Are there any plans for a Duolingo Urdu course?
Urdu could be quite easier to learn than Hindi for a number of people, specially Arabic, Persian and Turkic languages speakers (about 600 or 700 million people worldwide altogether). I would like to study both Hindi and Urdu...
Hindi and Urdu are not just dialects. Yes, there is high mutual intelligibility; however, there are many vocabulary differences and the scripts are different. It is the lingua franca of Pakistan and millions speak it in India. If we can have Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish, then we can have Urdu.
I don't think it's more or less difficult to learn Hindi or Urdu because they're identical at the conversational/colloquial level that's taught in Duo’s skill tree. If it were to teach literary Urdu, I'd agree with that because that can get highly intelligible with Farsi.
The best way to implement this in my view is for Duo to adhere to the shared colloquial language because that's what transcends the divide of the digraphia. At the same time, the course can obviously become a means to bridge the script divide by teaching both the scripts.
Sadly the Urdu course is still not in the incubator... Together with Bengali, they're the two most spoken languages not yet added on Duolingo. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_total_number_of_speakers#Ethnologue_(2020,_23rd_edition) )