Why has Urdu still not been released on Duolingo?
Why has the Urdu language still not been released on duolingo, at least even on incubation, despite having so much interest? On one of the post, I read that the option for contributing was there but apparently removed, is that so? I have also sent a request (again) and would be willing to contribute along side other people. It shouldn’t that difficult either as Hindi is also available and Hindi and Urdu are really similar as many will know so it’s mostly a matter of converting from the Hindi script to the Urdu script.
I wonder if Duolingo considers Hindi and Urdu the same language since technically Hindustani (Hindi+Urdu) is a single pluricentric language. Even native speakers of Hindi or Urdu agree that they have pretty much the same language, save for the writing system and religious-based preferences in formal speech (Urdu prefers Arabic words, Hindi prefers Sanskrit.) Personally I would love to have a course for just Urdu, and take the Hindi course separately, because I love Urdu a lot and I feel like it should be treated separately from the equally lovely but different Hindi.
I've never seen an option specifically for Urdu, however you can choose "enter other" (and type in the language name) in the incubator application page if you want to contribute to a course that includes an unlisted language (that is, a language that is not listed as one of the options).
The Hindi tree is still very short. And there are many languages in queue that are more requested than Urdu.
Now that DL has Arabic as an option, I am hoping that learning the script will help. As Hindi and Urdu are similar except for writing, perhaps by learning the writing style one will be able to write in Urdu after learning Hindi. Native speakers, am I way off base here?