https://www.duolingo.com/SteelAdder77

This is an interesting language learning site. I am learning Swedish. Need to get Finnish on here.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina
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I'd love to have the possibility of learning some Finnish. As a Swede, our languages and cultures share an immense lot of history. Finland was even part of Sweden for some 600 years up until the early 19th century.

From what I've heard, Finnish just isn't prioritized, even though there are already driven contributors-to-be who even have a whole course planned.

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https://www.duolingo.com/lavendeltee
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I still can't understand why, as the language has a high position in the official users' wishlist. The demand seems to be immense... it makes me sad.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lars200
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I guess they think there are already many Northern European languages on dl and now focus on adding languages from other regions, like Haitian Creole and Japanese.

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https://www.duolingo.com/wcs900
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True story, i came on here to learn finnish but it wasnt here so i started on swedesh. ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/CaptainCIarky

i think duolingo is one of if not the best way to learn a language. my only critism about swedish is i'm not really learning the pronounciation, which is important. also i think the reason finnish isn't on is because it is apparently very different to english and difficult to teach in this way.

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https://www.duolingo.com/SeptimusBones
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Not any more different than Hungarian, which is a distant relative of Finnish. Or Turkish, which is also agglutinative, even if not a relative. Finnish just hasn't been prioritized yet.

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That is a really very big unanswered question why there is no Finnish at all, not even in the incubator after all this years.

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https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
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Have enough competent people applied to the incubator? I mean, that's really what it's all about... :)

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Absolutely, I have read many times of people willing to offer assistance and having applied to be a contributor.

It is like something or somebody must be stopping or withholding it for some unknown reason or controversy or maybe even some aversion against it (one might think something similar at least sometimes if one sees not any progress with it over several years (2, 3, ...)).

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

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https://www.duolingo.com/lavendeltee
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Some of these people have already developed kind of a layout of the course, so the incubator work might go on in a high tempo once the course would be started.

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https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
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That sounds pretty awesome actually.

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I will ask Luis (von Ahn) again to possibly add Finnish.

Done that now again.

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https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
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I've seen that thread, and those who want to help generally don't list their credentials - their enthusiasm is amazing but it's hard to tell whether they are actually knowledgable when it comes to teaching a language.

But I could very well be wrong - perhaps it's Duolingo's fault after all. :) (And please don't get me wrong - I'd be thrilled to get to take a Finnish course on here!)

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Yes, but that would maybe explain it once or twice. But probably not for all cases. This has been going on for years. One can probably not assume that they all are really kind of not capable. There must be some at least I would say. And some available would already be enough to at least start. At the end of the day only 1 real English to Finnish native language specialist would probably already be enough, right?

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https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
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I think they want at least two, preferrably more.

I'm not saying they're all incapable, just adding reasonable doubt. I don't like assuming things either way.

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https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden
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Yes, sure, you are right, but just expressing some thoughts about it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden
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There should already at least one English to Finnish specialist be available:

Unofficial Finnish course on Duolingo: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/21700920

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https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
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From https://www.duolingo.com/comment/21700920

I realized that I had forgotten the very basics of the Finnish language

That doesn't really sound like a specialist to me.

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OK :-) But remember that almost everybody will start to forget (their natural language knowledge) in the course of time if they do not practise it (continuously). So in general anybody, including 'specialists', will forget (some) given the above. But OK, you are probably right here, maybe that was not a good choice, but I do not know for sure. At least he is a very enthusiastic contributor and would very probably be more than willing to contribute to a Finnish course.

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https://www.duolingo.com/lavendeltee
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There are at least three unofficial Finnish courses on Duolingo, one of them made by Zzzzz who is a native speaker and does an awesome job.

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https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
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The one by Zzzz is really good, yeah!

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Please note as a 'temporary' 'workaround': But on DuoLingo we have now also TinyCards. Which has a lot more freedom and flexibility to add e.g. natural languages and other. And there is also Finnish.

https://tinycards.duolingo.com/search?query=Finnish

1 year ago
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