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)!
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.
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
Maybe after English for Tagalog speakers is in Phase 3 and the contributors take a well-deserved break? :)
Any of the Turkic languages, particularly Kazakh and Uyghur. I would also love a course on Iranian and Tajiki Persian.
Maybe after English for Tamil speakers is in Phase 3 and the contributors take a well-deserved break? :)
How about the language of the Cherokee Indians (one of the Native American Indian tribes)
Maori or Khemer would be interesting. Especially since there aren't many resources out there for either of them.
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.
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]
Vanuatu Bislama Pidgin English because it's a really fun language and Vanuatu is an awesome country.
Punjabi for English speakers would be very useful because of the large Punjabi speaking diaspora which exists in my region
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.
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!
Auslan for the obvious reason that it would be great to communicate well with deaf people
just cause it's the only constructed language that I find especially interesting
And the only conlang I know of that takes advantage of the fact that it's constructed and doesn't try to be 'natural.'
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.
Nahuatl would be pretty cool