Japanese on Duolingo! A hope for Amharic...
As you all probably are aware by now, Japanese has been released on Duolingo. You might also be aware that I have applied to contribute to a Amharic for English speakers course on Duolingo :).
I had a quick look through the Japanese course and it's given me some hope that it will be possible for Amharic to also be on Duolingo, both use different scripts that can be taught similarly to how Hiragana is being taught on the iOS course for Japanese. I initially thought the different script we use could be a problem, but maybe not!
For those that would be interested in learning Amharic now, or when it eventually is released on Duolingo, I can make a TinyCards course for the script. I also have a textbook in PDF format that I can share with you guys to use, and I will be able to provide answers for the exercises on there and any help in general.
If you are interested, please leave a comment so I can share this with you and make the alphabet course if needed. :)
Hi Adam, I can help you if you want. I started trying to make it on TinyCards yesterday but it's a very long process and I have no idea if people will be able to view the text on the cards. But I'll try and finish it off to see what it will be like. I can help you on yours too, what sort of things will be on it?
በDuolingo የተነሳ ቅጥ ነው መመስረት የፈለግኩት። እያስበኩበት ያለሁ እንዴት በምርጡ ቋንቋውን ላስተምር እንደምችል ነው። ለምሳሌ መሠረታዊ ክፍሎቹ ውስጥ በተለመዶ ቃላት እንደ boy, the boy, girl, the girl, man, the man, woman, the woman አሉ፣ እነዚህን በአማርኛ ማለት ግን ትንሽ ትንሽ ስለሚለይ ምናልባት በሌላ ዘዴ እጀምረዋለሁ (ለምሳሌ boy እና girl ተመሳሳዩን ቃል ስለሚጠቀሙ እና ሰው እና ሴት ወደ ሰውዬው እና ሴትዮዋ ስለሚቀየሩ)። ምን ይመስልሀል? እንዴት ነው መሠረታዊ ሐረጎቹን ልናስተምር የምንችለው?
TinyCards ላይ የተጠቃሚዎች ስልክ ላይ ፊደላት ካሉ ብቻ ነው ሊያዩት የሚችሉት፣ ስለዚህ ብዙ ios ተጠቃሚዎች ፊደላቱን ማየት አይችሉ ይሆናል ብዬ አስባለሁ - ቢያንስ እኔ ስሞክር ሰው ፊደላቱ አይታዩም ብሎ ጻፈኝ።
(on work computer hence the text) Okay if that's the case I will leave the TinyCards course and let the others that have replied here know. I believe we do not have to take the route taken by Duolingo, although we can if it's just a non official one. We can use the route the textbook I have on pdf takes if you want, at least there will be more logic behind it? For example it would not be wise at all to start with the present tense in Amharic :D
I hope you can start on the Amharic course and there are other contributors soon! I would be excited to learn some! It usually takes a while for Duolingo to let people start working on courses though, despite having contributors. Japanese is an example.
I know Bulgarian is coming sometime soon because I applied to be an Alpha tester and it was accepted. I'm excited for that.