https://www.duolingo.com/HelpfulDuo

Help us test Duolingo's new Chinese course!

[EDIT: The form is now closed. Thank you for signing up! Please stay tuned for more opportunities to test Duolingo's new courses and features :) ]

As Duolingo’s Chinese for English speakers course is getting closer to launching, we’d like to invite you to become an Alpha Tester and share your feedback with us!

Interested? Sign up to become an Alpha Tester!

You’ll get early access to the course and the chance to help us polish it before the launch. No prior Chinese knowledge required.

If selected, you'll receive an invitation email with instructions to test this course on iOS and Android mobile devices in the coming days.

October 3, 2017

175 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

Signed up. I'm fluent in Mandarin, so I can probably help with alternative solutions.

Edit: It's been two weeks. Have alpha testers already been picked?

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/HelpfulDuo

Thank you! That's exactly the kind of feedback we'll be looking for :)

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LazyEinstein

Have the Alpha testers been chosen? I am literally checking my email 5 times a day hoping to get an Alpha tester email.

EDIT: Got an Alpha tester email. Good luck to everyone else trying.

October 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

Same here. Still waiting...

October 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

OmegaGmaster

你以前在哪裡學國語?

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

我在美国学的。我不是汉人,可是玻利维亚人。

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

你好厲害呢!西班牙語, 英文 跟中文都會了. 我羨慕你.

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

谢谢你的好意!

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ForeverLonely.

No idea what you're talking about. 我可以使用谷歌翻譯雖然。

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/KwokBenson

Your chinese statement doesnt make sense "I can use google translate although" Please dont use google translate and pretend that you know Chinese. Thanks

October 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DanJHart

你好我的朋友

November 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/WillisHershey

Ooooh! Traditional characters. 你是台湾人吗?

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

我來自英國不過以前在台灣學國語。所以比較習慣用繁體字。

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/XDWHY

How?

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LazyEinstein

How what? Taiwan uses traditional characters.

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/KwokBenson

we use traditional characters too in Hong Kong 在香港我們是用繁體字的

October 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Suvarn1

我不是台灣人,可是我住在台灣。台灣很漂亮的國家!

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

沒錯。你說的就對了台灣真美。

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RunshiJian

是国家吗,小心啊孩子,你这句话带有有重大的政治意义啊

October 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien

Simplified 汉字 are better.

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Osnakezz

Easier in that sense to draw, not necessarily more beautiful, imo.

October 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Jafa759413

ditto, but I use traditional, I learned Taiwanese Mandarin at school.

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/KhuChunSiang

There is no Taiwanese Mandarin, do Korean got Korean Japanese? What about Taiwanese Japanese?

Check this ball comic made by Tâi-oân-kiû. https://i.imgur.com/Q7zBxSh.png

Main source:補足台灣語言文化脈絡,許多從夢中醒來的掙扎,應該只有台灣人通(能)體會?https://goo.gl/NeV3K4

March 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynOlson0PP

Same here!

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/macca55842

cool

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RunshiJian

so do we teach Chinese simplified or traditional? do we have a 粤语 course? do we teach 拼音 first? How will we explain the grammar which is completely different from the Latin language family? Will we teach the stroke order or just typing? these are all question we need to consider.

October 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/macca55842

is that chinese

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LazyEinstein

EDIT: Mandarin has been released. GO LEARN PEOPLE!

Mandarin is the main language I want to study next. I am practicing Mandarin on HelloChinese, ChineseSkill, and Memrise. However, I prefer the interface of Duolingo to all these apps.

All I want right now is to be an alpha tester. I would love to put in a ton of time to make sure the course is exceptional. No bug will get by!

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr

Do you have LingoDeer too?

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LazyEinstein

No I don't. But I keep hearing about this LingoDeer

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IsakNygren1

Lingodeer is good. I have only tried the Japanese course so far there. They have Chinese and Korean there as well.

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JOAT2B

Also free?

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

Yup.

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Oliver208770

no

October 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tsumtsumer

Ooh my partner is learning Mandarin atm and he's using HelloChinese for it. Would you recommend ChineseSkill and Memrise?

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LazyEinstein

I use both HelloChinese and ChineseSkill together. Minor differences make it worth it. Memrise is great but I use it the least. You should try them out see what you like.

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion

I like ChineseSkill, but the strength bar system (kinda similar to Duolingo's) is impossible to keep up with. When I do a new lesson, I learn it in the app, and then I relearn it in a Memrise course called "ChineseSkill App Vocabulary" (or something like that), and then I practice those as Memrise prompts me to.

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/kay16995

I have used ChineseSkill before and I think it works wonderfully. They have games that help with memorization, tone, writing skills and more. It works similarly to Duolingo, but also has some perks too. Although it doesn't have bots yet, it does have an easy to access discussion room and more lessons on grammar and the like. I totally recommend ChineseSkill

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/razrushost

I know the thing i will ask has nothing to do with chinese or something. And i don't even know if i am asking to the right person. But at least i can try i guess. What is wrong with duolingo? I can't add anyone as friend. And i can't see my "history" of working. Is it normal? Thanks for even reading.

October 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nattheweirdo

What is the criteria for selection? or is it just randomised?

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/shichi-astre

i don't really know but i don't think it'll be random, i think they'll look at our records with other languages to see if we are capable of doing it.

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Damon.13

I've been looking forward to this for years. Thank you Duo!

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_5.1991

I can't wait! I've been back learning Chinese about a month.

October 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH

我用HelloChinese开始学中文。然后我用“YoyoChinese”(发音与听)和AllsetLearningWiki(语法)和HelloTalk(跟人说话)。这些东西都是免费的。

然后,我开始用Duolingo。我四个月前完成了我的树。 现在,我正在用Anki因为Anki比duolingo的道题非常难。Anki教过我的事比Duolingo教的事情很多。

我建议你做我正在做的事情。

我希望我可能帮你们的忙开始英文的术!我用Android。

I started with HelloChinese and used YoyoChinese + Allsetlearning + Yoyochinese + HelloTalk (to practice with native speakers) as additional learning tools. Did I say these are all FREE?

Anyway, I moved on to Duolingo and finished the tree about 4 months ago. Now I'm using Anki for more difficult sentences which the reverse Duolingo course didn't cover grammar and vocabulary wise. I recommend everyone to do what I'm doing,

The reverse course had a lot of problems, I can tell you right off the bat in terms of translation. Sometimes it'd accept a VERY literal English translation that it shouldn't. For example, in the sentence "Rice is the primary crop", the sentence would allow you to use 米饭 which means cooked rice. And a few minor errors here and there which I hope my reports will solve. If I'm wrong in my reports, I hope someone explains it.

But in the grand scheme of things, there are no worries. The mods are doing a great job of getting these tiny issues fixed. I just hope there aren't technical ones.

我已经完成了这个。我希望我可能帮你们的忙开始英文的术!我用Android。

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LazyEinstein

I have been seriously considering YoyoChinese. How much of your learning would you say YoyoChinese made up? As in, was it the main resource you used to learn?

Thank in advance.

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH

My learning style is weird, because I made up my learning process on the go. You may like a more structured one pre-designed for you, like a classroom and I can't really give you a tested and true method off the top of my head. With that disclaimer out of the way...

The initial part of my learning was with YoyoChinese. YoyoChinese helped me with Pinyin, because they had free videos of the Mandarin teacher basically giving you speech therapy / accent coaching haha.

Yoyochinese also has videos where you can watch practical every day conversations. Although Yoyo played a small part in my learning, it played an important part.

In terms of time: I used Duolingo, real native spakers / HelloTalk, youtube videos (where yoyochinese took most of the time). Your prioritization may differ.

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

你有沒有看過這個網頁?我覺得很有趣. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3UWrgSoIxQ

SOROUSH- 我應該怎麼稱呼你呢? 你可以叫我阿德.

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

"The reverse course had a lot of problems" :可不是嗎! 我了解你的意思.

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH

不好意思,我说错了吗?

October 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

沒了!"可不是嗎"的意思是我贊成。

"可不是嗎"的英文翻譯 是,"isn't that right?", 差不多.

October 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH

你是中国人吗?我觉得你来自台湾因为你写繁体中文。

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

我是老外。以前有在台灣住。

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH

Why did you use "有" here? I have never seen it used like this. Is it a Taiwanese dialect thing?

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

我有聽過台灣人講這樣子. 有可能不是最標準的!

華人有那麼多, 當然他們都不講話以某一樣. 聽得懂就好了!

英文也是差不多這樣子. 在各種的地方講英語有差別不過大同小異.

我給你講寫中文字我覺得有一點幸苦.所以我要休息一下.

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/KhuChunSiang

Tâi-oân people are not 華Chinese人, it's based on racism.

Do you think Korean, Japan and Vietnam people are 華人?They all have similar festival based on Eastern Asia culture, in that time, there is no CHINA, and no one claimed everything are part of them.

Check this ball comic made by Tâi-oân-kiû. https://i.imgur.com/Q7zBxSh.png

Main source:補足台灣語言文化脈絡,許多從夢中醒來的掙扎,應該只有台灣人通(能)體會?https://goo.gl/NeV3K4

March 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/IsakNygren1

I just applied. I have both iOS and Android. I checked the iOS because it seems most of the times new things are added to the iOS first.

October 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LisaHerta

I have been waiting a long time for this; I'm so pumped! I studied Chinese in college and have been itching for a refresher!

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Huy_Ngo

I've signed up! How do I know whether I'm accepted?

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/konrad33

I would like to know as well (leaving this comment to get the notif lmao)

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

You'll get an email. I like your profile picture BTW.

October 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion

It says in the post that an email will be sent in a few days.

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AndrewDill19

What if we dont have iOS or android and we want to test this course?

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nattheweirdo

It will be like Japanese and Korean, only available on iOS and android initially, so I don't think you can alpha test without one of these devices

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Sydney20002

i have a slightly older ios, but i cant access the newer languages . it makes me sad.

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ThatOneDoge

Wow, really? That is disappointing. I have a 4s that can still do Japanese and Korean and such with iOS 9, what are you using?

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SJEarnest

I phone 4 with iOS 7 baby! That's right, rockin' the old languages only!

October 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss

You could install an Android emulator software like Bluestacks or NOX on your PC/Windows (maybe MAC works for some emulators too).

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DestartreK1st

Bluestacks needs too much. NOX needs less.

October 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

You would most likely have to wait for the official web version, but I'm sure it will be worth the wait! ^ ^

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CoreyTappan

What's the reason for not being able to learn korean/japanese/chinese on browsers? Something with character support?

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/HuntingHawk1415

They don't have lesson support for character lessons on browser optimized yet.

Take a look at this discussion, it gives a little bit of a status update:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/24513744

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/wu1503
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You can install Android virtual for PC (ex: :LeapDroid, Bluestacks, Nox...). It is easy to use.

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

Signed up! Can't wait to use it!

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/cazort

I'd love to do this but I am not willing to help facilitate your mobile-over-desktop priority, and it's important for me to voice an objection.

Learning a language takes a big investment of time, often more than an hour a day, and spending that much time staring at a small smartphone screen and interacting with the small interface has negative effects on physical and mental health, see this article.

When you make a language only available on mobile, it creates a strong incentive for people who want to learn that language, to spend hours on mobile when they wouldn't otherwise do this. And this could then push them to be spending more time on mobile devices than they would otherwise do.

By giving priority to mobile users you are helping to fuel mental illness and physical problems associated with bad posture. You would do well to follow the "do no harm" principle.

I know you probably don't set out thinking: "We really want to mess up society, let's launch high-demand language-learning apps that are better than all competitors, but launch them only on mobile so that we mess up people's postures and lead to increased rates of depression, anxiety, and health problems related to poor posture. Maybe we'll get lucky and some people will commit suicide in the process, if they were already at risk of suicide and dealing with numerous other problems, and this one additional factor was the little thing that pushed them over the edge." Like, I know this isn't your intention. But it is a likely effect of your choices here.

I want you to spread this information and I want it to eat at the people who make decisions at DuoLingo, keeping them asleep at night, to where they decide to change their priorities and make desktop a priority and then make the mobile devices an afterthought. It would be much better for people and for our society.

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LazyEinstein

I am in between you both on this. I prefer the computer 100%, however, I am almost never able to sit down for long periods of time at a computer because of my work and family lifestyles. Getting to Duolingo on my phone is much easier for me. I do most of my Duolingo practice on my phone. When I have a choice though, I always prefer the computer for learning.

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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I completely disagree, it's bad for your spine to sit on a chair for long periods of time while doing Duolingo lessons or any other activity. This is why I almost exclusively do lessons on my 5.7" smartphone while walking around the house.

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ethana-W

Even if you sit with good posture?

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/testmoogle

Surely, walking around while looking at a smartphone must go against some health and safety recommendation or other? :P

However, I'm glad you said that it's in your house that you do this. The amount of people walking around the streets doing stuff like this who obliviously step out onto the road in front of my van...

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/cazort

I think I agree with you here, if you're comparing smartphone use while walking / pacing, this may be healthier than sitting at a computer desk for long periods of time.

In general though this isn't how I have seen most people in my daily environment doing DuoLingo, I see a lot of people using it while sitting, or lying down in a bed or sofa.

I'm definitely a pacer, so I'm probably more like you in how I use it, walking around, but I'm not sure how many people use apps for extended periods of time like this.

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CarlosLM.

You have a point, every new technology we introduced in our lives has its pros and its cons, so we should to try to diminish the cons and enhance the pros. E.g. if you drive a car, you are putting yourself at a high risk of accident, but nobody would stop driving due to its benefits. Regarding Duolingo mobile courses, we all have idle times where it is impractical to carry a laptop, so the mobile would be the most convenient solution to make the most of our time. However, Desktop users also have health issues, so you should take into account them too. Therefore, I don't see as a solution to avoid the mobile DL apps completely. We all should have in mind the health issues, taking care of our posture, not staying too much time before a screen, making physical activity in our rests, etc. Nevertheless I agree that Duolingo has their part of responsibility, and among other things in my opinion it wouldn't be a bad idea that they would give us some quick tips or guidelines to help take care of our health, specially targeted to newbies.

P.S. Maybe the healthier way of using Duolingo is to alternate between mobile and desktop applications. I don't know, because I don't have a smartphone, but it might be a more convenient way of alternating between a sitting and a standing position, while you study languages. And remember, it doesn't matter how good a posture is, if you stay still in one single posture for too long, that's bad for your health...

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zsuzsi97194

Either way I have trouble watching a screen of any kind for too long and my iPhone 5 is too small. Also there are fewer options on the app compared to puter.

October 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

''I'd love to do this but I am not willing to help facilitate your mobile-over-desktop priority, and it's important for me to voice an objection.''

They don't have the code on the web. They're not releasing it on app first because they prefer the app.

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JOAT2B

I understand where you're coming from, but everyone is different. I prefer mobile because I can do it on my lunch break, while standing in line or waiting in the car. My favorite thing to do is mix DuoLingo with light exercise because I can work my body and brain at the same time, plus exercise helps you learn. I also use Duolingo when I'm in bed, winding down, because studying right before sleep helps you retain better. I don't see me using a desktop, laptop or even netbook while I'm on my stepper, but I CAN use my phone. Mobile does not equal unhealthy. The way we choose to use it does and Duolingo is not responsible for bad personal choices we make. If it is, then I've got a few choice words for them about my ex-husband. lol

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/duotedm

Desktop and mobile are both screens, so I'm not sure there is a whole lot of difference. I like the desktop/web version better, however, because the streak freeze is a lot cheaper!

October 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Laineybug1421

Yay! My sister wanted to do Chinese when she first learned about this, but was disappointed to see that there wasn't Chinese. Now that there is going to be Chinese on Duolingo, she'll be so excited!

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ethan825868

I hope I get selected, since I'd love to help with the course!

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/sharon822547

yippee!

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/isolated.

Signed up!

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Mandelmassa

Cool that Android works too! :D

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Njordisk

Duo, I am ready!

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/HuntingHawk1415

I have no experience with Chinese outside of the basic characters you can learn with the mobile Japanese course. I hope I can be some help as I'm an absolute newbie, and can share my "fresh eyes" experience! :)

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Sydney20002

i studied chinese for two years, and would love to help.

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/diamond20000

am very good at Mandarin so i can help out :]

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FoamToaster

Oh great! Mandarin is the language I've been waiting for most! My girlfriend is Chinese too so can probably help with the testing!

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/TexasGirl4

This sounds interesting. I always wanted to learn Chinese....so...YEAH!!!!!

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/shichi-astre

i hope that i'll be selected!! i'm really excited, this will be a whole new experience for me

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr

Signed up. Xie xie!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Riley45874

signed up. very exited!

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ChickenNugg3t

Signed up!

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nblaisdell

I submitted the original Chinese course request 4 years ago, before the incubator was even a thing, and I've been waiting for this moment ever since. (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/453895)

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Joe733089

I signed up thank you I have been waiting for this for a long time. 非常感謝

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/hoffpops

Signed up, thanks! I can't wait. I study Chinese at work but haven't found an app that matches Duolingo yet - and besides I'm too hooked on the other languages. So the sooner I can start with Chinese, the better :)

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/hoffpops

And just for the record - I love the mobile app. I do duolingo in short 5-minute bursts while waiting for the kids, while lying flat on my back, while on the cross-trainer - and I would never do as much as I do if I had to sit in front of a large screen :). I spend my days in the office and for me, learning has to be fun and possible on the go. And that only works with mobile :)

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/hoffpops

As for my level, I'm probably elementary. I need lots of drill-practice so I can impress my teacher :)

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AmyQika

I'm really interested in the Chinese course! Though I am a native Chinese speaker, I looked for the Chinese course at the first day I know Duolingo. And now it is coming! But I couldn't sign up. I couldn't open the website in China. Is there another website? I want to be am Alpha Tester too. Who can help with this problem? 我是中国人,但是我没有办法在中国打开Duolingo所提供的sign up网站。有别的网站可以sign up吗?我也超级想成为Alpha Tester!我还可以找病句和一些不符合常理的句子。

P.S. I also don't know why I could get into the duolingo.com today, and then I find this discussion. There isn't discussion in duolingo.cn and when I tried to log in at duolingo.com last week, the website just jumped to duolingo.cn. Does anyone knows why?

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lil.lou

How did I not see this earlier? This is awesome!! Thank you, Duolingo, for all your hard work!!

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Qilethebos

hey I'm chinese so i could help too!

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Qilethebos

As I said before I have lived in china for most of my life and really want to help out! But is it going to be in traditional or simplified Chinese? Because I only speak (and write) simplified Chinese. Thanks!

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Luko.

Great, I've been taking a Chinese course since the beginning of the year.

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JOAT2B

Thank you for the opportunity!

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Raptorstrike827

I will help, I think I can do it since I am chinese myself.

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LiKenun

Being Chinese ethnicity does not actually grant any skill in the language itself…

October 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

100% true. I'm Bolivian but not a Quechua native.

October 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Raptorstrike827

just signed up, I am really excited

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SquanchSour

I would love to! I will sign up.

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH

You'd have an easier time in terms of writing and what the characters mean, since you probably already learned some Kanji.

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AndrewBlackburn8

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October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/meg5280

Will it allow both simplified and traditional characters?

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

應該是。I would be surprised if it didn't.

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Marielle566942

Signed up. I'm studying mandarin since I was a kid and I would like to help in improving the course.

October 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DestartreK1st

Signed!!! Can't wait. My parents always want me to learn Chinese.

October 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hufflepuff_once_

I don't know much Chinese but I studied Cantonese and I would like to learn Mandarin. I would be excited to try this out.

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Suvarn1

I have signed up. I live in China and I am good in Chinese so i can try to help out with some problems or troubleshooting. I am looking forward to seeing this.

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jeff_xi

ok

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jeff_xi

i am from main land china and i am fluent so i can help

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jeff_xi

我从上海来

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FreedomofThought

I signed up! It'd be a great honor to be chosen to help.

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Potato351794

嗨,大家好

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ChurroChef

I'm really interested in this. I hope I'm chosen!

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Priit_

Are only a select people going to be accepted? I applied and I really want to start the course and help polish it but I have no prior knowledge with Madrain.

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/TomasLeric

I signed up a few days ago, but still no word. Has anyone been accepted yet?

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Patricj4

More than happy to help out. Been using duolingo for French and Spanish for a while now. For Chinese i have been using Ninchinese and Hellochinese but i would love to get my teeth into a duolingo Chinese course. Let me know if i can be of any use. Have a couple of people that I do the courses with so could offer a group opinion as well.

I have also been learning English from Chinese which is very hard so would be happy to try this version out.

Thanks - Paddy x

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ElGranVagabundo

I am using Ninchinese right now and its amazing!!!

May 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BostonInDaHouse

我是美国人,我在我的学校学习汉语。当它要出来,我要可以学习更。我很兴奋因为这要帮助我。I am American, and I study Chinese at school. When this comes out, I will be able to learn more. I am very excited for this to come out so it can help me with my Chinese.

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FirePolyglot

I signed up! I only know a little Chinese.

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jhfenton

This is exciting. As my profile message says, I originally came to Duolingo looking for something to help me with Mandarin, but I stayed to help me review my French, Spanish, and (later) Russian. I've continued to wait for the Mandarin course (and an Arabic course).

I did take two semesters of Mandarin at the local community college (and got my employer to pay for it), but they don't offer anything beyond that.

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/sebastiansss.

When are the emails going out?

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Priit_

You are supposed to make a separate account for the Chinese by the way.

October 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

Why?

October 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/HuntingHawk1415

Who told you that? I was selected as an alpha tester; via the email they sent to all the alpha testers, all a tester needs to do is wait for the application to update, and it would be available as if it were another language. For me, it's actually already updated, and I'm working away.

October 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SashaTB

Just signed up. I'd like to precise that I was selected for the same process when Japanese was under incubation. I got selectionned but I forget to check my mailbox, and it was too late, the course being already released. But I got it, and know I won't do the same mistake. Trust me!

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JeskeH

YES YES YES YES!!! Me please <3

Been waiting for this course since the beginning of Duolingo, maybe ever.

Thanks so much that you are working on this course :)

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/KwokBenson

I signed up as well... I'm fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, so I can help out for some other translations that the contributors might have forgotten

October 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LiKenun

I am not sure that this is the best place to suggesting things for the course, but please consider proper support for both Traditional and Simplified variants.

October 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RunshiJian

I'm fluent in English, I live in Canada now, learning French(only 8%), Lived in China for 11 years and write in simplified, can read original.

我的英语很流利,中国(大陆)住了11年,一年前移民到了加拿大。

October 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Priit_

Hey guys! I just got mailed today, anyone else?

October 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

Me! Awesome!

October 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ellis930361

Why is everything closed? I know Mandarin Chinese

October 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/strocolate

Nooooo i'm too late

October 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RunshiJian

so do we teach Chinese simplified or traditional? do we have a 粤语 course? do we teach 拼音 first? How will we explain the grammar which is completely different from the Latin language family? Will we teach the stroke order or just typing? these are all question we need to consider.

October 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JOAT2B

I was selected to alpha test but it said I need a new invitation code and you guys never sent me one. I've emailed and one of the mods emailed on my behalf but I never heard back from anyone and now I believe I've missed out completely! :'(

November 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/elmanisero777

Is there gonna be a Chinese forum? It's my number want-to-learn language!

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Isaiah240933

I would like to see an option for pinyin or characters when reading sentences. Also, more of a focus on tones would be nice so I don’t butcher them when speaking with a native mandarin speaker

April 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HadiShahzad

OMG YES I CANT BELIEVE IT CHINESE OMG OMG OMG OMG

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RunshiJian

我是被鄙视的大陆人。。。

October 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LaytonKels

you didn't have it before it's one of the most popular languages

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/bugnotnot

I also find it strange

October 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/bugnotnot

Is it going to be traditional or mandarin?

October 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH

There are two main SPOKEN Chinese languages. Mandarin, and Cantonese.

There are also two WRITTEN systems in China. Simplified and Traditional.

Mandarin (the common tongue, 普通话) originates from Beijing, the capital of China. The official education policy says that kids learn Mandarin in school, even in the Cantonese regions.

Cantonese, 广东话, the is the main language of the Guangdong province and Hong Kong. I'm not sure about the policies on those but Hong Kong definitely requires learning Mandarin and Cantonese.

你好吗 -- simplified

你好嗎 -- traditional

As you can see, one of three characters looks more complicated. The complicated one is traditional Chinese. The not complicated one is... well as you guessed it, simplified. :)

October 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynOlson0PP

What about Taiwanese?

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LiKenun

In Taiwan, Taiwanese is actually important enough to be used in public. It does merit consideration. But I do not know of any standardization effort for Taiwanese; it can be written in 3 different scripts one of which has religious/colonial undertones.

October 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Matthew861602

What about Hakka? And the other Chinese languages?

October 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LiKenun

You are right to use the term language here to refer to Cantonese and Mandarin; they are about as different as Italian and Spanish. The two languages require different courses although very similar approaches may be taken for both languages. If a Cantonese course is being worked on, a lot of the work developing the Mandarin course should be reusable.

One more important Chinese language I would add is Taiwanese, which is prominent enough to be used in the public sphere in Taiwan. But like many other lesser varieties of Chinese, a standardized way to encode the language in a vernacular script does not exist.

October 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH

I don't think that's a good comparison.

It's probably more like French and Italian. They'll write the same thing but the pronunciation is way different.

Italian and Spanish are more phonetic to their scripts and because they have a lot of cognates (even in terms of spelling), they'll sound more similar when spoken. Correct me if I'm wrong!

October 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Bin_Laden2.0

Spanish is good content

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Bin_Laden2.0

Sign up to become an Alpha Tester!

October 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/pp6125

I would do it in a heart beat i would enjoy talking Chinese considering im Chines adopted but im allready commited to my other Manderin site Rosetta stone(a great site) AND ITS HARD TO GET TO THAT THANKS ANYWAY

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lil.lou

You could use both if you wanted to, no harm done.

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/pp6125

Well yes im so dumb, i'll just wait intill it comes out i don't need to test it i know it will be Awsome THANKS el loui

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

Duolingo is better than Rosetta Stone, and it's free. And like el.loui said, you can do it on both.

October 6, 2017
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