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.
I know right! He probably took so much time to build it! o excited for the new Chinese for English speakers to come out!!!
i would love to learn Arabic! I wish they had more courses for the already English-speaking to take :o) still love it though
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.
わたしも！ Yes, I cannot wait as well. I am currently taking Japanese outside of Duolingo, & it would be great if they could develop and English to Japanese course!
私も！ I hope it is comprehensive. It would be a shame to limit it to ひらがな And カタカナ when 漢字 is so much easier to read in the long run.
I would love to learn Arabic, Dutch, Polish and Russian. But mostly Arabic.
Here's the same information presented in a different format:
This is also a very cool presentation!
It is just that I can't see it, or is there no distinction between from X to Y and from Y to X? Could you show this too if it is not shown yet?
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 can't wait for the new languages for English speakers come out. Great job to all contributors and Duo staff. Thanks :)
I'd love to see a Russian course for English speakers. I'm sure development will be a bit more difficult than existing courses because many lessons will need to be designed to teach the Cyrillic alphabet right from the start.
I'm very anxious for a Russian from English course as well! That's primarily what I came to DuoLingo looking for.
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.
Yea, as a matter of fact, the first lesson SHOULD be the Russian alphabet. It shares similarities, but there are some very important distinctions. :)
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 guess we may get it "soon", considering the inverse is already available. Anyway, I'd give all my ligots for it!
There is already English for Russian speakers. It's visa versa but if you already know some basics it's a helpfull practice.
I was quite surprised at how easy it was to learn the alphabet as an English speaker; Russian has been my first attempt at a new alphabet, too. :-)
Keep the editable file of that image, so you can keep adding blue lines when the new courses come out. I can't wait for the day when all the languages have blue lines to all the languages :D
I have file and I intend to update it, but the way duolingo is growing I may have to rethink the approach soon.
I'm a teacher of English in mainland China, and was alerted to your projet by a blog mention at edutopia. I'm looking forward to Mandarin being paired with English for my students.
I'd like to see that a course Dutch is added to duolingo. I'm a Dutch teacher and would be happy to answer all types of grammar questions. :)
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!
You could try the reverse English for Dutch tree, just turn off the mic and speaker so you don't get the English-only questions. I just started to learn Dutch that way and so far it seems effective.
Very cool. If I were to suggest anything, it would be to use very different colors for the different statuses, so it's even more immediately visible at a glance. E.g., something like red for not released, yellow for beta, green for available.
I tried different colors but decided against it. I felt it was too noisy. But it is a matter of taste.
Thanks for all of your hard work. We couldn't do any of this without people like you:)
Or even a dark blue for the developed, keep the light blue for beta, and dotted for the unreleased. P.s. thank you for taking the time to do this.
I like this idea. The current shades of blue make it hard to realize what's what.
I want to help in making a course that can help people knowing English to learn Hindi.
Go ahead an apply at the Incubator! There is already a team building the reverse course, but it might still be possible to join.
This language would be really nice to have on Duolingo. It would also help people learn the Greek alphabet. Fewer and fewer know every letter to this unique alphabet.
About an hour, I think. I had been thinking about how to visualize it for a while so it was really just a matter of doing it. I made in InDesign in case you are curious.
Yes! I'm having to relearn german from english, and that confuses me to no end.
An interesting thing is you can look for symmetrical X's to see if opposites are available.
Wow, very nice, I am 2 weeks new to this it is absolutely amazing. FREE!!!! Incredible!
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.
Great chart! I hope you keep it up to date and try finding other ones more visible.
Awesome chart. 3 lingots for you. But could I make a little suggestion? The colours aren't that distinct. Maybe you could use green for the Beta courses.
It's great. A great way to learn a language that I have long wanted to learn but had no opportunity.
I wish they would also add Danish. There aren't many sources out there that provide Danish courses.
I would love to learn turkish and japanese :D Hopefully this will be a given when I'm done with Spanish. I really love this site, it's really helpful!
Fantastic. Being from Australia, one day I'd love to see English to Asian languages. In the meantime, I'm loving learning Italian.
really we need an English to Polish...there is no good Polish-learning software out there and the format of Duolingo would be perfect...
Yeah, now adding a vocabulary section and it becomes eventually an homepage to learn languages.
Wow! That is an awesome chart, I probably couldn't even start to make one as cool as this!
It's a shame that no language courses are being made for English speakers to other, new languages, but I am still glad that so many non-English speakers will be able to practice English.
You have done a great work. People here in China are expecting English course to Chinese! Hope to see the final release soon.
I just noted the new lay out of the site yesterday. I am very impressed and really enjoy the simplicity and easy usage of Duolingo. Thanks and keep up the good work!
Can't wait for its realization. I am becoming impatient. I wish I could help in any of the languages, specially, English-Hindi...
Can't wait! I would love to see Vietnamese to English though-- that would really help my mom out.
Great work. First there were merely languages from and to English. Now there are more other courses coming. Great :-)
I'm truly excited to see the Asian languages coming to English speakers. It seems like so many people are trying to learn English (which is great), but we native English speakers want to learn other languages, too. This is awesome!