What type of language should be next?
Hey! Just wondering what language everyone would like to see up at duo lingo! I know what I would like to see! Also, why? For cultural reasons, friends, family, maybe even job? Let me know!
I would like to see Esperanto added to Duolingo. I think since it uses essentially the same alphabet it would be easier to add. Plus the simple grammar would be easy to teach with something like Duolingo. It would do a great service to the Esperanto community to have it on this app since a lot of the resources for learning Esperanto have a poor interface or content which dissuades many from learning the language. I am sure there are many Esperantists out there who would be glad to aid its development.
That would be great! It would be quite easy to teach seeing as it was designed to be easy to learn. The only problem is the non-standard characters ĉ, ĝ, ĥ, ĵ, ŝ, and ŭ, which would require the on-screen keyboard. However, there is the "x-system" of substitution where you can type 'cx' instead of 'ĉ' - if the answers were accepted in that system, then it would be a lot quicker to type.
I completely agree about it being a good service to Esperanto - the resources on it are terrible and websites related to teaching it are mostly out-dated. All very... Web 1.0 most of the time.
As a business student, I very much hope that the next language is a lot more useful. Of current languages, French and German are very useful, with Portugese being a not-too-close third, but at least it's used in a BRIC country. Spanish is ok for Americans that have to deal with immigrants often, but isn't great on a global scale. Italian is little more than a parlor trick and I have a hunch was implemented because it's so easy.
Also, looking at Duolingo's business model of translating other sites, I would think they'd want to implement Chinese, Japanese, or Russian since there are so many sites in those languages.
Don't get me wrong. I'd love to learn other languages mentioned in this thread like Danish or Dutch, but there are definitely more useful and profitable languages out there that I'd like to learn first.
LOL , I've been called chauvinistic on occasion, but WOW....
Spanish may be OK for Americans who have to deal with immigrants, but may also be useful to US citizens travelling outside of the States. After all, Spanish is spoken by 350 million people globally.
That a business student should call speaking Italian a "parlour trick" comes as a slight surprise. It is after all a G7 nation and one of the core economies of the European Union, the third largest in the Eurozone after France and Germany.
Haha I'm surprised no one said anything earlier. Here's what I mean: Yes, Spanish is spoken by a large number of people, and yes Italy's economy does well. However, I've looked at many different job applications for companies in various countries. Unless the job is in a Spanish speaking country or the US, I have yet to see any of them ask for Spanish. Unless the job is in Italy, I have yet to see any of them ask for Italian. What I have seen from countries around the world is them wanting a knowledge of or fluency in German, French, Japanese, or Chinese, and less frequently Russian and Portuguese. From my experience looking for a job in business, it becomes evident that international companies that are not in Spanish speaking countries or Italy are not interested in those languages.
A good point and well made, though the difference isn't as huge as you seem to suggest. I just searched Monster (UK) and found about 500 jobs for German speakers but 200 for Italians. Of course, the UK is a part of EU and relatively close to Italy compared to the US.
I would suggest that by dismissing Spanish and Italian, you have failed to recognise that niche value is not the same as no value. You might also consider that for most people learning a language is not just about getting a job, and that many companies also like to see a nice rounded profile on the Resume.
If you have a look round this site what you'll find is a large number of language professionals, hobbyists and both, for whom learning a new language is an end in itself rather than a means to end, so no one said anything earlier because they were so shocked at what you were saying about Italian being easy, that everything else got obscured by the red mist.
Whilst poking fun at people with different interests can be a lot of fun, if you actually are serious about learning a language, you should also recognise that the language enthusiasts on this site are always happy to help and give some great advice. If you are going to be successful then you are going to have to share a little bit of their obsession with your target language and will certainly benefit from their help.
As it's a slavic language so will help those wishing to learn Russian, but still uses the Latin alphabet so will be easier for Duolingo to implement.
(1) Mandarin Chinese. Although the language is notoriously hard, I would like to master some basics in Mandarin. Due to raising economic power of China, there is an increasing interest in US in learning Chinese as a second language. (2) Russian. It is my native language and I'd like to see it offered on Duolingo, so that my children can learn it for cultural reasons.
Anyone using the Duolingo as an app on their smartphone shouldn't have a problem with foreign alphabets, since so many of them are already programmed into the phone. I thought I would have trouble typing in Russian for another site (I wish it could be THIS site!), until I found I just needed to turn the Russian alphabet on.