https://www.duolingo.com/Hojinkie

Hairy people, UNITE!

It's official. I submitted my application to moderate the Armenian from English program at duolingo. I'm hoping the application will be processed and approved soon. I'd really appreciate it if all the Armenian speakers out there (there aren't a lot of you) would submit your own applications to contribute! I would also love if a moderator or someone that's gone through it could explain how the process for approval and incubation works. Հաջողություն եմ մաղթում բոլորին և շնորհակալություն: I wish everyone the best and thanks.

June 28, 2014

27 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/johaquila

Unfortunately, you may have to wait a few more months or even years. It appears that at the moment Duolingo is trying not to increase the number of languages so quickly that it becomes unmanageable, and is concentrating on the most important languages first. The early inclusion of Irish seems to be only a strategic concession.

June 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BobbieL

Agreed. I'd love to have TONS of languages available immediately, but I can see why they'd feel that it's best to try to keep the effort moving on a relatively narrow band of them. They're still developing and improving the incubator, and supporting new teams of language developers requires staff time.

On top of that, languages in beta NEED active learners to help them work out the kinks. The more languages that hit beta simultaneously, the more widely you disperse your potential testing pool and you potentially end up with a lot of languages and none of them really being adequately tested.

June 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Hojinkie

That's what I've been hoping doesn't happen since I think Armenian could be a great addition here!

June 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Hojinkie

BTW, I thought it over but couldn't seem to figure out what strategic concession that would be. Please do tell...

June 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/johaquila

Maybe it wasn't the best expression, but I couldn't find a better one. What I meant is that Irish probably wasn't chosen for its (minimal) global importance but as a way to get free advertising in the US media on St Patrick's Day. If and when they do Esperanto it will have similar reasons. Duolingo has also started some European languages such as Hungarian despite relatively low global importance. I think this is also because of their higher importance in key markets.

It is probably important for Duolingo that no competition comes up right now, especially on the US market, and then also on the European market.

June 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Intifadanow

And i thought they choose Irish because they do not want it to go extinct

June 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/gypsybird

Like EylonVonChaifa, I think it's because Gaeilge is an official language in Ireland, but it's considered endangered by UNESCO. Well, there are many endangered languages in the world, but Gaeilge is probably one of the best known. It's good to help people learn "popular" languages, like Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (and Dutch very soon), but I'm glad Duolingo will also be teaching other than Romance and Germanic languages. Armenian should eventually make it here, at least I hope. :)

June 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Hojinkie

Teşekkürler! I look forward to your Turkish program. I'll finally be able to understand my grandma's soap operas. It was actually the primary language of my ancestors until they were exiled from their native land.

June 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Alireza_B

I might go to Armenia next year, so it'll be really useful for me!

Hope you get started soon

P.S. Now that I think about it, yeah, you guys are pretty hairy! ;)

June 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ptoro

Thanks for applying to contribute Hojinkie! Vote for Armenian in the Continuous Language Poll!

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3451916

June 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/gypsybird

Well I speak Armenian, but Western Armenian. I'd love to follow an Eastern Armenian course, though. Perhaps you could find people interested in becoming contributors on Armenian forums. I can think of a few people who might be interested and who would be very qualified, assuming they still hang out on those forums. Let me know if there's anything I can do. :) Յաջողութիւն:

June 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Hojinkie

That's great! Who knows maybe we'll expand to Western Armenian (Արևմտյան) or even Classical Armenian (Գրաբառ).

June 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Nivkotzer

The title cracked me up... and confused me haha

June 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Grumpycat1

hahaha.....ever been to Hungary, Italy or just any balkan country? hahaha...... this is awesome! people who have the confidence to make fun of themselves are so cool back to subject: no, i do not know any armenian, but if you want to know the difference between slovak and slovenian, ask anytime

June 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

I almost didn't read this link because of the title, but I decided to read all the links no matter what the title and downvote it if it were something inappropriate. I would be thankful if you were to add another language to duolingo.

June 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AernJardos

Wonderful to hear! I wish you the very best of luck with your application. More languages on Duolingo can only ever be a good thing. :)

June 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PopTartTastic

Armenian looks so weird to me. It's kinda square-y. I like the Georgian alphabet. It's all swervycurvy.

June 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Hojinkie

I actually study Georgian independently! Knowing both alphabets myself I can say that Armenian is easier to write because the majority of the letters are made from the same strokes. I would agree with you the Armenian alphabet does have its respective curliness, but Mkhedruli is rounder. The thing is that Georgian has used three different sets of alphabets in it history. The first one, Asomtavruli, was created by the same Armenian that created the Armenian and Albanian alphabets and was much squarer than any language I've seen today.

June 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/pablito_1

Barev, I'd LOVE to learn some Armenian, and Georgian, too! Both are beautiful, and the people are amazing! I really hope you guys can make this happen!

June 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Hojinkie

Hazar barev! It's nice to know I've already started a following here. Maybe the duo lingo staff will take it into consideration? BTW are you Russian?

June 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/pablito_1

Incha chka :D I do think they can take it into consideration, if you create a topic which is something less hilarious than Hairy people, unite hahah, if you open a topic that is titled something like "Armenian language" people may follow, and if additionally you write on Armenian forums, there would plenty of your brothers to follow! I am a bit Russian, yes :)

June 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Hojinkie

Hahaha In that case большое спасибо. I really appreciate the tips! As my first Armenian lesson on duolingo, I'd like to note that "Inch ka chka?" means "What's up?"

June 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/EliaBilemjian

How do you go about submitting an application?

October 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Hojinkie

Great to see more Armos on Duolingo! When you hover over the flag next to you profile picture next to your name, click "add new course." Then click on the blue "contribute to a course" at the bottom. Then click the same thing at the top of incubator.duolingo.com.

October 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Hojinkie

Good luck with it! Make sure to mention credentials otherwise I'm pretty sure the Duolingo team trashes your application.

October 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Viocube

I also submitted an application and posted a discussion about this: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7159695 please view and participate. I'm very glad to see this movement. I hope Duolingo considers this ASAP! :D

February 23, 2015
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