo, if possible!

ABOUT YORUBA Yoruba is generally spoken in South West Africa, mainly Benin and Nigeria. It is spoken by one of the main three tribes in Nigeria, making up approx. 28 million of the population, with about 40+ million native speakers around the world.

WHY YORUBA? While I have my own reasons, it’s also important to consider that there are many Nigerians around the world who have never even had the chance to learn the language of their origin as they were born outside of Nigeria or taken outside of the country far too young to remember much of it.

I know that I want my own children to know the language of where they came from as much as I want them to know the place itself. It’s a great skill today to be multilingual or “duolingo” (as we all know!) and even better to start young! I’d be very happy to see my children including Duolingo as part of their evening homework if it means that they can learn a little bit of Yoruba so that they can use their skills and even show off to their grandparents in Nigeria when we visit.

My other reasons include, when I travel with my husband. I want to be able to converse with people instead of relying on him to do all the talking. Especially the older generations like his parents, aunts and uncles who do not speak English. Where my husband is from is very remote, and although the country has many English speakers, they are few where he comes from.

Similarly, it would not be a bad idea to include a course for Yoruba -> English as I am sure that it would come in very useful for those Yoruba speakers studying English in Nigeria.

While Nigeria has it’s many problems (and which country doesn’t these days, eh?). I’ve always told my husband that it would be a fabulous holiday destination if they cleaned the place up and put an end to the corruption going on across the country.

Recently, I have seen a lot of changes going on and we are all hoping that it will lead to a better future for Nigeria. And when the country becomes the next big holiday destination, people will wish they got their Yoruba learning hats on sooner! Considering it’s hot, cheap and exotic. What more do tourists want?! It also has a lot of interesting history. Particularly in Ile-Ife, an ancient holy city – known as the cradle of the Yoruba’s. Not to mention the food, glorious food!

It is also worth considering that the country still has much to offer in terms of natural resources, so it may not be a bad place to travel to for work purposes in the near future. And it couldn’t hurt to know the language!

My husband being a native Yoruba speaker would be glad to help and contribute to the course where necessary.

It’s important that foreign languages still exist, much of the world is speaking English now, let us not allow other amazing and exotic languages to die out due to this, as they are indeed part of our history and our culture.

If anyone here also believes that English -> Yoruba or Yoruba -> English would be useful or helpful to them or someone else they know, tell us why!

Similarly if anyone would be able to contribute to such a course, leave a comment too. I’m very eager to see this up and running!

June 19, 2016


This sounds very interesting! I will make sure other people know about this language and this post.

If your husband wants to apply to make these courses and knows both Yoruba and English, here is the application to do so. He would need to make a Duolingo account to contribute:

Good luck getting this course in development.

June 19, 2016

Thanks for letting me know about this post, DragonPolyglot. I have added this discussion to the [GUIDE]: I would like a new language: what should I do? as a request for Yoruba (for English speakers).

If someone would like to make a separate post requesting English for Yoruba speakers, I will add that to the GUIDE also. But jrikhal and I are listing this discussion as a request for Yoruba only.

June 19, 2016

I would love to learn Yoruba. :] I love the culture and the mythology. My aunt is part Yoruba so she would be interested also ^_^

June 19, 2016

Yoruba is a major language in africa considering its the official language of one of the largest city in the world (Lagos) and its the language of a major ethnic group that has millions of its people in the diaspora, this and many more make it a language worth learning on duolingo. Alot of prominent Yoruba people have shown interest in the development of the language and they will be happy to contribute to using duolingo as a platform to do so. I personally have been in contact with the ooni of ife and some other royal father on how to develop and create platform for people all over the world to learn, we will be happy to make duolingo a platform to so...

July 1, 2016

Yoruba has awesome mythology, of which I'm surprised has no major movie yet! Fingers crossed for one day. I work with a native Yoruba speaker from Nigeria, who said it would be cool to help on Duolingo. I may refer her to this post if it gets more updates.

Nigeria is beautiful, the rich there are very rich, and there are stunning beaches. Plus, they have awesome parties!

An English course for Yoruba speakers would be awesome. They are required to learn it in school, but I'm sure it would be a cool thing for them to have!

June 20, 2016

Agreed. But we forget that there are children still being born in the "bush" and their parents can't afford to send them to school, or simply their parents never learned English themselves so haven't taken much time to practice with their kids. Later in life, they may struggle (and I know some myself) so it would be more useful to those who weren't born in the big cities and don't have as much chance to learn and practice their English).

I do however like your enthusiasm! :D

And might I say, looking at your stats - You are a machine! I don't know how people can learn all those different languages and have them stick! Haha

June 21, 2016

Very good point! The only Yoruba people I know are quite wealthy, so sometimes I forget that they aren't all like that. Duolingo would definitely benefit them in that case. Especially if they plan on getting into the business world or moving to the united States.

Most if the languages on here are ones I'm just trying out! I have been on Duo for a year, and I take things rather slow, so what I do learn sticks. You would be surprised what your brain is capable of!

June 21, 2016

Yoruba religions (not mythology) are very active in Haiti, Cuba and Brazil.

January 7, 2019

This idea has my unflinching support .Not because i am Yoruba but because adding the Yoruba language to Duolingo will surely direct millions of people to this site. The Yoruba language is one of the widely spoken languages in Africa .Nigeria ,being the most populous black nation on earth and Yoruba is one of its three major languages. The language is spoken in Cuba,Brazil and the Caribbean countries. It would be a great opportunity for the Yoruba people in diaspora who have been itching to really learn the language since longtime. Besides, the Yoruba language is very easy to pronounce, like the Spanish language,it is pronounced the way it is written and its grammar is also easy to comprehend.I am a native speaker,it's my mother tongue. Mucho gracias .Saludos a todos.

November 23, 2016

I have tried to invent this course twice! Nice to see people agree. My parents were born in Nigeria so I am forced to learn the language but I was born in England. I bet other people out there have the same problem. Please add me if this course is invented.

January 7, 2017

As a Brazilian I'd really love to learn Yoruba. Most African-Brazilian people have Yoruba heritage and our national culture was highly influenced by the Yoruba culture, their habits, religion, art, cuisine, and so forth. Besides, many African descendants in Brazil (including me) are eager to learn more about their origin and the culture of their ancestors, and learning their language is a very good way to start.

March 4, 2017

As an Igbo lady married to a Yoruba man, I would definitely be interested in learning Yoruba for myself and my 2 children. It would be wonderful to do this on duolingo, which is such a great language learning platform. I know a lot of people who would be interested in this for their Yoruba children also. I really do hope this can get off the ground. Please let us know how we can help.

July 8, 2016

Yoruba has been requested quite a few times. Have a look at this document from the help section, called How can I suggest a new language course?.

June 19, 2016

yes ooo! I've been waiting for this. Omo Ibadan ni mi. I'd love to contribute to the incubator. Count me in!

December 2, 2016

Ibadan Mesi ogo, Ile Oluyole Omo ajegbin je karahun ,omo afii karahun fori mu. Ibadan Ilu Ibikunle agbogun gboro ,omo a gbo sa sa maa sa, omo a gbo ya ya maa ya.Lol Peace out. Hasta luego hablamos.

December 2, 2016

Hahaha. Ese fun gbogbo oriki yi. Ori mi wu.

December 2, 2016

Going by the sheer number of people replying to this post, and also the number of people who would be happy to contribute... I'm not sure why this course doesn't seem to be taking off? My husband even sent in an application for contribution on this course and we've heard nothing back... A year on, I'm not sure what's going on...

June 26, 2017

Thank you!

July 6, 2018

i can speak and understand yoruba but i cant write it, im illiterate in the language, so i would like the course so that i can learn to write

September 19, 2016

My entire family is from Nigeria, and I really want to learn Yoruba. I would hate for it to disappear from the world. I haven't been able to find a website that teaches Yoruba. If Duolingo got it, I would be so happy! I'm sure my parents would contribute to the course as well.

February 12, 2017

As a first generation Yoruba in America, adding my mother tongue to Duolingo would be amazing. Many Yoruba children cannot speak their native tongue. A good language learning website like Duolingo would help people learn the language. I can fluently speak, understand, write, and read the language and I will be willing to moderate and contribute to this course. I have gotten my 2 siblings to also contribute to Yoruba

February 22, 2017

My father is Yoruba and I always wanted to learn, I was hoping and waiting for Yoruba to be a learning language on DUOLINGO it is so important to me. Plus where I am from (Houston, Texas) there are a lot of Nigerians (Yoruba to be specific) so I hope the course is coming together soon.

March 7, 2017

Just finished ;)

July 6, 2018

Thank you for the tiny decks, though I already know Yoruba this is the best of them I've seen and there are no mistakes, Great Job! You deserve a lingot

July 31, 2018

Wow, Great job!

August 1, 2018

My dad is Yoruba and my mom is African American. I grew up in the US and I would love to learn Yoruba! Yoruba instruction is also highly desired in Brazil (I felt so bad when I was there and couldn't) speak and other parts of the Americas where Yoruba religion (sacred Ifa) is practiced or has been syncretized with Catholicism (Brazilian Candomble, Cuban Santeria, Haitian Vodun.

February 28, 2017

Based off my quick google search, I came across this thread:

Basically we're going to need to gain more support for Yoruba, and we're just going to have to excerise some more patience.

As per the thread, Hebrew wasn't part of Duolingo at that time, but now it is. So we can only hope the same will happen with Yoruba.

June 26, 2017

My daughter and I just found out about Duolingo and we love it because it teaches languages holistically and interactively! In my search to find out if Duolingo has English-Yoruba lessons, I found this page. I do hope enterprising linguists will create Yoruba lessons. My daughter and I speak Yoruba, English, and French. We are self-taught and sources like Duolingo are vital to us.

As it relates to the rationale for including Yoruba lessons in Duolingo: Yoruba is a Global language for many reasons. Yoruba speakers are found on every continent. As adherents of Ifa continue to proliferate Yoruba language acquisition will become even more important in religious and philosophical realms. Knowledge of Yoruba is vital in the domains of Nigerian business and politics--two areas that are thriving . Yoruba language is also the backbone of the Nollywood film industry, which is a phenomenal repository of Yoruba history, culture, and contemporary comedy and issues. Yoruba is also a linga franca in a several West African countries, as I found out while living in Republic du Benin.

Duolingo will reveal itself to be a frontrunner and groundbreaker in linguistic studies by adding Yoruba lessons. I offer my humble services to the cause and I know many others would also contribute.

December 11, 2017

The Yorubab101 app would be perfect for your daughter!

February 14, 2018

We need this like asap, English - > Yoruba and Yoruba - > English would be such a progressive move for duolingo, there are many people who speak both languages to contribute to it.

July 26, 2016

I completely agree! My husband has just sent in his application for contributor. Waiting to hear back! I'm excited to get this up and running asap too! Thanks for your comment! :)

July 28, 2016

I am a Nago from Benin. I never had the opportunity to learn Nago. I know Nago is quite close to Yoruba. I would be delighted if a Yoruba course was offored

April 15, 2017

There is a wide sector of the Cuban population that speaks Yoruba, and practice their religion too; there is an official institution, "Asociacion Cultural Yoruba de Cuba",

The roots are there for hundreds of years, probably as much of 300+.

April 18, 2017

We can begin work on it if you're interested.

June 8, 2017

Definitely interested, impatient even! Omo, e je kalo!

June 8, 2017

I think you have to contact one of the moderators to go forward with this. good luck!

June 8, 2017

Is there any news yet? Is it going to be added to the incubator? My late grandmother was Yoruba, and I love everything about Yoruba culture, music, people etc, so I really am excited and eager to learn the language from part of my heritage!

June 26, 2017

I would be really up for this! I've become really fascinated with the Yoruba culture lately (from a history point of view) and it's a pretty major language spoken by around 30 million people - lots of diaspora Nigerians too.

July 16, 2017

I would love for this to be a language on here as I myself have been trying to learn it. My grandma speaks it however she doesn't speak English other than the tonal aspect of it I think it is a quite easy language as there is no conjugation. I hope it comes to Duolingo as I find their system of learning so much easier. Upvoted :)

August 13, 2017

This post echoes every reason I would love to see Yoruba on Duolingo! My parents never spoke to me in their native language but I would love to be able to use this to connect with my culture and make sure any future kids of mine can do the same too.

September 14, 2017

Yoruba teaching has the utmost importance and I truly support it! The Yoruba language is the 3rd most native spoken language of Africa. Is the liturgical language of various Afro-American religions in the Americas (Candomblé in Brazil, Santeria in Central America, and many others) and influenced the Brazilian Portuguese. Also highly influenced the Brazilian lavender language (Pajubá). In the diaspora, you can find large Yoruba speakers communities in the Americas, Africa and Europe. So there's a lot of reasons for this course happens!

November 5, 2017

Yes! How are the preparations going?

February 8, 2018

Eyin ore mi gbogbo (my friends)! I recently came across a mobile app called Yoruba101 in the Google Play Store, in which you can learn Yoruba, from English, Spanish & Portuguese. It's interactive, easy to use, and has great graphics, and perfect for a beginner learning the language. I really enjoy using it.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the app or getting any compensation for making this post. I'm just an user who wants to share it with you all

Alaafia fun gbogbo (peace to all)!

February 14, 2018

I want to learn it too! I was looking for it on here but saw that it wasn't. I am African American and would love to learn Yoruba.

March 18, 2018

Remember you need to have lots of upvotes on the request before they will consider adding it. About 800-1000 upvotes will go a long way to convincing the admins.

June 30, 2018

Thank you LongHenry for your contribution. That's good to know and it's hopefully achievable.

July 2, 2018

I wish duoLingo would add Yoruba to their language list. I enjoy learning the other languages however, it would be great if I could speak the language my husband speaks so we can converse in his native language of Yoruba as well.

July 2, 2018

For anybody interested in Yoruba, I am starting a deck on Tinycards for Yoruba. You don't even have to create a new account, because it is owned by Duolingo and you can sign in with your Duolingo account. Just look up either Usawa_Nyeusi or Yoruba and you can find my deck, once I finish it.

July 6, 2018

Find out there were more than 130 forums talking about Yoruba on Duolingo! We are not alone!

July 8, 2018

We should tell them to join this forum since probably this is the one with the most followers Yoruba for life

July 28, 2018

That's a good idea Stephen!

July 29, 2018

As a Naija-born but US-raised kid I'd love nothing more than to have Yoruba on Duo!! My parents speak fluently but my siblings and I only picked up little over the years (having moved to the U.S at young ages). The language is so widely spoken and with the rising popularity of Nigerian artists in the states I'm sure the course would take on many non-Nigerian students on this end as well. Please please make this happen! Because of Duo I now know more Spanish than "my own" language help a girl out lol.

January 6, 2019

Please do that!!!! Here in Brazil we have many yoruba influences, maily in my state, of bahia, not in language, but in religion, many people are followers of two religions: the candomblé and umbanda, good luck!

February 4, 2019

Even though somehow whenever I run into Nigerians they’re Igbo, I upvoted it because I’ve been toying with the idea of learning it on and off. It’s a language without gendered pronouns, which is pretty neat, to boot.

July 4, 2016

Just curious, How have you been able to keep this extremely long streak, and can you actually speak some of those languages. Just interested

July 30, 2018

I have a rudimentary understanding of the grammar of all of them; mostly I’m interested in that, rather than actual fluency, because of my academic involvement in linguistics. As for how I maintain a streak: I just do a little bit every day.

August 1, 2018

I have a bunch of Yoruba friends, so this would be awesome

March 14, 2017

Yoruba is a beautiful language for anyone who wants to learn you are surely going to enjoy it.

March 23, 2017

I will be glad to contribute my little quota.

March 31, 2017

I don't think we have a contributor yet.

June 26, 2017

@KhadijahOwos Maybe you should try the application again? Or some of us can send a report to the site???

June 26, 2017

He completed a second application 2 days ago, so we'll see what happens!

June 28, 2017

I applied months ago as well, and nothing! From this thread alone, it seems that people really want this! Let's brainstorm ways to launch a massive campaign about this. Omo, we can do it!

August 21, 2017

I would really like to see Yoruba added as an option for English speakers. There are many of us waiting to learn it. The long list of comments over the past year indicates it would be a popular option so come on Duolingo: get it sorted!

August 21, 2017

Abi ooo. Let's brainstorm ways to launch a massive online campaign about this. Omo, we can do it!

August 21, 2017

I don't even know how we can 'talk' to the Duolingo people so I don't know how our campaign would actually get heard by them. They don't seem to be paying any attention so far. What ideas have you got up your sleeve?!

September 9, 2017

My apologies for responding to this so late. I was thinking about bombarding their support teams with requests and making social media campaigns, maybe on Twitter or Facebook. Anyone else interested in pursuing this?!!

February 14, 2018

O ya! We're ready, let's do it!

April 4, 2019

I am looking where I could learn Yoruba and I believe there can be no better online place then Duolingo!

September 1, 2017

Yoruba for English speakers would be a great addition. There is no easier way to learn a language and other good resources for Yoruba are sparse.

September 9, 2017

Please add Yoruba! I've always wanted to learn !

September 9, 2017

Would also love to see Yoruba as a course!

October 20, 2017

I'd love to see Yoruba on duolingo

November 2, 2017

We need a Yoruba course for English speakers. Please contribute.

November 12, 2017

This would be so cool. My mum speaks it fluently but she's a terrible teacher and I can't learn anything from her (I can't speak the language) although she could very much help with the making of the course

December 22, 2017

It sounds very interesting and it is great that you are so knowledgeable on the subject of Yoruba. If there were a course, I would be very interested to take it!

December 31, 2017

I would be very interested too! I'm actually starting on my own with a couple of books and online resources available... not to forget also as a plus for learning, the movie industry in Nigeria (Nollywood) is the world's third-largest after Hollywood and Bollywood, giving us, therefore, plenty of resources to hearing the language.

January 26, 2018

Yes, ooo. There is plenty of Yoruba movies (with subtitles) on Youtube! Enjoy :)

February 14, 2018

I ran into some stuff about Yoruba based mythologies--and glimpsed around some folk tales from Yoruba based cultures... and it struck me as interesting enough that I kind of wanted to learn more.

I mean... I also tend to creep around men and women with darker skin tones and that likely is causing a bias here to influence my decisions... so I need to keep that in mind...

But I'm fairly certain that even without my own personal biases involved... the language is completely worth the effort put to learning it.

January 30, 2018

Is this still being worked on? I would love to learn Yoruba too! :)

February 12, 2018

I really hope this is happening soon!

March 29, 2018

i would love to have a yoruba course on duolingo. :)

July 6, 2018

me too i am nigerian

July 6, 2018

I really think they should add Yoruba I dont speak it well but with Duolingo i can learn more. Also if people know Yoruba people can tech other people but if they dont know it they cant teach no one

July 8, 2018

I would LOVE to learn Yoruba! My thesis involved post-colonial Nigerian literature and so often Yoruba is intertwined It’d be fantastic to enjoy the literature without having to research the words all the time.

October 31, 2018

As a Yoruba woman born and raised in England, I'd also love Yoruba added as it is not on par with my English speaking/understanding at all. Apparently one can vote for it but I'm not quite sure how to do that.

December 30, 2018

On the first post by KhadijahOwos when you first open the page, if you scroll slightly down, you will see that above where you post a comment it has the #182 and if you press the up arrow that is you giving the post a vote

January 10, 2019

I really hope duolingo offers Yoruba. Its 2019 and duolingo has not any offer of adding Yoruba. Many people have contributed and nothing seems to happen. Just continue to up vote this post and maybe one day, Yoruba can start being developed

January 9, 2019

Everyone, we have to engage Duolingo to have them add Yoruba! Let's campaign for this on social media. Per LongHenry's comment above, 800-1000 upvotes should be enough to convince the admins! We can do it! Does anyone have ideas about how to get people excited about this?!!!

July 2, 2018

I have started tweeting at Duolingo on Twitter. Follow me and help spread the message @_omoyoruba. It's been 2 years since we created this forum. We've waited too long! We can do it!

July 2, 2018

Lovely suggestion being Yoruba, however, being raised in English speaking nations ( US & UK) has deprived me significantly of my Mother`s tongue and I would love to expand my knowledge in Yoruba. Hopefully a skilled Yoruba Polygot can come along and create this for those who wish to learn the language.

July 31, 2018

I`m Lebanese.. and i have always been so passionate about learning the Yoruba Language. Been trying to find an easy way to learn it online, but i really can't find a site that teaches languages as good as duolingo.. and sadly .. duolingo doesn't offer Yoruba courses. i would totally pay to learn it. they can add some paid courses, if they think some languages won't get many hits on their app.

December 20, 2018

Hey Duo team, Please pay close attention to what I'm about to say. I'm not yet on premium but as a 2nd generation, Nigerian in the UK I will pay cash money if you have Yoruba on Duolingo and I'm not alone in saying that. Many people would jump on the bandwagon and Nigerian parents would get their kids to jump on too! You are sitting on a big opportunity here!

February 9, 2019

I agree with this

March 21, 2019

Has your husband signed up as an incubator? I have asked many friends and family members to do so. (I know this is 2 years after your original post)

August 16, 2018


August 28, 2018

I want to learn the language to further my studies of the Afro-Brazilian connection and culture

April 2, 2019

Eu tambem! Viva Bahia!

April 4, 2019

I would love a Yoruba course ! Different types of Yoruba used in ceremony / religious settings in cuba, Brazil, Trinidad, Venezuela, Puerto Rico...

April 22, 2019

Me, too! And for the same reason, plus Yoruba used by people in Nigeria, and Nigerians all over the world. Be sure to up vote the first comment on this page (right now I think it's at 204 votes). Alaafia! Have a lingot!

April 22, 2019

Just reapplied for a Yoruba course and I'm hoping we can finally get this course to work. It seems we would have tons of people to contribute. Keep on upvoting the conversation and thank you to all who have upvoted. Don't forget to apply in incubator as a contributor if you speak Yoruba. E se

April 22, 2019
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