Afrikaans for English speakers 1#
Hi Everyone, I'm sure that most of you know about the Afrikaans language. It originated from Dutch and is quite similar. In modern day it is mostly spoken in South Africa. It is a family language and I think it would be great on Duolingo. I would gladly contribute! Please let me know if you like this idea and if you would like to contribute!
My challenge is to get it onto the system before the end of 2014!
Liefde en baie dankie almal!
Afrikaans for English speakers 2#
Even if somebody is a Star Trek fan, it is still a pretty useless language...lol. I enjoy the Lord of the Rings, but I'm not going to invest time in learning "Elvish". I like Star War, but I'm not going to learn to speak "Hut" or "Wookie".
Afrikaans would be a great language addition. As a Celt myself, I like that Duolingo has included both Gaelic (Irish) and Cymri (Welsh) but I think a language like Afrikaans has FAR more practical applications than either of those. Afrikaans would be great addition to the courses here, I think.
Eventually Mandarin and Arabic are going to have to be added, if only for the sheer amount of people that speak them. If Duolingo can master different alphabets for the Russian, Hebrew, and Hindi courses, I think they can get Mandarin and Arabic up pretty well sometime, too. These are more important even than Afrikaans, but I'd still prefer Afrikaans given that my English is perfect and it would be easier for me to learn, even if I have to do it through English....lol.
I am sure it would be great to have an Afrikaans course.
There is already a Dutch course for English speakers, and an English course for Dutch speakers is in preparation. It has been held up by bugs that affect all courses for languages other than those originally taught by Duolingo (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German). But the team working on it seems to be particularly eager, so I am sure once the bugs have been solved we will soon have a Dutch course. This could then serve as an excellent base for an Afrikaans course.
It's 2020 and there is still no sign of an Afrikaans course on DuoLingo... Not even in the incubator. The resources to learn it out there are not so great, from my experience, so a DuoLingo course would simply be wonderful. A lot of people seem to want to learn Afrikaans too, so I don't understand why it's not there yet. :(
Baie dankie! Dit sal baie graaf van jou wees. Die enigste ding wat 'n bietjie van 'n probleem is is die feit dat ons kan nie Afrikaans slang in DuoLingo gebruik nie soos die woord awesome.
Translation: Thank you so much. That would be very kind of you. The only thing that would be a bit of a problem is the fact that you cannot use Afrikaans slang on DuoLingo such as the word awesome.
Only discovered this website today, hoping to try and find somewhere to learn some afrikaans. I know a lot of people on here say to learn Dutch for the similarities but It's not as close as I had imagined. I was required to reach level 2 in order to comment here so just picked it and was surprised how everything I knew about Afrikaans was almost out the window. My wife is first language Afrikaans but I am an Aussie so it's really my only exposure to it. I really want to learn it to engage more with her family and such. Hoping we can get something going on here as it's the best language learning site I have come across.
where it at doe?
I wanted to learn because it seemed strikingly similar to English and easier than Dutch but it seems the only new language added to the incubator is a language from Game of Thrones (extremely stupid choice) Many people use Duolingo as a serious resource so adding, Klingon and High Valyrian to the incubator over say, Mandarin, Arabic, Afrikaans or even Japanese is a really dumb choice.
But in any case, I wouldn't be able to contribute but I would love to learn Afrikkans since it is essentially a simplified Dutch.
DavidGroode 22 To all people who speak Afrikanns as their first language. Please come together and start to create and build an Afrikaans Course in the incubator. The requests for this language have been for over a year and a half and no one that I have known about has stepped up and created a course in Afrikaans in the incubator yet. Please get all of the people you know who speak Afrikaans as their first language to come together and make this happen. The demand is high, the requests have been going on for a long time and the time is now to make this happen. For all people who speak Afrikaans as their first language - the saying applies: "If it is to be, it is up to me." Keep your language alive and well. The time is now!
Yesss!! The link to join the incubator: https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/en/af/status
This discussion has been going on for 4 years at least. Why has there not been a response yet from Duo Lingo about getting Afrikaans going - when plenty of people have volunteered to contribute? What is it going to take to have happen? Maybe I need to get in touch with Duo Lingo and volunteer to put a communication out to let people know about the status of languages and the time line that they will be coming out? What does it take for a company to communicate this and just write a response about it to let people know? Frustrating because they are a great company with an awesome product and concept, however a fortress to get through to be able to talk to anyone or reach out to anyone. I am inviting Duo Lingo to communicate with people and update people - especially when this discussion has been going on for at least 4 years now. Really!
I agree! They should take a hint from Wikipedia and really open up much more to allow people to contribute as much as they want.
I just hope this hasn't got anything to do with any prejudices against Afrikaans or something. I think it's a general thing that they are very slow-moving and restrictive.