The Baltic Languages
Okay we have many types of languages here on Duolingo. Native American languages are coming, we've had Romance languages forever as well as Germanic languages. We recently got the slavic languages. We have a Turkic language, many Asian languages, we have Hebrew, Arabic is coming, we even have Welsh and Irish. We have Greek, and even though Yiddish hasn't been released, I heard rumours it is about to pick up steam again.
Let us finally add another block of languages or just one for the start. The Baltic Languages. Lithuanian , Latvian or Estonian. Very interesting languages with lots of history.
Upvote for these languages. We must plead our case to Duo!
To any native Lithuanian, Latvian or Estonian speakers. I love your languages and so do many others. Please take a little time to contribute to a course or just start one to give us hope that these languages will one day be made a reality. Once the ball gets rolling more will hopefully join the cause and the languages will be released one day. I hope my dream will be realised. One day.
As in English it is Thank you. German- Danke schnön French- Merci! Hebrew- Toda (Sorry it's not Shalom) Spanish- Gracias
And soon it will be known that in the Baltic languages thank you is:
Paldies Ačiū Aitäh
It is only and only my personal guess that Duolingo staff chooses languages by their popularity in certain social layers and age groups.
This may explain a strange situation that we have here on this otherwise incredible language learning platform..
I see that they offer Klingon and High Valyrian courses (no offense to anyone playing into fantasy worlds but they are not really alive languages with thousand years of history and literature..and they are not spoken in any country on Earth))
but Arabic (one of the widely spoken world's languages), Cantonese Chinese and Baltic languages +Estonian that you mentioned, have not been selected..(yes Arabic and Chinese just have been added..and not even ready) And what about Farsi? How many people use Klingon or HVal compared to the number of Farsi speakers? someone please explain this!
Estonian is Uralic, part of a "block of languages" that has been present ever since the Hungarian course was released a few years ago. I expect Finnish to be the second one due to its high demand, and Estonian may come after that.
As for Lithuanian and Latvian, I would very much like to see either on here. They haven't changed much over the years and are suspected to be closer to Proto Indo-European than any other living languages, and that alone makes me extremely hyped to learn more about them.
In case you are not aware, Estonian is not a Baltic language. I mean, it is in geographical sense, but since you mentioned Germanic and other language families, I wasn’t sure if you were talking about Baltic languages as a family as well.
Also, we can’t start courses here. That’s entirely up to the staff since I don’t think finding contributors for those languages is a huge problem.