cz in german!?
I really want to lern the Czech language, is there any chance for a lesson in german at doulingo?
we may never see a course like that because duolingo would first have to want it.
there seem to be three things duolingo has been showing interest in when choosing what courses to add lately: protection of endangered languages, publicity buzz, and expected popularity of the course. czech for german speakers would have nothing to offer for the first two criteria.
if we apply the user number ratio from french for english speakers (11M) and french for german speakers (700K), which is about 6.4%, to the czech for english speakers active user number (214K), we get 14K as the projected active user count for czech from german. so not a very popular course either.
the reverse, german for czechs, faces better odds, but still on the level of a snowball in a really warm place.
I really don't understand Duo's policy here, because the workload is done by the course contributors anyway. The matter looks different if the addition of a course needs e.g. the addition of a foreign alphabet, but this is not the case with Czech from German.
Maybe this will help:
In our first meeting, we finalize how many new languages and how many new course directions (from existing languages) we can launch in the coming year. Even though our courses are developed and maintained by our volunteer community, it still takes a significant amount of staff resources to execute a successful launch and sustain a course.
Which would seem to make this a distant memory:
I want to add all languages, but we're not there yet. I should also say that each language we add still requires quite a bit of effort from our team so we're only adding about one per week. In a few months I'm hoping we'll have a truly scalable system that allows us to add hundreds of languages at once.