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POLL: Which non-European language would you like to see on Duolingo?

A simple question, but let me explain: As Duolingo develops over the forthcoming years, it seems apparent that it is starting to branch out beyond the commonly learned languages, such as those of the Indo-European branches.

So that leaves a question for the users: What languages not found in Europe do you want to learn, and why?

Please comment below which ones you would like to see here. Moreover, if you are fluent in those languages, please submit a contribution form so that more language may be readily available in the future.

November 20, 2017

32 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Matthew376161

Well, that depends:

Do you consider Georgia to be in Europe? If not then I would love to see Georgian on Duolingo! It looks and sounds really cool and there aren't many resources, so it would be great if Duolingo made a course!

If you include Georgia as part of Europe, then I have two more!

  1. Nepali. Nepal seems like a wonderful country. If you know Nepali, then you can visit the birthplace of Buddha, climb Everest and the Himalayas, explore the nations many rivers and so much more!! It uses the Devanagari script and is related to Hindi, so maybe now with Hindi, it could be possible in the distant future!!

  2. Persian (Farsi). I have spoken with many Iranians online and they are some of the nicest people I know. I would love to learn their language to better get to know them! Plus it opens up a whole new world for people that may not have even considered it!!

I should mention that all of these except Georgian are Indo-European languages, so they are a lot easier to learn than something like Burmese (which I would also like to see on Duolingo)!

November 20, 2017

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

Yes, Persian! I adore my Iranian friends, and their language is a lot closer to English than Arabic is, so it's much easier to learn for us English-natives.

November 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

Yes Georgian!!!

November 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Maughanster_

Preferably Nahuatl or Mongolian.

November 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hedwigechouette

Yes, Mongolian!!

November 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

I would love to see some South American indigenous languages!.

November 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue

Yeah, even more than only Guarani for Spanish speakers. :)

November 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hedwigechouette

Xhosa, because I loved the film "the gods must be crazy" and the main bushman character. But actually, the main reason I think it would be worth including is because its a very interesting language with the click consonants. According to wikipedia it is spoken by approximately 7.6 million people, or about 18% of the South African population

November 20, 2017

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

Zulu, because it's one of the most widely spoken languages in South Africa, spoken by 24% of the population and understood by 50%. It's also one of the 11 official languages of South Africa.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulu_language

November 20, 2017

[deactivated user]

    Tagalog/Filipino

    November 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue

    Maybe after English for Tagalog speakers is in Phase 3 and the contributors take a well-deserved break? :)

    November 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

    Any of the Turkic languages, particularly Kazakh and Uyghur. I would also love a course on Iranian and Tajiki Persian.

    November 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/betarage

    Tamil

    November 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue

    Maybe after English for Tamil speakers is in Phase 3 and the contributors take a well-deserved break? :)

    November 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/AKicsiMacska

    Inupiaq or hawaiian!

    November 20, 2017

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

    Hawaiian <3

    November 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/JoseSanchezRio

    How about the language of the Cherokee Indians (one of the Native American Indian tribes)

    November 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Alternia

    Maori or Khemer would be interesting. Especially since there aren't many resources out there for either of them.

    November 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/AndrewMTO

    Cantonese - It is a major Chinese dialect/language in its own right. Hawaiian - It is the only language in the United States that has a ranking as an official language along with English.

    November 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Hedwigechouette

    Yes, I was coming back to check that Cantonese had been listed. It's now a glaring omission I think. Hawaiian would also be interesting and is a good suggestion [especially as it's hard to find good resources for these rarer languages other that some dry book]. Such a top tourist destination and having some lingo would really enhance a visit [ of course I know you'd get by fine with English, but I like embracing these native languages, I think it enriches the experience]

    November 26, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Hedwigechouette

    Vanuatu Bislama Pidgin English because it's a really fun language and Vanuatu is an awesome country.

    November 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/MarcelBal

    Punjabi for English speakers would be very useful because of the large Punjabi speaking diaspora which exists in my region

    November 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

    Georgian (although I would consider it at least somewhat European). Malagasy, one of the few African languages spoken throughout an entire country. And Austronesian to boot, which is very interesting. I'd like to see how it and Indonesian compare.

    November 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Noemi372175

    Mongolian!

    November 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Sasan94

    The lovely language called Persian! An Indo-European language that is very beautiful and poetic. I hope Duolingo gives the green light soon so the native Persian speakers can start working on the course asap!

    November 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Hedwigechouette

    Auslan for the obvious reason that it would be great to communicate well with deaf people

    November 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kangarooqueen

    Probably Lojban

    just cause it's the only constructed language that I find especially interesting

    November 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Xasybean.

    And the only conlang I know of that takes advantage of the fact that it's constructed and doesn't try to be 'natural.'

    March 25, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Katred2

    I feel like there’s a competing chorus of voices in my head shouting out many names. My smart assed answer is “all of them”, but since the gist of your question is obviously what language we’d like to see next, I think I’d like to see Persian. (Ok, I’d also really love to see Mongolian, but I think Persian would have a wider appeal.)

    In terms of the languages that are in the incubator already, I can’t wait to get Indonesian.

    November 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Hedwigechouette

    haha, I totally relate to this post :)

    November 26, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/JosVictorViana

    Nahuatl

    November 21, 2017

    [deactivated user]

      Nahuatl would be pretty cool

      November 20, 2017
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