https://www.duolingo.com/ElOtroMiqui

Portuguese for Spanish speakers!

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It got to phase 2! Thanks to the team, now it's possible to us Spanish speakers to learn Portuguese from our native language :)

It's incredible that it got to phase 2 some minutes ago, and it already has 14k learners!

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Luis
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I'm personally very happy about this course because I'm a native Spanish speaker actually learning Portuguese :)

I should mention that the learner count for this course is wrong, so don't believe the 14k just yet. We'll have an accurate count for it on Monday.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Congrats Luis! ^_^

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian
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On that note, i think the learner count for hungarian is VERY wrong.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis
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That one happens to be correct! Duolingo was in a few Hungarian newspapers this week.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
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This is awesome! Way to spread the word!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nerdator
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Yeah, I noticed it, too, and suspected there was some sort of publicity — a blog post or a TV report. So that's what it was.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian
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Ah, that'd do it.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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That's crazy! It was the least popular course about a week ago!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J.DavidCR

Thanks a lot, great job!!!!!!!!!!!!! now I am looking forward for the Italian for spanish speakers!!!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dovenyi

Actually, Duolingo was featured in Hungary's 2nd most visited portal last week. I personally know a lot of people who have started to learn here after reading that article. But where can you find this learner count? Is it for developers only?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dovenyi

Never mind, I've found it over in the Incubator...

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Willberty

On the incubator page there is a list of projects currently in phase two. At the bottom of each project's icon, there is the number of current users.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/856pm

I am learning Hungarian in the reverse course and can't wait for Hungarian for English to ease the load.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/saschambaer
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How is it going? I'm guessing it would be really hard with a language like Hungarian that has such different grammar than English

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dovenyi

As a native Hungarian speaker I have to say that this must be a real challenge. Hats off to all the braves who dare to bother with it. However, after this last wave of newbies from Hungary I'm pretty sure there will be a lot of native speakers - including myself - who are glad to help anyone interested.

5 years ago

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    So how many languages do you know right now?

    5 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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    Excellent, so we can expect that language pair to be one of the best quality courses. Since the founder will be learning, and proofreading the content too.

    I heard on the grapevine that that course has more words than most others, which makes me wonder if the different language courses will be consistent in the long run. For example, I presume that most language pairs rely in different translations (e.g. EN-> SP, PT -> SP, FR->SP). So I wonder if they ever be consolidated to create a language course (e.g. Spanish) with all existing translation strings, or will they always remain separate?

    5 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Yerrick
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    I know they've said the reversed courses will be based on the initially incubated courses (E.G., English->Arabic will be built using the Arabic->English corpus as a starting point.) But I assume they will evolve independently from there. Considering how much information is stored in each course, and the subtle intricacies of every single language out there, I can't imagine cross-pollination between tangentially related courses will be much engaged in, or necessarily worthwhile unless it was extensive.

    For example, you would need to have someone more or less fluent in all three languages to execute this process between English->Spanish, Spanish->English, English->Portuguese, Portuguese->English, Spanish->Portuguese, and Portuguese->Spanish, and that's just three languages! I think it would be more efficient to allow users to suggest improvements from the bottom up, as now, rather than try to coordinate this via an expert from the top down; in any large enough group you're bound to have people learning two or more of those pairs, familiar enough with the languages to make suggestions to add words and alternate translations.

    5 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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    Interesting, though I understand your point, I don't think they need to be mutually exclusive. Since this will be a course to teach XX language (e.g. Spanish), there are many ways to reuse the material in novel ways. It just takes a different perspective.

    At the end of the day, they are still strings in Spanish, and although most questions rely on translating from Source to target languages. There can be quite a lot more different exercises that can be based on the interface strings generated from other "language courses" (e.g. English - spanish). For example, the text to speech engine can dictate Spanish ( in the French -Spanish course) strings from the German - Spanish course, or any other variant. There can be multiple choice questions that include the sentences from other courses, and this can in turn be used to validate whether this strings are adequate using the report function. Other exercises that can be created include fill in the word, select the correct verb tense, match the image, match the words, and so on.

    The possibilities are endless since there are a multitude of ways to use such content, and I believe it would be a waste to treat them as separate content when the aim is to teach a particular language.

    5 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/my-two-cents

    I guess "Luis" should have tipped me off, lol, but it didn't. I am an proud native Spanish speaker American, learning Portuguese on Duolingo. (I don't even think that made sense, anyway, I am even more proud of you now!) :-)

    5 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth0

    ¡Wow, yo no había sabido que tu idioma nativo es español!

    5 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/LorenzOprofesor

    Learning Brazilian or Euro Portuguese? I have a lot of family who want to help get Portuguese on Duolingo but I don't see an option for it yet. Help! I questioned my family and looked at scholarly research, I concluded I am better off learning Spanish and then picking up Portuguese from them instead of learning Brazilian on here. Can we get Euro Portuguese into the incubator, I guarantee it will be a success!

    5 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/ApoloRosales

    Lol, portuguese from brazil and portugal are very similar, i am a native spanish speaker who has watched a number of brazilian movies, and i can pretty much understand everything while watching movies without subtitles, and when i hear portuguese from portugal it's very similar,

    it's just like the spanish spoken in mexico and the spanish spoken in spain(maybe even more similar, because of the conjugation variations in spain),

    anyways if you want to be able to speak portuguese u should learn portuguese not spanish that's just logical, unless you also want to learn spanish.

    I don't think that there's going to be a version for the "Euro Portuguese" because of the size of the country and the number of speakers, so stick with "Brazilian" and you'll be able to speak to your relatives way faster.

    5 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/LorenzOprofesor

    Perhaps you have a good ear for romance languages, but I think that what you are saying is outside of the norm.

    Portugal may be a small country yes. But 13 million people visit Portugal, compared to 5 million visiting Brazil. Also, it is not just Portugal for European Portuguese, but Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, etc. Plus about 5 million Portuguese spread around the world through diaspora.

    Also, are we doing things simply by size? For that matter English from India should dominate, as it is the largest English speaking country.

    5 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/nmenez
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    Hi Luis, I reached level 18 in Portuguese for English Speakers. When I try the Portuguese for Spanish speakers, the site states that I'm at level 18. Is this a bug?

    Aside, Duolingo is brilliant and I'm an addict.

    5 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/saminman
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    No, I get the same thing. DL does the same thing for other languages (for example, when I started French for Spanish speakers I was already at level seven).

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    https://www.duolingo.com/ceaer
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    I'm so excited for this course! I've been refreshing the incubator all day, waiting for it to move to beta. Yes!

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    https://www.duolingo.com/saminman
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    Es una buena oportunidad para practicar mi español mientras estoy mejorando mi portugués

    5 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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    woohooo!!! :D

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    https://www.duolingo.com/Andro0
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    Tan dulce!! Ahora aprenderé portugúes con español! Solo usé francés para divertirse

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    https://www.duolingo.com/Noahtheark
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    I've been waiting for this! Now it's finally here! I have already done some of the lessons too.

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    https://www.duolingo.com/CapK9
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    Muito legal! Agora vou esperar pelo curso reverso xD

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    https://www.duolingo.com/cloudhorizon

    Yay, more people to speak in Portuguese with. :D And once my Spanish gets better, I could definitely use it to practice both languages at the same time.

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    https://www.duolingo.com/le-lapin-noir
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    Obrigada por todo seu trabalho duro! Definitely will try this after I finish Portuguese for English speakers. :D

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    https://www.duolingo.com/TheDragonRises

    Is the course shorter than many of the other trees since Spanish and Portuguese are so similar?

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    https://www.duolingo.com/tkruise
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    Difícil entender como vocês conseguem estudar tantas línguas de uma só vez. Anyway, good luck.

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    https://www.duolingo.com/saschambaer
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    Eu estudaria mais, mas as outras linguas que eu quero aprender (Mandarin, Islandico, Holandes) ainda não são no duo :(

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    https://www.duolingo.com/tkruise
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    If you need help Sascha...get in touch! Está aqui a quanto tempo?

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    https://www.duolingo.com/saschambaer
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    Tô no brasil por meio ano, vou voltar pra suíça em 4-5 meses. Já consigo ver filmes em BR-P, mas livres são muito difficil. Em duas semanas, escola vai iniciar de novo e eu quero aprender as verbes melhor, pq acho que é a maior "language barrier".

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    https://www.duolingo.com/my-two-cents

    Somente Português para mim.

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    https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Portuguese

    Posso ajudar vocês no português?

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