https://www.duolingo.com/HelpfulDuo

Hawaiian is coming to Duolingo!

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‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) is one of the official languages of Hawaiʻi, along with English. Though now classified as an endangered language, a decades-long revitalization effort has created a growing pool of speakers.

We’re incredibly excited to be a part of this movement by helping to create a Hawaiian for English speakers Duolingo course!

Sign up to be notified when this course is available on Duolingo and watch its progress in the Incubator.

7 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/NelsonSanc963189

What about swahili audio?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/haileabeba
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Damn why did this comment get downvoted? I'm also ecstatic abot Hawaiian coming to duolingo ,it has been in my language bucket list for such a long time, but the audio for the swahili course is also something myself and a lot of people have been waiting for since a long time ago. I think that Duolingo should prioritize finishing for good this course before continuing with any other ones. I do know it's not directly duolingo's fault and all that, but I think that duolingo should step in and try to help the course progress, specially because the contributors told us in their last update that they were manually recording all the audio and that it was almost ready to be submited to the course.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PotatoSanta
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I don't believe Duolingo would bother announcing it if their plans were now not to add audio but they have never mentioned a thing about delays. It's never coming. They have both had people give up their time recording for no reason and left an update promising audio when it is not coming.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RYANDONO
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How in the world have you gotten to 25 in that many languages? How much time do you dedicate to language learning a day?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyWu25

Watch your language! (foreign language as well...)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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አማርኛ ለማስተማር ተመዝግበዋል?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HZ1416
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አላውቅም, ግን ደብዳቤዎቹ ለመማር ከባድ ሊሆንባቸው ይችላል.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AaronTBD
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What does that mean?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HZ1416
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AaronTBD It means is Amharic entered/registered too be taught?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AaronTBD
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Oh cool!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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I was asking if haileabeba has applied to the Amharic course on Duolingo.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WillowsofXihu
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Someone just made a Chrome plugin for Swahili audio:
https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27718181

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FattigJente
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Wow nice

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blurflux
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I see no link there and Google hasn't been of help when I searched for such an extension, if there was one, it has probably been removed.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Seansteiger
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I am its creator :) I have been working on it for the past month give or take and it should be ready shortly.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Polyglottomaniac
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Asante kwa bidii yako Sean! (=Thanks for your effort!) Will you post a link for the plugin in the Swahili forum once you're ready?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Seansteiger
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Yes, I will post the link to the chrome extension store for it once it is ready. Stay tuned!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PotatoSanta
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They said it was coming in one or two weeks, one year is more than enough time to add sound files which were already recorded or to develop a robot voice. It seems to me they no longer have any intention of adding sound to Swahili.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ausir
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The Swahili course generally is not in a great shape. :( Unfortunately a lot of courses are being neglected by Duolingo, despite the contributors' efforts.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marvin27311
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Yup they most likely bailed out on Swahili, that's sad considering it's the only African language on duo at the time...

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NathanCase11

I love Duolingo so am not complaining, but there are over 2000 languages spoken in Africa. Granted, some of them are European languages because of colonialism, and Swahili is one of the more spoken languages, but I'd like to see Xhosa or Zulu or even Afrikaans.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProDuoExtra
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True. They should really focus on finishing off a course completely before announcing another one 'coming to Duolingo'

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PeelOfShame
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Except that it's not how the incubator works. Each course is run by a independent team of volunteers - unless there are folks working on the Swahili course (or any of the others) that are also on the new one, it's not really Duo's call.

I mean, heck, look at how long some of the languages have been incubating without ever getting done. And then there're those that come through blazing fast.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi
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I was an alpha tester for the Swahili course, and they said it was all in Duolingo's hands now. Everything is recorded, but they haven't heard anything back just like us afaik.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PotatoSanta
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It seems that something has happened because I don't know why it would take more than a year to add. I wish they would at least say something rather than just ignoring us.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ausir
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OK, but the audio for Swahili was actually recorded a long time ago by the volunteers and Duolingo is yet to add it.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastienBaill
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Yeah! I wish they would add it: would make it a lot less "drafty/beta". If I didn't have previous Swahili lessons, it would be next to impossible to learn using this course.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iicandyannaii

It's sad Duolingo rejects our only African language. They can't bother to add audio after more than year.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Frivalry
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Stoked! What about Navajo and/or another Native American language for the pipeline?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KlenovvySyrop

What about a South American native language like Quechua, or central American like Nahuatl

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GustavoEnr325755
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There's a South American native language called Guaraní that is available on Duolingo for Spanish speakers

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blurflux
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Too bad it's everyday Guaraní-Spanish contact language (jopará) as opposed to actual grammatically, orthographically and lexically pure Guaraní.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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Not too bad, though, that the new team is now changing the course from jopará to the very same grammatically, orthographically and (where possible) lexically pure Guaraní.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr
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cOOL!!!!!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SissiMayhem

I would love it

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KlenovvySyrop

Blackfoot I wish though eh

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas_Wesley
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me too!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GSDG
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I would love to learn Navajo. That would be amazing. Since there is a movement to save the language, I hope Duo looks into it.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyWu25

I agree, that would be cool since they used Navajo code talkers in WWII. You're welcome for the Lingot btw.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-Wemal-
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I wished so

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/studentoenkoreio

I agree,I think they will add Navajo/or Cherokee soon. I hope people can help it on Duolingo Incubator.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DerGoldmann
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I would imagine that Season 2 of Westworld has contributed to an increased interest in the Lakota languages.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hedgehog125

Oh yeah! They’d be extremely difficult but it would be a good way to revive them.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wolfpuppy1

You do realize that there were hundreds of different American Indian tribes, each with their own language? I guess you could pick one, or two, like Apache or Hopi, but someone would always say, "Why did you forget Navajo, Cheyenne, Blackfoot, Crow, or. . ." I guess they could pick one. It was interesting that the military used Navajo (I think it was) during WWII to prevent the enemy from deciphering what they were saying over the radio.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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It's a little like the way Duolingo picked some European languages and someone always says "why did you forget Finnish?"

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wolfpuppy1

I served on a destroyer with some Phillipinos, and they told me that, even in that small country, there were over 72 different dialects of the Filipino (based on Tagalog) language, and few could understand one another. So, it's not just the language that is different, but often the dialect as well. Now, what to choose. . .what to choose. . .heh heh

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/P.Kwiatkowski
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And what about Latin? ;)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Original_Crazy

I agree. I would LOVE to see Latin added to Duolingo so I could reinforce my knowledge of it.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dupont.
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Latin? Will fantastic if Duolingo add Latin.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyWu25

I've always wanted to learn Latin and it would be great to learn it on a free language app such as Duolingo!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam711804
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Hold on... If so much is known about Latin, then why doesn't anyone speak it native-ly? There are even native Esperanto speakers.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/makanui
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For the same reason no one speaks Sanskrit or classical Chinese natively. Languages change and evolve over time. In the case of Latin, it evolved into the modern day Romance languages.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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It's also a matter of which languages parents decide to teach to their babies and toddlers, and why they choose the languages they choose.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam711804
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Yes i know it evolved into the romance languages but why do they teach latin so much in schools if we only have texts?

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lethal_gnome

I'm not personally interested in it but it would be pretty cool to see a Latin course!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sanaralerx9

Sweet! I always appreciate when something dying is saved from that.

Still waiting for Finnish though.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bellefire11

Me too.

7 months ago

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I think when they add Finnish, it will be like Hungarian. SO full of errors, as the languages said have almost the same grammar as they come from the same language family.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster
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Most of the issues in the Hungarian course come from the language's very flexible word order, which is quite difficult to account for in translations.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shirki
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And Yiddish!!!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/P-Code
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Awww yesss! Thanks, Myra, for being a contributor! I missed the excitement of a new course entering the incubator. :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Croletan

It's really heartwarming to see Duolingo trying to help keep these languages alive. You get an OK hand from me!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WinterSoldier.

wow! Can anyone tell me if Hawaiian is easy?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/caelumcaeruleum

I've learned a little bit. So far, I don't think the grammar is especially hard. The verb system is a lot easier than something like Spanish. I'm just not used to so many vowels in words and I think that makes it harder to remember words correctly.

See if your local library gives members access to Mango Languages. There are a lot of courses on there and the Hawaiian one has a decent amount of material! Take notes as you go.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LorettaPresley

I've tried learning it about seven or eight years back (gave up because there were few materials and no local classes either). One thing I can tell you is that I can still read and write it even though I didn't get far into it. It's just about THE easiest language to read. You can sound everything out.

7 months ago

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My gf lived in Hawaii and last night told me the name of her favorite fish which was from there and it had like 15 syllables in its name. I was like “um, I will never learn to say that.”

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michelle497794

Humuhumunukunukuapua’a :-). our state fish

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnikaQED
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Isn't it "HumuhumunukunukuapUa'a"? (This is about the only Hawaiian I know :-)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michelle497794

Yes, typo! Good catch, have a lingot!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekWaghe1

I understand agglutinative languages, and I like them (mostly Esperanto). But words like these are too complicated. How can you remember all of those syllables perfectly, especially when a lot of words are just as long? I would never be able to tell them all apart. Of course, I say this as I plan to take this course when it comes out :/

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrnoF

In elementary school they teach a song to help kids remember how to say it.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeMondine

I like the Longnose Butterflyfish, Lauwiliwilinukunukuʻoiʻoi!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hedgehog125

Humuhumunukunukuapa’a :D

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam711804
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it's humuhumunukunukuap(u)a'a. I don't speak Hawaiian, but I do live on O'ahu and I can tell you that if you say it like that some crazy person will probably get triggered.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LorettaPresley

Actually, it's not complicated to say even long Hawaiian word. If you know what sound each letter and the glottal stop make, you can sound out any word no matter how long without learning a ton of grammar rules or exceptions.

It's easy to be intimidated by the length of the word, but just break it up. Humuhumunukunukuapua'a. It's humu twice, then kunu, then kua and pua'a. I still remember that pua is flower and pua'a is pig (not in the context of the fish, I'm sure, but a lot of Hawaiian words have several meanings). These big compound words are usually just combos of smaller words you'll also encounter, though what's tricky about Hawaiian is that putting them together changes the meaning.

I caught on to reading and writing Hawaiian very fast. I found it very intuitive compared to any other language I speak or am learning. I've been learning French for about three months and I cannot read unfamiliar words whatsoever. With Hawaiian, I could read any text in the language within weeks, even if I understood zero of it, I could make it sound like I could when reading. I still can even though I haven't practiced in years.

Listen to some Keali'i Reichel songs with lyrics on the screen to get a feel for the alphabet before the course comes out.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melyndi
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well the words will all be long as Hawaiian doesn't allow for consonant or vowel clusters from what I've heard... That's about all I know about it though

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michelle497794

Well there are always words like a’a. A rough type of lava. (Pahoehoe is smooth lava). :-)

7 months ago

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Hawaiian has words without any consonants. That's special!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michelle497794

Yes, like Aiea, the town of all vowels.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam711804
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I've heard people tell other people that it is especially easy to say Aiea even when you're drunk. Also, Michelle497794, what island do you live on?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michelle497794

Adam711804. Sorry late response I’m in Mililani.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michelle497794

Have a Lingot for being my neighbor!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michelle497794

Hi Adam711804, I’m on Oahu. Are you here in the islands?

7 months ago

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Michelle497794, I live on Oahu as well! I mean, there are almost a million people living here so it's not that surprising. What part of the island do you live on?

7 months ago

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OH MY GOODNESS i live in Mililani as well!!!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blurflux
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We do have some of those in Portuguese and Spanish, plenty more in the vernacular variants, and even more if you count consonant-dropping in pronunciation (like h, which is mostly mute).

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekWaghe1

Aren't those similar to the English, scientific words for different types of viscosity when referring to lava? I kind of remember these from 8th grade earth science unit...wow, that was 3 years ago. nostalgic music plays

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michelle497794

They are in fact Hawaiian words that have been adopted by geologists, but yes they do describe the viscosity. Thanks for the nostalgic music clip! Lol

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bellefire11

Thanks. (For telling us/me.)

7 months ago

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From my loose understanding of it, phonetically and syntactically its very easy. The hardest thing I faced in my 2 weeks (i think) of light study years back, was remembering what words mean what. Hawaiian doesnt have too many distinct phonemes, so instead of short words being pronounced very different, there are lots of confusing minimal pairs and also looong words. Disclaimer though, i am absolutely not an expert, soooo

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Drops_du_Jupiter

I only know one Hawai'ian word aside from the basic ones like Aloha that everyone knows, and that's "Ke'alakūpaoaikawelo," Which means "The fragrance that reminds you of your legacy." So all I can say is that there are a lot of prefixes and suffixes.

6 months ago

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I like the impression of ʻIolani Palace! It's really a nice place to check out when visiting Honolulu :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FattigJente
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Nice choice!! I’m excited to see Duolingo working on an endangered language AND a Pacific Islander language. This is far more interesting than Klingon.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ryan346094
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Makemake au e a'o mai ma ka ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi . Mahalo nui! :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RowlieJohn2

As someone from Hawaii, I am so excited for this! Mahalo nui e Duolingo!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/007woofwoof
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Hey, hozit bra? You one local boy? Pidgin is my second language. No can on Duo!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RowlieJohn2

Cherreh. Haha yeah! How bout u? I stay from Big Island!

7 months ago

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This thread is so funny to imagine in real life.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MommaBear672089

Congrats!! It is sad to think of so many languages are becoming extinct. Let's keep them alive!! Thank you, Duolingo! Great Work!!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RachelF12345
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Ooh yay I'm definitely gonna learn Hawaiian but when is Hindi coming out?

7 months ago

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Yay it came out!.... 2 weeks ago

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ingochris
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https://www.duolingo.com/Durellion
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Scottish Gaelic next!

7 months ago

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YES! I'm so excited for this :D

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bellefire11

Cool!

7 months ago

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Thank you So much! Now there is a new fun language to learn and say!!!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Priit_

I think it's really cool Duolingo is adding Hawaiian. Even though most people are complaining Duolingo doesn't have all kinds of languages, however this is a big step. Plus we could really be saving a language here.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michelle497794

It’s cool but Duo is not “saving” the language .... there are many native speakers who are already doing that in Hawaii and have worked tirelessly over the past decades to keep it alive....so I give credit where credit is due. It’s taught at the University and many immersion schools and even in the public schools. However, Duo will increase interest and hopefully number of those fluent in the language by providing an avenue of learning not available to those who live outside the state. It is a beautiful and often poetic language, with many words for different types of rain, wind, etc.

7 months ago

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It says "Estimated Completion Date: June 22, 2018" isn't that like tomorrow?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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The automatic estimated dates are (almost) always highly inaccurate.
Don't rely on them (nor on the automatically computed percentage of completion), for any course. For less inaccurate percentages, see for example the Weekly Incubator Summaries.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Demonym281
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Chinese was published about a week after it was announced I think, so you never know

7 months ago

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No way, Chinese took much more than just a week, but yeah it didn't took forever like the Hindi course, which I've been waiting for since the 1800s or something.

7 months ago

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High Valyrian was released almost immediately after its announcement. But when it first appeared in the incubator, it said it would be released the same day when you check its release date.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

I bought a Hawaiian dictionary years ago and now I can put it to good use! Very excited for this course!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PeterStanton
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I am so happy to see that Duolingo is now going to support a non-European endangered language. Keep it up!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geo_torno9

Awesome! I just went to Hawaii and I'm really happy that there's a course now! And barely anyone speaks it, but I think a lot of Duo-ers will take the course. That's actually a big deal.

7 months ago

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Hawaiian sounds a fun language to learn... I'm probably not going to start another new language for quite some time though- but maybe one day.

What I would love to see is Latin. I'm surprised there is still no Latin on Duolingo despite it being frequently requested based upon the forum history.

But- not to get sidetracked. I'm glad Hawaiian is coming; even if I never learn it, it might help preserve Hawaiian as an active language.

7 months ago

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If you look on the Duolingo Incubator thingy, it says you have to be bilingual to become a contributor. This means that someone would have to find all the resources and stuff and then learn it to an extent such that they could be classified as biliangual, if they don't already speak two languages. I don't know much about Latin, but I don't think there are many people that speak Latin to any extent. So, it's a "too bad" for all of us...

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wolfpuppy1

The reason that Latin is still taught in high schools, for example, is for the student to gain a better understanding of English and how the words were derived. This would be especially important if the student was interested in entering the medical field. From that aspect, it is still a relevant language to learn. But, you are right. You'll not find many people speaking Latin. Que lastimas.

7 months ago

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There are many people who teach Latin professionally, even though they're not native speakers.

I bet that if Duolingo decided to teach Latin, it would count these people who teach Latin in high schools and universities as qualified if they applied.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/makanui
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Aloha kākou (greetings) to all. It's so exciting to see that Duolingo will have a Hawaiian course, yet so humbling at the same time that our language from such a tiny corner of the world would be chosen among thousands of beautiful tongues, many of which people have been waiting for for a long time.

I assure you that contrary to popular belief, ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is not dying, but thriving! Efforts for revitalization of the language have been taking place for decades, resulting in a community of tens of thousands of fluent speakers today, a miracle when you consider that speakers numbered just a few hundred in the 1970's. Never before has there been such an interest among Hawaiians in traditional culture and language than this moment!

As we're all waiting for the course to hatch, (and let's be honest, it'll probably be a while :) ) I'd like to provide a few links to some youtube videos below that give great cultural insights and allow you to hear the Hawaiian language as it is spoken in Hawaiʻi today. All three videos are a fascinating glimpse into modern Hawaiʻi and well worth a look. Hopefully you'll be even more hyped up to learn this language after watching them!

Video 1: Focuses on the beginnings of Hawaiian immersion programs that started in the 1980's and one native speaker's role in revitalizing the language. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPremdnxQ0Q

Video 2: A short clip about how literacy is taught in Hawaiian immersion preschools. (Fun fact: In the late 19th century Hawaiʻi had a 98% literacy rate, the highest in the world at that time.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEYs9wOUxsE

Video 3: A look at traditional hula dancing and its cultural significance to Hawaiians. A far, far cry from the pseudo-hula hip shaking, hand waving stuff most outsiders sadly think passes for the real thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAdor0ge54w

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cappucciino

Would love to learn hawaiin!

7 months ago

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hawaiian

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/July_Lago

Finally! I've been waiting for so long to learn Hawaiian! I'm so glad it's being restored and revived by Duolingo. Thank you guys so much. I can't wait to start learning!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alcest
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I have been interested in Samoan since I visited there 3 years ago. Never thought that a similar language would see its way through to Duolingo. Excellent!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hedgehog125

Woohoo! I love Hawaii and it’s language. We have to keep these more unknown languages from dying off. I really hope that Icelandic appears too. It’s a beautiful language and I think that it would be a fun challenge for others to learn it’s difficult pronunciation. And because I’m sort of a conlang nerd, I think they should add Na’vi too ;)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lethal_gnome

There's not really much official information on Na'vi though, is there? I remember running into learnnavi.org I think it was, but I believe most of that stuff was fanmade.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marakalea

I can't wait! I have learned some Hawaiian before when I used to take Hula lessons. I know the basics, but it was a really long time ago(seven years). This is going to be so much fun!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fallingleaf_271

Nice! Hawaiian is a great language! Any news on the Armenian course?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lezuardi
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I'm waiting for Armenian too!

Let's wait for Hawaiian first

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marvin27311
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Cool ! I would love to see: Farsi/Urdu/Pashto, Tamil, Haitian (or better: Martinican) Creole or Thai coming to Duo as well !

Pleaaaaaase !! :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DestartreK1st
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I really want some more Southeast Asian language.

Pleasssssssssssssse!!!!!!!!!!!!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyWu25

So do I, so do I.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyWu25

What if they added dialects as additions to existing courses like Shanghainese?

7 months ago

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Yes!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyWu25

Your profile picture is top-notch DestartreK1st!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_BilingualVader_

Awesome, can't wait!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HarleyQuinn51

but not latin??

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hedgehog125

It takes a lot of time to make new language courses. Give duolingo the time they need, one should come up eventually.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LukeLikesFrench

Pretty excited!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Moorer3
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I've always thought learning the language would be amazing, didn't think I would have the chance to! It's great to see this happening!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zackattack95
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OMG I'm so excited, I am Keiki o ka aina, my linguistics classes are up at the Hawaiian language college and my linguistics professors all are learners, two haoles and a Japanese, Mahalo Duolingo and contributors

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MexicanMomia

This is really cool! It would be really nice if Duolingo starts implementing more native tounges. Language is definitely a huge part of a culture.

7 months ago

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Yay! A new course! Duolingo has it's first Polynesian language in the incubator!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyFosgate

According to this database, the Hawaiian language had only one thousand speakers worldwide in 2011, and that was seven years ago. Knowing this, I find it very promising and inspiring that Duolingo would bring this language back so as to give MILLIONS of people the opportunity to learn a language others would merely give up on and let die.

I sincerely hope that Hawaiian can see a massive influx of speakers because of Duolingo's ambitious decision to bring the language to Duolingo for millions across the globe to speak. Hawaiian may not ever die because of a wise decision to bring this language to hundreds of thousands of people like this for free! In addition, I hope Duolingo takes on even more ambitious efforts to revive endangered and dying languages so relics of history as massive and fundamental as texts and languages themselves cannot be merely lost to the history books!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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Duolingo's not exactly bringing the language back, it's supporting the efforts of Hawaiians in bringing the language back. :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyWu25

True, true.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam711804
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Well, we can't be too sure of the quality of the course when it comes out.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatyBeeM

This is one of the top languages I would love to learn! I was born in Hawaii, but moved shortly after so I've always felt disconnected from the island chain, this'll feel like a little piece of my birth place and I can't wait! Truly, thank you Duo

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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why is there no flag tho? - -

7 months ago

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Duo generally creates the svg files (for the flag etc.) in the final phase of course creation (once the course's content itself is created).
For example, Haïtian, Telugu, Tamil & Yidish still don't have a flag defined/created.

That's said, Duo seems to have already done most (all?) the graphics for Hawaiian: flag and monument.

7 months ago

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that's because they couldn't come up with any flag for Telugu, Tamil and Yiddish

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KaptianKaos8
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When they announced Yiddish is in the incubator they used a flag for it on their Facebook and Twitter.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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...and that flag turned out to represent one person, not Yiddish.

https://forward.com/opinion/national/310057/what-flag-should-yiddish-fly/ includes a picture of that flag and an article about why it's not a good one to use for Yiddish.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DerGoldmann
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Likewise, that article was just the opinion of one person (the husband of the "contributor" to the Yiddish course), not a consensus of the Yiddish speaking community as to what flag would be appropriate. They apparently had a better idea for a flag but it has been years and we have not seen the design. Literally... years.............

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DerGoldmann
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That's not the new flag design. There was some other issue with the "חי" flag design you see in the svg file. Supposedly we are waiting for a yet-to-be designed "golden peacock/di goldene pave" flag.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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You can see Duolingo's new flag design for Yiddish at https://d7mj4aqfscim2.cloudfront.net/images/flag-sprite14.svg :)

7 months ago

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@lizsue, which language does that green leaf represent?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster
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According to the Apply section of the Incubator, it's Sindarin.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-denizTARIK-

@lizsue and which language is the "horse one"?

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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Whatever flag they settle on needs to make sense in a circle 25 pixels wide (like next to our names on our comments).

They got a dragon to fit that size for Welsh and High Valyrian, so maybe they can get a golden peacock to fit that size for Yiddish? :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rolando_Cueva
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What about the Tamil Nadu flag tho?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster
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I see the Hawaiian flag as a small circle on the mobile course page.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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There is now! See https://d7mj4aqfscim2.cloudfront.net/images/flag-sprite14.svg . :)

This file already has the Haitian flag too. Duolingo just hasn't designed an image of a Haitian monument to go with it yet.

7 months ago

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I generally dislike flags with the Union Jack in the canton, they can be so unoriginal (looking at you Australia and New Zealand), however this one is an exception for me. Just love the alternating color scheme. Funny enough, Hawai'i was never a British colony (rather merely subject to British influence) and the Hawaiian King Kamehameha I incorporated British and American elements into the Hawaiian Kingdom's flag, which later became the state's flag after an American settler led coup.

7 months ago

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Whenever I see the flag I am reminded of this classic Polandball comic:

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bellefire11

Hmm...

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shreyas_P.
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Hopefully some Indian languages will come soon... Hawaiian is a great language for DL.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RachelF12345
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Yeah I'm waiting for Hindi

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kourosh720630

when will u add persian(farsi)?

7 months ago

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This is great that Duolingo is going to do this class. I'm really curious to learn more about indigenous American languages. I'd really like to see more coming. I know that Rappahannock people have been trying to revitalize their language (including teaching it to outsiders), they're smaller but maybe Duo could work with them too?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Noah254633

Latin!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyWu25

Agreed.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NilladTheAwesome

Yay! Thanks Duolingo! Please make more, i noticed with aboout half the languages that you speak there's only English you can learn :( please help that!

7 months ago

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This is great news. I was hoping that language would get a course on Duolingo but thought it would not happen anytime soon. My only worry is that like Swahili it may never get audio.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Katrina297190

"CHEHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!"-Maui This is AWESOME! I've always wanted to learn Hawaiian, and love this. Can't wait for them to add Filipino... PLEASE ADD FILIPINO

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam711804
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Umm... Just saying, Maui from MOANA is supposed to be Samoan I think.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Halina403143

I am so excited for Hawaii! I NEED to try it!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VeraMorgana

Great! One more interesting language to learn! Now waiting for Persian and Sanskrit!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrianJConcannon
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I've been wanting this FOREVER. Hawaiian sounds so cool, and there aren't many free resources out there. This is a dream come true to me.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iisuperwomanii.

That sounds fun!! Can't wait to learn Hawaiian too!!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GiaJet

Yay, Hawaiian!!!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrnoF

How exciting! I learned Hawaiian in school but have lost nearly all of my vocabulary through the years, it would be great to relearn it.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erik_Pedersen

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

Iolani Palace — How wonderful. I'm really looking forward to studying an Oceanic language, although I would have been equally happy had Duolingo selected Te Reo Māori, Tongan or Reo Tahiti. However, the urgency of teaching ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is greater, since it is now reduced to perhaps 2,000 speakers, while its three sister languages all have over 150,000 speakers.

Maybe one of the lesson units could be on history, telling of the aliʻi, like King Kamehameha, King Kalākaua and Queen Liliʻuokalani and the overthrow of the monarchs by the missionaries and sugar planters. Another lesson could be on the art of surfing (hoe he'e nalu) and surfboards (papa he'e nalu).

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CrystleChr

I am super excited about this. I have always wanted to learn this language I think it is so beautiful.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oddballkay
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Thanks so much, Duolingo! I can't wait to learn Hawaiian!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-Mistystar-

YAY FOR Hawaiian!!!!!!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amplifymysound1
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Thank you so much for the upcoming hawaiian course. I know Duolingo will do it with great respect and passion.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_BethanyDunlop_

yay im so exited I can finaly learn Hawaiian to speak to my Hawaiian pizza, thank you for this opportunity guys!!!!!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sandybell1990

It's been on my wish list for a couple of years, so I will definitely give it a try.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michelle497794

It is nice that Duolingo is adding the language but they are not unique —- for those who think it isn’t taught elsewhere —- there are many charter schools here in the islands that teach the language, Hawaiian immersion courses, Univ. of Hawaii studies in Hawaiian Language and Culture, Kamehameha Schools which was established for students with native Hawaiian bloodlines, as well as hula halau (groups) that learn the traditional chants all in Hawaiian. Laws have been passed to ensure all new streets are given Hawaiian names.

There are only 8 consonants and 5 vowels. I think many people will be fascinated with the language and you will hopefully also learn a great deal about the culture. Aloha!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LorettaPresley

In Hawaii, yes. I've tried learning it seven or eight years ago and gave up because there was just so little material and no local classes if you are not in Hawaii. I had one beginners CD course and couldn't find anything else to go on. No workbooks, no textbooks for the general public. Now granted, that was in 2010, but for your average person outside of Hawaii it's not easy to find resources for Hawaiian.

If you aren't in the US? Forget about it. Mango is the only place I can think of that has Hawaiian and it's US only. And that's only if a library near you/your local library has it. Not all of them do. So for non US folks and folks that don't have Mango at their library, it might as well be the only place where they can learn Hawaiian. We can't all travel there and take an immersion course.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KlenovvySyrop

Mango ain't US only it's in Canada eh?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LorettaPresley

I'm sorry, Canada. You guys are often forgotten, eh?

What I meant is that if you're not in North America, you cannot access Mango. And not EVERY library in North America does participate. If you are more rural, especially, it's likely that they don't.

If you take French, Spanish or even something like German, Portuguese, Italian or Mandarin there will most likely be language classes locally regardless of where you live, plus your library will likely have SOME materials for the language, plus you can buy a ton of textbooks, audio programs, computer programs, workbooks, graded readers and tons of books written in that language. For Hawaiian, it's not that easy.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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Yes - and maybe some of these teachers will use Duolingo for Schools with their Hawaiian language classes. :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michelle497794

I didn’t mean to imply it is taught outside Hawaii. I totally understand it is too hard for those who don’t live here to find resources to learn it. It just happened that a few posts implied that it wasn’t available at all. I hope the immersion schools do use Duo along with their other methods! It is a treasure and cultural awareness and respect, along with individuals who refused to let it go, kept it from being forgotten altogether. Performers like Israel Kamakawiwoʻole getting their voices heard, proud to be Native Hawaiians.

I will be interested in hearing the robot voices pronunciation, because everyone in the islands makes fun of “Garmin” trying to pronounce street names.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J.T.307693

Do you speak it? Can you understand someone who speaks Maori?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michelle497794

No, I do not speak it myself. There are similarities in other Polynesian languages like Māori and Tahitian, words that orginally came from the same shared source, with similar meaning, like “taboo” and “kapu”. (There is no T sound in Hawaiian so the pronunciation evolved.) I hope to learn more, and I am interested in which native speakers will be or are involved with developing the Duolingo program or being involved with discussions because it is incredibly important to hear their input.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/niahrya

Michelle497794, I'm referring to your statement of the language being easily learned due to the few consonants and vowels... Well, for locals or maybe even US-citizens, it might be true.

I live in Germany, Europe... almost on the other side of the globe (12 hours time difference to Hawai'i to underline it ;-) ...) I wanted to learn this language for years. But here in my area (speaking not only of the city I work in but about the whole region if not even the whole country) there aren't any resources, courses or whatsoever. you also cannot speak with natives because you won't find any here. We do have language courses in general, but rather like the bigger ones (e.g. French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese and such) - but even they aren't guaranteed to take place because it needs a specific amount of people to enroll in a course to make it happen.

I also looked for online resources but couldn't find that much which was helpful... So I am hoping that this course will be finished and ready sooner or later. I know some basic hawaiian words (nouns and verbs) due to my own research and learning "trials", but I can't even build a sentence with it.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JulesF.
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So, I made a post about this 3 days ago, and it got deleted. Why? Was I too early? Did you guys want to make a post about it yourself? Btw I won't give a hoot about the downvotes at the moment :P

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ryry16
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How about Latin?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xia267
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Anymore languages coming?

Just wondering....

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sarah980215

This is so great, I'm so happy that they're working on endangered languages. I would personally love to see Malay, since Malay is very different from Indonesian, and the Vietnamese audio.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr
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When I do Vietnamese, there is audio.........how odd.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thedopereaper

Cant wait for it

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MattBrick82
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I am so excited!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ethan840261

Nice

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ActiveSpectator
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I've already memorized the Hawaiian alphabet in my head. (AEIOUHKLMNPW)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam711804
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Whew.. Languaging can be Ehhkshausting

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LukeLikesFrench

I can't wait!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/edo_farias
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This is amezing! the first polynesian language, I hope It comes even more like rapanui.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Supergoodwin

Thats great! So excited! Thanks for all the hard work!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ValentinaJ696535

Thanks! I'm sure I will try it, thanks Duo!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisVaugh13

This is exciting. I may learn it, although - at my age - I'm endangered :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/srhzhng

This is so exciting :D my best friend travelled there and loved it, would be great to learn some Hawaiian <3

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Willowshine_She

OOOOHHHH THIS IS SO COOL <(0v0<) I can't wait to see this! X3 (Also could you please add Latin? I am not the only one that is dying to learn that language!)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidMJonas
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Very cool and a great way to help preserve a really interesting culture. I'll be signing up when I can!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fredrikov

I'm curious though how many people actually use it in Hawaii.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eliciamay.9

I'm so excited for this opportunity!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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Best news in a very long time!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JonpaulYoh

nice to FINALLY see a Pacific Island language coming. Though it doesn't have as many speakers as Te Reo (Maori), or Gagana Samoa (Samoan), Hawaiian is still a lovely choice!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElagabalusRex

Why are so many of these comments down voted?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_BilingualVader_

Try posting more on-topic and according to the guidelines: https://www.duolingo.com/guidelines

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyWu25

I know, right?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeAllenSt
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This is so cool. I didn't even know the language still existed! I saw at travel book about Hawaii recently and NO mention of the native language! I was so disappointed. The words I do know sound similar to Japanese, which I am studying now. So cool!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KaptianKaos8
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I was expecting Thai, Croatian, Finnish, or Latin. Didn't expect this. Well done Duolingo.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThisGuy911051

They should definitely add those languages too though!

7 months ago

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I agree. In priority (from my point of view): 1. Arabic 2. Hindi 3. Serbo-Croatian 4. Finnish 5. Latin 6. Thai-Lao 7. Indonesian 8. Farsi 9. Bulgarian 10. Hawaiian 11. Albanian 12. Hausa 13. Filipino or Tagalog 14. Peul 15. Burmese 16. Ancient Greek 17. Khmer 18. Malaysian 19. Tahitian, Samoan or Maori 20. Haitian Creole or Guadeloupean Creole or Bislama 21. Afrikaans 22. Zulu or Xhosa 23. Slovenian 24. Slovakian (it's here because it's very close to Czech) 25. Kazakh 26. Malayalam or Kannada 27. Bengali 28. Tamil 29. Punjabi 30. Telugu 31. Gurmukhi etc

Edit: Estonian as well as Latvian and Lithuanian would also be amazing! Basically, any language ;)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ToLearnForever
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Latin and ancient greek would be so handy

7 months ago

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They already have 5 Romance languages and modern Greek. I think they should make those courses but they shouldn’t be a priority.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ToLearnForever
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Yeah but there is not really a good place where you can learn those languages, it would be SO handy for my studies.
But i do think that they should prioritize languages that people can actually speak somewhere. Instead of ones that are dead.
And maybe Duolingo isn't really a place for Latin and ancient Greek, these languages are learned while simultaneously learning the culture, and they are not meant to be actually spoken, just for translating texts i think. For this to be possible Duolingo would have to change its whole system for us to be able to translate texts as a whole and annotate them, but also an ability to learn about the culture.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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The Duolingo for Schools program, and the way Duolingo is so much better for the written part of a language than the spoken part, means that Latin would be especially appropriate for Duolingo. Imagine how many students it could help! :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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I am of course biased but I wouldn’t say Slovak is here just because Czech is. Or at the very least, since they created different courses for the closely related Scandinavian languages, I see no reason not to create a course for Slovak as well.

And as lizsue pointed out, four of those languages are already in development.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatSchiebz226
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Kannada looks like malicious code.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KaptianKaos8
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It’s a language spoken in west India (I think).

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Boujleba
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No Amharic?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastienBaill
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Would be great! I would love to give it a try.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-Wemal-
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You are right, sorry I forgot. The Amharic writing is very pretty!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HZ1416
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Everywhere you go, there will be at least one habesha, and amharic might be the only language they know. I think it's pretty helpful knowing. Duolingo should definitely add it.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KiriharaFarsk
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Agreed

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geo_torno9

And maybe some Melanesian languages.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JakeyGenius2004
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I noticed that a lot of these are from the native language into English. I know a lot of people are able to do trees in reverse, but a majority would benefit from an English course into the language. Do you think that the contributors will ever make the tree for English, since they obviously know both languages?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ausir
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Well, the majority are probably learners of English who are speakers of these languages and they actually do benefit immensely from these courses. Keep in mind that there's usually more pressure to learn English for the speakers of these languages than vice versa.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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Probably!

That's how a bunch of other languages got into Duolingo.

Russian for Spanish speakers entered Phase 1 after Spanish for Russian speakers reached Phase 3, Korean for English speakers entered Phase 1 after English for Korean speakers reached Phase 3, etc.

:D

7 months ago

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Thanks for the list! My uncle is from Pakistan, he speaks Punjabi, and I would very likely give Punjabi as well as any other language above a try!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Krotrong

I am a native Croatian speaker and I already sent them an email asking them can i start making a course for englisg speakers. Now I am just waiting to get a reply back.

7 months ago

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I would be glad to see Serbo-Croatian on Duolingo. I don't know if they should be seperate or together on the same course, since both have different writing systems. Either way, it would be nice.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xia267
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Awesome job Duolingo! I think I'll do Hawaiian (once I'm done with Spanish, Danish, Korean, and French! And also once it's out of the incubator.......). If anybody here knows Hawaiian, then sign up to contribute! They've only got one contributer so far (myra)

https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/hw/en/status

https://www.duolingo.com/course/hw/en/Learn-Hawaiian-Online

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gryphowl
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It is great to have such an amusing language on Duolingo, by all means we should help it and more moderators should apply! https://www.duolingo.com/comment/27726260

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kate966446

Wow!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AwesomeDragon25

sounds interesting

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YarkoRab
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Nice, but what about Croatian, for example? Years of asking for it all in vain?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FafailleRaRa

That’s great!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Travrinity
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After this, I want to see a Catalan, Finnish, Cantonese and Cherokee course for English speakers

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roos033
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Some of those are on my to do list as well, also I'd love to see Basque and Frisian appearing too

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nasim04u

What about Bengali for English speakers? It's a beautiful language and the 5th most spoken in the world.

7 months ago

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Maybe a little while after English for Bengali speakers reaches Phase 3 of the Incubator? :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ketchup910550

Sweet!! Maybe do Tagalog next? That'd be cool

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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Maybe a little while after English for Tagalog speakers reaches Phase 3 of the Incubator? :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JulianBixler
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still need latin tho

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Christiana800453

Awesome!!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marijevanw2
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great!!!! i really want icelandic tho that'd be amazing

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hedgehog125

Same here, it’s one of my fav languages :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RebeccaRiv1776

So cool!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/believer333

I'm looking forward to some different variety of languages that are even more interesting!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Christine.Ye
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AWW YEAH!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/B222006

o my gosh yes

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Einat162
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Any news about the Arabic course?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HollyHarHar

awesome! so excited!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jbarraclough128

yayyyyy

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/applemacremy03

Still no finnish? K

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshmell-O

Sounds Fun

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ConnorMacg7

I'm tempted to give this a go, but I don't have any plans in the future to visit Hawaii.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fludrocortisone

Neat. Hawaiian has a pretty small sound inventory, so it should be easy to learn the grammar...right? Compound words shouldn't be that hard..Right?

7 months ago

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Yes, it does have a small sound inventory compared to some other languages out there. However, that's also what makes it challenging. If you have a limited amount of sounds to express the same number of concepts in another language, the inevitable result is that you will have many more homophones, and this is certainly the case with Hawaiian. It's not uncommon for some words to have five or more different meanings completely unrelated to each other. Hawaiian poetry and music use this feature of the language extensively, and a big part of poetry is the kaona, or the hidden, deeper meaning beyond what is written. Sometimes the kaona may be known only to the author and a few close friends.

As for grammar, it's not the most grammatically complex language on Earth. There are no inflections, no real tense, and no conjugations, which is line with other Austronesian languages such as Indonesian. However, there are some challenging grammatical aspects, for example alienable vs. inalienable possessions and singular, dual, and plural numbers.

7 months ago

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Well, actually, they have a small sound inventory, but they really make use of it. There are extended vowels I think they're called, and also diphthongs. So, let's do some math. There are 8 consonants, k,h,w/v,m,n,l,p, and the glottal stop ('). About the vowels, there are 5 main vowels (a, e, i, o, u) plus their extended versions and the 11 diphthongs equals 21 vowels thingies. That means that there are 8*21=168 different ways just to say one syllable! However, I don't know too much about the language and it may be less, but it seems scary sometimes.

(P.S. I am not saying that Hawaiian is a weird/scary language I'm just saying it could be complicated.)

7 months ago

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Will other languages like Sesotho, Estonian, Maltese, Croatian, Chichewa, etc. be featured?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BaileySpitzer

Thank you for helping to preserve endangered languages!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/comfygeogeek

I can't wait!!!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Naomi153048

Wow! I didn't see this day coming!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SidneyPraxedes
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I hope that other native endangered languages also como up in the next years.

7 months ago

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    Wow! Does anyone know how hard the sentence structure and pronunciation for Hawaiin is?

    7 months ago

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    The sentence structure follows a verb-subject-object pattern which is the same with other Polynesian languages.

    The pronunciation is very straightforward and not difficult at all, containing no sounds that are strange for English speakers and no consonant clusters. The biggest challenge I find English speakers have when speaking Hawaiian is pronouncing pure vowels, as English tends to turn almost everything into diphthongs.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/FreddyThePickle

    Yaaaay! insert Kermit arm flail GIF here

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dupont.
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    Wow, that's great!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/tiantiandemeng
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    Cheeeeeehooooo!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Mahma5

    yay!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/DEE255780

    I think itʻs great that ʻolelo Hawaiʻi will be added. The concern that I have after using the Japanese is frustration. Often my answers are "wrong" when they are correct in use, such as the word clothes being corrected for clothing.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/lethal_gnome

    Stuff like that isn't supposed to happen, if it does report it and set the reason to "My solution should be accepted", I think it was, then it should be fixed eventually.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/t8S7Ne7v

    Looking good! I've always wanted to learn a Polynesian language. Hawaiian is a Polynesian language, right?

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/AaronTBD
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    I can't wait for Hawaiian it would be very unique (but I'm still waiting for Georgian)

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Hamish487257

    yyyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/NikkiBishop1
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    I can't wait! The only Polynesian language I know (a little of) is Maori :D

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/shichi-astre

    our first austronesian language ^^

    7 months ago

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    Not if they release Indonesian first ^^

    But it will indeed be our first Polynesian language!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyDaint1

    i can't wait

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/shirki
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    Super cool! Can't wait.

    7 months ago

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    Great can’t wait, ty Duolingo!

    7 months ago

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    This is a very good initiative! To give notice to disappearing languages!!!!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/wolfpuppy1

    If you are looking to bring back languages classified as endangered, would you be thinking of Gaelic? From Ireland? Talking to Irish friends, my understanding is that the language only exists now in clubs and devoted groups that pretty much just speak amongst themselves. Of course, I've heard that there are over 2000 languages on this planet, soooooo. . .time to study more? Lol

    7 months ago

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    https://www.duolingo.com/wolfpuppy1

    No, but thanks for that. As you can note, I am working two languages now, focusing primarily on Spanish. Unlike many here, I would be lost trying to learn more than that at one time, although I truly do wish to learn Japanese. Might add that one later. But Irish would be a hoot, wouldn't it? ;-)

    7 months ago

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    whispers from the darkness You can do them all, We support you ;-)

    7 months ago

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    Know next to nothing of Hawaiian (or any polynesian languages). Will be nice to get an introduction to dipping my toe into their language and culture when the opportunity arises.

    7 months ago

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    I would love to call dibs on an alpha spot! Ive been a long time lover of the hawaiian language and culture <3

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/raidesu

    Ahh, this is awesome! I’m from Hawaii so everyone expects me to speak it but i never took it in school. Now i’ll be able to learn!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/marbearissi

    im so excited!!! im from polynesian descent so i have no words to explain how thrilled i am to be able to learn hawaiian soon. plus, i love hawaii and want to be able to go to read the signs and communicate with natives. i even thought about how duolingo should ask Auli'i Cravalho for help lol

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Ferid1453

    I appreciate the fact that you're doing all you can to preserve endangered languages:Irish,Welsh and now Hawaiian. I would be sure to check it out once avialable! ThanksDuolingo team!

    7 months ago

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    MAHALO NUI LOA, Duolingo!

    6 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Millie59511

    While there seems to be a whole other conversations going on, let be the one to say: Holy Crap! YES! Finally! I've been wanting and pushing for this, and I know others have been too! I can't wait!!!

    5 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lilii159351

    Mahalo hui ! E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi !

    5 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/knlyman

    This is so awesome! Like all "endangered" languages struggling to achieve its former prestige, ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is really in need of a larger speaking community. I think this has the potential to be a very impactful way to re-launch this beautiful language back into the mainstream consciousness.

    As a Native Hawaiian who was raised by ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, iʻm really happy to see people from all backgrounds learn to see how beautiful the world is when painted in the poetry of the Hawaiian language. While as a Kumu ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language teacher), iʻm really excited to incorporate this fun way of learning into my classroom. Let me know if thereʻs anything I can do to help make this course the best possible course possible! I ola mau ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi i ke kanaka! Hawaiian language thrives by its speakers!

    Mahalo!

    4 months ago

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    Did you happen to have a posibilety to contribute to the course? I'd love to lean it one day, but richt now there aren't a lot of contributors for it

    4 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Millie59511

    Please look into volunteering for the Hawaiian language. I think you could be a valuable asset to the course. I think you can do this by clicking "Jobs" at the bottom of the screen, then go under "teaching". I am in no way working for Duolingo, but I want to learn this language as I will help where I can.

    4 months ago

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    No you have to go to the incubator site and then tap/click contribute to a course. Then you have to submit an application and duolingo will review it and hire you if they need you.

    4 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Millie59511

    So what was the teaching tab for?
    Is it for "general learning" : as in you know X amount of languages and can help out? Or is it to become a mod, which I am assuming you might be?

    4 months ago

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    Applying to be a contributor is about offering to help constructing the course. You need for that to be fluent in both languages (not just knowing X amount of languages").

    Or is it to become a mod [...] ?

    Moderator is about keeping forums a safe and nice place by deleting comments that break Duolingo' s Guidelines and remind the comment's author about them, to help (but as any user) other learners, etc.
    It's just about forums

    Contributor is about courses' content.

    which I am assuming you might be?

    On forums, you can identify the person being either (Forum) Moderator, (Course) Contributor, (Event) Host, Duolingo Educator and Duolingo Insider because they will have a ring around their profile picture and when you hover over this ring, it tells you which one(s) of the 5 category the person belongs to.

    4 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Millie59511

    Or more than one it seems...

    Thanks for the info. I see those rings in different colors all the time, plus the little "mod" next to people's names. Now my suspicion is confirmed. Always nice to know who is a helper on DL.

    4 months ago

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    I see those rings in different colors all the time

    There are two colours : green and gold.
    As soon as one is gold in one of the category, the ring will be gold (even if the user is "green" in other categories).

    • For moderators:
      • gold = moderators of all the (currently) 131 forums.
      • green = moderator in at least one of the forums
    • For contributors, gold are normally long-time contributors who have more edition-rights in the incubator for the course for which they are gold.
      One can be gold-contrib for a course and green for another. In such case, they'll be considered as gold-contrib for the ring around their profile pic.
    • For other Ambassadors categories: I don't know the differences.

    But this colouring changes nothing about the fact to be (at least) in one of the category.

    plus the little "mod" next to people's names

    This means that the person has moderation rights on the specific forum to which the current discussion (where you see this "MOD" flag) belongs.
    For example, this discussion is in the "General (in English)" forum and I have a "MOD" flag so it means that I'm a moderator of this specific forum.

    4 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/niahrya

    yes, there is the possibility to apply for course contribution. but within the process and form to be filled, Duolingo claims to want people who are fluent in both languages. I'm very fluent in English.... but am only capable of very little Hawaiian - rather single words or expression, but not even full sentences. So even if I might be able to help with some vocabulary stuff, I would never be taken since I'm not fluent.

    We will see, how long it will take to complete. And yes, Millie59511, I am also eagerly looking forward to this course as I want to learn this language for many many years. But sadly, here in my area it isn't possible at all due to the lack of resources etc. We do have language courses to be booked at public evening schools for people already in the job. but those are rather languages like English, French, Italian, Portuguese... the big ones, you name it. And even they are not guaranteed. I enrolled twice for a Swedish course which never happened due to the lack of participants. (we were only 3-4 people wanting to learn it and the minimum size of a group is 10)

    4 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Millie59511

    Sucks that you couldn't get the Swedish group together. Sorry about that.

    No matter what, I can't wait to start. And niahrya I can wait to see you in the discussions helping us all out with what you do know.

    Happy Learning!

    4 months ago

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    This is really nice. It's refreshing to see a new language course in the Incubator, especially of a highly requested and endangered language. Thanks for opening the course, Duolingo!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyWu25

    Woah, you are learning a whole lot of languages...

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/SarahClodfelter

    Personally, I think it is great to try and experiment with different languages and see what you want to progress more in. I can understand how people might think that learning twenty languages at one time could be someone trying to show off, but that is not always the case. As other commenters have mentioned, everyone has a different learning style. OmegaGmaster might be able to learn multiple languages at one time whilst I can only learn one at a time. Lets also not overlook the fact that they might not be practicing or learning all twenty languages. As I said before, they might have just wanted to try the language. Anywho, the comments overall are hilarous and gave me laugh. Have a nice day y'all!

    7 months ago

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    Yes, thank you Duolingo! I'm really looking forward to Hawaiian. :D

    All these unnecessary negative comments though...

    7 months ago

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    I know It's an rivalry up there

    5 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/_rip_X_

    can despacito come to doulingo aswell? its an endangered language

    7 months ago

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    Maybe. Not much was known about Despacito until Thanos released Despacito 2, so it's quite possible.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/AEBcatlover13

    ¿Hablas Español?

    7 months ago

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    Muy probablemente sí, tiene el curso de catalán el cual solo se encuentra disponible disponible desde español

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster
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    Tienes razón. Hablo español.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/I_like_SU

    you're learning a whole lot of languages

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rajabrahon12
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    Hi, OmegaGmaster !! How many languages can you speak good at ?? You learn so many languages, mate !! Most of them are at high levels to me !!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Bellefire11

    This sound cool. I might try it out.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Jeremy114182
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    Just curious, is traditional Hawaiian ever written, or is Duolingo's writing of it simply how it is pronounced?

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/betarage
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    They started to write in the early 1800s.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/makanui
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    Hawaiian was exclusively an oral language with no writing system until Protestant missionaries arrived from New England in the mid-19th century. They needed to develop a writing system so they could translate the Bible, and so an alphabet was created using Roman letters. That alphabet is still in use today. In Hawaiian it is known as the 'pī-ā-pā Hawaiʻi'. It contains just thirteen letters, and the order of the letters is different from the typical ABC..., with vowels coming before consonants:

    AEIOUHKLMNPWʻ

    That last letter which looks like a backwards apostrophe is called ʻokina, and it is just as much of a consonant as the others. It represents a glottal stop sound.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Raachel.T
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    Cool

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/VioletFawn26

    Cool. Maybe I'll try it!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageAmbrosia

    OH MY GOD! YAY!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/ExSquaredOver2
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    And despite having over 20 different English courses, thanks to Hawaiian, the British flag finally appears on Duolingo.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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    the British flag finally appears on Duolingo.

    The flag of the United Kingdom finally appears on Duolingo. The British flag, on the other hand, looks like this:

    It hasn't seen a great deal of use since 1801.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyWu25

    How does your brain have the capacity for 31 different languages?! Just how? Here's a lingot for your incredible cranium.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Joshumz
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    Bem legal mesmo!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/MasonIsDaOne

    hawaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Keith294077

    can we get farsi?

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/bjorn772595

    cool

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Wazeje

    yo thats hella epic my dude

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/michelle1073

    is there going to be cantonese

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster
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    According to this, probably not. Not for a while, at least.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Adam711804
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    Cantonese is a pretty minor dialect (side note: compared to all the other ones it’s actually pretty major) of Chinese so it’s probablbe a lot harder to find people that have the time and can speak the language

    5 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/t8S7Ne7v

    Does Hawaiian have its own alphabet?

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/makanui
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    Hawaiian was exclusively an oral language with no writing system until Protestant missionaries arrived from New England in the mid-19th century. They needed to develop a writing system so they could translate the Bible, and so an alphabet was created using Roman letters. That alphabet is still in use today. In Hawaiian it is known as the 'pī-ʻā-pā Hawaiʻi'. It contains just thirteen letters, and the order of the letters is different from the typical ABC..., with vowels coming before consonants:

    AEIOUHKLMNPWʻ

    That last letter which looks like a backwards apostrophe is called ʻokina, and it is just as much of a consonant as the others. It represents a glottal stop sound.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Soulfur

    Hula.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/7ujrIKGH

    Mahalo nui loa, Duo!!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kaleo_Rosa_Clark

    YAY!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/KevinSouth7

    Awesome!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/icemgonewrong56
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    nice

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/BraylonGraham

    wow so excited

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/MarieAnten2

    OUI! OUI! OUI!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/werymash

    I think duolingo should do more things like this to help preserve endangered languages

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/JadenPotatoes

    I'm happy to hear it. I was waiting this day from I watched Moana.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/136.G4PWCRxvgysj

    But moana is Samoan

    5 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/littleshihtzu

    I’m very excited that an endangered language will become more popular and therefore less endangered through Duolingo, so I’m very excited about learning this amazing language!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Otto.Karl
    Plus
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    Are there any plans to put other indigenous languages on DuoLingo?

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/MaggieIbar1

    yay! I have been wanting to learn Hwaiian for a while now thank you duo

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Gisellepinklily

    I am excited

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Ansel.Huffman

    But still no Afrikaans? :/

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kat117374
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    This is wonderful. I remember being exposed to a small amount of Hawaiian in elementary school and I would love to refresh what I learned and progress.

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/EBDinne
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    Wow, can't wait to try this out

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Matthew-Henry

    This is totally awesome! I've been looking forward to learning this language! #DuolingoROCKS :D Vote up and give me a lingot if you agree!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Scarlett34567

    Thats amazing! I would live to see Maori or Samoan on there too!!

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/avapuaatuua

    Yay! So excited! I'm from Hawaii and have wanted to learn Hawaiian for a while now :)

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/empyreal808

    This is wonderful news. I wonder if Duolingo might consider not using the State of Hawai'i flag for the icon. ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi is an indigenous language and the flag is a symbol of the colonizers that stole the land from the kānaka maoli (Native Hawaiians).

    7 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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    the flag is a symbol of the colonizers that stole the land from the kānaka maoli (Native Hawaiians).

    The current flag of Hawai'i was originally commissioned by King Kamehameha I, who had already adopted the British red ensign as his national flag because he liked the design; it was not imposed upon the Kingdom of Hawai'i by the US or anyone else.
    There is no such thing as an indigenous flag before that time as the use of flags in the modern manner was not part of the Hawaiian culture.

    5 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Drops_du_Jupiter

    Silbo Gomero, anyone?

    6 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/JoeSatana
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    It'll be hilarious practicing it on the bus!

    4 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/DavidGroode

    For those of you who have a judgement about a language should not take years and years to learn. Everyone learns differently and I myself like to make any language I am learning a life long study. That does not mean I don't set goals and move it forward in how I progress with it, I only mean that many things in life are so vast - they can be a life study if we embrace things in that way - they are continual and our relationship with those areas of study are an evolution over time. How beautiful and awesome is that?

    3 months ago

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