How do you get Duo to listen to offers of new languages?
I have a friend in Brittany who studied Breton-Celtique in the university of Rennes. The man is in my near-monoglot opinion, an absolute genius. He can speak fluent French, Breton, Catalan, Norwegian, Italian and more. He's tried to conact Duo about starting a Breton course several times. He isn't asking FOR a Breton course, he's asking them to let him make a course. He has not received a reply. How can he increase his chances? I would personally love a Breton course.
Nobody outside of Duo staff knows the mysteries behind how Duolingo chooses to open new courses for development, sadly.
The recommendation from some moderators in such cases is to be a useful (and persistant) presence in the forum, offering informations, ressources, etc about the language.
Some users have actually started an unofficial course for some languages (from the top of my head I remember Afrikaaner) right in the forum.
Beyond that, we can just wish and hope.
This is a good advice for languages that are already on Duolingo, but wouldn't work for new ones. There are no moderators for the language yet.
You're right, those unofficial courses have to be taken cautiously. They exist, though, and if someone offers quality content, and attract some following, they can be noticed when time comes.
Speaking of noticing: your avatar is gracious. Reminds me of Jean Cocteau. Ever heard about him?
Some of the unofficial courses are very good and popular, but I've never heard of their creators getting the opportunity to do an official course. (But if that's happened, I'd love to hear about it!)
Yes I have heard of Jean Cocteau, but I'm not familiar with his works. Looking at some examples now, I can see how my avatar might remind you of them. I have drawn it myself, though. I always do, I don't like to use anybody else's work for myself.
If he can speak Breton and has the time, he can apply in the Duolingo Incubator to help create the course.
He shouldn’t expect a reply for at least several years. That’s the norm for the Incubator.
I hope that he's able to create a Breton course. The more languages the better! One question, is there a long term commitment required of the people who agree to create a course? I'm assuming that there's some maintenance required for courses (e.g. answering grammatical questions, etc.) and, of course, the expansion of trees. It'd be nice if there was more information on courses. Best of luck to your friend!