Finnish is seriously in the Incubator now
It's honestly hilarious that they would announce this on April Fools Day.
Nice to see you again, Lisa! I love the new lessons on the French 12 Tree and Memrise has changed a lot, too. I'm still taking university courses and love them! This semester, I'm learning about the food culture of France! I love hearing from the people I used to chat with on Duolingo! I hope you and your family are well!
Mari and widle, I found Moomingirl and told her the exciting news! She'll let Annika and Stephenbal4 know because she keeps in contact with them. She sounded great. I miss talking to her on Duolingo. She said she'd be watching for a notification about the Finnish course! Unfortunately, I don't think she gets any other notifications from Duo.
zanzaboonda. I use memrise and lingvist. Worddive is great too. All three are gamifications like Duo, but they emphasise different things. Forvo is great for learning about pronunciation. If you’re interested in translation, most of the folks on communitytranslation moved to Translatihan. I am not there myself but I have heard good things about it. I also have an app called Word Snack, which is not for learning languages per se, but it helps you learn which letter combinations are possible and which are not, and what sort of prefixes and suffixes are common.
Whooohooo!!!! Now THAT is what I call good news! :D :D :D Finnish is what I was originally looking for when I came here (though I liked the site enough to stick around for the other languages). I think duolingo's method is exactly what my stagnating Finnish needs to give it a boost towards fluency (rather than just slowly staggering through texts).
I hope next they give Icelandic or Scottish Gaelic. I come from a small family who speaks Gaelic. If Scottish Gaelic pops up I will contribute. I also would like to see Icelandic up there for a few reasons including the fact that it has some letters that were dropped from the original English alphabet
I am a American Finn. Puhut vain vahan suomea. I mostly know phrases my isoäiti taught me. I am waiting on pins and needles for Finnish to come out on Duolingo. I have used finnishpod101, but it is dry and often boring. Hurry Duolingo contributors! Hurry! As any Finn will know ¨Joka nukkuu rauhallisissa riveissä tuulessa!¨ He who sleeps in calm rows in the wind or as Americans say ¨don´t put off until tomorrow what you can do today!¨ Mene Soumalaisia! Meillä on SISUA!
There's also this (followed by this) and this (there's also a workbook to go with that); they are all out of print, but so is the TY book (which, itself, leaves a great deal to be desired, such as nowhere covering how to say 'hello'). Scour the internet for a while and I'm sure you'll be able to track down copies at a reasonable price.
I'm so excited this is finally happening... I just applied via the incubator. Sain vasta tietää, että suomi on vihdoin tulossa! En ollut uskoa silmiäni.
The team, need any help? Olen valmis auttamaan! Just tell me what to do and I'll come running. Although, you'll do a great job without me anyways ;) Onnea ja lykkyä tykö!
There's a new update in the incubator: https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/fi/en/status
I love brazilian jazz and the language! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfYlt6yClfU&list=PLWcUg8Faq5GyubJFTQFXFK6WAsZxJBOex&index=2
Honestly, this whole thing is giving me huge vibes of an April Fool's joke. The flag colors are not consistent (compared to Greek and Swedish), there's no contributors (despite the many people that have applied), and it's set to be finished in exactly one year. Perhaps that's just my anxiety speaking.
Regardless, I'm still pretty excited.
if this really is a cruel April Fool's joke I will yeet myself off a cliff
I think DL is probably making a meta-joke by choosing to start it on the first of April. The fact that they bodged in an inconsistent flag at short notice is consistent with this idea.
All new courses initially have no contributors and an arbitrary completion date.
Anyway, thank you DL for finally doing what needed to be done! As a mark of my appreciation I'm not even going to use the rest of this post to complain about the redesign and testing-out changes.
I think tagalog, but that might be because I live in california. In california it is the 3rd most spoken! https://www.mercurynews.com/2013/03/04/californias-top-12-languages-after-english/ Tagalog is also the most commonly spoken foreign language after Spanish in Washington and Nevada. here are others! 24/7’s Most Commonly Spoken Foreign Languages for the 10 largest states by population:
• California — Tagalog • Texas — Vietnamese • Florida — French Creole • New York — Chinese • Illinois — Polish • Pennsylvania — Chinese • Ohio — German • Georgia — Korean • North Carolina — French • Michigan — Arabic
The Australian Aboriginals speak various languages in their own languages but one of their common ones would be interesting to learn. I have heard them speaking in their own language at times and of cause their languages are very different to the other languages
It probably though would be hard to find ones to put together a course of that. I got permission and stayed in one of their camps one time and many/most of them cant count money and read. Illiterate (I was shocked at the numbers of children in their camp which do not go to school, they did not see it as important).
At their community group. I was horrified when they covered the table we were eating on with fly spray thinking it was cleaner with not one of the 8-10 aboriginal women there able to read so see what the donated fly spray was. They had no idea what common products were.
Their language also may not even be a written language unless they have made it this. Traditionally they only used symbols to mark things eg there is a symbol they carve into rock faces which is their symbol for waterhole (I think it may of been a circle within a circle, I have used it to find waterholes when out camping, anyway their traditional language was in symbols).
When the British first came, there were some 900 tribes speaking around 300 different languages. I don't think many of those languages exist today, and the number of people who speak them is very low. I have lived here my entire life and have never heard anyone speak any of them.
I wonder how many speakers are literate enough to even consider making a course, because as you said, most of them can't read, let alone use a computer to construct a language course.
That being said, it would be interesting, but perhaps divisive. Which language would be chosen? And why that language? I sincerely doubt it will happen.
This is exciting news. Perhaps Luis' mom changed her mind. https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/6bxr2v/i_am_luis_von_ahn_coinventor_of_captcha_recaptcha/
god finally. although it's estimated to be done in like 2020, i'm really excited. i have actually been really interested in finland and it's language for the past few years now, it's probably one of the most beatiful places on earth and the language is just wow, but i really can't seem to find any finnish language learning apps. hopefully it gets done soon!
Hey this is great. This is exciting. This is fantastic. I have applied for contributing this course for two times already and apparently I haven't been chosen (It seems that no one has been chosen yet). Should I apply again or are you going to choose the first contributors using old applications?
(Shoutouts to those who actually get it without looking it up)
Let's be honest it takes a while to Duo to get a language in here I think what they should have a list of them run through the community of people and if there are 2 or more people who are willing they should be able to start making a course for that language.
I am surprised Navajo made before other languages like Arabic etc. But it is the rate of the creators that is slowing that lesson down
Expect no language that is not official in some medium-sized European country (so yeah, most probably no Estonian, Latvian, Icelandic, Catalan, Albanian, Slovenian or Slovak), some big non-European country, or in which there isn't a pre-established dedicated pool/fandom of English speakers. If there isn't any in Clozemaster, it will probably never come here.
Catalan is spoken by 7 million people (as native or second language), it is a co-official language here in Catalonia, and it is Clozemaster. On Duolingo Catalan is only available for Spanish speakers which is a pity as there are many English-speaking expats living in Catalonia and the classes provided here are woefully inadequate for foreighers.