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More languages to learn?

Hi, I am interested in starting another language once I reach level 6 in French (I am currently Level 5), but there are so many to pick from!! I would like suggestions for different languages, why you like them, etc. I am also waiting for the Hindi to come out, but I am going to have to wait a while, so I'm going to start another language. I hope you all have great suggestions!!

September 27, 2017



You could learn another language from French (options: Italian, Spanish Portuguese, German, Or English) or even learn French from another language (options: Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, German, or Russian) Or, if you just want to stick with English, I'd suggest either Turkish, Russian, Spanish, German, Swahili, or Portuguese. Or, if you want to be a polyglot, pick every language :D


woof your comments sometimes just make me laugh :)


I'd suggest waiting till your French is better because level 6 is quite low. I'd recommend you get to a good level in French and then start another language.


If you want to start a new language, I'd suggest taking the Spanish or Portuguese course. They are pretty easy to get into, especially when there are French and English cognates within those languages


Swahili is so amazing and unfortunately it is so commonly overlooked. Tanzania is one of the most traveled to places in Africa, one of the best for business, and overall an amazing country. Swahili is super unique, unlike any other language you could learn on Duolingo. If you're in it for the long run, Tanzania is always in search for more English speakers, as English is a very important language there. It is also spoken in Kenya. Many people think it sounds like Arabic and a bit like Mandarin, but trust me, it is way more simple than those languages. It gives you enough of a challenge to make it fun, but sense you're learning French I'm sure you know the symbols under and over the letters can be confusing, and Swahili doesn't have that. The pronunciations are super simple too. I'll give you some examples of words to possibly get you excited to learn Swahili.

Jambo - Hello

Konokono - Snail

Nimefurahi - I am happy

Kompyuta - Computer

Kamera - Camera

Upendo - Love

Zuri - Beautiful

Kwa Heri - Bye


It appears you have completed the tree. I also think it is very neat Swahili is on here—its a unique language that wasn't taught at my university. And I wonder about the proficiency that can be attained through Duolingo. Like for example, learning Portuguese from the spanish course is pretty straightforward, and I have a very good level—all things considering—in portuguese in large part due to duolingo. Perhaps you could give some insight on where you are at with the course, time invested in it, and why did you pick it, initially.


XD nope. Not done with the tree quite yet. I've got about a whole checkpoint to complete. I spend at least an hour on Duolingo at least each day (normally). I chose it because Duolingo didn't have Japanese or Hindi (this was a year ago) so I chose a random one that I've never heard of. I just got lucky and happened to love Swahili. Yeah, I also think that it's great that Swahili is on here. A lot of language learning sites don't have any African languages.


oh. Go figure. I completed the portuguese from Spanish course at level 15 or 16. What would you say your proficiency is in the language?


By level, the course can't take you farther than A2, so that's what I am. I can read pretty well, but listening I can only do if spoken slowly. When I listen to songs, it usually takes me listening to the songs a couple times before recognizing the words. Overall though, I think that I do well, I just need a tutor or a fluent speaker to help me get anywhere past A2.


K. Got it. Cool, and thank you for the info. I think it is worth knowing how far duolingo can go; for example my portuguese ability is well past A2, especially for reading. And I think that having a base level in other languages for some level of interaction is a really cool experience when it can be used. For example, when I traveled to Israel knowing some basic hebrew phrases was rewarding, and when I have traveled to Spanish speaking countries, its always amazing to finally get to use skills I have spent so much time investing in. Thanks for the info. I find your investment in Swahili to be interesting.

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