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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

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

Have a look at this post about how to suggest a language: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15014194 Lingala isn't on there yet - get in touch with Lrtward or jrikhal and ask them to add it to the list.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeafEatingCow

hopefully more african languages are added


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iambored27

yeah they only have one african language; swahili :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

It's now added :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmiasStijn

Hi is lingala still on the list? I'm s Congolese native but born and raised in Belgium and thus I forgot how to speak my mother tongue. I know a few words and understand it for the most part but that's about it. Recently I've been looking for courses as I would love to speak lingala fluently one day. So it would be cool if duolingo would add lingala to the list.

Thanks in advance!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmmanuelMb61756

Bro you should download a lingala bible app on your phone and learn that way if you understand but cant speak. And use an online dictionary for words you dont know. Thats what im doing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eruedin

Good idea. Check if your app writes Lingala with seven vowels and marks the tones, so you learn also directly the right spelling.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/indiechingu

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rihttima

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eruedin

You may find some resources at https://www.lingalistiki.li - not a lot, but good ones. I hope, they will ad more.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fr224

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?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GXLD.

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eruedin

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ConnorMaichle

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FlorenceMo11

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DimitrisTab.

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isa_Bokoni

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!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LongHenry

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElladuJapo

I wish DuoLingo would add Lingala/Congo to mix! It would really diversify the language platter!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FdoubleEO

I learnt some Lingala songs as a child, and I didn't even know the language then. Such a rich musical language should have a course on Duolingo.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/badigianl11

I really support this idea! It would be great to learn Lingala and Duolingo is a fantastic language learning tool. As a Canadian who has not had the chance to learn Lingala despite my Congolese origins, this would be really cool. Thanks for suggesting this!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuthhAsidii

Yes, I would love to learn Lingala! Someone in the comment said that it has been added on here, but I've not been able to find it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kiko.dos.Gatos

I would like to learn Lingala because there is so much great Congolese music sung in it. Anyone who hasn't heard it, do yourself a big favor and listen to some of the famous classic acts -- Le Grand Kallé, Docteur Nico, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Franco et le TP OK Jazz, and Papa Wemba, just to name a few. I would suggest that a Lingala course emphasize words heard frequently in song -- e.g., "motema". <3


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/austrianfunk

That’s the reason I want to learn it. I love old soukous and rumba! LongHenry says it’ll need 800-1000 votes but I can’t see where to click to vote for it nor how many votes it already has.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eruedin

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) https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22649727, 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 GXLD's proposal). If you really like a lingala course, best would be to support both.

The main problem is, there are about 49 comments in favour of lingala, but less then 10% of them upvoted the original proposition of GXLD. For the French-Lingala course, about 30% of the comment writers upvoted...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LestMB

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Runaway_Sky

I'd be most interested in learning Lingala.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnghelValente

I'd also be interested in a lingala course


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gabe_A.

Anyone looking to learn Lingala I recommend looking at Memrise, they have a couple of courses. There is also FSI materials for Lingala, although you'll have to do the work yourself https://www.livelingua.com/course/fsi/Lingala_-_Basic_Course


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fr224

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:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandombe_script http://unicode.org/L2/L2011/11053-mandombe.pdf (in French) https://www.youtube.com/user/Mandombe21 (videos in French)

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3Kwabena

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?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fr224

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3Kwabena

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fr224

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eruedin

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) https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22649727, 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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiammey

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KbaLuBu

Mbote! Yess, It's a great idea :) If somebody is native, you can help Duolingo here: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ryanaissance

lingala: yes

kikongo: YES


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarahNalty

I would love to see more African languages on Duolingo. Lingala is a beautiful and underappreciated language. Personally, I would also love to learn Sesotho (Lesotho is one of my dream travel destinations <3)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ninjagizmo

Soki Okosepela Duolingo...YES!! LINGALA PLEASE!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BinoBukki

I been waiting for lingala to be added. So I support, a big YES for lingala for English speakers


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PapaZoLo

WOW BROTHER. To think i have a doppleganger(in thought) in ireland. My family speaks lingala as well. Are you still using duolingo?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maharajanM

Yes iam interested

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