Who would like an Old Norse course on Duolingo?
I was looking through the suggested languages on lrtward's guide and I realized there was no Old Norse listed as one of the suggested languages! Old Norse is the language that Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, and Faroese all derive from! We should add this beautiful language to Duolingo! Upvote if you agree!
Edit: The ISO 639-3 code for Old Norse is non. Thank you piguy3!
Icelandic is very little changed from Old Icelandic/Norse; I believe the difference is largely a matter of vocabulary (and understanding all the tortuously-oblique kennings that Old Norse literature is full of), such that understanding the sagas for modern Icelanders is is probably no more difficult than understanding Shakespeare for an Englishman.
That being the case, having a modern Icelandic course would easily be half way there. Of course, in an ideal world there would be both, but I feel that Icelandic is considerably more likely to happen.
If we are going with a dead, Germanic Medieval language, I would prefer Old English but were an Old Norse course available, I would definitely take it. As I would with Gothic, Old Saxon, Old High German or any other such course. But Old Norse would definitely be my third choice, after OE and Gothic.
Ah, now I want to learn all of those too.
It raises an interesting point though; languages are in a constant state of evolution, so when you revive a language from the past, you're really just focusing on one snapshot in the evolution of a branch of a language tree. I don't know how you'd make an Old Norse course to make everyone happy unfortunately - do you go for Old Norse at the start of the viking age, or Old Norse when the saga's were written some 4-500 years later for example. You also have the problem that nobody knows how they were spoken.
It might be better to have mini courses dedicated to translating important texts from history?
NB: Teach Yourself seems to have gotten their meaning of "soon" from the same dictionary as Duolingo.
I think that it would be one of the best things that Duolingo going to do. I hope we will have courses for Old Norse, Old English, Latin, Finnish, Icelandic, Lithuanian and other great languages, it doesn't matter if they are dead or not, Duolingo needs more languages anyway.