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can we please get Italian stories

6 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/CadetheBruce
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While it would be nice for them to expand the stories feature to include more languages, it seem doubtful at this point that they will. They say they want to further test the feature before adding more languages and the feature does not seem open to volunteer contributions. That suggests to me it's being funded, and that seems to suggest this is part of their partnership with Pearson, which is a for-profit corporation. That also means they will only get funds for languages that Pearson approves--and Pearson's target market is not the general public, but educational institutions. In this case, I think at least Italian has a better chance of getting stories at some point than say, Irish, but since Duolingo does not have a good history with maintaining funding or partnerships, don't hold your breath and just start looking for learning resources elsewhere.

Also, it's important for people to understand that Duolingo has never, ever been a democracy. This site is not user-run, despite how they have relied on volunteer contributions to build their brand. It is a tech company that has its own business model and partnerships. You can requests things, but Duolingo, which has never been very transparent about how they operate, will do what suits their business model first and foremost, and if I am right about the stories feature being funded via a partnership with Pearson, user requests matter even less. Users is this case are little more than unpaid A/B and QA testers and a source for statistics. Sorry if that sounds cynical, but this is just how Duolingo has always been.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LSadun
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It's a little funny that Duolingo Stories started with Spanish and Portuguese. Spanish I get, since that's DL's biggest course for English speakers, with about as many active learners (20 million) as French and German combined. Portuguese only has 2 million and change. But for some reason, those two languages got developed first, with French and German being added later. For a while, there was a lot more content in Spanish and Portuguese than French or German, but French/German have been catching up. (They're the exact same stories in all four languages, by the way, with just a few details changed to be more culturally relevant.) DL seems to have made the decision to fully flesh out those languages before expanding further.

When they do expand, Italian is the obvious next choice, since it and Japanese are, by a substantial margin, the next biggest courses that don't have stories, and it's probably a lot easier to adapt the existing stories to Italian than to Japanese.

At the same time, they're doing a lot to improve the Spanish and French courses, with new trees in both languages (still in A/B testing in French --- I want my new French tree!) to bring them up to the standards of the very good, and very long, German tree.

Italian, meanwhile, is lagging. The Italian tree is very short -- just 66 modules compared with 121 in German and over 100 in the new Spanish tree. It also doesn't seem to be maintained very much. Maybe the volunteers are overwhelmed and shorthanded, and maybe DL central just doesn't care. Hard to say.

In any case, CadeAr is right. They're not going to expand DL Stories to Italian, or upgrade the Italian tree, simply because of user requests. They're going to expand when, and only when, it fits their business model.

To be clear, I'm not complaining! DL has been very good to me, teaching me five languages for free and providing a lot of very good additional content in three of them. When they add Italian to the upgrade list, I'll celebrate. In the mean time, let's enjoy what we've got.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dave.pretty
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I finished French two days ago. Of course I'm just Sisyphus. Sigh.

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https://www.duolingo.com/CameronNed
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I have a short one I can share:

Duolingo has helped me so much with my Italian that it is better than that of my cousin's girlfriend. The only reason I think that is relevant is that she took Italian as a college class and really didn't learn how to converse, whereas Duolingo did that for me.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sofie870036
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Agreed. Duolingo has helped me tremendously too. I love it here.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MoviaCarro
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I agree too. We have Stories for Spanish, French, German and Portuguese. Well, then again, these are some of my languages i am studying, I wanted to practise my Italian although I am only at level 6 but there were no stories. I hope that we get some soon! I really should try to write in Italian.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/margaretcu19

Please!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bcw5ZAzH

Can we please, please get Italian stories. Per favore!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SamuelVinclard

In am glad I'm not the only one hoping for Italian stories!☺

6 months ago
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