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Whistling Language

I was wondering if Duolingo would eventually introduce something like the Silbo Gomero language, where they use whistling to communicate to one another (as whistling travels farther than speech).

Also, any ideas on how they would implement a completely oral language?

4 years ago

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Parisian_Dreamer

How would you write it though?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/N8-0
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You'd write Silbo how you write Spanish. Silbo is Spanish. But whistled. That is all.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

Yes I'm wondering that, also. Who speaks this language, anyway? It seems to be decreasing in popularity, because really no one would be able to understand me where I live, and I've never even heard of it. But those who are interested can apply to contribute to the course or take the course :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PuddleMonster

they speak it on the Canary Islands.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OldSpiceGuy
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You could be like Saints Cyril and Methodius. They wanted to translate the Bible into Slavonic, but there was no actual written language, so they made one up. We call the modern version of this writing system Cyrillic, and it's still used in Russia.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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Or also the African talking drums

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PuddleMonster

do talking drums have an imported script?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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They possibly might add it, considering the fact that they want to teach as many possible languages as they can. But for an oral language, I'm not exactly sure, they'll probably only teach which whistles mean what.

But for me, I can't even whistle in the first place... :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RutFok
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I guess it is very hard to even prepare a useful programme for whistling languages. There is very little known of this. For example: La Gomera has the best known whistling language in the world, but even on this island just a 'handful' of old men know this language. Only a few young people out there are lucky enough to learn this because they are family with the old men. I once read this in a travel magazine.

But off course, never say never! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/N8-0
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It's mandatory curriculum in La Gomera. Has been for around a decade. Too bad they haven't released very much information on learning it over the web.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PuddleMonster

you might make it an expansion course for Spanish or something like that.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fly2heights

I found a book but sadly it was written in Spanish , I couldn't use it...
http://silbo-gomero.com/pconcan_Silbo_Gomero.pdf it's the link , anybody who knows Spanish pls help Duolingo to add silba language !!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alvarojimpal
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Hi Red_Rat_Writer, if enough people who are fluent in Silbo Gomero and English apply, then it will be created through the incubator. If you're fluent make sure to apply.

After there are enough contributors, they will make an English for Silbo Gomero speakers course and, then, soon after that, they will make the reverse of that course so that English speakers can learn Silbo Gomero.

:P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SongbirdSandra

I have never heard of this whistling language until now. I found this interesting video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgEmSb0cKBg

That is so fascinating! Have a lingot for teaching me something new. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EranWhetst
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I guess if it's a totally oral language, the course would either have to be totally oral too (only contain audio) or find a way to write it, it shouldn't be that hard

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PuddleMonster

I've been interested by this too, It's so cool!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Patchy8
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You can learn it on Fiverr.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Patchy8
Patchy8
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Anybody wanting to learn Whistle Language, hit me up on my Youtube channel: Solsti Solsti. Easy peasy!

2 months ago