Anybody Interested In Lingala On Duolingo?

I'm trying Lingala on Memrise but it's so short. I know a bit of Lingala and I'm still learning. It's not a really long language like others on Duolingo. In Kinshasa Fench and Lingala is used while speaking (lingua franca) so French words would be in the Lingala course.

The pronunciations and spellings are very simple though. It is a pretty cool language to learn and the grammar is probably the easiest I've learned from any language. There are 2 ways Lingala are written and around Congo you Lingala with no accents on letters. In 1976, the Zairian Linguists Society adopted a new writing system with accented characters but it's rarely used and seen today. Mandobe is a new writing system but not much is really known about it.

I was born in Kinshasa but grew up here in Ireland and it would be great to learn my family's language. It would be awesome if it was added on Duolingo soon :)

August 5, 2016


Have a look at this post about how to suggest a language: Lingala isn't on there yet - get in touch with Lrtward or jrikhal and ask them to add it to the list.

August 5, 2016

It's now added :)

August 6, 2016

hopefully more african languages are added

July 23, 2019

Yes! A duolingo Lingala course would be fabulous. My little sister was adopted from the Congo and spoke Lingala, (she's forgotten it now,) and I considered learning it at one point, but it's hard to find resources for.

August 5, 2016

I'd definitely be interested in a Lingala course. I've considered learning it but there is an unfortunate lack of resources, so a duolingo course could really be helpful, even though it probably won't immediately be a high priority for the staff. Perhaps a Lingala for French speakers course would also be useful for speakers of Kikongo, Kikongo ya leta, Ciluba and Kiswahili. Besides memrise what resources have you used to study it?

August 5, 2016

Well, I found which I find a lot better than Memrise. Sadly, I haven't found any other good sites for learning Lingala.

August 6, 2016


August 6, 2016

Unbelievable how the authors of lobalingala twist to portray the pronunciation with the American alphabet! There would be the official orthography of 1974, which makes reading much easier (because with sound and seven vowels). Or there would be the international phonetic transcription developed for language learning. Apart from the fact that the pronunciation remains unclear when reading, a good textbook.

February 11, 2018

I AM!! so I can understand congolese swahili lol no but i'm really genuinely interested. We need more African languages here.

August 6, 2016


July 7, 2018

I am a native speaker, so I could help out if it does get approved

December 1, 2016

I'd absolutely love a Lingala course, it's a fascinating language. I haven't found many resources for learning it though :/

August 10, 2016

I am interested to learn Lingala. I have search but i cant find nothing about this congolese language.

August 13, 2016

I am the first generation of my family born in America because I'm Congolese, and I've always missed out on not being able to learn Lingala because either there was never any Lingala apps, they were all sucky, or you had to pay for them. And I'm really looking forward to hopefully seeing Lingala here in the future!

July 6, 2018


January 29, 2017

was any progress made with this? would love to help volunteer if it does get approved!

January 14, 2019

If you speak Lingala click here to learn how to contribute to a future Lingala course:

July 27, 2019

i will ready be interested to learn lingala on duolingo. It will be amazing. thanks Duolingo in advance for this course. I'm waiting it.

September 14, 2017

Mandombe is a really cool writing system, but it doesn't really have any benefits over Latin imo, at least not yet. It lacks a way to write ɛ and ɔ and the method of writing tones is confusing and rarely seen. I've actually seen two different ways to write tones and am not sure which one is correct. It's not even in Unicode yet, so a Lingala course in Mandombe is not currently possible methinks.

Anyways, Mandombe is a really cool writing system and I hope it sees more usage. Here are a couple of links to help learn it: (in French) (videos in French)

If anyone wants to learn Mandombe and needs help, I'd be more than happy to help! Just tell me.

September 20, 2017

Hi. I'm interested in learning how to write in Mandombe. I don't know any french at all though; would that be a problem?

January 25, 2018

Well, start with the wikipedia page. I'm not really sure how to help anymore now that you can't message people on this site but maybe I could help you off duolingo.

January 28, 2018

Sure thing. I'll take any help I can get. I'm just now starting to recognize some basic shapes.

February 1, 2018

Wow sorry I totally forgot about this. Do you maybe have kik messenger or whatsapp? Those might be useful.

March 29, 2018

I'd be most interested in learning Lingala.

February 8, 2018

Hello, you have left a positive comment for lingala. If you support the proposal of a Lingala course (on the basis of the French language), you will have to click in favour of the proposal of Sion60 in the bottom left of his proposal on ^ near the number that mentions the number of supporters. If you have clicked, the number becomes green. For lingala (on tha basis of english), you have to click here (in the bottom left of Kxng Deo's proposal). If you really like a lingala course, best would be to support both.

February 11, 2018

I'd also be interested in a lingala course

March 19, 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


August 1, 2018

Please follow my post, like and comment to show your interest in a Lingala course Francais English

If you are a native Lingala speaker, apply here if you are interested in a lingala course:

July 25, 2019

Mbote! Yess, It's a great idea :) If somebody is native, you can help Duolingo here:

March 2, 2019

If you speak Lingala click here to learn how to contribute to a future Lingala course:

July 27, 2019

lingala: yes

kikongo: YES

May 9, 2019

Yes add Lingala. Nakoki koloba lingala, naza americain kasi baboti ngai baza Congolais donc nalobaka lingala, anglais, et francais

July 25, 2019

Yes, and at Duolingo, we will take care of the spelling rules of Lingala, as the learners learns it well: Nakokí koloba lingála, nazalí moí-Amelíka kási babóti ngáí bazalí moí-Kongó donc [sic!] nalobaka lingála, lingɛlɛ́sa mpé lifalansé.

July 26, 2019

Ca va @eruedin, I see you are also interested in a Lingala course. Why don't you apply to be a contributor like a did. And also the Lingala I wrote in was the one used in Kinshasa so they also use French words, that is why I said naza AMERICAIN kasi baboti ngai baza CONGOLAIS Have a Great Day Nahano1

July 27, 2019

Hello Nahano

I totally understand that. Here where I live, people speak German. But depending on who speaks it, there are 5-30% English expressions in it. That's the reality. Nevertheless, it wouldn't occur to anyone to replace 30% of the words in a German course with English. Or a French course where you leave out the accents because it's easier for the course participants to write? The famous French Academy would kill you!

In Kinshasa: If I learn Lingala-Kinshasa, I am lost in the interior of the country. Conversely, if I learn Lingala without French, I understand the people in Kinshasa very well and they understand me too if I simply say what I don't yet know in lingala just in French. That's everyday life. I think it's a bit cheeky to set up a course like this. And it showed little respect for the language. (as I said, if you built the course that way.)

But that's not a problem when it comes to creating the course. We all know which words are French. And then there are good tools: dictionaries (if we don't know a specific word) or spell checkers (if we're unsure about the 7 vowels or the tone). [My son is 5 years old and he knows an (simplified) easy rule: "If there is an R in the word, it's fRench and not lingala" - 'mamá, "trrrain" ezalí lingála tɛ́!' 'Ɛɛ, mwǎna, ezalí engbunduka...']

Some of these tools are free. I know where to find them and like to share and provied them. I applied allready (but my help should be limited to this kind of technical background help, as every native speaker (regardless of whether from Kinshasa or Makanza) has the better syntax as I have. That's the reason why a team is needed: one is didactically good. one with vocabulary. one with texts. one with spelling. One with proofreading. etc.

July 28, 2019

Mbote @eruedin, I fully understand what you are saying, I have also applied to become a Lingala Contributor. I am trying to round up as many Lingala speakers as possible to apply to make a course. I am just used to the Lingala they speak in Kinshasa that is like a creole type of language as people regularly use French words with Lingala words. When you put 'ezalí lingála tɛ́!' I did not feel like it was necessary to put the ɛ́ like that as most Lingala speakers would use é instead. But overall I agree with what you are saying and I will see if I can round up more Lingala Speakers on Duo to express our ideas as I hope you will do as well. it is a shame KxngDeo is not on Duolingo. Anyway thanks for expressing your ideas. Kende malamu

July 28, 2019


August 5, 2019

Steps to apply to be a contributor for a lingala course:

Step 1: click on this link: and read the top

Step 2: scroll down to where it says 'Apply To Become a Course Contributor'

Step 3: Click on 'choose language' ( the one closest to the left)

Step 4: scroll down to 'Enter Other' and type Lingala

Step 5: click on the 'choose language' closest to the right and click on English (or French if you speak French)

Step 6: Fill out the rest of the form

July 26, 2019

If you speak Lingala and want a Lingala course on Duo click here

July 27, 2019
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