Anyone volunteering for Estonian in the Incubator?
Of all the languages people have expressed interest in on here, I have seen almost no talk of Estonian. Do you know if anyone has applied to contribute to any course involving Estonian yet?
(Unfortunately, I am a mere student of this language, and certainly not at a level where I could help out.)
Hi, just to let you know I've also applied to help out with Estonian for English speakers. Fingers crossed.
Väga hea! :-)
(Do Estonians also hold up their thumbs for good luck, as Finns do, or press their thumbs in their fists like Germans or cross their fingers like the English? And what is it called in Estonian?)
Haha, kusjuures ma ei tea kuidas eestlased pöialt hoiavad. Ei ole seal tükk aega elanud aga oleks arvanud et pöial rusikas pigem :)
pöial rusikas on kindlasti õigem. tegelik väljend on "pöidlad pihku!" ja "kellelegi pöialt hoidma". ;) seega pöidlad pihku ja loodame, et Est-eng kursus sünnib peatselt! :)
Tere! I'd just like to express my interest in an Estonian-English pairing -- I'm moving to live and study in Tallinn next year!
I want the Estonian course here so much, more than any other! I've been learning the language for a year and I really like it.
Nope, there hasn't.
But there normally isn't -- when Duolingo picks a language pair and a couple of moderators to start working on the course, they do that behind the scenes, and then the course just pops into the Incubator.
In some instances, Duolingo management have mentioned or alluded to upcoming courses, and in others, the chosen moderators have mentioned it just before it happens, but often there is no news beforehand.
Hi Annika thank you for clarifying. However i did not get if it ll come or not the course. Really looking forward to learning Estonian.
The thing is, nobody knows. Probably the course will be made at some point in the future, but whether it will happen within 6 months or 5 or 10 years -- no idea.
Thank you for answering. Do you have any idea how else can we push or press to get it??
Sorry, but I don't. If I knew, there would already be a Finnish course on here! :-)
there has been odd rumors about the Slovenian-Estonian language pair some weeks ago, but we never heard back from the guy ;-) I sent this website to some Estonians, asking to contribute and apply for the incubator.
Aitäh for your answer! :-) Slovenian<-->Estonian would indeed be an exotic combination.
I guess the resounding silence, but for your comment, speaks volumes...
Hi Everyone - You may have seen that UNHCR Northern Europe is starting a Flashcard project in conjunction with Duolingo. We need Estonian speakers to help us translate basic words. You can read more about the project here:
If you have any comments, please response in the thread I linked. That way this thread can focus on the Estonian language and not get distracted by the project!
Looking forward to working with you,
David (UNHCR Northern Europe).
Man, I would love for there to be Estonian on here. After learning about Estonia in my geography and world cultures class, I've really come to be fascinated by its mix of Scandinavian and Eastern European. Hopefully Estonian gets included!
I have applied to contribute to English-Estonian and Estonian-English. They sent a letter promsising to let me know if and when they would need me. I hope they will...
I got that message regarding Finnish more than 3 years ago, so I'm afraid holding one's breath may be inadvisable. :-S
I have applied for Estonian for English speakers too. As an Estonian living in the UK, I have so many friends who would love to learn Estonian but find there are close to no resources online, making it impossible for them. It's sad..
Hey, may I contact you about the Estonian language? I would really like to learn it.
Tere! Would love to see this course, as I'm learning this amazing language on Memrise, but I'd love to see it in Duolingo quality. I'm also learning Norwegian here, on Duolingo, and I sure learned a lot. I'd like to apply for the Estonian course, but I just started learning, so I'm afraid I wouldn't help much. Also waiting for Finnish!
I could contribute, I am a native speaker. I am learning Swedish currently and I love Duolingo. Would love to see Estonian course here as well.
I would like an English/Estonian class. I have many friends in Estonia and have traveled there often.
I would love to learn Estonian on duolingo! I've been trying to teach myself with various resources, but would absolutely love to learn it in this format! Thank you to everyone who is trying to make it happen!
I'd be more than happy to contribute when Duolingo officially decides to proceed with the Estonian course, as I'm a native speaker.
I'd love to see this. Hopefully eventually they will go forward with Estonian.
I'm not volunteering as I can't speak a word of Estonian, but I support this 100% :D
I am a native Estonian speaker I have applied to do an Estonian course. I would like a lot if here would be an Estonian course. Hope that I can start making one soon!
I really want to learn estonian! There is not a lot information about this language on Internet.
I'd like Estonian as well. As a Finn it would be fun to for once learn a language similar to my own. It would be fun to see how much similarities and differences there are.
As a native speaker, I could help out with Estonian if there's a need!:) I'd love to see Estonian language here, so my friends could learn it too:)
I have applied for Estonian-English and reverse (as a native Estonian) a few days back. Still haven't got any feedback. I think Estonian-German and reverse would also be possible.
Yay! Suur tänu! I hope you get chosen to build a course. :-)
Estonian<-->German would be great, as well. I agree that there would be many potential contributors and users for that one, too.
Suur-suur tänu. I'm sure Russian <--> Estonian would also be popular due to the large Russian population in Estonia, but I would love to see English <--> Estonian first!
My mother belongs to that large Russian population in Estonia. :) Unfortunately, she does not speak Estonia so very well. We speak Russian at home.
I would be really interested in taking this Estonian <--- Russian course, should the opportunity arise.
I'm not learning it at the moment, but the course was available for a little bit (by accident) a couple of months ago.
Did you have any luck with the Estonian - English? I can't speak a word but would love to learn a close friend is Estonian
I think I applied in early days of the Incubator site. I would be glad to contribute - being a navtive Estonian who lives in England since 2000 and works for American company even longer than that.
I applied again for both Estonian-English and English-Estonian a week ago. I'll see if anything will come of it.
I applied as well! Would you do it again Chris_Grey? Kas sa varasematest aplikatsioonidest mingit vastust oled üldse saanud muidu?
I applied in 2013 October and still got the email. It said: "Hi,
We’re excited for your interest in participating in this monumental project, and we wanted to give you an update on our progress. We’ve received thousands of applications, and we have started accepting a small number of moderators in a few select languages. We plan to get back to you over the next few weeks as we gradually add more languages, moderators and contributors.
Our plan is to ramp up slowly so that we can make sure we get this just right.
Thank you for all of your support and patience!"
But I haven't heard anything since. Not sure if I should re-apply or not!
please re-apply! there are even langauges like klingon in the incubator now and still no estonian, would really love an estonian duolingo course.
Please do. I'm really hoping for an Estonian course on here and I've been waiting ages.
Cris_Grey, is there anyway (outside of Email of course) could talk with you to try and work on Estonian in the future? Thank you
I have a half-Estonian friend who would probably be interested. I probably will too, given how rich its vowel system is and how Estonia has the highest rate of atheists in the world. And it’s the homeland of Skype.
Tervist! Hea meelega lööks isegi kaasa eesti keele kursuse loomisel aga hetkel pole õrna aimugi kuidas see välja näeks.
I'd love to learn Estonian on Duolingo. If it ever gets added, an Estonian course for Finnish speakers or a Finnish course for Estonian speakers would be great too.
I applied just a few moments ago (Estonian-English, could do Swedish too?), when I saw another post calling for duolingo to add Estonian!
äkki peaks kõik eestlased kampa võtma ja korraga trügima hakkama duolingot, et see eesti-inglise puu ükskord alguse saaks? :) mis te arvate ;)
So, it doesn't look like there will be an Estonian course soon. In the meantime, are some Estonians interested in creating some decks for: Tinycards, the new app from duolingo?
Don't forget Estonian-Spanish! There are also some Spanish-speaking people who want to learn this beautiful language.
Tere! I guess there hasn't been any progress that people know of about an Estonian course for english speakers... I'd be very interested in learning the course if it became available, since I have some close friends in Estonia and would love to be able to speak even a little Estonian when I visit!
Definitely want an estonian course.
Same, I'm not an expert in it, but I would LOVE a course in Estonian! I really hope they make one.
Quite a while ago I was also putting my hand up as a native Estonian speaker for English-Estonian at least. Never heard back from them sadly.
Duolingo needs to add Estonian asap. After doing some extensive research on the country and talking to native Estonians, I've decided I need to learn this. Can we get a petition or something?
If you are a beginner (and even if you're not), you might enjoy the free Estonian mini course offered by Lingvist. Their other courses are much more extensive, but this is a special thing built for Estonia's upcoming 100 year anniversary.
Funny you say that! I'm actually doing that right now. I was talking to one of my friends on Tumblr about wanting to learn Estonian, and they pointed me in that direction. I have to admit it is actually quite fun. Even though it's not as in depth as I'd like it to be, it'll be good enough until Duolingo adds it.
Tere! I tend to recommend Keeleklikk (keeleklikk.ee) for learners of Estonian. Mainly because it is in fact sponsored by the EU and the Estonian Kultuurminesteerium (~culture department) I have used it myself for a while, together with a course on memrise ("Estonian Vocab for Beginners"). Sadly, I found that I don't have the time for Estonian at the moment. Not right now. However, when I tried it, it feelt quite professional and "friendly". IThe pace was perfect for me.
Not that I only tested the Estonian course for Russian speakers at that site, since my mother's Russian and I know the language fairly well, so I can't say anything about the course of English speakers. However, I would imagine that course being at least as good as the one for Russian speakers, if not better. ;)
Eesti keel on väga lõbu keel.
I would very much love an Estonian course. My mother's from Estonia, but due to her belonging to the Russian minority in Estonia, she does not know Estonia so very well. She has since moved to Sweden with me and my father, so we only speak Swedish and Russian at home. However, I would very much appreciate such a course and would immediatly start learning. :)
Suur-suur aitäh for bringing attention to this!
Tere! Have you had a look at the free mini course offered by Lingvist? It might be too easy for someone who already knows some Estonian, but it's has some nice words and information about Estonia in it.
No, I have not actually tried Lingvist. It's maybe something to dig in too. They have German course I see, which would perhaps interest me. Tänan, Annika! :) By the way, are you Swedish? Förresten, nu när jag tänker på det, måste väl någon som heter Annika Å vara svensk? Bokstaven Å är inte så väldigt populär i några andra språk förutom svenskan, har jag fått berättat för mig. ;) Eller är du kanske från Finland? I beskrivning står du är "incubator candidate for FIN", så jag antar att du kan lite finska.
Själv är jag halvsvensk och halvryss. ;) Trevligt att träffas!
Хаха, да, я финка ))) Men en tvåspråkig sådan, så jag har t.ex. gått i skola på svenska. Ja nüüd ma õpin siin natuke vene keelt ja rahvaülikoolis eesti keelt.
I've done the whole set of French words on Lingvist, which was really useful for expanding my vocabulary in order to read real novels. But now I'm dragging my feet continuing with their Spanish and Russian sets, because it's not as much fun and games as Duolingo... But both the website and the app are nicely designed and work really well, so you should give them a try! It will probably become payable at some point, so it's worth using it now when it's still free...
While we're waiting for this to happen I thought it might help to list some websites/other resources:
- Speakly (basically a flashcard site) has an Estonian course with native audio and some listening exercises (this is a paid resource).
- WordDive also has an Estonian course, again it is basically a flashcard site with native speaker audio (also paid).
- Memrise (obviously) has some community courses for Estonian... though none are of particularly good quality.
- Teach yourself and Routledge colloquial both have estonian courses - the audio for both is FREE online.
- Keeleklikk and Keeletee are two FREE government sponsored online video based courses - the site is pretty awful, only really works on desktop in particular browsers (firefox works fine) and is full of glitches. However they do have a lot of pretty decent video comprehension exercises along with a range of pretty useless videos where they 'explain' grammar...
- If you're looking for more advanced listening practice then Raadioteater ERR is an app which has estonian readings of a whole range of short stories.
- If you're looking for Estonian TV shows then Alpimaja is maybe ok-ish.
Anyone got any more good alternatives? Let me now...