https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

English for Romanian speakers is now in beta!

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We're excited to announce that English for Romanian speakers is now in beta :) This is the eighth language course built by the community through the Language Incubator. Congratulations to Mihai Pleșca, miikaela1, Fantomitzah, and Dan Grecu for their amazing contribution to the course!

As always, since this course is in beta there may be issues that come up in the lessons, but they'll be ironed out with your help reporting problems.

Cine este gata sa inceapa sa invete engleza? :)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/fantomitzah
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If you find any errors or typos in strings other than the actual content of the course (such as in the interface, or the emails that you receive), please be so kind and let me know by posting it directly to my stream and I'll take care of it as soon as possible. Vă mulţumesc!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nitram.
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Well done! Greetings from Hungary. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dan_gloriosul

Helping the "community". A dream come true :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yerrick
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Surely that sentiment deserves to be expressed free from scare quotes :)

4 years ago

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

Very good! Glad to see another course in beta.

Go Incubator

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/melonball6

This is very exciting! Thank you! My husband is anxious for the reverse (Romanian for English speakers) to come out. He is Romanian and wants me to learn so that I can converse with his family back in Romania.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dementu
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Probably in the near future a ”Romanian for English speakers” will arrive. I for one have messaged Duolingo for permission to be a moderator of that...IF there is going to be one. And i am sure that i ain't the only one who wanted to contribute :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bren
bren
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Yay!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/prunc
prunc
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Mulțumesc!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eskimo9001

Cool

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

Excellent!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/APMohar

Very excited about this course and possibly a English>Romanian Tree!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mariusbutuc

How about theoter way around: learning Romanian for English speakers?

Is crowdsourcing an option? How can a native Romanian speaker contribute?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ariadna.m

You can contribute by beta testing the present course. The quicker the English for Romanian speakers is out of beta, the sooner work can be started on the reverse course.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/deliajebeleanu

Hello! Great idea, but how can I find the present course to test it?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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You basically want to reach Settings (Setari in Romanian), and then select the language, as ariadna.m said.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/deliajebeleanu

Multumesc pentru ajutor, insa am ajuns pe pagina unde scrie English for Romanian Speakers si imi spune Know both of these languages? Apply to Contribute, deci nu gasesc unde sa testez. :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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Au schimbat niste aspecte al site-ului—acum ar trebui sa fie mai usor sa ajungi.

  1. (Pe Duolingo.com) Apasa pe steagul mic la stanga pozei tale de profil.
  2. Apasa "All language courses"
  3. Vei vedea Duolingo Language Courses ... I speak (English) (Daca ai interfata in franceza va zice echivalentul in franceza, daca e in spaniola, in spaniola, etc.)
  4. Acolo unde scrie "I speak (English)" este si un triung mic care arata in jos. Apasa pe el si alege Romanian.
  5. Jos vei vedea ca este "English for Romanian speakers". Apasa pe el.
  6. Pe pagina cursului vei vedea, pe background-ul albastru "X learners", English for Romanian speakers, (Switch to Course).
  7. Apasa "Switch to Course"

Alternativ, incearca acest link si apasa (Switch to Course) https://www.duolingo.com/course/en/ro

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ariadna.m

Go to the incubator and look in the beta courses. You can find the incubator link by going to the discussions tab and looking on the right of the forum posts a bit down (below the discussion topics). :) Here you can find information about the course.

To select the course to try it hover with your mouse over the flag on the left of your user icon in the top bar, then select more and then select Vreau sa invat Engleza (Stiu Romana) from the drop down list. Then click the save button. And you are now in the course.

To go back to the courses for English speakers just follow the same steps and select another course at the end.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RazvanMateiu

Great news! I hope we will see one for German too! Thanks

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/prunc
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That's my hope too. Hopefully by summer we'll have a German course.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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I'm going to start going through the beta now, so my grandma can learn English without freaking out over the mistakes. :) Ce bine c-am ajuns la beta!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

Wow, this is so interesting! Romanian? So cool! Duo is so awesome for putting languages in this website that most websites would dream to have! Duo has so many supporters and contributors, as well as learners! Congrats! Duo is really making an impression!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

Fantastic!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lila21
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Hi all, any ideas on when we can expect the reverse? I need to learn Romanian. So far I'm doing the English for Romanians to figure it out, but it'd be awesome to hear the pronunciation, etc.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ariadna.m

See my reply here https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1705885 for some info on your problem. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cmihaila

Well done! Bravo, sunteti tari!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cgbarnov
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Super!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jasontraynor

that is great

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sherry200

awesome!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sherry200

amazing

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReveFisher

I'm so excited, one of my students (here in Madrid) is Romanian.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/professorleah

Where can I find a link to the incubator page? It's nowhere to be found!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abdrmn

it's on the discussion page on the right side under sections.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/professorleah

thanks folks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BenTheGeek

Hey Luis, when will the incubator start developing courses for English speakers?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Verec
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They're on their way! Courses are first released Language X --> English. Once they're in their beta phase, like Romanian, they grow and fix mistakes, and reach a high level of quality. And when the beta course finally reaches that level, they start to translate from the other direction and develop the English --> Language X course. Patience! :) Turkish, Dutch, Russian and more should not be too far off.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BenTheGeek

Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FakeShark
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Also: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1627314 Luis reckons the reverse courses should be started around the beginning of March

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/saschambaer
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Damn, that's in a month! Awesome!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DonaldBlack

I have started the tree, but I need to know how to make the Romanian diacritical marks, since I'm getting answers marked wrong because they are not there.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lancekent
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If you're using OS X, one way is to switch to the "U.S. Extended" keyboard. Then, to type ă, type "option-b" then "a". You can get î and â from "option-6" then "i" and "a" respectively. Finally, to get ș and ț, type "option-p" then "s" and "t".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ariadna.m

If you're using Windows there should be an option for "RO" in the Language bar if the Romanian keyboard is already installed. If not you can install it from the Control Panel -> Clock, Language and Region -> Change keyboards and other input methods.

If you're using Linux there should be a similar Change keyboard layout option in the Settings panel but the exact location depends on the distribution you're using. You should check or ask in your distro's forums or wiki for specific instructions.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DonaldBlack

I think I have installed the keyboard in Windows. I looked up the keyboard layout on wikipedia, but I still don't know how to actually type the characters.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ariadna.m

You can see your actual layout in Windows and type from a screen keyboard by activating the On-Screen Keyboard from Accessories -> Ease of Access

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DonaldBlack

Thanks. The different layout is working now. I guess I had to restart the computer first.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ariadna.m

You're welcome. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Liviu-Gabr

je

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreiBarsan
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Are you still looking for contributors?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/prunc
prunc
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Pentru moment tot ce putem face este sa parcurgem cursul si sa raportam greselile.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreiBarsan
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Am înțeles. Mersi de informații și felicitări pentru ce ați reușit să realizați până acum! O să încep să mă uit peste câteva dintre lecții când apuc.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/prunc
prunc
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Nu fac parte dintre cei care au creat cursul. Dar cursul este acum in beta si cel mai important lucru daca vrei sa ajuti este sa parcurgi lectiile si sa raportezi greselile.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReveFisher

Today was the first day I used this with a student of mine here in Madrid. Exciting, especially since I can barely find any English courses for Romanian speakers in general!

I know this is still in beta, but will the specific Romanian diacritics be added so one can just click a button to create ă, â, î, ş, ţ (I have to copy and paste these since the few alt codes I've seen don't seem to work on our school's computers)? I imagine no, since it seems like the Duolingo's [non-English] to [usually English] programs don't provide the diacritic buttons of one's source language, but I hope you guys will consider it...at least for languages with a Latin alphabet.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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The Romanian-specific diacritics will probably be added once the English -> Romanian course is created. As Romanians typically have either a Romanian keyboard or type without diacritics (everyone knows the language so they don't become confused.) The best idea is to switch your keyboard if possible. Not entirely sure how to do it on PCs or if you can on the school computers, but for the moment copy-paste is all you're going to get.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Al-hussain1

Im a British student learning medicine in romania.... I will wait for the English to Romanian.... I really hope its soon.... thank you very much :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FabianaPoc

eu sunt gata

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skorpion84
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This is simply awesome. And will come in use for me. Specially on work=)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GigliolaGi4

eu

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blackmace
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Salut! I have a question. So every once in a while on my phone, I go on duolingo and for some reason it wont load any languages or something like that and for some other reason romanian will load and I can do the lessons on my phone for a short amount of time until I close the program. Then when I open it back up it says its not phone compatible yet. So im just wondering is the course being worked on for the phone or is that just some weird thing i've come across?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ariadna.m

Maybe you should post this in the troubleshooting forum. I think you will get more answers there.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/starvinp
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eagerly waiting for the stable version on mobile apps. very exited to learn romanian. a beautiful language. thanks.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Redshadow969

Ok. Si cum pot incepe? Fratele meu mic vrea sa invete engleza ^_^.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/attcat23
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I'm really excited for this one, mainly at the prospect of the reverse course. I'm a Romance language major but my university doesn't offer Romanian classes. Duolingo will be a great way for me to learn some Romanian!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fantomitzah
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That's great! Really glad to be able to help :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/buunny
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I agree. Once they add Romanian, I'll have all the major romance languages in my brain.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/saschambaer
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Although Romansh isn't major I think it deserves some recognition. I've heard people say that it's the closest living relative to Latin. I don't know if it's true, but nonetheless: Learn Romansh!

Once I'm back in Switzerland I will try to get some Romansh speakers on duo, maybe make a English for Romansh speakers course, and from that, more can be done then. The hard part is going to find people with fluency in both english and romansh, as most people who really USE the language are older or live far away from me, and older people in Switzerland are rarely proficient in English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/buunny
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Either way I still want to learn it. It seems like a cute sounding language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Maybe Romansh and German, then? Duolingo probably isn't quite ripe for courses involving a new (for Duolingo) language with the other language not being English, but maybe at some point?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/saschambaer
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The thing is, as far as I know the big majority of Romansh speaker is fluent in German, which would severely reduce the practicality of such a course. However, the reverse, German/Italian/French-> Romansh would make sense, as probably most people who'd want to learn Romansh live in Switzerland.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Yup, I meant either combination of Romansh and German, to start with. It makes sense to make a reverse tree anyway, since you get a whole different course for much less effort than the original one. So really, my suggestion is to start with whichever is the easiest to build, regardless of whether that or the reverse one would be more popular among users. Same goes for the other Swiss combinations, of course.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/attcat23
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I heard Sardinian is the closest living language to Latin. But I would love to try some Romansch if it ever became available. I'm really interested in the linguistic situation in Switzerland. As an American, it blows my mind that such a small space can contain so many different languages!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/saschambaer
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Well, sadly dialects are merging like crazy. 100 years ago, my village had its own dialect (which I don't even understand), now it has the same as the closest town (which still is a very distinct dialect that you can instantly point out, but still)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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Hm, that's quite ironic. I've always thought of the US as the 'multilingual country that doesn't realise it'. English may be the de-facto language, but you have a much more interesting mix of cultures than I think you give yourself credit for. I suppose the grim process of homogenisation might be hard to deny, since English is the de facto language, but if I idealise the States in any way at all, it is because of the diversity it has.

Nevermind the fact that it was forged by immigrants from all over europe, asia, africa and the middle east, everyone from norsemen to conquistadors, puritans to slaves, refugees to prospectors, opportunists and idealists alike, it also has a proud and unique native culture standing in the Background too. The mystery of the US, probably the most linguistically diverse and linguistically homogenised place in the world, at the same time!

Go fig.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/attcat23
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Well, this is all very true. We do have a lot of diversity of cultures and languages here. It's just such a large country that you can travel quite a long way and never encounter any of it. I live in Missouri, which is not the most diverse state in the US. A linguistics professor told my class that Switzerland is about the size of northern Missouri. You can drive from one end of Missouri to the next and you'll be in a town that's not much different from the one you started in. That's why I'm so fascinated: Switzerland has four official languages in the same size space. Then again, I heard at least four different languages in one sitting when using public transit in New York City. So the linguistic diversity you encounter just depends on the part of the States you are in.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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I believe this would apply only to the biggest cities. I read somewhere that around 50 % of New York City residents speak a language other than English at home. And since you can find basically no official service (by the government) in any other language than English (or maybe Spanish in the Southern most states), one wouldn't be aware of most of this diversity outside these people's homes but for some precise ethnic neighborhoods (like Chinatown and little Italy in New York).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lilybrownnnn

hi

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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I see how you conspicuously don't tell us anymore how long it took them to compete it. Smooth very smooth.

Anyway, I've always wondered why Romans weren't called Romanians and Romanians aren't called Romans, peculiar...

Anyway, well done course moderators. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ariadna.m

I don't understand what you're referring to exactly with the Romanians and the Romans.

Romans were an ancient people that started to expand from the Italian peninsula conquering more and more territories resulting in the Roman Empire that spanned around the Mediterranean and quite a bit of Europe. They conquered a part of what is now present day Romania and colonized extensively in the area, leading to the use of the Latin language predominantly in that area, which mixed with a whole other influences from migrating tribes and neighboring countries lead to what is now the Romanian language, hence a Romance language.

The influence of the "roman" root in the name of the language and the country, Romania, is quite obvious, but I don't see why the two should be called the same.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blackmace
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Simple.... They called dibs

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanaCristian

kjm

4 years ago
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