I would like to learn Romansh, as I am intrested in the history and modern day situation in Switzerland. I would like to see it on Duolingo as it is considered slightly endangered. Here's a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7fJBUH1JCE
Having Romansh on here would be amazing. I don't know how feasible a "Romansh for English Speakers" course would be, but a "Romansh for German" course would certainly be a possibility, given that most modern Romansh speakers also speak German fluently.
It's always been a dream of mine since I was a little chap to one day speak all four official languages of my home country. We've got French, German and Italian on here already. Adding Romansh and hopefully Swiss-German someday soon would be the icing on the rösti cake!
Yeah, I can speak Swiss-German and I am travelling to Austria and Germany in the summer so I am trying to brush up my German German. P.S I am not Swiss, but I have lived there.
I am so interested in Romansh!! To me it seems like a mix of french and Italian! All 3 are derived from latin! :)
Me too! I am Romansh (American). My family goes back to the first century from Graubunden. Would Love to be able to communicate with relatives there. Please consider this language on this site. Thankyou!
Our family is also from Graubunden. I have heard my relatives speaking Romansh, which sounds like an interesting mix of German, French, and Italian to me....where in G. are you from?
And for the record, historically speaking, Romansh is the very last living Latin language still spoken in our modern world.-- and has been dying in Switzerland slowly.. they are trying to keep it alive by teaching it in preschools there. So it is quite worth the trouble to save.
Sounds good! I've always expressed an interest in European languages specifically.
I passionately agree! This is a dying language that people are desperately trying to revive, keep alive, and bring awareness to. It is similar enough to other latin languages that it should be learnable. This is an important historical cause for which someone really should pick up the banner. There are groups in CH trying to keep it going but if Duolingo provided a course, that help would be invaluable. The Wallis (or Valais) region of CH has people who do speak this language, but the numbers are dwindling. There must be scholars and others in that region who would be enthusiastic about this cause. I would love to learn and use this language to help promote it and keep it alive. Please look at this request as a plea to keep the history of a people from fading. Thank you!
I do hope romansh will come soon, I would love to learn it. Also ladino and friulian, venetian, lombardo and piemonteis.
Romansh has dialects? it is spoken by so few I would not have thought there were enough speakers for dialects.
The Romansh dialects include Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Surmiran, Putèr, and Vallader (sometimes Tuatschin and Jauer are included as well). The most spoken is Sursilvan. However, an artificial dialect called Rumantsch Grischun (RG) was created to act as a "lingua franca" of sorts between the different dialects.
I’m Romansh-American too! Allegra ed fa plaschair! My great-great-grandparents immigrated at the turn of the century from Graubünden, Trin/Digg/Trinsmülin area. It’s so nice to see others here. I can rarely find others online. Would love to see someone who knows Romansh contribute to a course. I know the Lía Rumantscha organization promotes the usage and study of the language. Perhaps we can petition them to devote some time to contributing to this course?
I would also like to see Romansh on here, for the same reasons. I am Swiss myself and speak both English and French, but I am learning Swiss German (Basel, Bern and Zürich dialects) and standard German, as well as Italian, so it would be nice to master all the languages of my home country. My Grandfather is from Zuoz, and my Uncle is from Davos. They can both speak Romansh fluently, but I want to communicate with them as well because I frequently visit them.
I think so too, just like you. The richer palette of languages is (in "Duolingo") the more interesting these website/application are. I would, even, sign the petition for teaching new languages here, like: Luxembourgish, Finnish, and Romansh itself.
A big +1 from me. The search for a Romansh course is, what brought me to Duolingo initially. I'd be very interested in learning it.
I am interested as well, I am Swiss but am not able to speak or read Romansh. I want to be able to do that, as I really like this language from hearing it.
I would definitely go for it! I'm not sure, though, whether it would be easier to start with "Romansh for Italian/German/French speakers" or go straight to English. Anyway, I hope we'll see it one day!
P.S. It would also be cool to have a course on Swiss German, or at least an extra purchasable skill for those learning German.
For those still interested: there is a German-Romansh dictionary available online, and it's gorgeous. Check it out: https://www.pledarigrond.ch/rumantschgrischun/browse/german/W.html?page=10
I agree that it should be added. I have been studying German for four years, French for three years, and Spanish for two years. This lead me to learn other languages. In the mean time, I heard that Romansh and Swiss German are spoken in Switzerland along with German, French, and Italian. I am interested in learning these two from Duolinguo. In addition, I have also learned that Luxembourg also speaks Luxembourgish, this is another language I would be interested in learning.
The Duolingo team consists of only 30 people and adding a language is A LOT of work.
However, Duolingo developed a great solution for that: new courses are added by the community via the language incubator: http://incubator.duolingo.com. Currently, the team is adding roughly one new course per week to the incubator. So for some courses it will take some time until the get rolled out, while others are already there.
A lot of courses start with “English for speakers of Language X”, because the structure of the English trees already exists (something that needs to be established by the moderators of the Language X for English speakers courses first!), as do the sound files and other little bits. For a lot of languages it is also advantageous to start this way because the team is still working on the best way teach things like another alphabet.
The reverse courses e.g., “Language X for speakers of English” will enter the incubator once the original course is out of beta (or close to being out of beta). The reason being simply that a language team cannot work on two courses at the same time, as there is still a lot of work to be done in beta.
In future, please use the discussion's search function :-) Happy learning!”
He isn't demanding languages, he's suggesting to put a language in the incubator, which is a whole lot different then saying "We Should Have Romansh NOW."
I know about the incubator. I can't speak Romansh, so I can't apply. :(
Aww, I wish I was bilingual to help with a few languages! Hopefully, I'll become this way with Spanish ;).