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Indian languages for English and Hindi speakers!

Being a bilingual who speaks Hindi and English, there are many Indian languages I'd like to learn. I think these courses should be developed for both English and Hindi speakers:

  1. Sanskrit (language of historical and religious significance, few million speakers, uses the same script as Hindi)
  2. Marathi (~100 million speakers, uses the same script as Hindi)
  3. Punjabi (~150 million speakers, different scripts used in India and Pakistan)
  4. Bengali (~220 million speakers across India and Bangladesh)
  5. Tamil
  6. Telugu
  7. Gujarati
  8. Kannada
  9. Malayalam

Got anything to add to the list? Also, share your thoughts on which of these language courses are likely to be developed after Hindi for English speakers.

July 12, 2017



Can't wait until Bengali for English is added, my Bangla vocabulary is quite limited so I'd like to improve it a bit (or do the other way course)


It would be great to have a Hindi course for English speakers before the heat death of the universe. You should apply; perhaps you could speed it up!

10. Pali (language also of historical and religious significance; uses any script you impose upon it)

11. Ladakhi (interesting bodish language that makes much of the Tibetan spelling system
make sense)


Unrelated question @garpike , you obviously have been crushing DuoLingo for a long time and have made a tremendous amount of progress in nearly all of the languages. However, with that many languages studies, how many do you feel you can actually speak and fully understand? That just strikes me as such wild progress in them all, but I couldn't imagine being able to read a news paper in like 20 languages.


In India, the top 3 languages are Hindi, Bengali then Telugu. I am happy that the first two are somewhere on Duo at least, but the last one, related to my place, is not. And I would love to see it here cause it never learnt it and I can't find enough good resources. But I understand why not all languages can't be here - they are not country-level but state-level, so less significant when compared to the other languages Duo wants to focus on - Japanese, Mandarin, Arabic, etc. Imagine if all countries asked for their sub-langs to be included - Duo won't be interested cause there will be less learners. But I am all up for Telugu if it is considered- that's the third most spoken in India, so it deserves it's recognition first :) No probs with me, but just saying why Duo may not add it...


While I agree with you to some extent, the thing is that most countries don't have as many 'sub-languages' as India does! Also, due to the sheer number of speakers, I think we will see a lot of these languages on Duo within perhaps 4-8 years. If I'm not wrong, Duo is already engaged with English for Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu and Tamil speakers.


Yup, I see your point :) But they might be more open to teaching English than , teach that language itself, I guess? (And Bengali is the national language of the neighboring country Bangladesh) And yes - there are lots of speakers - but just look at this page - https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6627908 . People are already considering these languages to be going extinct. And Sanskrit in my CBSE Indian History textbook is said to have a negligible percent of speakers. But dont take it negatively - I live the diversity of my homeland and can't bear losing our beautiful culture ! I would really support it to be here on Duo. After all, they helped revive the Irish language (You must have seen their mail, but the it's a national language too). By the way, have you applied to any of the courses? You must - you could help the Hindi team!


Sanskrit is more of an ancient literary language.


If Welsh, Irish, and Esperanto, Klingon, High Valyrian, Guarani, all 'dying' 'constructed' or local languages, (I wouldn't call any language a 'sublanguage') can be on duolingo, I see no reason why eventually every language should be here. And most places do have diverse languages. Look at the linguistic diversity of the Bantu languages in Africa, or Southeast Asia where many minority languages are spoken. There is an estimated over 7000 languages around the world. Although national languages are taking over, it is not always a good thing. Just because Hindi imperialism has and probably will kill off many Indian languages, does not mean it is not worth making an effort to preserve them. In fact it gives all the more reason to add these languages in the hope that their individual cultures will not be taken over or wiped out by some northeners who, if they had their way, would want everyone speaking their language and being assimilated into their culture as the Welsh, Irish, Aboriginee, and Native Americans had been by English speakers.


Urdu would be a good course. You learn both a few new words and transliteration of Hindi.


I agree!! It will take a couple lifetimes to learn them all though. :) I know Bengali is in the works, but not sure when it will be out for beta testing. Good suggestion!


Technically,It supposed to be for all speakers of various linguistic backgrounds and everyone has the right to learn any language they desire or need.Wish you could provide grammar,words,phrases,tips etc for these wonderful languages.God bless India.


I'd like add ''urdu'' language

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