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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?

April 16, 2013



April 16, 2013

Pǔtōnghuà Wǒ xiǎng yào tā

April 11, 2016

Mandarin please!

July 1, 2013

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.

January 9, 2014

Have you tried this one? It is similar to Duolingo.

March 19, 2015

it seems a little glitchy but the Panda is way cooler than the Owl & I am learning. Xie Xie

July 24, 2015

Oops, I see I missed you reply for (according to Duo) 1 year. How is it going with learning Mandarin?

July 23, 2016

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.

July 21, 2016

I suppose it's never to late to offer people good language advice. :)

July 23, 2016

Never knew so many people like Mandarin. It'll take a long time to add Mandarin but I think they should give it a try.

July 26, 2013

They have English for Mandarin speakers so it seems logical to me they should be able to reverse engineer it and pop it out pretty quick.

July 24, 2015

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.

July 24, 2015

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.

April 1, 2016

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

July 24, 2015

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.

July 25, 2015

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

July 26, 2015

Mandarin for me as well, please. I joined hoping for mandarin but I will stick to Spanish for now. :/

December 30, 2013

I joined for Spanish - but would love Mandarin as a secondary language to learn properly

December 31, 2013

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.

April 30, 2016

I'm voting for Mandarin too! :)

January 23, 2014


October 2, 2013

Mandarin please too. I probably would do one romance language, but I would do learn either Russian or Chinese

February 12, 2014


May 20, 2014

Why is Mandarin taking so long? I am guessing is because of the characters and probably teaching a new alphabet will require to get pre courses. But still, let us get a BETA! Come on Duo, I believe in you!

March 7, 2014


May 14, 2014

Mandarin and Japanese, please!

August 11, 2014

I agree, mandarin would be great even if it is just the pinyin. Then they can add the characters once they do initial tests with pinyin.

August 17, 2014

It is actually better to start with the characters right away, but maybe adding options for using Pīnyīn and Hànzì at once or just one of them.

April 1, 2016

I would love for Mandarin as well.

August 19, 2014

Mandarin, please!!?

October 2, 2014

I agree! I would like to learn Mandarin on Duolingo. I'm having a lot of fun with Irish ...this would be a great platform for Mandarin! :)

November 19, 2014

I second Mandarin!

January 13, 2015

Mandarin. I first came to Duolingo looking for Mandarin. I'm just biding my time with French as I have faith it'll come sooner or later.

January 24, 2015

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

April 12, 2015

If you have a smartphone, I recommend ChineseSkill. It's basically the same as Duolingo, but they only teach Mandarin.

April 12, 2015

ChineseSkill and HelloChinese are both good apps but none of them are available on desktop. Which is preferable when doing writing tests.

April 1, 2016
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I also would love to see Mandarin as an option.

June 24, 2015

Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world. Duolingo, please add Mandarin.

October 12, 2015

Mandarin and Arabic. Affordable and quality tools to learn both of these lanugages are so hard to find.

December 30, 2015

It would be nice if I could learn Japanese... Mandarin would be useful for other people too.

August 19, 2014


January 15, 2015

Mandarin please!

October 23, 2015

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!

December 5, 2015

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.

December 20, 2015


June 9, 2015

mandarin or cantonese, farsi.

November 19, 2015

Definitely Mandarin!

April 28, 2016


June 4, 2016

Mandarin, por favor.

June 27, 2016

I joined about a year ago hoping to see mandarin on here. I would love if it was added one day, even if it stayed in beta and phase 2 for a long time. Just to see that it is started would be nice.

July 1, 2016

vedemos aprender nuevos idiomas para la fortalisacion de nuestra humanidad

June 27, 2016


July 4, 2016

MANDARIN!!!! It's the most widely spoken language in the world... why isn't it on duo lingo???

July 26, 2016

Mandarin for English speakers

August 4, 2016

I see there are requests for Mandarin for over 2 years and still no Mandarin. It is one of the most spoken languages in the world and its surprising Mandarin is not here yet.

Would be really nice to get some insight into if and when Mandarin will be here.


August 12, 2016

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.

August 24, 2016

Yeah I'd rather stick to Duolingo too but how long can you wait? You can look at apps like Memrise, Chinese Skill & Hello Chinese.

August 26, 2016

Do mandarin duolingo- Even if it's named after a tangerine!

September 19, 2016

Mandarin please@

November 16, 2016

I hope Mandarin is included in the new releases. much needed

August 23, 2017
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