Dear Duo, all I want for Christmas (or Winter Solstice) is...
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Here's how to participate:
In English and a language you're learning (or a language you want Duolingo to add), write "All I want for Christmas" or "All I want for Winter Solstice" and list two languages and one feature that you'd really like to see on Duolingo. Then, give a small description of the languages (history, cool facts, stuff like that) and the feature you want and why.
Then, use the search bar to find the most popular discussion devoted to the languages you want and up vote them, as directed in the discussion Guide: I would like a new course. What should I do?.
PS Those who are just posting which languages they want are missing out on the purpose of this discussion: to celebrate the languages we love by sharing something about them with others. Write in that language, share things you appreciate about it, etc. So, if you've just posted up a list of what you want, I recommend going back and editing your comments. Share something beyond just asking for something. :)
All I want for Christmas is Trigedasleng, ASL, and email verification.
Ogeda bilaik ai gaf in gon son-wamplei: Trigedasleng, ASL, en email verification.
Facts about Trigedasleng:
Trigedasleng is the language of the the TriKru Grounders, survivors of a nuclear apocalypse that dessimated most of the Earth's population in the television series, The 100. The language's creator, David Peterson has totally given his blessing for Duolingo to host a Trigedasleng course. He has also mentioned that there are enough fluent speakers willing to build it.
Until the launch of Duolingo's High Valyrian course, Trigedasleng was David Peterson's most popular constructed language, according to his talk at Princeton in 2016 and a post on Tumblr:
Trigedasleng is likely my most popular created language, even considering all the other shows/movies I’ve worked on, despite the fact that The 100 isn’t the most popular show I work on...Source
That says a lot, considering its originating tv show, The 100, was far less popular than Game of Thrones and there was no Duolingo to boost the language.
(Check out DJP's complete list of languages O.O)
Another fun fact:
Trigedasleng has a preposition descended from "hashtag", hashta, "regarding" or "about".
Where to upvote: Trigedasleng for English Speakers
Facts about American Sign Language:
I've been prolific posting about ASL on Duolingo, so I'll just link to a previous post of mine: ASL: the History, Struggles, and Deaf Culture. a primer
Where to upvote:
ASL is possible on Duolingo (I will be updating the resources listed in the post today.)
All I want for Channukah is Finnish, Lojban, and more Kanji!
Finnish is known for having some intense inflectional morphology, with 15 different noun cases, so I want to see if I'm up to the challenge. Plus, I think that Finland is a pretty cool country and would like to get the chance to visit one day.
Lojban is a conlang that was meant to be as logical and consistent as possible, and yet so radically different from all natural languages. It's predecessor/parent language, Loglan, was actually created to investigate the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which basically states that language affects the way we think. I've always wanted to try it out a bit.
As someone who has been learning Japanese for two years, Kanji is something that I'm trying to tackle, and when I found out that Duolingo was making a course, I thought it would be a great tool to expand my knowledge of Kanji, but that hasn't exactly happened. Hopefully, we'll get an updated tree with more Kanji in the future!
Great! This seems interesting!
Tout je veux pour le Noël est le roumain de le français. Aussi, je veux le latin (though, I know this course in particular is not likely to come. Also, sorry for the potential mistakes).
All I want for Christmas is Romanian from French. Also, I want Latin.
There's no real features I desire or feel I need (except Immersion, which I know will not come back, of course). I don't like asking things for Christmas. ^ ^
I hope it's alright that I post a Wikipedia section here as for my explanation of Latin (since that's the language that doesn't already exist here). I will make sure to put a link to the source so that no one will think I own the words.
Latin (Latin: lingua latīna, IPA: [ˈlɪŋɡʷa laˈtiːna]) is a classical language belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European languages. The Latin alphabet is derived from the Etruscan and Greek alphabets, and ultimately from the Phoenician alphabet.
Latin was originally spoken in Latium, in the Italian Peninsula. Through the power of the Roman Republic, it became the dominant language, initially in Italy and subsequently throughout the Roman Empire. Vulgar Latin developed into the Romance languages, such as Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Romanian. Latin and French have contributed many words to the English language. Latin and Ancient Greek roots are used in theology, biology, and medicine.
By the late Roman Republic (75 BC), Old Latin had been standardised into Classical Latin. Vulgar Latin was the colloquial form spoken during the same time and attested in inscriptions and the works of comic playwrights like Plautus and Terence. Late Latin is the written language from the 3rd century, and Medieval Latin the language used from the 9th century to the Renaissance which used Renaissance Latin. Later, Early Modern Latin and Modern Latin evolved. Latin was used as the language of international communication, scholarship, and science until well into the 18th century, when it began to be supplanted by vernaculars. Ecclesiastical Latin remains the official language of the Holy See and the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.
Today, many students, scholars and members of the Catholic clergy speak Latin fluently as a liturgical language. It is taught in primary, secondary and postsecondary educational institutions around the world.
Latin is a highly inflected language, with three distinct genders, seven noun cases, four verb conjugations, four verb principal parts, six tenses, three persons, three moods, two voices, two aspects and two numbers.
This is my year baby. All I wanted for Christmas was Mandarin, Arabic(MSA/Egyptian), Hindi, and Japanese. I currently am in the process of getting all four.
- Mandarin because it is the largest language and I literally can't go anywhere for work or personal reasons in Canada/USA without bumping into at least one person who speaks it.
- Arabic(MSA) because it is a good way to be able to read about politics and culture as well as a great stepping stone to start learning the dialects.
- Hindi because the script is pretty neat, large speaking population(thanks to Urdu being mostly the same spoken), and I meet lots of people in Canada who speak it.
- Japanese because I have always loved the way it sounded, kana makes the writing look so cool when added to Kanji, and the culture is very interesting.
If I had to pick another language other than those to meet the criteria of the discussion I would pick Egyptian Arabic and Cantonese.
-Egyptian Arabic because it would make speaking with the largest group of Arabic speakers more comfortable than trying to speak in MSA
-Cantonese because the culture is really cool. Very different than mainland China from what I have experienced. Sounds better than Mandarin IMO and the only reason I don't learn it over Mandarin is due to the amount of speakers.
All I want for Chanukkah is: Basque (Euskal) and Navajo. Cornish would be nice as would be Catalan for English speakers (for those not interested in learning Spanish). [Finnish and Latin are two languages we will most likely see in the future, so I wanted to talk about others).
Basque is a language isolate spoken in northern Spain in the region of Pais Vasco. San Sebastian (Spanish) or Donostia (Euskal) is the 'capital' of the unrecognized Euskalharria. It sounds really cool with all the x's and it is the oldest known language spoken in Europe.
Cornish (Kernowak) has a small revival movement that is gaining some momentum. Cornwall was once an independent country and is intelligible with Breton and Welsh.
Navajo - It is by far the most spoken Native American language in the United States. There is a revival movement and has 2 major movies now completely spoken in Navajo. Here is a funny clip of Finding Nemo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeeLWl562Y4
I'd like more but I already broke the rules so I'll leave it there :P
All I want for Christmas is Georgian. ერთადერთი რამ, რაც შობისთვის მინდა, ქართული ენაა.
Georgian is my native language, and an extraordinary, ancient language that in time of its history developed 3 different alphabetical scripts, all used for different purposes.
The first and the oldest script, called "Asomtavruli" (Capital Letters) was used as carvings on churches and other buildings. ႠႱႭႫႧႠႥႰႭჃႪႨ.
The next one, "Nuskhuri" (For Lists) or Khutsuri (For Elders) was used in churches as the script of sacred texts and books.
The newest one, "Mkhedruli" (Chivalric) developed in XII century A.D. and is still used nowadays as an official Georgian alphabet. მხედრული.
Thank you for this. I will write in the Kabardian dialect of Circassian.
Сэ мы хъуромэм дуолингом адыгэбзэрэ финыбзэрэ сыхуейщ. Дуолингом тхэфынрэ сыхуейщ.
(I'll upload a voice recording later.)
I want the Circassian and Finnish languages on Duolingo this Christmas. I also want to be able to write on Duolingo. (By this I mean being able to practice writing a language with your finger, which is desperately needed for Japanese, Korean and Chinese.
Ever since about a year ago, I fell in love with the Circassian language. Its phonology, insane grammar, everything about it drew me to it. I'm also fascinated by the Circassian people, their culture, and their history. It's starting to die out among the younger generation, and I hope that I can promote it to the younger generations of Circassians and foreigners as well. I want to learn this language to fluency and help spread it on Duolingo.
Finnish, compared to Kabardian, has quite the similarities and contrasts. It's agglutinative like Kabardian, but has an easier alphabet and a different system of agglutination. Kabardian is polypersonal, while Finnish is not (afaik. Please correct if I'm wrong). Nonetheless, I find it just as fascinating as Kabardian, and I hope one day I can move to Finland with my knowledge of Finnish and get to really experience the Finnish culture.
Thanks for this post, Usagi.
Interesting idea! Here's my attempt (in German, Norwegian, English). :-)
Alle was ich für Weihnachten ist: Isländisch, Duo Stories für mehr Sprachen, und ein neu art der Kommunikation mit Freunden.
Alt jeg vil ha til jul er: islandsk, Duo Stories til mer språk, og en ny måte å kommunisere med venner.
All I want for Christmas is: Icelandic, Duo Stories for more languages, and a new way to communicate with friends.
And now, some fun facts about Icelandic:
-The Icelandic language has remained fairly unchanged from the 9th-10th century, since it hasn't been greatly influenced by other languages.
-Of all the Germanic languages, Icelandic is the closest relative to Old Norse. This means Old Norse texts written in the 12th century can still be understandable to Icelandic speakers!
-Some words in the English language of Icelandic origin: viking, geyser, saga
-There are 500,000 Icelandic speakers worldwide, the majority being in Iceland itself (about 320,000). There are small numbers of Icelandic speakers in Denmark, the US and Canada.
Another very cool thing about Iceland/Icelandic language: names. In Iceland they use a unique system for family names. Instead of simply taking their father's last name, a child's last name is a combination of their father's first name and either -sson (if they're male) or -dóttir (if they're female). An example (courtesy of Wikipedia):
A man named Jón Einarsson has a son named Ólafur. Ólafur's last name will not be Einarsson like his father's; it will become Jónsson, literally indicating that Ólafur is the son of Jón (Jóns + son). The same practice is used for daughters. Jón Einarsson's daughter Sigríður's last name would not be Einarsson but Jónsdóttir. Again, the name literally means "Jón's daughter" (Jóns + dóttir).
All I want for Christmas is longer and more advanced courses with more vocab and grammar in all languages... mostly French, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Irish, Welsh. I would also love to see Latin and Icelandic or Faroese added, as well as another African language.
Duo care, in Nativitate Domini linguam Latinam cupio.
Dear Duo, all I want for Christmas is Latin and the activity stream back.
After learning some Latin you will be able to understand the Latin news on the Finnish and the German radiostation. On the German station there are even some videos in Latin, and some are produced by children!
You'll be able to read Regulus (The little Prince), Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis and some comics like Asterix apud helvetios.
Latin is not dead, and I think it is pretty cool that even in our days there are still people talking Latin and even producing new Latin texts! You can read more about Contemporary Latin on Wikipedia.
I would also love to follow some moderators and friends like I was able a year ago. I learned so much that way! I just followed a link when I saw that a moderator had written about an interesting topic in a sentence discussion. My Duo friends helped me when I had a question, and I helped them. When I had written a comment, I could go back via the link and add something or correct a mistake.
And even if we are usually motivated to learn a language, there are some days when we need just a little emotional support from our friends. Congratulations when we reached a milestone helped!
I don't mind when the messages will disappear after a while (let's say two weeks) to keep server load down. I only wish for a mean to communicate in an open way (clubs won't do because I had to have moderators in my club to learn from them).
All I want for the Día de Reyes is
- Mandarin, Hindi, and Arabic, which Duo will give me
- Potential courses of Icelandic, Finnish, Amharic and Armenian from English
- Potential courses of Galician and Basque from Spanish
- The chatbots AND the stories for all the languages!
- Czech and High Valyrian in the app
- And for Duolingo to continue to be awesome and for everyone to be excellent to each other!
Todo lo que quiero para Navidad es tailandés, latina, y no spamming en el foro :P
All I want for Christmas is Thai, Latin, and no spamming in the forum :P
Facts about Thai:
-Thai is a tonal language, with five tones. For example, Mai = Mile, Mài = New, Mái = Wood, Mâi = Not, Măi = Silk.
-Thai is spoken by an estimated 40 million speakers across the world, 20 million are native speakers.
-The first occurrence of written Thai is traditionally assumed to be a stone inscription date 1292 AD in Sukhothai.
- It uses an alphabet of 32 vowels and 44 consonants.
-Though the language has its own numeral system, it also uses Arabic numerals.
Facts about Latin:
-Latin has three genders- Masculine, neuter and feminine.
- Between 60% and 70% of all English words come from Latin, and up to 80% of all words in languages such as Spanish, French, and Italian come from Latin.
-Latin verbs are at the end of the sentence (unless the verb is a verb like "to be", in which case it can go almost anywhere.
Sources: https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-interesting-facts-about-the-Latin-language and my own knowledge.
All I want for Christmas is Arabic, Estonian and Finnish
Arabic is already on its way so no need to explain!
I am Estonian, and sadly I don’t know my mother tongue very well. Very similar to Finnish - Part if the Finnish-Ugric tree - it is very different from a lot of languages today. The country has been invaded by multiple powers including Germany, Sweden, Russia and many more. It has quite a suppressed history and would love to learn it properly and share my culture with the world!
I'd love Trigedasleng! ♥
Other things I'd like for Christmas are:
- Finnish and Serbian courses in the incubator.
- no more bugs in the discussion boards
- an official return of the progress quiz, because only looking how gold a tree is, doesn't tell as much as the quiz did and I fear the workaround won't work for long...
- something to manually adjust the ratio of L1/L2 typing.
Yes, it's more than one feature, but I couldn't decide...
I'd love to see Finnish, because it looks so interesting with all those repeated letters and it's unique. I also really like the country, other fun facts are in other posts.
I'd love to see Serbian, mostly because it's where my Grandfather grew up. It's also diagraphic meanting that they officially use both the Cyrillic and the Latin alphabet
All I want for Winter Solstice is Navajo, Latin, and messaging followers directly(not through discussion forum)!
Alles wat ik wil voor Winter Solstice is Navajo, Latijns en messaging-volgers rechtstreeks (niet via discussieforum)!
I think Navajo would be a good language because in the US we are losing our Native Americans and their homeland. Also, learning languages that are not widely known can be helpful. For example, WWII. The US and their allies used Navajo to speak over the radio without the enemy understanding.
Latin would be good because it is the root for most languages and it would be a big step to learning a language.
Messaging friends should still exist because I can't contact my friends because we are banned from the discussion forum(Duolingo Schools). I think that we should be able to contact each other somehow on Duolingo. Also, sometimes I hold xp competitions with my friends. I can't give them the lingot prize because we can't use the discussion forum.
All I want for Christmas is Arabic, Hindi and the ability to set how many sentences are in the target language and how many are in the native language.
Tout ce que je veux pour le noël c'est l'arabe, l'hindi et le pouvoir de fixer combien des phrases sont dans la langue de cible et combien sont dans la langue native.
Arabic is a very beautiful language. I like languages for different reasons, to me, French sounds beautiful in a sophisticated sort of way, while Arabic sounds beautiful in a mysterious sort of way. It's also very widely spoken and has a lot of literature and poetry and from what I've seen can be very expressive.
L'arabe c'est une très belle langue. J'aime les langues pour des raisons différentes, a mon avis, le francais a l'air beau, d'un genre sophistiqué, raffiné, alors que l'arabe a l'air beau d'un genre mystérieux. Et en plus il a beaucoup de locuteurs et de literature, et de ce que j'ai vu, il peut être très expressif.
Hindi is also a beautiful language, and it's also very widely spoken, even more if you count Urdu. I think the verb system of Hindi is very interesting and want to learn more. I love everything about India and really want to visit one day.
L'hindi est aussi une belle langue, et il a aussi beaucoup de locuteurs, pas mal encore si on compte l'ourdou. Je trouve le systeme verbe de l'hindi très intéressant et je voudrais en apprendre plus. J'aime tout ce qui vient de l'Inde et je souhaite la visiter un jour.
The feature I asked for is asked for pretty often and I'm sure that Luis has said Duolingo would work on implementing it, so I guess it's just a matter of time. It would be very useful, because right now you get a lot of sentences in the target language and asking you to translate into the native language, and I understand if someone wants that, but personally I want more practice writing in the target language.
Le truc que j'ai demandé, il est demandé assez souvent et en plus je suis sûr que Luis a dit que Duolingo travaillerait à l'implémenter donc je suppose que ce n'est qu'une question de temps. Ça serait tres utile, car au moment on reçoit beaucoup de phrases dans la langue de cible où il faut traduire en langue native, et bien que je comprenne que certains le voudraient, personnellement je veux encore de pratique d'écrire en langue de cible.
All I want for Christmas is...
A class in Amharic for English speakers, because it would be interesting for more people to learn such a language. My family speaks it (not me, unfortunately), and it's a unique language in many ways, from its alphabet to its structural aspects. Plus Duolingo is kind of lacking in African languages, haha.
A class in Farsi/Persian for English speakers would also be interesting, especially as Arabic is starting to hit the road. It's a cool language, and one could delve into poetry, culture, and politics. There's a lot of opportunities in that regard.
As for features, other than getting stories in other languages here, I would also like to see more messaging between the users of the website. If not, maybe speaking exercises of sorts for languages that don't have it...?
Tout ce que je veux pour Nöel est les cours Fr->Pl et Pl->Fr. Mais vous me voulez écrire une seule fonction que je veux ? Comment ? Je veux beaucoup... Une fonction qui ne permis pas l'utilisation de certaines contractions (comme "he's" pour "he has", sauf en cas de "he has got") serait très gentile... Je veux une "Disable audio" fonction que marche vraiment ! Je veux la vérification des addresses emails. Et la liste continue...
All I want for Christmas is the Fr->Pl and Pl->Fr courses. But you want me to write a single feature I want? How? I want a lot... A feature which does not permit the use of certain contractions (like "he's" for "he has", except in the case of "he has got") would be very nice... I want a "Disable audio" button that really works! I want email verification. And the list goes on...
On parlé le français en France, et aussi à Québec (et des autres régions de la Canadie) en Suisse, Belgique, et beaucoup d'autre pays. Il y a approximent 76 000 000 francophones natifs mondialement, et une évalutaion de 274 000 000 locuteurs totals. La langue utilise l'alphabet Latin. Elle est l'ancêtre de beaucoup de mots anglais.
French is spoken in France, also in Quebec (and other Canadian regions), Switzerland, Belgium, and many other countries. There are approximately 76 million native speakers worldwide, and an estimate of 274 million total speakers. The language uses the Latin alphabet. It is the ancestor of many English words.
My brain is too fried to write more in French at the moment. But I might come back later and add more. :)
All I want for Christmas is a course involving Amharic, whether it be English->Amharic or Amharic->English. If Duolingo added Amharic, I would be so immensely happy!
ለገና የምፈልገው ብቻ ከአማርኛ ጋር የተያያዘ መማሪያ ሥርዓት ነው፣ እንግሊዝኛ->አማርኛ ወይስ አማርኛ->እንግሊዝኛ ሆኖም። Duolingo አማርኛ ቢጨምር የመጨረሻ ደስተኛ እሆን ነበር!
To read more about Amharic/Ethiopia and find some resources, visit my posts directory here:
ስለ አማርኛ/ኢትዮጵያ ተጨማሪ መረጃ ለማወቅና ቁሶችን ለማግኘት፣ የልጥፎቼ ማውጫውን እዚህ ጎብኙ፦
I just wanted to say I loved that you meantioned the language from the 100. I really like that series, I think it is neat, I like that you shared this thing about it, and the information was somewhat interesting.
And I do want somethings for Hannukah, but I am not going to put it here now! (great post! :D Creative and I like it a lot)
You are more than welcome to cite Hannukah as your winter holiday of choice. I picked Christmas because I'm most familiar with it from my childhood and Winter Solstice because there was a word for it in Trigedasleng. I'm in favor of folks customizing these to fit the special holiday occasions that are important or nostalgic for them. ^_^
Those who are just posting which languages they want are missing out on the purpose of this discussion: to celebrate the languages we love by sharing something about them with others. Write in that language, share things you appreciate about it, etc. So, if you've just posted up a list of what you want, I recommend going back and editing your comments. Share something beyond just asking for something. :)
Tout ce que je veux pour Noël, c'est l'allemand suisse. Allemand vers Suisse serait bon si la demande est plus élevée (forte?) que l'anglais vers l'allemand suisse. C'est tout. All I want for Christmas is Swiss German. German to Swiss German is fine if the demand is higher (stronger?) than English to Swiss German. That's all.
[I don't know if "forte" or "élevée" conveys the best meaning idiomatically. And I don't know if the French have a special word or phrase for Swiss German, so I'm going to go with a literal translation. I'm always open to help or corrections. Hint, hint.]
Swiss German is a collection of dialects really, so there would have to be some determination of the most useful or interesting dialect. I'd be interested in the ones spoken in and around Zürich. These are essentially spoken languages. The written language of Switzerland is Swiss Standard German, which as I understand it, is already quite accessible if you write German. The Germanic dialects spoken in Switzerland are Alemannic however, a group of dialects from the Upper German branch of the "Germanic language family." This is the language spoken at home, among friends and in most small businesses.
This is a big ask for Christmas delivery, so I'm sticking with the one request. :) I don't have any features in mind for Duo's adoption. I haven't given it any thought. I would like the Activity Stream back of course.
P.S.: Aber für das nächste Jahr...Latein. [But for next year...Latin. There's already a writeup here. I think we'll be doing every invented language before we get to it, but I'm hopeful because Latin is infinitely useful in understanding a lot of what got us here.]
I just found this on YouTube to illustrate two Swiss German dialects, "English vs. German vs. Swiss German (Zurich) vs. Swiss German (Valais)": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz2S9iggdzM
Swiss German est "le suisse allemand" en français.
That's the only thing I'm confident on, mais je pense peut-être "L'allemand vers le suisse" ? Aussi, peut-être juste "s'il y a plus de demande que pour l'anglais vers le suisse allemand" ?
But take those two with a grain of salt. I rarely produce more than a few sentences without some error or other, so...