Any updates on Arabic?
I am trying to be patient but arabic has been stuck on 68% for as long as I have been on duolingo and I am wondering if there have been any updates recently that I may have missed?
It just seems worrying that it hasn´t moved in so long im kind of worried it has been abandoned.
Edit: If nothing else, we will get an update on May 1st. If they dont update the date then we need to bombard Duolingo with emails to intervene and find new contributors.
I was just looking at the contributors but to me it seems like they haven't been on for more than two years now... :o Just wondering, who accepts applications? Cus if it's the contributors, then clearly no-one will be able to join if they haven't even seen the applications anyway? :O
I mean I would, but if they can't do Arabic I don't know how they're going to do Amazigh, it does have a completely different alphabet you know and doesn't rlly have a standard version cus it differs where you are from :L . Plus, I doubt anyone other than me who speaks it will actually apply for it tbh. :) + I've seen quite a few courses on Memrise, have you searched it?
I woudn't mind if it is rushed as beta soon, with 10 skills at least. But it is not like we have that option either. All we can do is wait because that depends on the volunteers and the Duolingo Team.
As I was telling you, I wouldn't mind if they released it as beta. Because some of us are slow learners. So it is more likely that in a few years they add new skills than we finish even half of the tree.
@Hxvan. It thought thats nice. But in reality? No. It might SEEM nice to have ANY arabic available, but it the course is with out sound, bugs all over the place, only one lesson per skill, and is 8 skills long I don't think it would be to good. I would rather have a nice long complete course with lots of skills and lessons, with sound and relatively bug free. And have it take longer than a poorly planned rushed out course.
hello everyone i am really happy seeing so many people with such a desire to learn Arabic.i really wanted to help cause my native language is Arabic but i am not very good with using computers and such things .i hope you can find some updates soon.i wish you all the best in learning it.It is very amusing.
I too am eager to see the Arabic tree released.
Until then this might help:
Also, we can hope that they are working on things behind the scenes that aren't measured in Duolingo's incubator. For example, they might be planning things on a shared google doc, and aren't planning to transfer their work until more is completed. We'll never know what happens behind the scenes!
No, there have been no updates that you have missed. It has gotten nowhere for years, that anyone on the forums can tell. Don't be too hopeful. But sometimes Duolingo introduces something after months or years of seeming inactivity, so it's possible Arabic will eventually be ready for beta test. They also say that miracles happen. Keep watching the Incubator for updates. And if there suddenly is actual progress, you'll probably see dozens of reports about it in the forums.
Rather than waiting for Duoling, you would be better off finding another way to learn Arabic IMHO. (Duolingo has said it will be teaching Modern Standard Arabic, by the way, rather than any of the regional languages.)
I have tried Busuu, they have the alphabet. But I really don't like how they ask me to give them money all the time, "20% off your purchase, buy our course" you can use about half of the stuff on that website for free and the rest you have to pay for. Which I guess would be a good start if you are desperate. Duolingo is so much better though...
I just went ahead and paid for it. I've been waiting for a long time for Arabic. In fact, it's the first course I looked for when I was first introduced to Duolingo, maybe 4 years ago, and I've been waiting ever since. I was a bit disheartened to learn that Duo is probably not releasing Arabic anytime soon...
Busuu is what I found last night, and I love it! I do have a little practice with the alphabet already. I think the beginning lessons I started on would have been difficult if not for that. I haven't found alphabet exercises yet. But I'm already enjoying the interaction with native speakers. Thank you, SASSYandsisters!
No problem. I used to do Spanish on it too but then I couldn't login for some reason so I don't use it anymore. It was good, but like Christiane1037 said, it's better when you pay and if you don't, you get limited access and they bug you to pay 24/7 @_@ Shame, I could've corrected your exercises on it but alas, I can't login so... :) Good luck!
Mondly has some free content and some pay content, I forget which is which. At the least they have some daily lessons which are free and good for practicing your writing. Same for Drops, although I’ve only ever needed the free version of Drops. It gives you 5-10 free minutes every 10 hours; you can pay to get more time doing the same kind of activity (vocal building) but I’ve never felt the need to do that
I spent quite a few lessons on the Memrise one that is the most popular, and realised I was learning nothing. To do all the forms of each letter all at the same time was too much for me. I am happy to learn them all, but want to do it properly, and really recognise them. I switched to a different course on there, and learnt twice as much in 2 lessons as on around 20 before. Try different courses. They are not all the same :-)
Yes please, is there any way we can make them listen? They have fictional languages of little use, but this is spoken in so many countries. It is the 6th most spoken language in the world https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_total_number_of_speakers?wprov=sfla1 Also, a course in Arabic would help to overcome many misconceptions and cultural bias.
@wintersoldier, - I don't genuinely believe it is much more difficult than Japanese or Russian - Yes, there are so many misconceptions about the Arabic language and culture in this world I have seen too much war and conflict, but I have also seen the beauty of the architecture and music, the hospitality and how much we have in common. If I could speak more a few words it would help. When I lived in France I had many Arab clients. I used to explain technical details on the phone to Algeria, Morocco etc. It would have helped a lot if I could have explained better. For what it's worth, I still have a gift from a thankful Algerian here in Costa Rica to remind me. Now please don't tell me high valerian has more importance in automotive electronics.
Yes I know I won't learn my trade vocabulary here. But at least I will get a start. Maybe I can also help to fight simple ignorance about Muslims.
You are correct, it has already changed a few times. When I first looked I think it was originally due to be released at the end of the summer of 2018, then it was pushed back to October, then to early spring of this year, now it apparently says May. I've stopped looking, I just put myself onto the "notify me" list.
It is a difficult language for sure. There are many dialects, but I think Modern Standard Arabic (Fusha) is this most common to be taught, not a dialect. I learn Arabic using YouTube videos and specially Maya's channel. It is difficult to learn the letters first and accent second. But it is a Semetic language and the 3 characters-pattern seems quite fascinating to me. You can learn Hebrew instead, it would be easy to switch after. I try to learn Turkish as well, which is a language with many Arabic words, even though it is written in Latin alphabet (modified) and the words are adapted to the Turkish phonology. I wish a fully reconstructed team take over this difficult task, I am sure that many volunteers, Arabic and English speakers can go further this try. I hope it is soon. It's a shame a so important language, there are Nobelists in literature, and culture with so many speakers is not completed yet. I know it is difficult, but... Who is responsible?
If this feedback is of any help, yes please! Many people are eager for this course, still! I joined almost 400 days ago because Arabic would be ready "in a few months" per the language page. I mean, the Spanish reviewing is nice (if frustrating given the course changes have stolen my earned owls half a dozen times now) but the whole reason I signed on was to learn some Arabic for work.
Oh sorry! I don't post on these discussions a lot, so I didn't know that I had to specify that I was looking for an answer beyond the obvious. Thank you!
I guess I should edit my original question asking if anyone has any insider insight, as that was the response for which I was looking.
I have the same question lovely - it seems that the contributors to the course are not making much progress on development and keep delaying the release date.
What I am not able to understand though, is why they are not accepting other contributors who could probably put in more time and get the course on track? Duolingo do need to intervene, but this is not a popular suggestion for some reason.
Just a boring course with too many repeats of the same words. They want me to go for the payed course.?
@Sassyandsisters, I deleted my comment because I felt that it wasn't appropriate, and it really didn't express what I feel. It sounded too judgemental which wasn't what I was trying to to say. Mainly what I was trying to express was bias against arabic speakers comes from repeated disasters associated with arabic speakers i.e. twin towers ect, and that people, including me find it difficult to let go of
Sorry, maybe my comment was rude so now I'm kinda glad it got deleted by someone... But also, just cus one person does something you (not necessarily you, just in general) really can't go on blaming everyone who is linked to that person (race, religion etc...). :) I think we're calm now... red blob with white circle for you ;p
It's interesting you say that. From said 'arabic speakers' perspective (along with East Asia, Africa etc.), the majority of the disasters they face/faced comes from English speakers (the only use of nuclear bombs, vietnam, interference in the middle east, oil wars, invasion and exploitation in Africa etc.).
It's a good thing we all don't find things difficult to let go of. Perhaps if you looked at other disasters, including those not affecting you, it might make things easier for you?