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