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Icelandic - When will Duolingo offer an Icelandic course?

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Just want to start this post by saying:

If Duolingo offers courses for 3 'constructed languages', why do they not offer a course for Icelandic, a beautiful yet dying language? They even offer courses for Irish, which I believe is even less spoken by Icelandic, surely there are people who can make this course?

I've seen quite a few threads about Icelandic but they are all quite old, and the top thread that does appear was started about 2 years ago. Recently, there were a few new posts (it was 'revived' 2 months ago with its most recent post 2 weeks old) yet they talk about how others shouldn't learn Icelandic...

One of the posts near the bottom of the thread reads:

'WE've been asked to consolidate our votes here in this thread: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7085482'

but that link doesn't work for me and just takes me to a blank Duolingo page, so I'm guessing that page has been removed?

I understand Duolingo wants you to not make loads of threads about the same topic and instead focus on one, but I think we need a newer one.

Therefore I wanted to start a new one...

To see whether there has been a decrease/increase in demand, how many people here want an Icelandic course on Duolingo?

There seemed to be quite a few a couple years ago...

(I know there are other websites which do offer free courses.... but they are incomparable to Duolingo)

Thank you!

2 months ago

26 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/SigurdurHe

Hi Being Icelandic and a dedicated user of Duolingo (studying spanish with english as my "native" language) I dare to support this. An Icelandic course would be very useful, especially for all the people who come here to work and immigrants. I am sure there is no lack of contributions from native Icelanders (scholars and others).
Takk fyrir að setja þennan þráð í gang. Sigurður Helgason (Siggi)

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/electricpenguin
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So as a native speaker, do you feel that the Icelandic language is under threat?

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SigurdurHe

No actually not. it mostly that the language gets "diluted" with a lot of English words. People are reading less now except from their phones etc and the universal web language is of course English. I am curious about this interest in Duo_Icelandic but as before it could help a lot.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.Gregor
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Not that I'm not in favour of an Icelandic course, but since when is Icelandic dying? 97% of the people in Iceland speak it and that number is not declining. It's also the only official language of Iceland, so until that changes, the language is pretty protected. Yes, Iceland is a small country, but since population size has been increasing, so have speaker numbers of Icelandic.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

When something freezes over?

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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Posts like yours are made just about every week, if not more often, and the answer is ALWAYS the same: Duolingo has said nothing about starting a course for Icelandic, so no one who has posted on the forums has any information at all about an Icelandic course starting here, let alone any encouraging news. This has not changed in at least 5 years. Do a forum search on, say, Icelandic constructed or any of several dozen other combinations containing "Icelandic" and look to the "suggested" discussions to the right of the page, and you'll see what I mean.

If you would like to learn Icelandic, go elsewhere or wait as Songve suggests (you know: until Hell freezes over; maybe in Icelandic it's Hel). There are LOTS of posts about alternate ways to learn Icelandic. For instance, do this search Icelandic BRAGI Russian and you'll find an older discussion w/ suggestions--look carefully through all the links given.

Or try this Icelandic Learning Pack on the Internet Archive, which has what look to be some good books; I'd suggest the one by Glendening (№ 7) because that older "Teach Yourself" series is usually very good for people studying on their own, or № 5, or №№ 9 & 10. Or try the advice from Learn Icelandic Now!. Or look at the books here-- books on Old Norse might do too--and if one looks good, find a copy and buy it.

Icelandic would be really great to learn. Good luck. You'll have a better chance to learn Icelandic before you grow old if you don't wait for Duolingo.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago
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I highly recommend IcelandicOnline.com which offers a good, free Icelandic course from the University of Iceland.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AaronTBD
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You can also go to Memrise FOR FREE

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WarriorCleberz
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I used Memrise, it's not the same thing, it's another methodology.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AaronTBD
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Dose It learn you a language? and I know what you're going to reply "Yes, but Duolingo is more fun than Memrise." I just want to say this, you don't need "fun" in your Language learning you can actually work on that language than ''having fun" go get a book or learn on Memrise I'm just saying that you don't need to learn a language on Duolingo I'm going to start learning Georgian soon and It's going to be by book.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WarriorCleberz
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Obviously, the one who chooses the best learning methodology is the person who wants to learn! I'm not saying it's necessary to have a very funny learning, there are people who do not like Duolingo, but I found Memrise so annoying and not convincing, learning word -by-word. Books are a good source too, perhaps richer. An Icelandic course here would bring an ancient language with fun.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WarriorCleberz
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I do the same question about Icelandic, and this course is being requested a long time already.... I want to see this course here!!!!

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Djedida
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People on Duolingo frequently express that they want to learn Icelandic, but I think the reality is that they are a vocal minority.

Still, if the University of Iceland were to sponsor a course, I would be supportive. It would be nice if some sentences were lifted directly from the Sagas so that participants could be able to read the Sagas without translation after completing the tree.

Btw I think all the constructed languages were added to Duolingo to create publicity. It sets the platform apart from other language courses.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Royal1223

Duolingo does not create any courses, people from all over the world create them. There needs to be enough people to create this course, at least 6 or 7. It looks like people from Iceland do not want to create and contribute this course or there are very few people that want to create it.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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there have been many people applying for Finnish, Lithuanian, Croatian etc. yet we still don't have those courses even in the incubator

so it's not because there is a lack of contributors that the courses aren't created

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/b05aplmun.ca
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Duolingo has to make the decision to make a course and choose the first couple of contributors before the course can be started. Duolingo does not have unlimited resources and it needs to make choices about which languages to do when.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/electricpenguin
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I have tried IcelandicOnline and Memrise but they don't do what Duolingo does. I'd start this course in a heartbeat if it became available.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/1Wha1e0
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I still feel it would be nice if Duolingo responded. I think there are enough people who can make an Icelandic course, yet Duolingo haven't agreed to it being made, so I think the 'issue' is that Duolingo hasn't agreed to it being made. I'd like THEM to say why.

With the thought that Icelandic doesn't create as much of a buzz, why can the same not be said for Irish?

I like the way Duolingo teaches. A lot of people recommend that website made by the government. That is incredibly difficult to use, for me at lease, and doesn't seem to teach you the word in English; the website seems to all be in Icelandic and not give translations of words that are given...?

Memrise is better, in my opinion, but Duolingo is far more superior.

If any of you want to learn Icelandic, I recommend signing up to this chat website thing (basically Skype 2.0) in which there are at least 2 groups with many active native Icelandic speakers who you can ask questions to and who give tips and vocabulary. This has proved very useful as the natives give advice which I cannot find anywhere else on the internet.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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yeah I just don't understand why they add courses like Esperanto for Portuguese speakers but can't add Icelandic and Finnish

but your thread is kinda pointless tho

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WarriorCleberz
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Me too, Esperanto for Portuguese speakers is having a really low demand, Finnish and Icelandic courses are being requested a long time on the webiste. The question is: Why not yet?

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WinterSoldier.

Yeah...duo offers esperanto, and kilingon as well as high valryian, they offer navajo, and hawaiian but they refuse to offer Thai, Lithuanian, Serbo-Coration, or Mongolian. Icelandic has more speakers than Hawaiian and Navajo combined. It is very perplexing.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/b05aplmun.ca
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I doubt that "refuse" is the appropriate word. "Has yet to make it a priority," perhaps.

For perspective, that is true for the vast majority of the world's languages.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Djedida
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I think Duolingo choses their priority based on the amount of buzz they can generate having released it to potential consumers. All of the Icelandic and Finnish requesters who ask for the courses are already Duolingo users, there hasn't been a shift or trend in people wanting to learn the language outside of Duo.

If I were Duo, I would offer North Korean (dialect) as a separate language option to learn, Cantonese, and Quenya (when the LOTR TV show is released).

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ryanaissance

I'm not convinced there isn't some market demand. Pimsleur's recent addition of Icelandic might mean they determined it could be profitable. They already had Finnish.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ryanaissance

There are other resources out there. Colloquial Icelandic or Teach Yourself are decent. Mango has some basics with clear pronunciation if you have a library card. There is an online course offered by ?the icelandic government?. Also, its quite pricey, but Pimsleur recently created an Icelandic course, and if its the same quality as their others, it will be great for pronunciation.

I worked through the Teach Yourself myself, and used Mango/Forvo to work on pronunciation. I bought a dictionary and pretty much now learn from that and trying to free write.

For entertainment, "Trapped" is a new show in Icelandic that's pretty good. Its good to practice listening, even if everybody seems to mumble.

I haven't tried memrise before, so can't comment on how that works.

2 months ago
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