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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TalNala

Uyghur course!

I've searched through the discussions and didn't find one proposing Uyghur as a new language on Duolingo, but I've noticed that there are some people here who are interested in learning it, so I'm posting this.

Uyghur is a turkic language closely related to Uzbek, spoken by 10 to 25 million people, mostly in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region - which is about 27% of the Chinese territory! It uses an Arabic-derived wrighting system (it is an alphabet though, not an abjad, meaning it has both consonants and VOWELS~). It has several dialects, but the Central ones are spoken by 90% of the Uyghur-speaking population (or at least that's what wikipedia says).

If you are not convinced yet, listen to this boy: https://youtu.be/jqJwM7YamWg :)

May 23, 2017

57 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmegaGmaster

100% support. Turkic languages are awesome, and Uyghur is one of my favorites. رەھمەت!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eddiezombie1

ئاداش، ياخشىمۇسىز‎


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SPUERLYOKO

Menmu Uyghur tilini yaxshi körimen!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alexandre76899

Considering what is being done to Uyghurs, an Uyghur course would be a great sign of support. And with my basic knowledge of Turkish and Tatar, I was surprised to realise how much I'm able to understand. So I'd actually love to learn more Uyghur.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eddiezombie1

رەخمەت، مېنىڭ ئاغىنىسى


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eddiezombie1

That's awesome. I am going to contribute on the Uyghur course. China is a multi-languages country,not only Mandarin. Uyghur is more easy to learn as a second language. Our school has minority classes from Xinjiang Autonomous Region and most of them could speak or understand Uyghur. I am a Han Chinese and my native language is Cantonese. But I also learn Uyghur and loves their language.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eddiezombie1

It is nessesary that we setup the Uyghur course to make a chance let everybody that interested in Uyghur. In China, Uyghur and the others minority language are in the face of the danger of decline. Now the world's dominant language is becoming popular in China, and the official is spreading Mandanrin all over the China. Although we educate children in five minority autonomous regions as a cultural respect or protection, the minority languages' lack of mordern information, enough education resourse or culutral attraction, cause these languages are losing speakers and learner. Even many people do not know minorities have their own language or they think it is not worth to learn or protect these languages. Instead, they perfer to learn or educate the dominant languages because they are useful then Uyghur or any other minority languages.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eddiezombie1

There are some reasons else that I voulenteer to start a course to teach people this language. China is large. The northern, southern, eastern and western China could be totally differernt. And the languages we speak are differernt, some of them just a dialect, some of them are from another languages system such as Uyghur, Mongolian, Kazakh and so on. And we have fifty-six nations all over the China. Their culture is differernt from ours, Han Chinese, we always know from the TV, films, newspaper or somethings. These valuable differernces made our own contribution to the human. All of them are the essential conponents of our culture. We can not live without them. When we offer the Mandanrin Chinese course to the foreigner, we should pick them up together.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaphneTheSnail

That sounds like a very interesting and unique language!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shea603077

I am from New Zealand and live in China, I meet Uyghurs everywhere - at school, the market, bars, and so on. I learnt a little of this interesting language and would love to know more! Thanks PootScoot: "that's ridiculous, i have never heard of the language, the only people that care are probably uyghurs and some Turks."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eddiezombie1

Uyghur's grammar looks a little bit like French. It's prounciation such as Vowel is not hard for the people that speak English, German and some Europian languages else. It is much easier than other common languages in China. This course helps people who interested in Chinese culture to know more about China.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2OZ

I would love if Duolingo were to teach Uyghur, it's a beautiful language that really deserves a lot more love and support


[deactivated user]

    Türkiye'den selam :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmegaGmaster

    Amerika'dan selam! Uygurca öğrenmek istiyor musunuz?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Momo197507

    I really would like to learn this language. Sounds interesting. It looks like a lot Turkish but with Arabic letters (like was Turkish before 1928) Nice idea !!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eddiezombie1

    Setup Uyghur language can also let us, Chinese people lives in east China, know more about Xinjiang Autonomous Region, which a heavenly and special place in China. It is amazing that a country has many differernt views in a single country, the eastern side looks likes the known Asia and the western side like Central Asia or Western Asia. And the people in Xinjiang, China also want a closer communication between Uyghur and Han Chinese or others nations. It can also decrease the prejudices and contradictions between us.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eddiezombie1

    It shows that the fifty-six nations in China are a family when we decided to develop these languages to the same standard as Mandanrin.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZohreB

    Of course in reality there are over 500 distinct people groups in China! https://joshuaproject.net/countries/CH


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eddiezombie1

    Haha! We usually say we have fifty-six. And about two handred nations have been not identify. "Group" might be a more concrate concept. There is many branches of a single nations called "Group" by Joshua Project!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zheng354338

    Read some poems by Abdurehim Ötkür and they are so beautiful! How I wish duolingo could support Uyghur!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Magnus886342

    I want Uyghur course to be added! Posting to show my intent!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sahran17

    I may work for Uyghur language course.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kinpandun

    I think this is an important course to develop due to China's systematic oppression of the Uyghur people.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LuluAndToes

    I completely agree with you. For no other reason than the Chinese government is attempting to eradicate this entire culture, the push for a duolingo Uyghur course should be heeded, ASAP.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nate607229

    Should make this one available before the language goes extinct.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LuluAndToes

    Given the current Cultural Genocide that is being perpetrated by the Chinese government against the Uyghurs, a course in Uyghur strikes me as a prudent move for preservation- It would be one way of marring the plan of the Chinese to actively wipe it out of existence. Duolingo could help the Uyghur diaspora keep their language alive, so that their children may know it. Duolingo could be a meeting place for Uyghurs around the world to find some solace, working together in an incubator- not only to bouy their lanuage, but to bouy each other as they wonder after their loved ones- dissapeared, and without voice at all.
    Please, Duolingo.
    Please consider actively promoting this incubator that might ease a tiny but of pain for a very troubled people.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kinpandun

    Incase my giving 42 lingots to the above comment didn't make it clear enough, I STRONGLY second this motion. I suggest Duolingo makes this an active priority. You should try some kind of viral marketing campaign or signal boosting. Please try to actively recruit Uyghur speakers to create a course. If need be, maybe you can crowdscource some funding to help with recruitment, I don't know. But I really think that Uyghur, and other endangered languages like it must be made a priority. Maybe you can establish a place for folks to donate to help fund these efforts as part of your nonprofit mission.

    Either way, please seriously consider making this a priority. The world is basically a dumpster fire, and this is a good thing you could put into the world to help fight the darkness.

    Thank you.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZohreB

    unfortunately, Talnala, that person's Youtube account has been closed. Is he in reeducation camp in China?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eddiezombie1

    Maybe, but it won't take too long , one year.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PootScoot14

    that's ridiculous, i have never heard of the language, the only people that care are probably uyghurs and some Turks. instead we should put an Ural-Altaic language, duolingo does not have 1 and should add one. like estonian or finnish (preferably finnish out of all of them.


    [deactivated user]

      Quite an ignorant statement.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PootScoot14

      >call me ignorant >your main language is a fake language, when did you meet a family in public that only speaks Esperanto, Latvian is more useful then Esperanto.


      [deactivated user]

        Oh PootScoot.

        My main language is German. Also, how does being level 8 in Esperanto make me ignorant? You should rather applaud learning. You've really just proven to me how ignorant you indeed are.

        I have never met a Latvian family in public either. Also why make the stupid assumption? It really only serves to make you look bad, which doesn't take much. Fyi, I've never met a Romanian family in public either, so why learn Romanian? That's a silly argument, people can learn whatever they want. You also don't have to learn a language just to speak to people, you could learn a language simply because you enjoy it, I mean I doubt speaking to people is a great concern of yours.

        It's actually hilarious to me how I said your statement is ignorant, which it is, and all you could do was discredit Esperanto and somehow learning Esperanto makes one ignorant.

        You're still ignorant, maybe even more now, but it's okay William, I understand.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PootScoot14

        Your literally the most obnoxious person I have ever met on the internet, first off i was saying Latvian was a useless language because nobody really speaks it, it has all been flushed out by Russian. Also your bio says you live in South Africa, which is a kind of nice country, but i think a family is more likely to move to america or the UK or a nearby country that's nicer like Poland or France. Esperanto was invented with a good purpose to help people speak to each other easier in a town in the Austria-Hungarian Empire, but now its just this stupid useless globalist garbage language that's actually useless, its literally spoken at Esperanto conventions and pretty much nowhere else. And you know "applauding learning?" there are so many other more useful languages, or maybe since your a native Afrikaans speaker you could work on an Afrikaans course, stop whining and go back to tumblr you pink haired thot.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

        Your literally the most obnoxious person I have ever met on the internet

        You don't do a lot of internet, do you?

        first off i was saying Latvian was a useless language because nobody really speaks it, it has all been flushed out by Russian

        While it's certainly true that Russian is an important language to know in Latvia, it's still a minority language. Latvian is the sole official language, all school students have to learn Latvian, Latvian is the largest language and ethnic group, and any languages other than Latvian, Latgalian, and Livonian are considered foreign.

        Also your bio says you live in South Africa, which is a kind of nice country, but i think a family is more likely to move to america or the UK or a nearby country that's nicer like Poland or France.

        This is unnecessary and serves no purpose.

        Esperanto was invented with a good purpose to help people speak to each other easier in a town in the Austria-Hungarian Empire

        In 1887, when Unua Libro was first published, Bialystok was part of the Russian Empire. Zamenhof's father was a censor for the Czarist government.

        but now its just this stupid useless globalist garbage language that's actually useless, its literally spoken at Esperanto conventions and pretty much nowhere else.

        https://whistlinginthewind.org/2014/09/28/response-to-the-criticism-of-esperanto/

        And you know "applauding learning?" there are so many other more useful languages

        Why are you learning Romanian instead of Mandarin or Spanish or French or Japanese or Cantonese or German or Tamil or Bengali or Arabic or Hindi or Swahili? Those are really useful languages. Romanian is so useless, ugh. /sarcasm

        or maybe since your a native Afrikaans speaker you could work on an Afrikaans course

        You have no idea how hard it is to get a course set up.

        stop whining and go back to tumblr you pink haired thot.

        I'd like to note here that you've broken most of Duolingo's guidelines in this post alone. You may want to stop now.


        [deactivated user]

          Did I make you upset?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Krixtaps

          Seriously, saying Lativan is a useless language? It's not people go there and maybe want to learn some of it before they go there, don't make comments like that.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

          your main language is a fake language, when did you meet a family in public that only speaks Esperanto

          Define "language" and you'll find that Esperanto meets every requirement. It's not fake in any way.

          There are actually several thousand families who speak Esperanto and two million or so second-language speakers - funnily, more than Latvian. Additionally, these Latvian speakers are centered in, well, Lativa; there are only 100 000 Latvian speakers elsewhere. Esperanto is spoken everywhere on Earth.

          You are about ten to twenty times more likely to find an Esperanto speaker than a Latvian speaker.

          By similar logic, you're more likely to run into an Esperanto speaker than a Romanian speaker.

          Now don't be ignorant.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PootScoot14

          i used Latvian to make a point, it is an almost useless language


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

          I've studied Latvian in the past and there's no "useless" about it. It's actually really interesting, particularly if you want to go to Latvia.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Krixtaps

          I am Latvian myself and it's not a useless language...


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Krixtaps

          No language is useless.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DonFiore

          Altaic includes Turkic languages, so Uyghur would meet your requirements. But ignoring that, we already have a Uralic language (Hungarian) and an Altaic language (Turkish). Still, I would love to see Finnish here.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

          The Altaic language family was a linguistic theory that no longer holds up and is dicredited by modern linguists. There is no modern evidence that Turkic, Uralic, Tungisic, Mongolic, Koreanic, and Japonic language families are closely related.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

          The notion of a "Ural-Altaic" language family has been widely discredited for half a century.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SeptimusBones

          Oh, the amount of logical problems in this comment... and "Ural-Altaic", oh geezus, that's not a thing. "Uralic" or "Finno-Ugric" or "Finnic", depending on how broad you want to be. Estonian and Finnish are close enough to be both under all three (out of which "Finnic" is the least broad).


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmegaGmaster

          This comment war was a good laugh, which I haven't had in a while. Thanks.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LuluAndToes

          The Uyghurs are undergoing a cultural genocide, slipping very closely into an all-out genocide, at the hands of the Chinese Government. They die. Their language dies. I assume that you didn't know about Uyghur, the language, because you didn't know about Uyghur, the people. Now you do.

          It would be great if Duo were able to develop programs for all languages- but they can only develop as many as they have enough native speakers to incubate them. Now that you know of the genocide, would you be willing to spread the word, and ask your friends and family to ask Duo to add Uyghur as an incubator? It would act both as a way of acknowledging their awful situation, and potentially, as a safe way for the Uyghur diaspora to connect with each other. It isn't just the Uyghurs in East Turkistan/Xianging who are being tortured, surveilled and disappeared- Uyghurs around the world are told that if they speak out, their relatives in China run the risk of being interred. China has a far reach that has caused many Uyghurs to feel isolated in their new countries- and among each other, as there is a possibility of spying among them. Please look at "The Economist" from this week, or search on you tube for Nury Turkel, a Uyghur, born into an internment camp, who is now a US attorney, campaigning tirelessly on their behalf.

          You didn't know about Uyghur, the people.
          Now you do.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZohreB

          there are probably 15 million speakers, so not insignificant.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eddiezombie1

          And the used region is wide. Uyghur has their radio, TV program, newspaper and movie. And there is Uyghur printed on the carancy of China RMB


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZohreB

          The Ethnologue estimated there were over 10 million Uyghur mother-tongue speakers within China. https://www.ethnologue.com/language/uig The figures in Wikipedia may be widely exaggerated (100m), but since there were already many Uyghur communities in neighbouring countries, and so many Uyghurs have fled China over the last century, who knows how many there are worldwide.

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