Esperanto on Duolingo
I emailed Esperanto-USA (the educational association of Esperanto in the US) about a week ago telling them about Duolingo and how there's many of us on here who want to learn it, and the guy responded and said that at the upcoming convention for Esperanto-USA that he would propose that the E-USA council would sponsor the creation of an Esperanto course on Duolingo. I wanted to let all of you Esperanto enthusiasts know about this, and suggest that you send them an email to build support for the idea and hopefully make it happen!
You can find their contact info here: http://www.esperanto-usa.org/en/node/2
UPDATE: You can find my update here
Hi, thanks for your effort!
Two months ago, CEO Luis van Ahn stated here: We'll definitely add it.
To all who are waiting patiently for Esperanto like me, there is this beautiful homepage where you can start learning Esperanto right now and that seems to be a great ressource - I'll start next week.
Hey! Thanks for the site! I've used Lernu before, but I found it difficult to use, and I would much rather learn it on Duolingo. Thank you for your support, though! :)
That one seems really interesting! You may just have gotten me! I'll look into it....
I'd be really happy to make a course for Esperanto when I get a bit better at it! It asks for fluency but I don't see how one would know for this... But I do have 8 weeks for free time so it would be a great thing to do in the meantime!
I don't exactly know what he meant by 'sponsoring'. I'm thinking that the council members may pay someone to build the course, or they may appoint someone to build the course, or they may endorse the course and sort of make it 'official'.
In general, the problem is not a lack of people who apply to create courses. The problem is that most courses are not accepted (yet) because Duolingo wants to control its growth.
I agree with rhythmixed about the possible meanings of "sponsored". And sponsorship in any of these senses could make Duolingo more willing to accept an Esperanto course very soon.
Learning the basics of Esperanto was one of the most gratifying and horizon-expanding things I've ever done for myself. I'm so excited for the future of this language, since soon it'll be as easy as loading up Duolingo and doing well-organized, categorized courses every day, instead of chasing out info from obscure websites all over the four corners of the webbernets.
I have sent an email - and I do hope others do to. :) <3 and also given you a lingot ;)
Thank you so much (for the email and the lingot)! Did you read my update? I'm excited to see what happens from here!
Oops! I didn't add the link! I'll add it right now. I'm adding it to the main post.
Currently, new language that enters DL targets English tree since that tree is established. However, I'm cursious how Esperanto will join DL.
De todas maneras, buenas suertes por Esperanto :-)
Not all languages are introduced through a Language X --> English course. If the native speakers of a particular language already tend to know English well (as in the cases of Irish, Danish, and Swedish), the first course to be built is English --> Language X.
I imagine it would be the same thing with languages that have essentially no unilingual native speakers.