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please add Croatian

Dear duolingo, I have been studying the art of languages for five years, and within those years, i have attempted over 13 languages. I have discovered duo lingo a few years back and its helped me so much with my language growth. And you guys happen to have almost every language that I've wanted to learn. However there is one language that you don't have, its called Croatian. Croatian is a language i have wanted to learn for a long time, but it wasn't till a few months back when i actually decided to look into learning it. Because duo lingo teaches Ukrainian and Russian, it may seem weird to add another Slavic language into your system, but i assure you I'm not the long one who has asked for this language. Although your other system "Tiny Cards" teaches some croatian vocab, its not enough to make me relatively fluent. I am very much like the hyper polyglot, Tim Doner, who wanted to learn languages to understand the culture behind it all. For learning a language tells you so much about a culture much more than a simple textbook. If you see this, please consider adding it, for this request has been sent from more ppl other than me..... PLEASE ADD CROATIAN

December 18, 2017



I relate so much to what you say about trying to become a hyperpolyglot. I fully support the creation of a Croatian course as well as courses on the other Serbo-Croatian varieties (Serbian, Bosnian, Montenegrin). However, to support the course on Duolingo, you must follow Jerserbas's directions.


But let's be realistic. DL would never make four different courses for languages that are, as far as I am aware, so closely related they are often considered variants/dialects of a mutually understandable Serbo-Croatian language. They already said they won't be making other Arabic courses aside from the upcoming MSA one, and the Arabic variants are much more distinct than Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian and Montenegrin are from each other.

That doesn't mean I wouldn't support a Croatian course, but we might consider other options, such as a Serbo-Croatian course in which you can use both the Latin and Cyrillic alphabet. Or a toggle, or something like that. The English course, for example, already accepts both British and American variants, even though its icon suggest that it is American English only.


My worry is that if they create only one variety on here, they'll anger everyone else for not teaching their dialect or whatever.


The same can be said of English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, and a lot of other languages, in lesser or higher degrees. You can't please everyone, but have to make compromises at some points. Making four different courses costs time and resources, which a free app like DL doesn't have without limits.

You might also turn the argument around: shouldn't people who want to learn Bosnian, for example, be happy in the lucky event that a Serbo-Croatian course would be created, as it's at least better than nothing at all? They could use DL to learn the basics and then continue with other resources to learn the idiosyncrasies of Bosnian.


I'd love a Serbo -Croatian course!


That sounds cool. Hopefully it'll be added soon.

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