Madagascar- Malagasy (Merina dialect)
I was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Madagascar for two years from 2012-2014. During my time there I fell in love with a culture and language that is largely unknown to most people. The Merina dialect is the official dialect of this island country, and will be understood by most natives you come into contact with. With Madagascar being a developing country there are ample opportunities to serve and give back charity to the wonderful Malagasy people. During my time as a missionary I was fortunate to meet many people from non-profits doing this kind of work, and an issue for all of us was overcoming the difficult language barrier that kept us from making true connections with the people there. Some of the most profound moments I had there were when people saw that someone as different as me cared enough to put the effort in to speak how they spoke, and to live how they lived. I believe language can be the ultimate tool to breach the differences between us and to form friendships no matter where we might come from. I know I'm not alone when I say that adding Malagasy to Duolingo would be very beneficial to anyone who is lucky enough to get to see this amazing country. I know dozens of people who have proficiency in this language and would be more than happy to help contribute to building its program on here as well.
I think it would be really cool to have some of the less known languages on duolingo, too, and it would be cool if some of the people you know who know Malagasy could contribute to a course. I do understand, though, why they would want more spoken languages first, like Mandarin Chinese.
Yeah I agree too I believe there are other languages that have more priority, I was thinking a big issue to getting more languages on Duolingo is just having a reliable contributing source of speakers, so hopefully maybe down the line if I can get enough support Duolingo will consider Malagasy :)