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Tok Pisin

I would like to propose Tok Pisin as an option for the next language added. It is not currently on the giant list on which you can vote. It is one of the most interesting languages due to how new it is and how closely related to English it is.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tok_Pisin

January 13, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Katred2

It might be a long shot, but I'd love to see this one added. Like Haitian Creole, it would give great insights into how existing languages are taken and morphed into new ones.


[deactivated user]

    Not to disappoint you... but it's such a small niche that I doubt they'll ever consider it.


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

    yeeeah we still don't even have finnish so i kinda doubt this is gonna happen... but it is a cool language i agree


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

    Seeing mention of no Finnish on Duolingo makes me sad every time.


    [deactivated user]

      I've heard quite some people asking for Finnish, so I have to ask... what's so special about Finnish? Honest question, not derogatory one. Why not say... Bulgarian which isn't featured on Duolingo either and nobody seems to be asking for.


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

      Actually, quite a few people have asked for Bulgarian. It's not as requested as Finnish, but many people have asked for it.


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

      It's from the duolingo motto: Nice guys, Finnish last.


      [deactivated user]

        Or... they wanna sound cool like Kimi Raikkonen.

        j/k

        That's a Ferrari F1 driver for those who don't know.


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

        it has like 6 million speakers


        [deactivated user]

          Yes, but mostly in Papua New Guinea if I'm seeing right. I had never heard about Tok Pisin until some days ago.

          As good as it would be for a language enthusiast to have Tok Pisin here, Duolingo will not allocate resources to produce content in such a niche language. Yes, they do for Klingon and High Valyrian which is a whole other subject and one that divides people here.


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

          I think the Peace Corps may be sending volunteers to Papua New Guinea (correct me if I'm wrong), and since Duolingo has a partnership with the Peace Corps (one which brought us the Ukrainian and Swahili courses), then Tok Pisin seems like a very possible course. It all depends on if the Peace Corps wants to make the course or not. They are sending volunteers across the world so they might opt for some other languages first.


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

          The Peace Corps used to send volunteers to Papua New Guinea: https://www.peacecorps.gov/countries/#pacific-islands .


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

          Writing from Papua New Guinea: Thousands of businesses bring employees to PNG every year. Many need to learn Tok Pisin. I work for a nonprofit organization that sponsors a language course every year to teach the language to our new arrivals. I've contacted DuoLingo, as have several of my colleagues to volunteer our services. We'd love to write the lessons and then use the program for our employees. We already have language teachers who are familiar with the program. No response from DuoLingo, though.

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