https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian

Duolingo Language Map

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I made this map to portray the expanse of languages covered of Duolingo. Red means the language is involved in a stable release. Blue means the language is in beta. Green means the language just entered the Incubator.

I know there are a lot of mistakes on here and a lot of the map is up to interpretation, but this is just supposed to be a "big picture" idea. This map will be updated with any changes in the Incubator.

May 2, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

I love this!

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Ikamjh
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It would be cool (I'm not saying that it is for sure worth all of the time it would take to implement the idea, but that I think it would be cool) if design of the page with all of the different languages was a map, with the same colors filling in the countries and/or areas that they are spoken in and with the same landmarks that are in the little squares added onto the map (those graphics are nice). With some larger countries like Brazil, the map could even include multiple landmarks in each of their respective areas.

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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Cool map!

Some help if you're going to update, official languages missing:

  • Portugese in Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe

  • Spanish in Cuba and Equatorial Guinea

  • Dutch/French (and German) in Belgium

  • Dutch in Suriname

  • German in Switzerland, Austria and Lichtenstein

  • Italian in San Marino and Vatican City

  • French in a lot of African countries and Monaco

  • English in quite some countries (good luck with all the island nations) ;), see link the Countries and languages lists box at the bottom on that page also provides some more useful links.

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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As far as Switzerland is concerned: all covered by DL (French, Italian, German). :)

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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Actually Romansh is missing, but yes if you speak French, Italian and German you won't have any problem communicating in Switzerland. :)

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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Ha, I didn't know that (nor heard of it). Everyday something new to learn here on DL. :) Thanks!

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Athenicuber

... And Esperanto in nowhere, or wherever the Esperanto Conference this year is being held.

December 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/coldasice26
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I really like the idea, but I would change the colors, since red has a negative meaning. I would pick green for stable, blue for beta and yellow for incubator.

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/quriousking
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Nice.

Practically, the entire Caribbean speak English, Spanish and or French. Many African countries speak English, Arabic or French as an official language. This map shows that one representative language from both the Bantu and Scandinavian families are needed here. They would make for a more complete picture.

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Shady_arc
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A bit about Russian. First, the language is in beta in name only. It is just that English and Russian are different enough that we want to improve the course before releasing it. Adding lessons for some issues typical for Russian-English pair (articles, tenses) will surely make it easier.

As for the course "as is", it has long been ready.

Concerning the map: Russia is err... large, yet not the only spot on the map where Russian is spoken and considered an official language. The most notable of these is Kazakhstan, where it is an official language and very widely used. I am not sure, which is more popular - sadly, as of 2009, polls have shown that Russian is understood more that Kazakh overall. However, that is not surprising because there is significant Russian population in Kazakhstan, which may differ in how well they learnt Kazakh at school (say, if 100% Kazakhs speak Russian, but only 50% Russians do understand Kazakh language, then Russian is going to be "more widespread" no matter how small the "uneducated" minority is).

Also Belarus has Russian as an official — and widely used language.

Not official in Ukraine, but very significant. It is both sad and funny how most "Russian" videogames that are well-known internationally (like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. or Metro 2033) are not Russian, they are UKRANIAN (even though they were probably made in Russian). Made even more confusing by the fact that some of them may use a setting that is not Ukranian (Metro 2033 is based on a Russian book and set in Moscow, Cryostasis is set in Russia). But it is actually easy to remember: for example, The Lord of the Rings is set in Middleearth, but was not actually filmed there ^_^

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/duolingo9198

Exactly, in Belarus, Russian is FAR more used, and is also a national language. I'm pretty sure their president, Alexander Lukashenko does not even speak Belarussian. And, a side note, Thailand should be green, Myanmar should be gray. That is, until Burmese is added.

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian
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Damn! I always confuse Thailand and Myanmar on a map!

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/S0S_90
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I think in a lot of African countries English or French is the official language. If you take this into account there aren't many big regions where a language is spoken that Duo doesn't offer...

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian
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True, I can never remember which countries speak English/French/Arabic.

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kingthatcher
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you forgot Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Chad, North Sudan, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mali, Mauritania, and a couple others for Arabic, Cyprus speaks both Greek and Turkish, San Marino speaks Italian, Monaco (for the most part) speaks French and Italian (Monegasque is barely spoken), Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, and the Scottish Isles of Skye and a few others should not be coloured in, Moldavia should be filled in (both Russian and Romanian), DPRK should be filled in, Guyana should be filled in, as well as any ex-french, german, or Portuguese colony. Just tryin' to help :)

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Agent.Logic_

They have an Australian to English course out now?? ;D

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/snorreri
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Nice map! They speak korean in North Korea as well, by the way =)

May 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/firebomb3

That's really cool! Lingot for you!

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PopTartTastic

I personally fell in love with Africa when I visited Senegal, and about five years later, Ghana. In Senegal, they speak mostly four languages: English, French, Arabic, and Wolof. In Ghana, it's mostly English and Akan. It'll be hard to fill out Africa because there are many indigenous languages, but of course, if you speak or know anyone who speaks one, I would love for a course to start up! Also, Belize is an English-speaking country. :)

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/dbzlotrfan
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Small nitpick(s): Map is a little small, and for the colorblind the green (and red) may be difficult to see a change in.

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian
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The actual size is about 1000x2000 pixels, but Duolingo scaled it down

May 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/firebomb3

And I think that's really good for making a mistake [mistakes]!

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Nitram.
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It's strange and yet interesting to see how Africa remains a blind spot...

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jan_Eo

Many African countries speak French/Arabic/Portuguese/Dutch, the author just didn't include it.

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Nitram.
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Yeah, I know that. I wonder though, if all African people speak the language of the former colonists (apart from the Arabic countries of Africa, of course because they are lingisticually similar).

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/duolingo9198

If they get an education, they probably speak it. However, not all of them do. Last time I heard, in Central Africa, a French-speaking country, only 30% of the population got an education. I think Angola has a much higher percentage of Portuguese-speaking population, though.

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ShivaniNai2
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Also interesting that South Africa is highlighted in red. We have 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu but I haven't seen any of these in the stable, beta or incubator phases. Afrikaans is derived from Dutch and spoken in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia, but the rest of the languages (bar English) are indigenous African languages.

May 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/turcois

After learning the current courses released, I could travel almost anywhere in the whole Western Hemisphere and be able to communicate comfortably! Awesome, thanks guys!

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Uborkas
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This is really cool.

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/rakusin
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WOW! Can't wait to see a completely red map! Thanks for your map

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcoBortolato
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Great idea! I was wondering if you could update it now to reflect the new courses!

December 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Athenicuber

Why is Cuba grey? Don't they speak Spanish?

December 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JohanLarss5

Duolingo just released some official statistics of languages being learnt around the world: http://making.duolingo.com/which-countries-study-which-languages-and-what-can-we-learn-from-it#fn:courses

May 13, 2016
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