Urdu script for Hindi course
Would it be possible to add Urdu script along side the devanagari script for the Hindi course? Since Hindi and urdu are basically the same language (exept for formal hindi which uses all of the tatsama sanskrit loanwords) and in Pakistan they do not use the devanagari script at all.
Yeah, either that or just make an Urdu course by copy pasting the Hindi one, changing the relevant vocab, and changing the alphabet lessons. Shouldn't take more than 3 months at the most...
Excellent idea. There isn't even that much vocab in the course that would need changing. All I can think of right now is धन्यवाद.
You must be one of the Duolinguists with the highest total score, and in difficult and unrelated languages. Congratulations! Indonesian is not there yet though.. :-)
I like the idea. I really like the idea. Lingot for you. I always wanted to learn Urdu. Please duolingo, implement this!!!!
It would challenge the course developers (whom I think are great, and have done an excellent job!) a lot to do this because they would have to be educated in all the quirks of Arabic script spelling—a tall task to ask from them. All the different varieties of "z" for example. Or inconsistencies like how خوش /xūś/ is the Urdu spelling while ख़ुश /xuś/ is the Hindi one.
Yes, they need developers that are literate in urdu. They can use the same hindi tts, though I do not think it has the /x/ and /ɣ/ sounds of urdu.
One of the problems with the urdu script is that it is mainly written in the nastaliq script, which is different from the more common naskh script that is used to write nearly ever other language in the arabic script. The nastaliq script is not good for computers as it is complicated and fancy, and hard to implement, and only few devices have native support of it, so they would have to settle with naskh.