Hi, My family came from Taiwan so they read/write in Traditional Chinese. so I wondered when will the traditional version be available while waiting, do you have any recomendations for a total beginner (living in country where almost no chinese is spoken) to look into so i can get started? thanks
ps it's really hard finding traditional chinese stuff
Though I never used it there is a chrome extension that changes out the simplified characters to traditional. I'll drop the link below. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/duolingo-chinese/clnnjdojceobnkhkocigpboialomopfk?hl=en
I'm pretty sure there are currently no plans to create a Traditional version of the course, which is a shame. I believe the apps Lingodeer, HelloChinese, and ChineseSkill all support both Simplified and Traditional, and though it's a bit pricey, I've heard a lot of good things about the Integrated Chinese textbook series and they do publish Traditional versions of their textbooks (link here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1622911342/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_rwuhDb452QJ0J)
I've also heard from many Chinese speakers, that it is easier and recommended to learn Traditional first, followed by simplified. =/ So I wish they would add Traditional to the course.
So, I used "Remembering the Traditional Hanzi" by James Heisig. I found it to be an effective way to learn characters, provided you're ok with learning how to pronounce them later. It's sort of a long term plan. I'll admit that It's probably not for everyone, though, as it's a bit tedious to get through.
Beyond that, if you still want to use Duolingo, for what it's worth, during writing exercises you can type your answers using traditional and the system will still accept your answers. It's what I did when I went through the tree.
It might not be what you are looking for, but I strongly recommend for beginners the arguably best traditional Chinese learning centre around the world, the Mandarin Training Center at National Taiwan Normal University. They offer a wide range of online courses and also provide a large collection of resources for Traditional Chinese learning. https://mtc.ntnu.edu.tw/eng/
I believe if you learned Simplified Chinese, it's going to be very easy for you to make sense of Traditional Chinese. The difference is just in writing.
I wish that the course gave the option to convert the lessons to 繁體字 as well, but alas, this is not the case. At the very least, the course on Duolingo accepts answers typed out in 繁體... most of the time. I like to learn both forms every time I'm introduced to a new term or character; I really like using Wiktionary for this sake. The main article for Chinese terms always use traditional, which I appreciate, and they have a pretty extensive amount of terms to learn. For many common Chinese terms, like those relating to common verbs or prepositions, they even have a segment that shows the terms more commonly used different dialects of Chinese. For example, looking up the article "是," (to be in standard Chinese), it gives a segment for how other dialects express "to be," like how "係" is the term used in most varieties of Cantonese. It's actually very intriguing.