Hi guys, I have this one question that has really been bugging me for a while now. I do not mean this in a rude way but:
Why have languages such as Klingon, Yiddish, (Esperanto, Irish and Welsh) made it in the incubator whereas languages that people really want such as Finnish, Arabic, Amharic, Japanese and Mandarin still haven't entered the incubator.
I know it is not because of a lack of contributors because each one of these courses have had at least one person apply, so I don't understand why they are yet to go in the incubator? As far as I know, it is the contributors that make the course no one else so this shouldn't be a problem, really. What is Duolingo actually waiting for?
Hebrew - Yiddish - German
now Hungarian is here it would seem natural for Finnish and Estonian to arrive within the next year or two
Pypkaneel pretty much covered everything else
It's why they can't come now that I find confusing, but those should come in the meantime I agree :).
I heard that the Duolingo team is VERY picky in choosing contributors. Application doesn't mean qualification for contribution. As other people have already said, Duolingo has system limitations.
Also, before adding any new languages, there are abandoned courses to deal with - everything takes time.
I'm sure that people have already said this, but just because people volunteer to sign up and start a course doesn't mean they're qualified to. Typically, people that make these courses are very fluent in both languages. As b05aplun.ca said, it takes many many hours a week to make a course. If somebody is fluent but has a busy job, they won't be able to spend time on this. (Or it'll come out in 2050 :) )Also, it might depend on public interest. I don't know if this sounds rude, but if only a few people want a course, they're not going to make it. (One exception- I do agree with your opinion about Klingon, I searched it up and I think that's a language from Star Trek? That doesn't make sense to me)
Hope this helps!
Duolingo has certain priorities. Right now they are focusing on Indian langauges. Their next priority is China, and it is assumed we will be seeing some Chinese for English speakers/etc. courses next. After that, we may get languages such as Arabic and Amharic and Finnish. But right now Luis says Finnish is not a priority, so all we can do is wait.
- No, they are not focusing on endangered languages
- No, we won't be seeing Chinese courses next
- Like annika, I'd like to see a source for Finnish. The only time I've seen Luis even kind of talk about Finnish was during the Quora session. Then there was the no-interest rumour back in May 2015 but that's not exactly recent. And the only other mention I've seen from staff regarding Finnish was vivisaurus saying they haven't forgotten it, also back in May/June 2015.
Okay, maybe they dropped the endangered languages thing. And yes, we will be seeing something that has to do with China because that's where they're headed after India. As for the Finnish thing, I don't know.
India is about teaching English to Indians. Probably other Test Center languages will follow when there are any (think Spanish and French). We may get reverse courses (technology permitting), but that is more of a side-effect.
We don't know what China is about. It could be customising the app for local phone/tablet models or other local problems like input methodss. It could also be a political deal - to get local access, some companies have to fund local subsidiaries (often joint ventures of some sort). Whatever it is about - it is probably driven by the needs of Chinese citizens and the realities of the Chinese market. It is highly unlikely this is about creating a Mandarin for English speakers course.
I'm not saying you're wrong about Finnish or that we won't be seeing something related to China, I'm just saying Luis said Chinese is not a top priority because of its difficulties and "small" user base. Maybe we'll see English for Cantonese or Tibetan or something like that instead.
But right now Luis says Finnish is not a priority
Oh, has this actually been said?
Thanks! I might have blocked this awful news out of my mind, if I've seen it before... X-)
This post is extremely ignorant. I agree with Klingon, but the other languages, they deserved to be in the incubator just as much, or even more.