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.
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!
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!!
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)!
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
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]
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.