Duolingo Languages as of February 7, 2014.
I think Duolingo has been growing at an incredible pace but I felt like the growth is not that visible in the way it is presented. So I made this little chart:
That is 28 language pairs that are being built, in beta, or graduated from beta. Kudos to everyone who is making this happen.
All of the languages are learnable, though not necessarily through DL. The top line is the language you already know well enough to learn another through. Most of the upcoming DL releases are for other language to learn English, i don't think there are ANY announced projects to learn another language from English.
Here's the same information presented in a different format:
It is not easy to notice but there actually is a small difference. If you look at the beginning and end of each ribbon, you can see that on one side (from) it directly touches the outer circle while on the other side (to) there is a small gap. I agree that the table would really be easier to read if you could for example make arrows instead of these ribbons, but I have not found a way to do that.
I don't think that teaching Cyrillic with DuoLingo will be very difficult - only a good handful of characters is different from the English alphabet and you learn what sounds a character usually represents in every new language on DuoLingo by listening to example sentences.
The majority of the Cyrilic letters are different from English. There are pairs that look alike, but are still distinctive, like "m" and "м" for example. The capital "h" and the capital "н" look the same; but they are different: Russian "н" = English "n". So you are not right in asserting this. There are some common letters though, but they me pronounced differently ("х" is what English speakers transliterate as "kh", not "ex"). The root of the Duolingo Russian tree should be the alphabet.
So you are not right in asserting this." Kuzmas, personally I do know the Russian alphabet and to say that it really wasn't hard for me to learn is perfectly correct, so I agree with Silent turtle. I suppose it's a subjective opinion. I can see the alphabet and say the names of the letters as a five-year old Russian child would. However, when confronted with the written language I read as slowly as a five-year-old too! Duo will be the perfect vehicle for learning to read at speed. I can't wait!!
I am being pedantic here. The claim with which I argue is that " only a good handful of characters is different from the English alphabet" (which, as I previously said, is not true), but I do not say, that it is unbearably difficult to learn (to note: it is hard for me to judge since I am a native Russian speaker. I had no problems in learning Latin alphabet, however). There are indeed many similarities, but not so many things that are identical.
You know, sometimes on these Duo discussions you don't see whose comment another user replied to. Your comment was right under mine so I thought you were saying that I wasn't right in asserting that Duo should start with the alphabet and that it's really not so hard to learn. Now I see you replied to silent_turtle. Well, I think we all can agree that Cyrillic characters certainly look way different than Latin ones, but with practice a person can learn them fairly easily.
I cannot like this enough. I was in the Netherlands for five months and I've studied a fair amount of German and speak English natively. I got where I could understand Dutch fairly well, but never really found a good way to learn it properly. Especially when I left. I would love to have Dutch available!
Can somebody tell me how to start a new language on Duolingo without losing the other one which I currently learn. I mean I study Spanish now and I just wanted to take a try with Polish-English, but after changing my preferences on "Language" other course disappears. Is there any way to have two open courses? Kuba
Click on your name, then Settings, then select the language. From English > anything you can choose any other English > anything language. As currently there's only Polish > English, you have go to settings to change to another base language. Hop ethat makes sense! Both trees will be preserved until you delete them by clicking the delete button whose location I cannot remember.