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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/profile/LudovicusIX

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)!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

Yes Georgian!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maughanster_

Preferably Nahuatl or Mongolian.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brittalexiswm

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizsue

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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


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    Tagalog/Filipino


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizsue

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmegaGmaster

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizsue

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AKicsiMacska

    Inupiaq or hawaiian!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoseSanchezRio

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alternia

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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]


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hedwigechouette

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcelBal

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sasano94

    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!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hedwigechouette

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kangarooqueen

    Probably Lojban

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


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.'


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hedwigechouette

    haha, I totally relate to this post :)


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      Nahuatl would be pretty cool

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