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

Talofa!! I'd like to learn Samoan!

Hi! In NZ and Australia, there are large Pacific Island populations. We also have a close relationship with the Oceania region. Americans may or may not know that part of the Samoan island group is actually a US Territory!

I also would just really like at least one Polynesian language to make it onto Duolingo, from there it may be possible to learn Hawaiian, Maori, Cook Island Maori, etc.

August 27, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DawnSocher0

That seems really cool!!! I hope so too!

August 27, 2016

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

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15014194

Also, if you see a broken link, a course request not listed in this guide, or if you request a new course, please write to jrikhal or Lrtward so that this guide can be updated. In the first two cases, ​please don't create a discussion on the forums​, just contact us directly.

[My emphasis]

August 27, 2016

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

Samoan has not been requested before and does not appear on the list. Your emphasis is irrelevant and misleading.

August 27, 2016

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

Also this:

https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/204979660-How-can-I-suggest-a-new-language-course

If you want to make a suggestion, we encourage you to visit the forums and making a search for suggestions that have been made in the past, and adding your vote and comments to those existing posts.

August 27, 2016

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

Yep! I followed these directions by searching, making this post, and letting the admin know to add Samoan to a list. Samoan was probably not on the list because it was always mentioned in other posts about Maori or Hawaiian. Not its own post :)

I have just seen your comment with the link. I actually did follow the directions and searched and somehow missed it. No need to be rude! :)

August 27, 2016

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

I also found a request for "Hawaiian or Samoan" and the request from five days ago (unfortunately mis-posted in "Troubleshooting").

So, that makes this the default request for Samoan as far as I can see. If I find another "original" request I'll update the GUIDE but right now, this looks like it's the original request and it's the one I've listed in the GUIDE. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

August 27, 2016

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

My intention was not to be rude, but to inform you of the correct procedure.

Good luck with your request!

August 27, 2016

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

Yes, I see your point. It does say "in the first two cases"

However, when I wrote that comment, I had just done a search and straight away... on the first page of results no less ... found the following:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/17297898 [from just 5 days ago!!!]

I should have included this in my comment, and I should have bolded "a course request not listed in this guide" since there is an existing course request.

That was the first one I found, but there are probably better ones, if I put some time into it.

So I dispute your claim that that "Samoan has not been requested before".

I agree that it "does not appear on the list" ... however, this user can ask to have it added. They can probably do that if they (or the moderators) pick out an existing Samoan request ... the one I listed probably isn't useful as it has been downvoted for being in the wrong forum. Given that this post (the one we are in right now) has been created - they could just use this one, even though its existence isn't necessary. Or try to find an existing one with a few upvotes already. Not my decision.

August 27, 2016

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

i agree with your opinion i would love to learn Samoan

March 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spheni5

I would love to learn a Polynesian language! Samoan would be awesome!

May 16, 2017

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

Wow, I would love to learn Samoan!

July 19, 2017

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    I'd love to learn samoan! my cousins' family is half samoan (on my uncles side) so i want to learn their language

    December 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amyrollins2

    I would love a Samoan course!

    January 28, 2018

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

    yes create a Samoan one!! there are samoans everywhere, and a lot of the kids that dont grow up on the island are losing the language as they get older

    February 2, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/James.Grippe

    Hawaiian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Tahitian, and Maori should all be added. Polynesian languages are the coolest.

    September 20, 2018

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

    Great, already one is in the incubator!

    September 20, 2018

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

    I'm living in Samoa on a two-year contract. Adding Samoan would be great for palagis like me and my family who come here on contracts. I took some lessons offered by a local church, but I think something like DuoLingo with daily interactions could be far more helpful.

    March 21, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MonsonTuva
    March 21, 2019

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

    I'd love to learn Samoan too!

    April 23, 2017

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

    Please we need this course

    April 1, 2018

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

    I would love to find Samoan as a language on Duolingo. How do you officially request a language?

    June 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/colleen201182

    I want to learn Samoan specifically. There is a push for English teachers down there and it would help to know the local language. It would also make Duo unique because no other app has a Samoan language option. Please make a Samoan course.

    June 9, 2019

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

    Samoan was recently added to Drops

    https://medium.com/languagedrops/learn-samoan-with-drops-8d448cf0ae13

    Drops is a really cool app for quickly building vocabulary. I've been using it alongside Duolingo for French and Esperanto. I've not tried the premium version but the free version is quite good.

    June 10, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/colleen201182

    I appreciate this post, thank you.

    June 12, 2019

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

    Hawaiian, Samoan, and Maori would be wonderful additions to DuoLingo. I am sure Hawaiian would become a very popular course, especially in the United States.

    April 27, 2017

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

    I haven't got plans to learn either Hawai`ian or Samoan but if either got a couse I would be sure to learn them.

    July 31, 2017

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

    !!! Yeah, having Somoan would be really cool! I've always wanted to learn it, it's a beautiful language with a beautiful culture that should be respected and preserved. More Polynesian languages would be wonderful.

    June 20, 2019

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

    I'd like to learn Rapa Nui, the language of Easter Island :D

    August 27, 2016

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

    See comments above about how to officially request a language! :)

    August 27, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Th0m4s_R4n50n_9

    Wow you do a lot of languages are you sure you can manage

    July 19, 2019

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

    I found this: http://learn101.org/samoan.php It's very basic, but a good start.

    August 27, 2016

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

    I have just seen suggestions for requesting a language. Hopefully, we will be able to make Polynesian languages available in the near future. "If you want to make a suggestion, we encourage you to visit the forums and making a search for suggestions that have been made in the past, and adding your vote and comments to those existing posts."

    June 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Th0m4s_R4n50n_9

    I agree here

    July 19, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shahee2010

    This is one language I'm hoping is added to Duolingo soon. All of my friends growing up (for the most part) were poly, and mostly samoan and tongan. Learning Samoan is a life long goal

    September 1, 2019
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