Tok Pisin on Duolingo
Tok Pisin is one of the three official languages of Papua New Guinea, a country north of Australia and east of Indonesia. It is a creole language of English, meaning that the lexicon is mainly based off of English vocabulary (although Tok Pisin also features German, Portuguese, Malay, Fijian, Maori, etc. words) and the grammar is very basic. Additionally, the writing system uses no diacritics or special characters and is fully phonetic. Tok Pisin is very similar to Bislama, one of the official languages of Vanuatu, as well as Pijin, widely spoken in the Solomon Islands, and Torres Island Creole, spoken in the Torres Islands, which makes it helpful for activities in or pertaining to the Southwestern Pacific. Also, introducing it as a course to Duolingo would mean we would have our first Oceanian language!
Some phrases: Hello: Hai How are you?: Yu stap gut? I'm fine: Mi stap gut What is your name?: Husat nem bilong yu? My name is Joseph: Nem bilong mi I Josep Do you speak English?: Yu save long Tok Inglis? I don't speak Tok Pisin: Mi no save long Tok Pisin
Tok Pisin would be an easy one to add. It's a quick language to learn with a simple vocabulary and grammar. Having English/Tok Pisin courses would be hugely helpful for people in Papua New Guinea where both are official languages, but neither is universally spoken. I'm an experienced language teacher and have also offered to help write the course, but haven't heard back from Duolingo. Let's keep pushing for it!
It would be nice if Tok Pisin was added to Duolingo. But I also would love it if other creole languages would be added, like Haitian Creole, Jamaican Patois, Papiamento and Sranang Tongo.
Ps: Do you speak Tok Pisin?
Ya, mi save long Tok Pisin. I've already put in an application to make a course.
Haitian Creole for English speakers is in the incubator, and Jamaican Patois, Papiamento, and Sranan Tongo have all been suggested here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15014194
I just found it surprising that there was no suggestion of Tok Pisin so I made one.
Hopefully Tok Pisin will be added to the incubator.
Ps: here are some lingots ;)
You might be interested in checking out this app for learning a few tok pisin phrases:
I recently developed a Tok Pisin English Audio dictionary app so this could be a useful tool for anybody looking to learn some Tok Pisin. Or even for Tok Pisin Users looking to learn some English.
Right now it is only on the play store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dictionary.PE_4&fbclid=IwAR3zeXXgxDzm9GMVjaMzBryMIDX5RZprdCymuSA2pOLBepZyaP1mjw401Tc
but I am planning on uploading it to IOS in the next couple weeks as well.