So far, I'm focusing on the languages in this order: 1) Spanish - I'd say 60% of my time is spent here. 2) Italian 20% 3) Portuguese 15% 4) German 2.5% 5) French 2.5%
I can't wait for some more languages to be available. I really want to learn Korean, Hindi, Arabic, others too, but these 3 are the main ones I'm ready to start learning.
With all that said, is the next language to be available to learn on Duolingo already in progress of getting ready to be released? If so, what language, and expected/estimated availability date?<h1>rosettastonekiller</h1>
I would love mandarin, I joined this for spanish but I can't find a decent app for mandarin. I know it would take awhile because you have to add chinese(written) mandarin(spoken) & pinyin(written phonetic) but I know a lot of people would use it. Spanish English & Mandarin are the most spoken languages in the world.
Have you tried this one? It is similar to Duolingo.
Sorry for the late reply/bumping an old thread, but there is another application similar to Duolingo for people trying to learn Mandarin, called "HelloChinese". Combining this with ChineseSkill and DuoLingo's new application TinyCards could be a good way to get a foundation of Mandarin grammar and vocabulary down.
It does seem logical, but unfortunately that is not the case. Mandarin is in high demand, but have we considered that English is a high demand for Mandarin speakers? I'm assuming that it is still in Beta and the course contributors are dealing with an overwhelming amount of reports, considering how many users there are.
After the course has graduated from Beta, the reverse course should be made, which might not be soon. I'm not sure how Duolingo deals with reverse courses, but they do take quite longer than you make it sound, but slightly faster since there already is a reverse course, in my opinion.
A good portion of the "Mandarin speakers" learning English might actually be English speakers using the course to learn Chinese. It is slightly more difficult as there is no audio and no pīnyīn to help you but if you have some basic knowledge of Chinese it seems to be working OK, I just started taking that course myself. Remember to turn off all audio in settings so you don't have to do English audio tests and of course you need to add Chinese to your language bar for character input.
I thought the course had completed Beta but it is still in Beta (the bar is almost to stable so it should be long) & it is in very high demand with 6.5 million users I imagine that number will balloon rapidly when beta is complete. I still don't think the reverse would take long. You have to write out the explanations for the grammar lessons but about from this all the other information is already in the system
It's been a couple of months since I've looked at the course but that sounds about accurate.
I guess the reverse course could be released quickly, but, I think that's only if they don't decide to explain about the tones for pronunciation, introduce pinyin, etc (and all the other differences). There have also been many arguments on some other reasons that it might take a while, (but I can't list them to you from the top of my head).
I'm a bit doubtful about the quick release. I've noticed that languages with big differences from English are taking a long time to be released.
Pinyin is just the phonetic system it's fairly simply to explain. Writing Chinese characters is a complicated process but I assume it would not be included in the lessons considering the abundance of apps that will type Chinese characters by inputting pinyin with a standard keyboard. A friend in Beijing actually told me most people forget proper stroke order and a lot of the other rules related to writing characters once they finish school. For those interested in Calligraphy there's plenty of other apps to learn it. But you are right, I noticed the languages using Cyrillic instead of latin alphabet were developed a lot slower so maybe the Chinese for english speakers is a long ways off but we can always hope
你还 My recommendations for learning chinese: HelloChinese mobile app Chinese skill mobile app range Quizlet flashcards (search for chinese or make your own) The free version of the busuu course (not as good at teaching grammar and words as the first two, mostly whole phrases).
My favourite is HelloChinese, is most like duolingo, and there are several languages you can learn from so no need for many of you to have to learn from English.
i know this board is old but i had to replay. I too really want mandarin, i'm taking it right now in high school and this program would be really helpful (i really dont wanna go back to rosettta stone) also arabic (classical) since im taking that too.
edit: i also joined for mandarin and swedish
I seem to remember that there were plans to have Mandarin taught through the medium of English. In fact, I could swear that I signed up to be alerted when the course was finished. However, now I see that it's not listed as being in incubation anymore. What happened? Do I have a head injury and hallucinated it?
I recognise of course that it will be a heck of a challenge to get off the ground, so I'm not complaining. Just wondering is all. Thanks!
For those requesting Mandarin, EdX is offering an Introduction to Mandarin. It's self-paced and free. I haven't tried it yet but I have tried other courses by EdX and enjoyed them.
Just thought it is something people could start with while we wait for Duolingo to get one going.
I would also love to see Mandarin for English speakers here on Duolingo. It's really surprising that this hasn't been made available yet. If it doesn't show up soon, then I'll probably check out what's available on Memrise but I'd much rather stick to using Duolingo as much as possible.