https://www.duolingo.com/JJstheman

Upcoming Languages On Duolingo?

I was in the Duolingo incubator looking to apply to help contribute to a course and I found these languages in the list of languages already done on Duolingo yet these courses have not yet been done or have even been started Hmm... could this be a hint to the next couple courses?

Here's the list of those languages: Dothraki, Sindarin, and Chinese (Traditional). What do you think about these languages being on that list? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks! -JJ

May 8, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/JJstheman

P.S. To those of you who read my "I'm leaving Duolingo" comment, I have decided to set myself a daily time limit on Duolingo so I don't spend too much time on it. I left for a couple days but just couldn't stand leaving Duolingo completely! -JJ

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ChevyBarnes05

Was that post not a few days ago? You say a couple of days but your streak is intact.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JJstheman

The post was at least two weeks ago...

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/thatguyyanni

why is spending too much time on duolingo a bad thing?

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JJstheman

I was doing Duolingo so much that I was neglecting all the things that should really be important in my life: friends, family, work, school, etc.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/chaered

The flip side of focus is the rest of the world getting fuzzy. :-/

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Cesca001

woah so many languages!!!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NeoNeko77

I am guessing Thai is one of the next languages we will see for English speakers in the near future.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ryanaissance

Thai, Tagalog, Icelandic, Serbo-Croatian, Persian, and another of India's languages would be my guesses of what is most likely next.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nanase-Miyuki

I just hope. I want to see updates soon.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike111251

Thai would be my guess as well - hard to believe it's not been done already.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nanase-Miyuki

The Chinese (Traditional) has been on there for so long. I don't know if it will be a separate course or an add on to the existing Chinese course which is in Simplified Chinese. I am wondering when they will ever work on it, as Duo staff never talk about it. I am curious about upcoming languages on Duo as well, since there are a lot of languages that many people here want to see on Duo such as Thai, Tagalog, etc.

I was looking at old posts in this forum and one post from years ago had a screenshot of a Faroese course that was in the incubator, but that course never came out nor is in the incubator now. I checked the forums, subreddit and Google search for information on this but I found nothing. Did they ever added Faroese to the incubator or is this fake? If it ever existed why was it canceled?

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ryanaissance

Faroese would be a great addition, but I'd wonder why it would be considered before Icelandic?

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/auyuittuq

I was thinking the same. Icelandic has 700+ upvotes to be added but faroese only has <100

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/snosage

I would like to do Faeroese. For some reason my usual computer is set to Faeroese as a default...

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien

Considering the amount of the Faroese course that was completed, as well as the number of contributors, I do not understand why it was abandoned.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nanase-Miyuki

Were you on Duo that year (2015) when the Faroese course was in the incubator? I can't seem to find posts about the course in the incubator.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien

I joined Duolingo in 2017, so I was not on Duolingo when the Faroese course was in the Incubator. I wonder what would happen if someone applied to contribute to a Faroese course. Would the previously created content still exist?

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

I find it curious that you found another version of the Faroese incubator image. A huge number of fake incubator images originate from these posts but yours is different to the one in the linked discussion (also from 2015). It could be an early draft but it looks fine, so I don't know why they would have decided to change it.

Regardless of the image source, no such course has been in the incubator at any point, and it is just photoshopped by someone who wants to see Faroese.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien

I want to learn how to make fake screenshots of Duolingo. What fonts are used?

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

https://www.duolingo.com/design/

But at least for the Incubator it's easier to right click and inspect element or press F12 (works with Firefox and Chrome, maybe others) and replace the course names with whatever you want. Press enter, close the element console and take a screenshot. The flag is the trickier part.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Meital640

that's super cool

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rosyeres

The list of languages that are currently available are pretty eurocentric, let's get some Bengali, Thai, Mongolian, Tagalog etc on there :))

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nanase-Miyuki

The list of languages that are currently available are pretty eurocentric

That is my problem with Duo, and also Clozemaster. There aren't that many Asian or African languages on here, and there should be more. Also they should add more of the varieties of Chinese languages outside of Mandarin such as Cantonese, Hokkien, Shanghainese, etc.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/snosage

Yes, although there are still lots more European ones to add, too- Basque, Slovakian, Luxembourgish, Breton, Lithuanian, etc. Georgian has a rather Elvish-looking alphabet. Amharic and Amazigh would be nice, too.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nanase-Miyuki

They should add those too, I agree. If you look further, Duo hardly has most of the Eastern European languages compared to the Western European languages.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike111251

Not forgetting Scottish Gaelic and Cornish!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/gatiquo

All the Dothraki died -- forget that one.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

If you watch more carefully, you'll see that they don't actually die, but merely sign an exclusive contract with the Night King over the intellectual property rights associated with the creative processes of their living states of being, whereupon the Night King quite reasonably decides that, as the new owner of these intellectual rights, it would be disadvantageous for him to allow the Dothraki to continue exercising them, and implicitly threatens to take them to court if they persist in being alive.
This bit is glossed over rather in the television adaptation, as it's dark and you can't see all the lawyers.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jon786634

Spoiler alert!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/gruhnc728

Interesting. I would like to see a comprehensive course on Latin. Something original, and not just the Italian course translated into Latin.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/snosage

Yes, me too. There are some good courses in it on Memrise- at least from the building-up-of-vocabulary point of view.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SandeepAut1

Duolingo should have Marathi language from India too...

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nanase-Miyuki

I think they will work on that once the English courses for Bengali, Tamil, Punjabi, and Telugu speakers courses come out and the reverse trees get developed.

Not only Marathi but also Kannada, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Sinhalese, and other Indian subcontinent languages to name a few.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SoliDeoGloria00

I think it would be super cool to have Sindarin as an option. I would probably also only learn Sindarin from then on, which could potentially be an issue XD I'm not sure how much Quenya material exists, so maybe that wouldn't be as possible.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NeoNeko77

The language is incomplete. Neo-Sindarin groups have had some success lately with grouping together for standard Sindarin... it would be awesome to see it on here. Elvish in any form is probably the only conlangs I would be willing to learn other than Esperanto. Hopefully there is a complete language completed in the coming years...

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JJstheman

Haha! I'm hoping Sindarin will become an option soon as well. :)

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/chimpjeffry

The super duper really incredibly frustrating thing about Sindarin and other Tolkien languages (such as Quenya, Khuzdul, Adûnaic, the Black Speech, Rohirric, etc.) is that even the most fully developed languages (esp. Quenya and Sindarin) were never actually finished by Tolkein himself. Thus, if you google "learn quenya" or something like that, what you're actually getting if you find a site is someone's fleshing out of the work that Tolkien did. I should also point out Sindarin and Quenya were both works in progress up until Tolkien died in 1973. Of course, in his earlier works (like in the stuff you can read in Christopher Tolkien's The History of Middle Earth) you get quite a different language than the later works (such as The Lord of the Rings).

Should you ever start learning Quenya and/or Sindarin from somewhere other than Duolingo, you are very likely learning the version by the linguist David Salo, who completed the languages for the Peter Jackson film trilogy of The Lord of the Rings.

Maybe I should also add (if my post isn't too long already) that the best name for these fleshed out versions of Sindarin or Quenya would probably be Neo-Sindarin/Neo-Quenya. If we made a Duolingo course, I would propose that the convention be something like Neo-[language] (flesher-outer's name)-for-English. Ex.: Neo-Sindarin (Salo)-for-English.

Now, I'm all down for having a course in both Sindarin and Quenya, but we should probably give credit where credit is due and if we pick one version or another, attribute the fleshing out to whoever fleshed it out.

Edit: I hope that this first of all wasn't too wordy, and that it also wasn't too disillusory. Like I said, let's go ahead and make a Sindarin-to-English course. I would totally learn it. So if anyone out there has a version that they're actually fluent in, I would strongly encourage them to get together with some other Tolkien linguistics enthusiasts and create a course.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zia177448

I believe neo-Khuzdul was also developed a bit further for the Hobbit movies and has a fair amount of words and grammar, so I'm hoping that might have a chance...

I'd be happy if any of the neo-... got added to duolingo. :)

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zia177448

I think Quenya actually has more material than Sindarin, so that would probably be the more likely one (if still unlikely, sadly). I've somehow always been more partial to Sindarin though.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/alexbuenomoya

You can go to Incubator.duolingo.com or something like this and apply for this...another thing is that they let you in. In my case I wanted to improve Catalan. I finished the tree and I found that the Catalan course was incomplete: was only based on the central dialect, some audios were missing... So, apply and pray

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zzzzz...

@JJstheman I’ve been trying to reach you via Memrise, but you do not appear to be logged in in the forums. The course you invited me to is in Mexican Spanish. The very little Spanish that I know is of a European variety. I think it would be unwise for me to start learning the Mexican variety more carefully right now. I have even pretty much abandoned the Duo course for similar reasons. :)

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AaronTBD

Both are pretty much the same with some slang and grammar differences.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JJstheman

I've logged onto the Memrise forums just now. :) I made a new group of Spanish (Spain) courses just for you and hopefully others soon!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Frank338643

What about Thai for English speakers? I tried doing the English for Thai speakers, but as I do not speak any Thai, I found it very difficult and have only completed a few lessons.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Shypharagy

I'd love to see Sindarin here one day, Xhosa would also be really nice and Slovakian to go with Polish and Czech, but I think it's only a matter of time as long as Duolingo doesn't go down at some point which I sincerely hope will never happen as it's one of my favourite places on the internet.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

All three have been there for five years, so… Upcoming? Maybe. Next? Highly unlikely.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Cesca001

I saw that they were also working on Maltese! I wanted to contribute since i'm maltese but it seems there's a bit more to be done before the course is finished

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JJstheman

Where did you see this?

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Cesca001

I'm not quite sure, it was a while ago! I could be wrong though

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/lxlawliet

Most definitely Sindarin!! I would 100% learn that!!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JacksonWri19

i like it alot

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/VesnaLokar

Please add faroese too :)

May 9, 2019
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