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What old/dead languages would you like to see added to Duolingo?

Personally I'd like to see Tocharian and Gothic added as Gothic is great for study of Germanic languages and Tocharian is great for looking at early differences between Indo-European and its descendants. What languages would you guys be keen to see on Duolingo?

1 year ago

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Latin would be interesting to see.

1 year ago

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Yes!

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Realistically-speaking: Latin, (ancient) Greek, Old English, Sanskrit, Classical Chinese, Pali.
Gothic would be very interesting, providing there's a practicable and easily-installed input system for the alphabet. I don't think the Tocharian script is even in Unicode, however, which would make it impossible to integrate into Duolingo's system at present. (Difficulties in electronic input probably also preclude the addition of otherwise fascinating languages like Akkadian, Sumerian and Middle Egyptian.)

I was my understanding that there is little grammatical difference between Old Norse/Icelandic and modern Icelandic; an Icelandic course of any description would be most welcome.

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A proposed Tocharian encoding was submitted to Unicode in 2015, but to my knowledge that proposal hasn’t been accepted for incorporation in a future revision of Unicode.

If the will were there, a portion of Unicode’s Private Use Area could be used by Duolingo for a site-specific Tocharian encoding (perhaps based on that proposal).

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Yes.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lucas823661

Would tocharian work using a latin or hindi alphabet?

1 year ago

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I'd question the value of teaching a language that no-one speaks in a form that leaves learners unable to read anything natively written in it.

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Tocharian script. There is a course available on Memrise.

1 year ago

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latin

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Old norse/Old English/Gothic and Vulgar latin.

1 year ago

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Old Norse. I really, really hope they add it. I'd be willing to make a sizable donation at some point if that would help.

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I'd love to see Latin, ancient Greek and Old English added.

1 year ago

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Vulgar Latin. n.b. that's not rude words but a simplified Latin spoken by the common people. A great insight into the romance languages.

1 year ago

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latin perhaps

1 year ago

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Your right. Latin is a very interesting language especially because so many modern day languages have so many roots from Latin.

1 year ago

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do you think that duolingo could somehow make learning latin easier? im learning from a book and its quite difficult

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Latin, Old English, and Ancient Greek primarily. There are a lot of others I would like to see (Garpike has put forward a good selection), but being selfishly realistic those are the three I would be most likely to study.

If anyone's looking for resources: http://lexicity.com/ "The first and only comprehensive index for ancient language resources on the internet."

1 year ago

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I would love to learn Latin, and I would like to keep this site as my main language- learner. So, adding Latin would make me love Duo even more!

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Latin and Sanskrit

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My first priority for a dead language would be Old English but I would be interested in courses in either Tocharian or Gothic as well.

I don't think any of the three known dialects of Tocharian have sufficient extant attestation to make a course. I doubt Gothic has enough, either, for that matter.

1 year ago

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latin

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Common Latin would be great as well as regular Latin, Coptic, Middle English, and Ancient Egyptian. I have a certain admiration for old languages, and would love to see them being revived.

1 year ago

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I want to have Latin, because although it isn't really spoken anymore, it is still a very useful language when it comes to word roots

1 year ago

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I'd like heiroglyphics (sorry if spelled wrong) lol its an ancient egyptian language and its super interesting. And Sanskrit would be awesome to learn

1 year ago

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hieroglyphics is just the writing system of the ancient egyptian language. But yeah i agree, i really want ancient egyptian!

1 year ago

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Gaelic would also be nice.

El gaélico también sería agradable.

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Something antediluvian i suppose

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Latin!

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Old English and Luxembourgish. Though I doubt either course will be added, it doesn't hurt to hope :)

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A language "dies" every 14 days according to scientific studies, so sadly there are lots to choose from.

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Old Church Slavonic, as well as adding my voice to the chorus for Latin.

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Old English. Latin would be nice as it would kinda help out with school, but I think the contributors would really have to simplify the course a bit based off of how the other courses on here are.

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Latin would be neat. But Low German as a language (not as a dialect) would be nice to have. Gothic is something I would vote for. But which Gothic? The one in the Silver Bible or Crimean Gothic? Frankish would be cool.

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Old Norse, Ancient Greek, Classical Latin, and Low German.

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Defiantly Latin, Ancient Greek. Ancient Egyptian maybe?

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Also Old English.......

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I think Celtic would be cool especially as it is from one of my favorite periods of history

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Maybe Ancient Chinese?

1 year ago

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Not sure if this counts as still a few people speak it, but I would be so excited if I could learn Yiddish!

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I think there is a course that is being developed for Yiddish.

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ANCIENT EGYPTIAN

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