New round of "guess the next new incubator language"! (February 2017 edition)
We haven't had one of these in a while, so let's play! (Please do read the instructions before guessing; only valid guesses will be acknowledged.)
Guess which completely new (ie. not part of an existing course at any stage of the Incubator) language will be announced next in the Incubator. It doesn't matter which other language it is paired with.
This means the idea is not to guess a course: Swahili for Klingon speakers, Yiddish for Guarani speakers, or Arabic for any kind of speakers would not be valid guesses, as the correct answer will be a language, not a course, and all these languages already exist as part of current Incubator courses, anyway. In contrast, Latin, Finnish, or Chamicuro are examples of valid guesses.
For a quick way of checking which languages are already at any stage of the Incubator, see the Duolingo Wikia: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Course_list.
Each user can post one guess. The first user to post the correct guess (as determined by when the notifications about the guesses land in my inbox) will receive 100 lingots from yours truly once we find out what the correct one is, and the second one to post that guess wins 50 lingots. Any further users having guessed that language will receive 10 lingots each. The competition is thus open until a new language is added.
I am trusting that any contributors or staff members who have inside information disqualify themselves from this competition... ;-)
Good luck, everyone!
I'm gonna be bold, but this is just a pipe dream.
It's no surprise that Iceland is becoming popular with its beautiful scenery and volcanoes with unpronouncable names, and their soccer team is really stepping it up!
It's mostly the fact that I really want it, but I don't think it's going to be a higher priority than more spoken languages like Finnish and Serbo-Croatian.
Those are all valid reasons to learn this language, but to many people the most important one is its closeness to Old Norse dialects.
Well, they did have a plan for endangered native languages at some point, so there's always a chance!
I think Duolingo would be perfect for endangered native American languages as it'll give the languages plenty of publicity and these languages generally don't have a lot of resources, and Duolingo is a great resource for any language.
I would really like to see Inuktitut, but Hawaiian and Cherokee seem like the most likely to get courses.
This would be more a plus point if said super-phoneticism were not employed in creating words that are completely unpronounceable... ('nine', for instance!)
By coincidence I have in the last few minutes braved this word in the Beginner's Georgian Memrise course :)
I think I'll take "nine" over "water"!
Water I can say, but it certainly took me a while (for one word!) Talking of which things, the word for 'word' (სიტყვა) took me even longer. I don't have any problems with uvular ejective any more, but I still can't for the life of me reliably pronounce the combination /t͡sʰxr/.
With Chinese already in the Incubator (as part of no less than three courses), I don't think I can really count Mandarin as a valid guess...
Thanks for doing another round!
I'm going to be consistent and guess Slovak again.
But Czech is moving like a (slowish, but still) steam train, and we don't know how long this competition will be going on for...
Also I just remembered that most languages start by English for X speakers, in which case there is no reason to wait for anything.
We'll just have to wait and see. :)
It's very good, because it's the most needed for people who can't afford education. They need same oppotunities for all fo them, by being able to speak English.
true, more of just for laughs as in, I'm pretty sure it's an almost completely dead language.
Amharic - more because it deserves a mention than because I actually believe it. But then again, anything can happen on Duolingo.
I believe Finnish is by far the the most requested language at the moment, so that would have to be my guess.
Yours seems to be the second post actually guessing Finnish, so you're in for a chance of 50 lingots!
English for Kannada lol, however I really hope it's a language like Afrikaans!
So...would you like to restate that guess in a format that's within the rules of the game...? ;-)
Nepali. Seeing as Duo has been adding many Indian languages, I feel as though Nepal would be a logical next place to go, seeing as it has seen no support yet on Duo, and the region it is spoken in is somewhere Duo seems to fairly focused on.
The rules say that you're not supposed to guess a course, you're supposed to guess a language.
A lot of people interested in the roots of the Indo-European languages would probably appreciate this one!
Tok Pisin - There has been a trend of languages like Bengali, Tagalog, and a country with so much language diversity should have a language in the Incubator by now:)
OK, I'll note you as the second user guessing Tok Pisin.
Edit: Sorry, I now see this was just a preference, not your actual guess. I've noted Cebuano/Bisaya as your actual guess.
I guess Marathi—the most-spoken Indian language currently not on Duolingo.
After the previous round of this game, I was so convinced Marathi would be the next one that I put off arranging another round until that one was published. :-) But then a couple of other languages were picked, and now it's been 7 months, so widle talked me into doing one again...
That's the rambling version of "I think you might be right". :-p
I should be very happy to be wrong if it turns out to be any of the three most popular guesses... And considering how they recently bowled us a googly with Haitian Creole, a lot of the more obscure suggestions seem much less inconceivable. But the odds certainly seem to favour something from India.
I'll be the second person to guess Farsi/Persian, because it's the one I want most.
I will also guess Marathi, along with garpike. I recall jitengore saying that Marathi was in the wings just after English courses for Tamil and Bengali (or maybe Telugu) were added.
OK, so that's why I was so convinced it would be picked... Sure -- your guess has been noted!
Noted! :-) I'd love to understand even more of the lyrics by Frændur and Eivør.
It's fine to guess the same as someone else (but not fine to guess Arabic ... as per the rules :-p ).
oh oops missed that part. I will admit I skimmed the rules. :) hmmm then just Icelandic.
There's always one otherwise sensible user doing that... :-p
Yup, I've got you down for Icelandic and the chance of winning 50 shiny, incredibly valuable lingots if you are indeed right!
My other guesses were Occitan and Friulian but I guessed Sicilian was the most likely.
lol ive never even heard of those languages.....but my family is Italian from Sicily so I pretty much support anyone else that suggests it.
OK! They did have those plans for Native American languages before... (Search for another mention of Cherokee in this thread if you want to know more. You are the first one to guess it, though!)
Haha yeah I wanted to guess something that has not been guessed yet! ;) And I have some Frisian roots myself. The language is spoken in the north-west of the Netherlands (in the province of Friesland, or Frisia). Frisian is a bit closer to English than Dutch is.
I hope so! Maltese is in my personal top 3 courses I hope they add!
I don't think it's Eurocentric anymore, hey Indonesian, Japonese, Swahili...
ქართველებისათვის ინგლისური და სხვა უცხო ენებიც.
(English for Georgian speakers, other languages too)
I guess I know what to choose ;-) without going into the details of why.
As much as I hope you're right (and I really, REALLY do -- it's been 3+ years since I sent my application to work on that course!), using inside information is not allowed in this game... :-)
I don't think they remember you applied from 3 years ago. I would resend it :(
I would assume they'd keep whatever applications they have... Especially since they are well aware of the interest in Finnish -- they do get asked about it regularly, both when they make appearances here and elsewhere (such as when Luis has been on Reddit).
I'd assume they would dig out the applications they do have whenever they consider some language, and see if those users are still active. I'm active and my profile states I've applied. Although I am getting a little disillusioned, and not only because it's been such a long time.
I can see what the application list looks like to course creators (when the course is already in the incubator) and even very old ones are still there. You just need to scroll through all the single-sentence ones and clumsy translations and others.
No Duolingo inside information ;-) I was actually assuming that you knew the answer already, but that seems thus not the case. Then my answer being correct is also very much less probable.
Oh no, unfortunately we're still waiting... :-S But hey, it might still happen!
Tatar. I met a guy who spoke Tatar online a few days ago, so I'm guessing that.
That would be cool! Finland has had a (very small) Tatar speaking minority for 100+ years, but I've never come across the language being used.
Yup! You're on the list... :-)
(I count all the ones I reply to, unless I specifically state in my reply that something is against the rules. I've taken to ignoring most of the ones against the rules, though. The rules are already stated above...)
My guess is Uzbek (because I dont want to choose the same as others, but honestly I think Finnish and Serbo-Croatian are more likely).
And I know it's against the rules, but I really hope for a course teaching Arabic.
Hoping is never against any rules! ;-)
Uzbek has been noted as your official guess.
OK -- you're the second one guessing Slovak.
Edit: And thanks for he lingots, although I have plenty from before... :-p
There is already an English for Thai speakers. So Thai is against the rules. Just sayin'
Tagalog is already in the incubator, and I will start the course after it is finished, but I really hope that other languages from the Philippines will be added!
OK, sorry, I seem to have been too hasty in my comment above. So Cebuano/Bisaya is your official guess!
Not necessarily the very next language, but I'd love Amharic to be the next African language added!
Sure -- I've got you as the second user guessing Amharic. One never knows! :-)
I will go with Persian/Farsi.
Still want Duolingo to come out with an Arabic course for English speakers, but I can't really guess that since there are four that teach from Arabic (and a fifth one in the workings).
I don't know why duolingo does not focus on languages with more native speakers? English for Persian speakers & Persian for English speakers
Probably English for Marathi or some other Indian language :/
I hope it's Hawaiian or Navajo though
I figure with Swahili in beta, we might be due for another African language. This is one that the Peace Corps might want (from browsing their web site and then Wikipedia).
[This is a repeat entry from your last poll]
Thalassian, the high elf and blood elf language in the Warcraft universe.
...No but really my guess is Cantonese.
Quenya I see Klingon and High Valyrian, but I don't have interest in either one of them.
I've noted Quenya as your guess. :-) As we've seen, Duolingo can make surprising choices sometimes... And hey, if we can't have Finnish, let's at least have something inspired by it! :-p
I would hope for arabic. Otherwise, for fun, how about Niedersachsisch or Pashtun?
But Arabic is not a valid guess, because there are already (several) courses in the Incubator involving Arabic.
I usually guess Cherokee--mostly wishful thinking!--but since someone else already has this round, I will guess Navajo.