Soviet countries' languages
I would really like to see some of the former Soviet state languages represented on here. Kazakh, Uzbek, Turkmen, and Tajik. Also Caucasus languages like Azeri, Armenian and Georgian. Does anyone else think those would be neat?
They are pretty similar to each other. I can say this since I'm a native Turkey Turkish speaker. I think it would be so great for us too. Kazakh and Kyrgyz cannot be understood by most of the Turkey Turkish speakers. I'd love to here also Lithuanian, Estonian, Belarussian and the other Soviet countries' languages besides Turkic languages and others like Armenian and Georgian. But the problem is about finding native speakers of them who also can speak English and speakers who have the ability to teach.
We totally need them as well.
Do you mind me asking how different Turkish is in different places, Iraq for example has small numbers of Turkish speakers, would I be able to understand them if I did the course on here or would there be a lot of different grammar ( i can deal with different words for things like in the different dialects of Spanish) or would i be able to understand people
I signed up to help develop Lithuanian and Estonian courses but no one has ever gotten back with me. I have textbooks for both these languages that go from beginning to advanced. I figured I might be able to help, but no one on Duo seems to be interested in letting me help, so I don't know
I know Lithuanians and their English is very good indeed, the younger generation at least. I'm sure there are people out there that could make these courses, the problem is that Duolingo is focused on numbers, and the demand for learning these languages is far too small for them to consider adding them at least in the near term.
If you couldn't tell by my opening, then I am completely enthusiastic about that idea. I have been learning about Russia and the Soviet Union for two to three years now and I'd love to learn more of its languages. I am learning Russian and just started learning Georgian, but it's hard to find good Georgian resources, so I'd love to see a course on it. I'd also love to see all the other languages. I'd totally take a course on Kazakh, Azeri, or any of the others! I hope Duolingo will eventually add them, but I wouldn't expect them anytime soon to be honest, we just have to be patient. Also, if you're looking to learn Georgian, I found some posts here made by a native speaker from Tbilisi, Georgia!
I have also found a similar one for Kazakh:
Thank you for making this post!
I count three majority languages of former Soviet republics already available on Duolingo:
Russian (duh!), Ukrainian, and Romanian (spoken in the Republic of Moldova too!)
And you can start learning Estonian on Lingvist.com.
Other than those, Turkish is very similar to Azeri in particular, but also to the other Turkic languages from the -stans. A great revelation for me was realizing just how similar Uyghur (spoken in China!) is to Turkish.