https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Guess the next new Incubator language: part III

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We have had many new additions to the Incubator in the last few days. While we are recovering from hearing this great news (and the hardworking teams are busy translating), I suggest we play another round of Guess the next new Incubator language!

Now, remember, you cannot suggest a language that is already anywhere in the Incubator in any combination. The list of existing languages is getting long, so I am posting it here for reference:

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

The point is to guess the next new language in the Incubator. Anyone who guesses correctly receives 10 lingots (inflation is raging here in Duoland), and the first one to post the correct guess received 25 shiny, valuable lingots! One guess per user, and no using of insider knowledge, please. The competition is open until a new language is announced!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/0liwia
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Esperanto.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stecchetto
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It seems to be in high demand and it should be pretty easy to incubate, so it makes sense.

One thing I'm wondering, though, is how they are going to deal with the relatively free word order. The simplest option seems to be to add a notation that says "these parts of the sentence can occur in any order relative to each other" so that contributors don't have to type out all the possible orders. I'm curious if this is already implemented or planned to be implemented, especially since it might also be useful for other languages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Senlando
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I've thought of that problem as well, but doesn't German have a free-er word order than English? I haven't started to really learn German yet, but that is what i get from reading about the language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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German does have a free-er word order than English, and an agglunitative language like Finnish has a theoretically extremely free word order, but in practice many of those grammatically correct sentences will sound very poetic and not natural at all.

Also, the stress of the sentence -- and therefore, the actual meaning of it -- might vary a lot with the word order, which means that (in my opinion!) not all theoretically correct translations should be accepted in a Duolingo-type translation exercise.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
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Good point, hadn't thought about that one before. What I found profoundly annoying when learning Eo, was that this was one of the first things everybody said about it. Everbody was really proud of that "feature". But when I wrote texts, people "corrected" me by changing the word order and said "Now it sounds more natural." :-/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Senlando
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Yeah people sell Eo to make it sound very flexible, and it is, but people are highly influenced by their native language and what sounds natural in their native language sounds more natural to them in Eo. But i figure as long as the laws of Eo grammar are on your side, don't listen to them, I like Esperanto as a creative language because it does allow us to be flexible and exercise our brains a bit more than with most languages when it comes to structure and inventing words.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/le-lapin-noir
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Farsi/Persian. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
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Oh no, I was thinking too long... I had Swedish in mind before camj44 posted :(

Anyway.... Esperanto would be awesome, that was my first guess.

I would like to see Thai. But why is there no demand for any African language? We have collected languages from all over the world and there is none from that huge continent? I'll be bold and say: Swahili!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s_owla

I would like to see Thai too!! :D though I like your guess! ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Hmmffr... For being perceptive and polite about my Japanese blindness, I shall grant you the right to change your guess to Swahili... :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pleurocystites
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There keep being hints about Esperanto, but I am going to go with Persian/Farsi

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IG88
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Ukrainian

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Thanks for all the guesses so far! :-)

Right now, Esperanto, Farsi, and Finnish are "in the lead"...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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It's been an unusually long time coming (what with a lot of reverse courses out in the Incubator and some technical problems to boot), but the winner of this competition is Thai and praer!

I know the rules state that insider knowledge is out of bounds, and that praer happens to be one of the moderators of this new course. But I want to trust that the publishing of the course wasn't on the cards yet when we where guessing three weeks ago. Also, I really want to get rid of some lingots. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
Morgengrauen
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Congratulations to the happy winner!

And I'm so happy to see Thai finally making it into the incubator! I just love Thailand so much and want to have some attempt at the language! ^^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/camj44
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I'm thinking Swedish

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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You seem to have beaten Morgengrauen to be the first to guess Swedish by about 4 minutes :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
Morgengrauen
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Yes! grrrr... :(

No problem! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Red_Rat_Writer

Danish

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/merle_noir

Then I say Finnish Soon all nordic/scandinavian languages are covered :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/camj44
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Yes!! I really enjoy learning Scandinavian languages!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maria.nils
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For variation's sake, I'll guess Norwegian this time.

Any thoughts on when the next one will come?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/camj44
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You can check lesson progression on the home page!

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https://www.duolingo.com/camj44
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And so far dutch has came the furthest but they're working on the others and its only day one!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R
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Filipino/Tagalog! Because I speak Tagalog!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
annika_a
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Haha, nobody thought about guessing Pirate, Lolcat or Zombie!!! ;-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BelizeanCharms
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Japanese

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Sorry, my bad, I forgot Japanese off the list above.... I'll add it. Have another guess!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BelizeanCharms
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ok, Latin

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
annika_a
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Great, Latin is noted!

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https://www.duolingo.com/camj44
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I like Latin also, and thought I saw it on the incubator list a while ago... hmmm.. maybe im just crazy

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https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
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You missed Japanese in your list, Annika.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
annika_a
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Thanks, just realized it and added it. I need a course in copy-pasting... :-S

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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no african, no truly american, no truly australian or oceanic language has yet arrived, this will probably very soon change, but, I strongly believe that we must have Persian/Farsi in here quick, so, I vote for that.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Senlando
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I would argue that Indonesian is Oceanic because like Maori or most of the languages in the Pacific, it is an Austronesian or Polynesian language. For African I am hoping they get Zulu eventually but that would probably have to come after Swahili which is a bit more popular.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

Hindi (I really don't know)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Hindi is not a valid guess, as it is already in the Incubator (see the list in the first post of the thread). Have another guess!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

No that's taken...Catalan?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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You could guess Finnish and still win lingots if you are right, but I have you down for Catalan for this round.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

D'accord :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

Ummmm... Hmmm.... Finnish?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/afelawson

Irish?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/camj44
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they're already working on it!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/afelawson

Well, then I guess I'm wrong! ;) My next guess would have been Esperanto. Although Norwegian would be great.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diggabyte
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I would say swedish, but that's been said in the comments before, how about finnish?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jlappe

Swedish!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/inkybaba
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Finnish for English

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