https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Apfelnatalia

Content wish: Learn/include Arab names in this Arabis course – not Carrie, Bob, Sam or Judy.

Hey guys :) Like you all I'm super happy about the Arabic course – and I also have trouble with the small font, like mentioned here many times. In general, I'm very happy with the course.

BUT: I wonder why the name we learn in this course are American names? I remember learning American names in my English class at school, and French names in French, and Italian names in Italian.

Wouldn't it be fair to teach a bit of culture together with language skills by including proper names used in the Middle East?

Also, only because I'm doing the course in English, it doesn't mean I'm American/British. It means, that Duolingo is not supporting the course in any other language I'd call my native one, so I went for the English course.

I guess it was meant to make the course easier to learn in the beginning, but for me names like Carrie or Judy are not familiar, hence not easy.

And, so I wish we would include more typical names of people, who would be native speakers of Arabic – that would be "true equality" according to Duo's mission.

July 12, 2019

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlinaLola

...but there are Arab names: Mahmoud, Reem, Omar, Ali, Samia, Maha, Zayd, Seth, Rawad, Rania etc. So even more than 4 names you have written. I guess "Rosa" and "Bob" are there for the sake of new letters ..

July 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fuurinkazan.

So Mustafa was not chosen to be in this course? Unheard of!

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chammmi1

Well said I agree with you. Using names like Carrie etc. is ridiculous.

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.PoliteDodo

Es gibt arabische Namen.

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danielph147

There are already several Arabic names in the course. Even a Hispanic one: Rosa.

July 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juliet569059

The names being used are perfect for learning to spell.

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BootheFamily

I would like to modify this request. I think using non-Arab names in the beginning is fine. I am going to write my name, and my name is neither Omar nor Mahmoud. That said, I think it would be nice to phase out the non-Arab names, or use them much less frequently, as the course progresses.

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YPSILONZ

Is your name Bob or Judy or Carrie or Sam by any chance? Then lucky you! You hit the jackpot! My name is not any of those so they are completely useless to me. Yet, I have to learn them in order to go to the next lessons. Utterly stupid, isn't it?

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YPSILONZ

Completely agree. I was frustrated to see all those american names while trying to learn arabic, as the first ever words to learn! My name is not Bob or Judy or Sam anyway so it's incredibly useless to me to learn how to write them in arabic. And, as you said, I'm not even a native english speaker, I'm Greek, but I learn from english because there is no other option. I did the same to learn Russian. Duolingo should acknowledge that there are not only Americans in this world /using their platform.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/odal.me

Too many names in the course. All these "Bob is a translator" and "You are a woman, Carrie" becomes unbearable.

July 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Especially with the Arabic pronunciation, Bob turns out as a completely different word XD

July 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/odal.me

Yee Buub! :)

July 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AliKhan2019

Definitely, I strongly agree with you.

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fer_Zabala

I agree with you

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LauraThNe

Concordo totalmente!

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/inseut

Agreed, most of other courses from English are in the target language, with some rare exceptions just to show how spelling changes when changing alphabets (like Jenny becoming "Dzhenny" in Russian), but otherwise it's always preferred to make the learner get used to the names of the language.

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eminege2

Yeah arabic names should be put. Unless we can not learn the the letter "feminen t" well. Khalid - Khalidah, Emin- Emine etc.

July 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alnawelnaw

The people who developed the course are Arab, which you can check using the desktop version and pressing on language settings. They probably used those names because they wanted to cater to their main demographic of learners was gonna be Americans.

July 27, 2019
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