I've heard of many languages in the South Pacific, but I really like Nauruan. Although it is only spoken on the small, nearly non-existent island of Nauru, it is still cool. If we add it to Duolingo (although chances are slim), it may help courses like Fijian, Hawaiian, Tongan, and Samoan be added thanks to it's similarities.
Also, there are other languages in the Polynesian family that are cool, but most are pidgin and aren't spoken as much as others.
I know some Marshallese, Bislama, Fijian, and Pohnpeian. I would love to contribute to a course.
It would be interesting to have a language from the South Pacific added, but I feel that Duolingo would only add a more popular language from there like Fijian. But who knows, maybe there are lots of people who want to learn such a small language and keep it alive.
Most likely Hawaiian, Fijian, Tongan, and Tahitian will make it to Duolingo before Nauruan. It doesn't make the language any less cooler.
Well, maybe Hawaiian can make it in the distant future but I wouldn't hold my breath on a language like Tongan ever to be here.
Hawaiian is probably the likeliest. In 3-5 years here, we'll probably have at least 2 or 3 Polynesian languages, and those will be those aforementioned. I don't think anyone is expecting something like Marshallese or Pitcairnese anytime soon.
I really want to learn Palaun. Would be nice if it will be added as a course in the future.
nearly non-existent island of Nauru
Is it sinking?
Fact: Nauru is the smallest country in the world that isn't a city.
No, just no one knows about it. Tuvalu is sinking though, so I'd rather have that over Nauruan because Tuvaluan may go extinct or endangered.
It would be nice to have a Polynesian language on Duolingo. I believe that Samoan has the most speakers of the Polynesian languages, followed by Maori. Either or both would be wonderful additions; one might think that the New Zealand government would be willing to sponsor the creation of a Maori course.
Fijian is, I believe, not classified as a “Polynesian” language, but is related and would also be a welcome addition.
In the meantime, though, we can look forward to Indonesian as Duolingo’s first Austronesian language.
Yeah, I am with you on the Maori thing. New Zealand government is right behind it, and Kiwis are learning it at such a rate as there are literally not enough teachers to keep up with demand. Every school has a waiting list.