https://www.duolingo.com/WasleyShe

Could we have a Taiwanese course?

I believe it would be great if more people could learn this beautiful language. It is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken mainly by people in Taiwan, but also many people in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, and China. I haven't seen this language be discussed much in Duolingo. Please upvote this and or comment if you are interested! Thank you!

October 17, 2017

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

閩南語 is a beautiful language. One problem is that it is more of a spoken language than a written one. Duolingo mainly teaches the basic written forms of a language and doesn't focus much on speaking skills.

他們應該怎麼教呢? 用國語的文法還是用閩南語的文法?

比如說,在台灣講台語的新聞廣播他們常常用國語的文法. 但是呢,很多人覺得有一點怪怪的.

所以呢, Duolingo, 應該用什麼方法處理這個問題?

你是嘉義的人嗎?有很多人說嘉義的食物很好吃. 我沒有出過真可惜.

October 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Tzu-ChingW

Taiwanese is not 閩南語. Often, Taiwanese refers to Taiwanese Hokkien. Although it resembles a lot like 閩南語 (Southern Min) it combines with Japanese, Formosan languages, etc. and evolves into a form of its own. There are written forms of Taiwanese like 台羅(Tâi-lô) and 白話字(Pe̍h-ōe-jī). Written forms of Taiwanese were invented by the western missionaries in 19th century and were sadly banned by KMT government in Taiwan due to the cultural colonization. Therefore, written forms of Taiwanese are rarely seen in Taiwan. Even the spoken Taiwanese language is rarely spoken in the young generations.

Taiwanese is a beautiful language and I would love to have it on Duolingo.

Taiwanese Hokkien in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwanese_Hokkien

May 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson

I think you need to be more specific.

Wikipedia thinks the term is ambiguous:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwanese_language_(disambiguation)

Ethnologue thinks it's an alternative name of this:
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/nan

The best thing is to identify the ISO 639-3 code for it.

If you do, then you can follow this: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15014194

October 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/miacomet

Glossika's Taiwanese course should be out for free later today. Check it out!

October 18, 2017
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