I have seen many discussions about the thought of Icelandic as an upcoming language, but I am unable to find any from more recent times.

I, as well as many other Duolingoans, (yes, I just came up with that), would really be excited if an Icelandic course was to come. From the older threads I have seen, it looks as if many people would like an Icelandic course.

I am a huge fan of Germanic languages and I have German, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, and Dutch in my courses. (I natively speak English, another Germanic language). One of the commonly spoken ones that is missing is Icelandic. Icelandic is something I really want done. If I could, I would contribute, and even not knowing Icelandic at all, I would still attempt to do something to contribute.

Duolingo has High Valyrian in beta and Klingon in progress, but no Icelandic. Although languages created by expert linguists are great, isn't it better to have a language that is actually spoken by many people as their native language?

Now, a more recent thread I have found discussing Icelandic seems to have a big following and there seemed to be plenty of people interested. However, even after a few months, I still am yet to see the course in the Duolingo Incubator.

The thread discussed above is found here:

The more people who see this, the better. The more people who know Icelandic (and English) who see this, the better. Please help support Icelandic on Duolingo! (If you want Icelandic, of course).

Please note: This is for Icelandic for English speakers, however, once that course comes out, other courses for Icelandic for [insert language here] speakers would likely be soon to come.

P.S. Thanks to Mr_Eyl for pointing out a "commonly spoken" mistake :) I have been liking all comments posted, as they are all great! Thanks everyone :)

July 30, 2017


I also have made several posts about Icelandic. I agree, Icelandic would be a fantastic language to learn on Duo. I would recommend using some of the Icelandic courses on Memrise to practice. Icelandic is one of the most requested languages on Duolingo (along with Finnish and Icelandic) and so many people would love to see it here. I really hope a course begins being made soon. Takk fyrir. : )

I have heard about Memrise. I'll take a look into that. Thanks! And yes, I would also like to see Finnish :)

Have you tried the course available at

I have not, but I will take a look into it. Thanks for the suggestion :)

I think that the quid is not in the Duolingo Administrators. As far I know, it's necessary volunteers that know well English and Icelandic and besides they are willing to take the work. Work that is pretty hard, I think.

Yes, volunteers must do it. There seem to be many interested and at least a few interested who can actually create it, but from what I have seen, it does take a LOT of time.

"I am a huge fan of Germanic languages....... The only commonly spoken one missing from Duolingo is Icelandic."

I'm also a huge Germanic language fan, so I have to point out that you forgot about Afrikaans, Yiddish, Limburgish, Frisian and Luxembourgish. They all have more speakers than Icelandic (some millions more) so I think they qualify as 'commonly spoken'. :)

Isn't Yiddish in development?

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Ah, okay. I guess they do qualify as commonly spoken. Thanks :) Sorry...

Especially given that Icelandic only has about 320,000 people, almost all of whom live on one moderately-isolated island (

Ah, I wish courses would enter the Incubator, but what with the work that it takes and he people that they need to make it happen... and it's never guaranteed if people will even be interested in it. Trust me, I know. I wish you the best of luck regardless. :)

Yeah. It requires so many people. Not just one person who knows both English and Icelandic :(

I WISH that dedicated, persevering, and knowledgeable bilinguals was all it took... I hope that courses on lesser known languages would be developed in order to preserve them, even if not many people finish the courses, it's beneficial to the natives that it gets the language out there!

I agree. There are languages that are spoken by so few people that there most likely wouldn't be anyone interested, let alone enough people interested who can do it. Also, in places in which the languages have a small number of people who can speak them, there is a good chance nobody who speaks it also knows English or another language.

I don't think natives of x small country have very little chance of knowing English. I think they have a bigger chance than you think. Well, it's kind of difficult to avoid English nowadays, what with English movies and the Internet, plus knowing it greatly increases your chances of getting hired somewhere you'd like, so I'm not sure I agree with you on that. So it's not just whether you know x language and English. There's other barriers, like; you have to have access to the Internet, you have to know about duolingo, you have to be somewhat active,you have to want to help and apply in the Incubator among OTHER people (and KNOW that you'll have to wait a very long while, and that your lesser known language has a tiny chance of making it, and that you shouldn't expect it to pass...and even if it does, I hear that making a course is not just translating a bunch of words.) , you have to be passionate and stubborn enough to decide that making a decent course for your language is worth it (you're not getting paid lol) and if people will even care enough to finish it, and you should make steady progress for a looong time... So, many crucial parts of making a course are not up to you. HOWEVER!! Don't let me discourage you! A lot of people have done it, as seen by the courses that have already entered the Incubator. Maybe in a few years, we'll have most of the widely-spoken languages done, and duolingo team will focus on lesser known languages! I hear quite a few people asking for Icelandic though, so you have a much better chance of getting that in the Incubator than the languages I would want in there! :) Sorry for all this text, didn't mean to go on for so long.

Agreed. I more simply meant that not everyone there speaks [English], so several people who are 1.) interested and 2.) can speak Icelandic and English must be found for a course of this sort to happen. But, yes, I would assume that most Icelandics likely know how to speak English as well.

ohhhh i agree. i want to learn icelandic so badly!!!!! they have such a small crew and i wish i knew icelandic so i can contribute but the only words i know are já and að sofa-- yes and to sleep :''') try here, and memrise has some Icelandic courses too! not all of them have sound though. lets hope one incubates!!!

Glad you want to learn Icelandic as well :) Thanks for posting and Memrise! And yes, let's hope on incubates soon :)

That has been posted several times. I think I'd better take a look into that :)

Just a small question: do you want to see an Icelandic course just because it is a Germanic language and pretty awesome. (which I totally agree with) Or do you have an interest in Icelandic and for some reason want to learn it?

In the latter case, I would reccomend you to try out some other resources (I will link some down below) as Duolingo is not the only way to learn a language and to be honest: the Icelandic resources found online are generally pretty good. My point: if you want to learn Icelandic, you don't have to wait for a Duolingo course to be released. Sure, it would be convinient (and awesome), but not necessarily needed. There is no better time to learn Icelandic than now. To quote Shia Labeouf: JUST DO IT!

"If I could, I would contribute, and even not knowing Icelandic at all, I would still attempt to do something to contribute."

Contribute by learning Icelandic. Perhaps (when your knowledge is advanced enough) you could create lessons (like the Slow FInnish lessons, if you're familiar with them) for the Duolingo community and help out that way.

Some motivation:

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