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Serbian language course

I'd like to start a Serbian language course in the Language incubator, but first I want to ask... Is anyone interested to learn Serbian language?

News: I just applied for Serbian (Latin). I'm waiting for an answer. If we start with the project, I expect that you will join me. Upravo sam aplicirao za Srpski (Latinica). Čekam odgovor. Ukoliko krenemo sa projektom, očekujem da ćete mi se pridružiti.

July 17, 2014



Ja sam se prijavio sinoć tj. doprineo sam tome i dobio sam odgovor. :) Siguran sam da će biti ovaj kurs, ali samo treba vremena i budemo strpljivi ;)

Ја сам се пријавио синоћ тј. допринео сам томе и добио сам одговор. :) Сигуран сам да ће бити овај курс, али само треба времена и будемо стрпљиви ;)

I applied last night ie. I contributed to it and I got the answer. :) I'm sure it will be this course, but just needs time and we be patient ;)


Je li počelo pravljenje kursa? Upravo sad sam pokušavao da se prijavim i iz nekog razloga mi ne da. Ako je već u progresu, voleo bih da pomognem.


Sounds like a good idea. I'd be willing to help out with creating content, but I can't promise anything since I don't know how busy I'll be with school. If we get the ball rolling, hopefully more people will join in and help out.


As one user, Druden, stated, "I feel like there is tension in the incubator as far as which language (Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian/ Montenegrin) to teach. I hope the Duolingo enthusiasts from the four former Yugoslav republics can put their political differences aside and let the artist formerly known as Serbo-Croatian stand up! I'd like to start reading Milorad Pavic, so for that reason I'm looking forward to learning Serbian!"

Thank you so much. I totally agree with you. If all the Duo users and enthusiasts were to merge together and collaborate on putting the technical, political terminology of the language aside, it would become popular, easier to contribute, and more likely to go into incubator. In my opinion, I would hate to see people make a big fuss on what the language should be called (such as Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin). I think a better, fair way to title this language can be (Serbo-Croat-Bosnian or Yugoslavic or Slavic) which I prefer since it correlates to all four sub-dialect. One issue is, however, what alphabets will it be in. Majority of Croatia, Bosnia use Latin alphabet while Majority of Serbia uses Cyrillic alphabet. I understand this should be a conflict of interest. Aside from the alphabet question, I believe there should be no other conflicts of interest. Again, my main point here is that they should be all be merged together as one language rather than separate sub-dialect languages.. They may all be different dialects, but it doesn't make it a different language. All the dialects could be included as there is always more than one way to say something. Can't wait for this to be solved and done. GO SLAVIC. HAJMO SLAVIC.

Another user, meSanti, stated this below perfectly so don't give those "It's two different language" excuses. No where is that ever stated from a unbiased, linguistic viewpoint. You only see these excuses from biased, and purely political viewpoints.

"To call Serbian and Croatian different languages just because "some" words are not the same makes no sense whatsoever. Following that exact same logic, the people from England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, etc, etc they all speak different languages. The same goes for the 20 countries where Spanish is an official language, they all speak different languages. It's absurd. The root of the "Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian are different languages" is purely political and has no basis in linguistics. They are simply dialects of the same language, i.e. varieties of a language that is a characteristic of a particular group of the language's speakers. Regardless of the name you wish to use, it would a waste of resources to create 2 or 3 separate courses, one for each dialect of the same language."


I would argue that even the alphabets should not be a problem as even right now you can do Russian for example both in Cyrillic and Latin (for people who don't have the appropriate keyboard)


It should not be a problem. It definitely is not a problem for me for as I can read both Latin and Cyrillic. I am just saying that it would be understandable if people were to fuss or argue on whether Duo should make this in course in Latin or Cyrillic. I am not sure nor do I think it is possible to have it in both alphabets. For example, in Russian, you have to know the Cyrillic alphabet, in Hebrew, you have to know the Hebrew alphabets. You can't write in Latin in both. I don't know what the case will be for this language.


What I was referring to was that for Russian on Duolingo you can use both alphabets even though only one is official. This tells me that it is technically possible to implement multiple alphabets for the same language. So in the Serbo-Croatian you propose it should not be an issue as people that want to learn Croatian user the Latin alphabet and those learning Serbian use the Cyrillic. Also since there is 1-1 correspondence between characters the simplest script should be able to switch between the two.


Is it technically challenging to duplicate the course-to-be in two versions: Cyrillic and Latin? The one would be demanded by those used to Cyrillic or aiming at using the lingo in the official Serbian settings, the other - for Westerners.


Definitely NOT "Slavic", because this is too broad of a definition, including too many other more distantly related languages. "Jugoslovenski" would do better, but again, in Jugoslavia we had Slovenian and Macedonian too, which are different languages. So, one should stick to the good old Serbo-Croatian. Is it technically challenging to duplicate the course-to-be in two versions: Cyrillic and Latin? The one would be demanded by those used to Cyrillic or aiming at using the lingo in the official Serbian settings, the other - for Westerners.


Hey everyone! I'm a native speaker of Naš Jezik /Наш Језик (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian) and a child of the diaspora. From reading through these forums, I’ve gathered that there is some confusion about how to make a language course for this language (family). I’d like to break this down & show how this project is indeed viable. I start by discussing linguistic differences, then give some example phrases, and end by making a plea for the unified teaching of my mother tongue.

First: What to call it? Well, Naš/Наш means "our's" as in "our language" and can be considered an endonym for all the dialects therein. So there you have your language name.

Now, how to deal with the dialectical differences? There are three main distinctions here: the vowel dialect, the alphabet, and dialectical vocabulary.

1) Vowel dialect: An easy fix! There are two main dialects with different vowel forms: Ekavski and Ijekavski. The course can again simply ask you which you’d like to learn. By my estimate, about 30% of words will need to be coded to either Ijekavski/Ekavski. 2) Alphabet: a super easy fix! The course can simply have a Cyrillic (ћ) version & a Latin (L) version, which you choose when starting the course. In terms of coding, this is easy too. 3) Dialectical vocabulary/grammar: the easiest fix of all! As I see it, the course could simply specify at the end of each word which dialects it corresponds to (with blank meaning all dialects). Textbooks do this by simply adding B/H/S or Б/Х/С at the end of certain words, and agreed upon categorization of words (by my estimate, only about 10% of words differ). A user could also choose which vocab they’d like to learn (but I would recommend all three!).

Now, one must recognize that these three variables often cluster in specific dialects. But there are always exceptions to all of these rules! Let me show you: - Bosnian may often be thought of as: latin script, ijekavski vowels, + bosnian vocab, but many people understand and use serbian/croatian words as well! - Serbian may often be thought of as: cyrillic script, ekavski vowels, + serbian vocab, but many young people write in latin script! - Croatian may often be thought of as: latin script, ijekavski, + croatian vocab, though many are versed in bosnian/serbian vocab as well!

You or other native speakers might be thinking, “Wait! Aren’t there combinations that don’t exist?” My answer to you is: for each combination, there is a community that exists (even if that looks strange to some!). Duolingo may clue speakers into the most common combinations for each dialect [I give 5 iterations below].

Here is an example of how Duolingo could format the course: Welcome to Naš Jezik/Наш Језик! (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian | Bosanski/Hrvatski/Srpski | Босански/Хрватски/Српски) Do you prefer: Ekavski (Serbian standard) OR Ijekavski (Bosnian/Croatian) standard? Do you prefer: Latinica (Bosnian/Croatian [and Serbian] standard) OR ћирилица (Serbian [and Bosnian] standard)? Do you prefer: Bosnian, Croatian, or Serbian vocabulary & grammar? (Note: native speakers often know all three, although they may prefer using one.)

Sample sentence (“The child is eating bread”) in what I believe are the 5 most common combinations used in the world today (Vowels, Script, Vocab):

Дете хлеб хлеб (Б/С) [E, ћ, Б/С] < “Serbian” [most common]

Dete jede hleb [E, L, B/S] < “Serbian” [all Serbians learn to read/write in latin]

Dijete jede hljeb (B/S) [I, L, B/S] < “Bosnian” [most common]

Dijete jede kruh (H) [I, L, H] < “Bosnian” [also very common]

Dijete jede kruh (H) [I, L, H] < “Croatian” [most common]

This needn't be contentious, and would be a great way for Duolingo to accept other languages in which dialects and differences exist. This approach, in my humble opinion, is much better than dividing the languages across nationalistic lines, instead opting for their cultural and linguistic categorization. There will be people who disagree with this approach, but I argue that these people are nationalists hoping to perpetuate arbitrary distinctions that lead to prejudice. It is up to the new generation of speakers (and learners) to promote the inherent unity of these languages.

There are many skilled linguists, language schools, and a huge community of potential contributors all around the world for Naš Jezik/Наш Језик. I truly hope that Duolingo and others read this post and consider moving this to the incubator. It would mean so much to me and many others. I know that many would like to contribute (myself included)!


Ako pričate Naš i Engleski, molim vas ispunite ovaj formular za "Naš Jezik": Ако причате Наш и Енглески, молим вас испуните овај формулар за "Наш Језик": https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply


Just applied!


Баш ми је драго! Baš mi je drago!


How is the work with the incubator going?


How is the work in the incubator going?


Please engage with the incubator in case you didn't yet: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply


Thanks for the explanation!


This sounds fantastic. What can we learners do to help make it happen? I've been watching this thread for years.


The best thing you can do is comment (on many comments)/add lingots/add upvotes to everything you see!

I explain everything in this post (which you can also comment/lingot/upvote!): https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/37840291


I don't speak Naš or whatever one would to choose to refer to it as, but I would desperately love to, is there anything I can do, in your opinion to support the efforts to get this on to Duolingo?


Also let me say your post is excellent, well written and strikes at the heart of the issue and how to resolve it. Irrespective of peoples political motivations, surely all can agree it only helps all cultures to have more people around the world familiar with your native tongue.


Naš Jezik/Наш Језик !


Kako stojimo sa prelaskom u inkubator?


Po mom skromnom mišljenju najbolje bi bilo da kurs krene sa latinicom, a kasnije da se polako prebacuje na ćirilicu. Jednostavno cilj bi trebao da nam bude da privučemo što više ljudi da nauče ''naš'' jezik.Tako da bi možda BCS varijanta bila možda i najbolja. Pozdrav. I think that the best way to go with this course is to start with Latin alphabet and then slowly switch to Cyrillic alphabet. We want to attract as many people as possible to learn our language so maybe some kind of BCS language would be the best way to go. Best regards, sorry for my bad English.


Hey, your English is better than my Serbian! :) Govorim slabo...


I think it would be great if the course could start out with an introduction to both alphabets and then use them simultaneously throughout the rest of the course. Most dedicated learners can pick up a Cyrillic alphabet in a day, and the sooner it's introduced, the more they can practice while learning the language, thus increasing their Cyrillic reading speed while still learning the basics. I don't know if DuoLingo can do simultaneous scripts, but I do know that the Japanese course mixes three of four writing systems (including rōmaji) right from the start.


Било би лепо да имамо српски дуолинго исписан ћирилицом. То је наше писмо, наше обележје, по ћирилици нас препознају у свету. Добро је знати оба писма, али је још боље знати и чувати своје корене, своју посебност.


Кириллица - истинное письмо Сербии! Привет из России.


I would really love a Slavic (Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian) course on Duolingo. The beauty of those languages, is that if you speak on of them you can 'basically' speak and understand all three, or more. 3-birds-with-one-stone type of deal. I was born in Bosnian and came to the Sates in '99 as a refugee. Ever since then I've slowly been losing the ability to speak my native language with my family & friends, it's embarrassing.

You would think living in California you would have the diverse resources to pick up any language, but it has been a hard time finding a decent app or service that teaches the Slavic languages.

I'm absolutely in love with Duolingo, and how easy and fun it's been learning languages with it, and one day hope I can practice and perfect native language on it again :)


I'd love to help develop the Serbian course when the project is started!


I'd be willing to help as a contributor.


How is the incubator contribution going? Please keep up with the good work. Leaving you a lingot


Any news? As a Russian speaker I'd love to learn Serbian.


Hello everyone!

Surprise for all of you who want to learn Serbian language!

I started to contribute and translate the Serbian stories on Unofficial Duolingo Stories.

I just have done the first four stories.

The post for the Serbian stories is here.


Hi, Marko, I'm interested to contribute to a Serbian in ENglish course. What I'm supposed to do?


Hi BrankoDuo, that's awesome. We would love to have Serbian in duolingo. You can register here: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply


Rrobetti, many thanks for you reply. I went to the link and tried to register, but in the drop down menu Serbian is not listed!? Can you fix that?


Go to the very end of the list where it says Enter Other and it'll let you type Serbian.


I did it! Waiting for the reply. Big thank you for navigating me :)


Kako stojimo sa inkubatorom? Možemo li očekivati uskoro?


I would like to learn Serbian language also!!!!


Serbian is among the three languages I'd like to learn most. Count my vote!


Pleeeease we need a Serbian course! I want to speak to my fiance's family in their native tongue :( Been following this for years and just put all my lingots on it :)


Hvala vama for your support! Don't forget to support other dialects of Naš/Наш too!: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/9547056 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3447199


Take one of my longots. Lets keep up the buzz until Serbian/Croatian Bosnian is added to Duolingo


I would love to learn Serbian! I worked with several for a couple of years and enjoyed the phrases they taught me. I still keep in touch and learning my friends' language would be wonderful.


I think that it would be really cool if Duolingo made a separate Cyrillic course so that people who want to learn languages using the Cyrillic alphabet, they can have a course which will introduce them to the letters and the sounds, and people can practice on there.


That's true. Though there are at least two major types of cyrillic since the Serbian/Macedonian cyrillic alphabet doesn't have certain characters that the Russian cyrillic (also for the most part used by other former Soviet countries and Bulgaria) alphabet has.


Yes, they are different. Even within the east slavic group. I'm no speaker of any of those languages, but from what I know many turkic langugaes use the cyrillic alphabet too, and there the characters are even more distinct. In my opinion integrating the language's alphabet into its own language course would be better.


Frankly the cyrillic alphabets of slavic languages are not so different than cyrillic alphabets of Turkic languages. I am russian but I can easily read Serbian or Bulgarian. For that I need to know only few new letters or another meaning of some letters, for example ъ and щ in Bulgarian or ђ, ј, љ, њ, ћ, џ in Serbian. In Turkic languages there are more differences between cyrillic alphabets but I believe that if you know one of them others will be easier to understood others as the differences related to the languages differences. I think that most letters have same meaning. But if we look to latin alphabets there are variety of ways how to read one letter in different words(English, French) and huge difference how to read them in different languages (Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian). And it means that anyway you need to learn how to read on each new language again even if you already know cyrillic or latin. It's much harder if you need to learn from scratch totally different one.


My great grandfather was from Yugoslavia. I would like to learn Serbian or Croatian. How can we make this a thing?


My dad is from Yugoslavia, but he was too busy working while I was growing up to teach me. It's nearly impossible to find a Serbian teacher around. I wish they had it here.


I can recommend Suzana Andjelkovic (Suzana Anđelković) on Italki for you for a language teacher. https://www.facebook.com/sortilegi0?fref=ts


I would love this! I need it actually. im convinced that duo lingo is the only way i can learn another language, and Serbian is high on my list. Please I hope this comes through!


Yes please add srpski. ucim ali mnogo tesko.


When is the serbian language course ready? I would love to learn.


I'd love to see a Serbian course. I lived in Serbia for 6 months. And would have loved to know more than Ja ne govorim srpski.


Ja mogu da pomognem kursu kada krene. Cao :D

( I can help the course when it starts. Bye :D )


Aleksa, please sign up for this using the official channels. The explanation is here https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/204979660-How-can-I-suggest-a-new-language-course- It is very important that as many people as possible go and sign up to encourage them opening a serbian (or serbo/croatian) course.


I already signed up, but thank you anyway :D


Please apply here in case you didn't yet https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply


My girlfriend has been begging for this.


I'm an American living in Serbia, and I would love it if there were a Serbian course. It would be a huge help to me.


There really needs to be a Serbian language course!!


Anyone knows why Serbian is not on Duolingo? It seems there is a lot of interest around this language! Thanks!


I speak Serbian and English and would love to contribute to both courses, Serbian for English speakers and English for Serbian speakers.


Hvala vama for your support! Don't forget to support other dialects of Naš/Наш too!: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/9547056 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3447199


I molim vas ispunite ovaj formular ako već pričate Naš!! https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply


Hi everyone, so, I decided to join the incubator for serbian language. I am a native serbian speaker and I may say that my english is very well. I also applied for english course for serbian speakers, because I think that those two courses have to coexist. So, if you know both serbian and english, please feel free to become one of the contributors for both courses. Maybe that is tha way for them to include serbian on Duolingo. Pozdrav svima, pa, odlučila sam da se pridružim inkubatoru za srpski jezik. Moj maternji jezik je srpski i mogu reći da znam engleski veoma dobro. Takođe sam se prijavila i za kurs engleskog za govornike srpskog jezika, zato što smatram da ova dva kursa moraju da koegzistiraju (postoje uporedo). Pa, ako znate i srpski i engleski, molim vas da bude slobodni da postanete oni koji će doprineti za oba kursa. Možda je ovo način da dodaju srpski na Duolingo.


Ja sam pre par godina prijavio za kurs ali nista mi nisu javili. Sad sam se opet prijavio pa mozda nesto bude


Great news. I'm looking forward to a Serbian Croatian Bosnian course for English speakers.


I can't speak Serbian apart from telling my parter "volim te najvise" and other phrases, but I am really desperate to learn. Is there any way I can help to try to convince someone to add it to duolingo?


Ima li kakvih novosti o ubacivanju kursa u inkubator? Ja sam se opet prijavila i dobila isti odgovor. Znam da verovatno postoji odredjeni broj koliko kurseva moze da bude u jednom trenutku, ali bih bas volela da krenemo sa radom na srpskom :)


Support! Maybe we should make a new discussion and get everyone to upvote it? I think there just has to be enough demand for them to add a new language.


Agreed! My parents are Serbian but never had time to teach me growing up! I want to learn so so bad!


My dad is Serbian but never had a chance to teach me it so i would love to have this course!


I will definitely join you. I will contribute as much as I can. My dad speaks fluently and I speak a little so we would love to contribute. I would learn so much on the way. There's already plenty of people interested in contributing. If you start, we can probably have this rolled out in a few years. Počnimo ovo!


I would love to help you create a course for Serbian!


I speak serbian because my parents are from serbia and it is a great language to learn and speak.


Still really wishing for a Serbian course! Please duolingo!


5 years later, I need to throw some lingots on this


Hvala vama for your support! Don't forget to support other dialects of Naš/Наш too!: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/9547056 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3447199


I am really interested in learning Serbo-Croatian, basically anything from the Balkan region. I have only posted here vs the other Balkan languages because I have already tried to learn Serbian on my own. My wife is Serbian and I have been to Serbia several times. I think either of Serbian, Croatian, or Bosnian could be taught first. I am learning Czech, but I would learn Slovak if it were there. I see that Cantonese is now an option vs Mandarin. There are lots of other examples. I think that more people learning any of these languages will help to expose the world to this rich culture.


I would add to this - I am native Serbian and tried to learn French with English interface. It is hard because, in my mind, I am creating double relations - French-English and English-Serbian. Finally, I stopped because it is not going into my head so easily. We need Serbo-Croatian interface (Croato-Serbian, call it as you like) for this region so people could benefit from Duolingo.


Yes! I know many people that would really appreciate a Serbian course. I'm a volunteer with an organization that send other volunteers like my self to countries all around the world, including Serbia, to serve the people there in a variety of different ways. We're given a few weeks of language training, but then none after that. However, we're permitted to use Duolingo while we're volunteering. So long story short, I know a group of around 70 people that would immediately start using a Serbian course. Plus all those that would volunteer here in the future.


Yes - there's definitely a demand for the language.


I'd like to see a Serbian language course....


me five: Serbian, Montenegrin, Croatian, Bosnian and Srb-Cro


Želim kurz na srpskom! Ućim srpski ali trebam pomoć!


I would love to learn Serbian on Duolingo, I hope you guys will eventually create the course :) I would also prefer it to use the cyrillic alphabet.


I would love to learn Serbian!


Absolutely! I joined Duolingo to learn Serbian because my wife is from Belgrade, but I was disappointed to find that it was not available. Instead, I have refreshed some old high school French and LOVE Duolingo. I hope you can introduce any Balkan language to start.


there is a balkan language, Greek :)


I'd like to see a Serbian course

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    I would love that duolingo gives classes spanish-serbian or spanish-serbocroatian!


    I really want to learn Serbian. My cousins are serbian, they're about 4 and almost bilingual. I dont want to be left out


    i'm very interested for the Serbian Language. ja pricam malo srpski and i would like to impriove skill on this language. So go ahead if you are still interested.


    I would be very interested in learning Serbian. My Dad was born in Travnik (then Serbia, now Bosnia), so he helps me learn some. I think it would be a nice opportunity to learn the language. I could even help contribute to the course if there is one in development. Could someone please tell me when there is an update on the subject? Thanks!


    Thank you so much, I really hope you can make it, I’ve been waiting for it since 2017


    Hvala vama for your support! Don't forget to support other dialects of Naš/Наш too!: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/9547056 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3447199


    Make this course please :)


    Hvala vama for your support! Don't forget to support other dialects of Naš/Наш too!: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/9547056 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3447199


    Please include Serbian. My wife is Serbian and I am trying to learn the language. Please include Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian


    I don't think I'd go the whole way through (I'm struggling with two languages as it is), but I'd try to pick up a bit, as my wife's family is Croatian, and I gather they're very very close. Are you thinking you'd do it with the Latin alphabet or Cyrillic?


    Yeah, I'm Croatian and except for a few words here and there, we can understand each other without any problems. Standard versions of Croatian and Serbian are very similar. You can see the differences here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_standard_Bosnian,_Croatian_and_Serbian


    Most likely they would teach latin, since it's much more common on the internet. Although they could give both or add an extra skill for ćirilica


    Croatian course should be in the Latin alphabet and Serbian in the Cyrillic, in my opinion. There are two reasons: Cyrillic is the officially script in Serbia according to the Serbian constitution and it was traditional alphabet there and a part of its culture.


    Thank you all for your answers. I think it's much better to go with the Latin alphabet. The easier it will be for learning. And those who want to learn the Cyrillic alphabet will easily after just learn how to read. It is important to know the meaning of that word.

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      Ja mislim da je bolje da bude na ćirilici, zato što je ona glavna. Sva dokumenta su napisana ćiriličnim pismom. Po meni je još bolje ako bi moglo da bude na oba pisma.

      Ја мислим да је боље да буде на ћирилици, зато што је она главна. Сва документа су написана ћириличним писмом. По мени је још боље ако би могло да буде на оба писма.


      I ja mislim da je bolje da bude na oba


      Na oba, definitivno. Mada ne znam kako bi to izveli.


      I think realistically most people coming to Duolingo will not need Cyrillic and it adds a barrier to the amount of people who will come to the language. Also, in my experience with Duolingo, learning a new script with the platform is not good. I'm going through the Hebrew course now and it's only because I studied it formally in class that I can make my way through it. I gave up on Russian, even though many letters and sounds are similar to Serbian Cyrillic, because figuring out the typing and the spelling was too time consuming.


      I understand, but disagree about the alphabet. I finished Duolingo Greek about months ago, and I LOVE the exclusive alphabet.

      Greek makes little sense without the Greek alphabet. Although it is more a personal taste for me, I want to learn Cyrillic alphabet for the languages: Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, etc.


      I'd prefer the latin alphabet as well. I would find it easier to learn cyrillic later on, if I needed to. But getting proficient in the spoken language would be much faster for me with the latin style.


      The Hebrew course, unlike the Russian, Greek and Japanese courses, doesn't really bother about teaching us the letters first and it's really awful when it comes to Latin input.


      I am learning Greek and Hebrew on duolingo and Arabic on other systems. You learn an alphabet easier than you think. It is intimidating because it is different. It is the language that takes the work. Better to study in the most common alphabet. For Serbo-Croation I like those who suggest both. Russian already does this.


      Ja nebi tako rekla. Cirilica je mnogo teza za obicni ljudi, jedino ako znaju vec Ruski ili Grcki. Kao sto je neko rek'o.. mnogo je lakse da naucis latinski da mozes da razumes Srpski i onda nije tesko da naucis cirilicu ako hoces.


      Ali svakako stranci znaju latinicu... A ćiriliću moraju da nauče, a latinicu mogu kristiti u svakodnevnom životu... Zato bi po meni trebao da bude pisan ćirilicom... To je k'o da učiš japanski, ali ne naučiš kanji nego samo romanizovana slova ili hiraganu...


      U pravu si bolje glavno na ćirilici, ali da bude na oba latinica za one pocetnice


      Totally agree. If someone comes to Serbian on Duolingo with no history of learning it and gets really into it, learning Cyrillic letters later will actually be easier as you can use your knowledge of the words to fill in letters as you are learning the script.


      Možda da može učenik da odluči ako hoče da vidi na latinici ili na ćirilici, kao što može na kursu Ruskog da se vidi ili ćirilica ili transliteracija.

      I think that the student should be able to choose whether they want to see Latin or Cyrillic script, like what there already is for Russian (where the Cyrillic or the transliteration can be seen).


      I noticed with German, that one word can have 3 to 4 meanings (some even up to 10!). This also works in the other direction; one meaning can apply to multiple words. This seems like the way SCB works, with the mutual intellegibility coming from the use of most common words, with some exceptions (if that makes sense). As a course developer, I would suggest building a team of different language backgrounds or knowledge bases. For example, if you could find people that speak the Serbian and Croatian dialects, and have them contribute words that are not mutually intelligible (sto v sta, I believe), that would help learners get a grasp of the language.

      For example, in the German lessons, alternate translations are often suggested when you get a question correct, or if you get it wrong, sometimes 2 or 3 correct options are given. This is based on the regional dialects and colloquialisms of Germany (Bavaria v Hamburg). I believe this would be a useful feature for those of us that are interested in SCB.


      The štokavian dialects are mutually intelligible. But, the kaj dialect is not mutually intelligible with the što or ča dialects, and neither is the ča dialect mutually intelligible with the others. They really should be considered separate languages, and not dialects. Also, the kaj/ča/što thing is confined to Croatia, they don't bleed into other countries (except in Austrian Burgenland, Hungarian Burgenland, and Czech Burgenland, in which they speak an archaic čakavština dialect.)

      For example:

      što dialect: Što raditi ćeš? Dolazim vlakom u vinograd

      (serbian šta translation: Šta ćeš raditi? Dolazim vozom u vinograd (Шта ћеш радити? Долазим возом у виноград.))

      kaj dialect: Kaj buš delal? Dojdem cugom v trsje

      Ča dialect: Ča ćeš delat? Dohajan feratun va brojdu.

      (EDIT: Gah, Duolingo seriously needs to revamp its fonts for Cyrillic...)

      (EDIT 2: Fixed corrections, thanks for the corrections hkis!)


      "što dialect: Što raditi ćeš? Dolazim vlakom u vinograd" Što ćeš radit*
      You just messed up the word order a bit.

      "(serbian šta translation: Šta raditi ćeš? Dolazim vozom u vinograd" Same thing here.

      "kaj dialect: Kaj buš dielal? Dojm cugom v trsje" Kaj/ke buš delal*? Dolazim/dojdem cugom h/v trsje Dielal sounds very rustic or "countrified". Most people say delal. You can also shorten ke buš to ke'š. I've never even heard of "dojm" and I live in a Kajkavian-speaking area. There's a lot of variety just in Kajkavian though and I can't even understand some Kajkavian speakers all that well, so I guess it could be correct. You got cugom and trsje completely right though, good job.(btw. cug=Zug in German, there's plenty of Germanisms in Kajkavian)

      "Ča dialect: Ča delat ćeš? Dohajan feratun va brojdu." I don't really know this dialect, so I can't comment on it, except for word order in the first sentence. You can probably guess, it's the same as before, ćeš comes before delat.


      You should also contribute. With people of this caliber, the beta course should be released in no time ;)


      The compliments are undeserved, but appreciated. I guess I'll apply if people are interested in learning the language.


      Hvala :D This is why I'm still learning Croatian and Kajkavian. Added your corrections.

      About "dojm" I learned "dojti" and had no idea how to decline it, so I just wrote "dojm" but had a feeling that it was completely different. I am sure that it is "dojdem".

      About Čakavština: I had no resources for the grammar except for a declinations sheet, so I assumed it was the same except for those declinations and -n instead of -m for the first person conjugation. I found the vocabulary on this site "istarski-rjecnik.com" which claims to be a crowd-sourced dictionary of the istrian ča dialects.


      Nema na čemu. Ako imaš bilo kakvih pitanja o jeziku, slobodno pitaj.


      It seems like you are very well versed in this language family. You should apply to contribute to the SCB course!


      Yeah definitely. Serbocroatian is certainly a language based heavily on context. The same word has many meanings but you come to automatically know which meaning it is based on the context of the sentence.


      I like the idea,actually wanted to suggest the same thing. Pozdrav. :)


      Yes, please add Serbian to the Duolingo Language incubator!!


      I would definitely be interested in learning. The way I see it is a good gateway to master some of the Cyrillic alphabet, plus Serbia is close to Greece and a very good destination so it will come handy sooner or later.


      Yes! Serbian. Use both alphabets like the new Russian course does. Ja Ljubjam srpski. (Is that right, I can't remember?)


      Ја волим српски(Ja volim srpski) :)


      Hmm, I haven't seen Russian course as I'm native. Is it in latin only in begining or you can use it till the end? Because in my opinion it can help you to start but you definitely have to know cyrillic if you want to travel to Russia. Of cause in Moscow or Saint-Petersburg you can find some transliteration of subway stations or streets names but mostly everything will be in cyrillic.


      I learnt the alphabet first ( was bored one day so I learnt the Serbian alphabet so the transition to the Russian alphabet was really easy). In the course you can choose to have Latin or cycrllic at any point, I believe. I agree, as with any language, you really should know the script. I'm putting my Russian learning on hold for now, but If I want to write notes to myself I write in English or German using the Russian alphabet!

      Будьте здоровы!


      ja I learn Serbian !!!


      I would love that!!


      If you are interested in seeing this language on duolingo, and you are fluent in reading/writing SBC language, please sign up as a contributor! I'm not fluent, or I would. I would like to continue learning. But contributors are needed!!


      I'd love to know how, though.


      Yes i would love to take a serbian language course


      Yes, I am interested!


      I'd love to learn Serbian as well. Latin is fine, but I think Cyrillic could be added as bonus skill


      i'd like to have a Serbian course


      I know some Serbian, but would love the chance to practice. My husband wants to learn Serbian from scratch, so that makes two more people who want to learn. :)


      It would be really great if Serbian language course will start soon... It is good for people who want to learn Serbian language, as same as for Serbian speakers how wanna learn other languages from Serbian


      This is a great idea! What is the status of the course? I'm eagerly awaiting this. Please develop!


      Yes i would love to learn serbian


      I would like to learn serbian


      VERY interested in a Serbian language class with the latin alphabet. Please. Hvala puno.


      At this point it has become painfully obvious that it doesn't really matter how many people want this - Duolingo ain't doing it.


      Is there a discussion on creating a English course for Serbo-Croatian native speakers? I'm interested in contributing


      Yes I am interested


      I am very interested in this.


      I am interested in learning Serbian. If this is still a thing I will support it.


      Any progress, here? I know at least a few people who'd love to see Serbian available on Duolingo.


      It would be great to learn Serbian. It's a beautiful language and since I know Polish i'd probably already have a head start.

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        Yay I'd love to learn Serbian! :D


        I'd really like to have a Serbian course, I hope they make it when they have the time


        We desperately need this. Trying to learn the language with Memrise is BOOOOOOOOOOORING


        I always wanted to learn Serbian, and I would love to see it on Duolingo.


        VERY interested in a Serbo-Croatian course. I grew up in a Yugoslav household but only have a rudimentary verbal grasp of the language with no formal grammatical knowledge. However, my base is such that a Duolingo type class would be perfect to supplement and expand my ability. My suggestion would be to do so in latin text. I read cyrillic but i think most people come to duo lingo for conversational ability not to read and write so cyrillic would needlessly exclude people.


        Similar situation here. My grasp of cyrillic is poor, my language grasp is basic. Most existing intermediate to advanced courses are hard to find or awful. Duolingo is the best thing since Rosetta Stone, and actually my favorite language software (including Rosetta Stone). I just NEED a Serbian course! It's killin me!


        Guys, if you want to start a slavic language, start here! With Serbian you will be understood all over the Balkans and in other slavic countries as well. Plus, you'll know the cyrillic and latin alphabet, as Serbian uses both. However, I think that Serbian in the latin script is a bad idea, because creating a Croatian course after would be extremely unpractical. Either make a Serbo-Croatian macrolanguage course or a Serbian cyrillic one.


        If everyone here would go to the incubator website


        and fill in the fields maybe something may change.... more than three years later


        I agree. We should all make requests through the application until someone's is approved. Then if it works we can come back here and gather up the volunteers and build the thing!

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          Želim da učim srpski


          I'm very interested to learn Serbian language, I like it a lot


          I would like it if there was a Serbian section!


          I am super interested in Serbian or Croatian!


          Hvala vama for your support! Don't forget to support other dialects of Naš/Наш too!: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/9547056 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3447199


          Still waiting on Serbian...


          Not me anymore. Its' hopeless.


          I would really like to help. Ja sam za.


          Шта је још потребно да се убаци енглески на српском у Дуолинго?


          I'd love to learn Serbian. Plus you bag Croatian, Montenegrin and Bosnian.


          Learning Serbian you have learned Croatian, Montenegrin and Bosnian language at the same time. Bottom line, we all speak the same language


          This is true. I just say I speak Yugoslavian, much how in Germany there are different dialects it is the same thing for us.


          well not really Montenegrin is almost the same but not has some additional letters Croatian is like Montenegrin but has some words changed Bosnian also has changed words and is like montenegrin Serbian has a way of speaking with additional letter J in some words but is still difefrent from other


          That is really good



          really good series of videos for people interested in getting a head start


          Thank you! This is awesome


          Molim vas uradite ovo. Jako bi hteo da poboljsam svoj Srpski da bi mogo da razgovaram sa porodicom u Srbiji. Mislim da mozete da kombinujete latinicu i crilicu pa da korisnik izabere ali sad sto pomislim mogu hrvati da naprave svoju kursu, samo more da pise da se razumu i drugaciji ljudi ce da izaberu koju verziju hoce. Ali bilo bi lepo da nije tolko tehnicki kao u glavnom komentaru, to me samo nervira i jedino cujem na vestima, ne iz usta drugih Srba :L

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            *"Molim vas, uradite ovo. Jako bih hteo da poboljšam svoj srpski da bih mogao da razgovaram sa porodicom u Srbiji. Mislim da možete da kombinujete latinicu i ćirilicu, pa da korisnik izabere, ali sad što pomislim, mogu Hrvati da naprave svoj kurs, samo može da piše, da se razumeju i drugačiji ljudi će da izaberu koju verziju hoće. Ali bilo bi lepo da nije toliko tehnički, kao u glavnom komentaru, to me samo nervira i jedino čujem na vestima, ne iz usta drugih Srba". :)


            Hi everybody! Does anyone have any information about how can somebody contribute to a Serbian course? Cause I would be glad to help :)


            I would love to learn Serbian. My long term girlfriend is Serbian and I travel there fairly regularly. It would mean a lot to her if I learned and it would be great to be able to communicate with all her family members and get around a bit more on my own.


            Yes, my boyfriend is in the same situation like you :) But if anyone finds out, let me know how it can be done....


            It would be my pleasure to help. :)

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              As ukrainian I'd like to see Serbian on cyrillic-based alphabet. But as future learner i want it on that alphabet that is more used by serbians


              I'd gladly help with this; I'm a native speaker of a dialect that was spoken by Serbs in Croatia before the war. I think it would be completely unnecessary for the course to be in Cyrillic; it would only limit the usefulness of the course to Serbians, when the standard languages of Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro are virtually the same. It took me less than a week to master Cyrillic, so that can just be a skill on the ladder or something.


              I am making Serbian lessons, so check them out, if you want: https://goo.gl/TioAu5 :)


              I kada bi izašao srpski?


              would love to learn greek, arabic, serbian, Lithuanian and croatian


              Serbian with both Cyrillic and Latin script, please! :)

              p.s. I think it makes no sense to learn only Latin script, since the official script of Serbian language is Cyrillic by constitution, lots of stuff in Serbia are written in Cyrillic anyway and it makes it nice if you can show that Serbian is the only language with 1-to-1 mapping from Cyrillic to Latin Script. :)


              I would like to contribute to the course since I am native Serbian speaker. Želeo bih da doprinesem kursu s obzirom da mi je Srpski maternji jezik.


              Please add this! 2 years this has been up, and it's not in the incubator yet :( Maybe there aren't as many people who want to learn as say, French, but there are next to no resources (next to just moving to Belgrade or something), let alone good ones for those that DO. This is such an amazing resource. What needs to happen for this to get going? Should I go wrangle all the Serbian speakers I know and send them this way? My boyfriend has tried teaching me things, and I have definitely picked up a few words, but I just basically speak English with Serbian words, because I don't understand the structure. At least he's amused :)

              Can't wait!


              Thank you for a nice letter. Other than giving you a lingot, I can't help much :). I have applied (several times) to volunteer for the incubator but I heard nothing. I also messaged duolingo through twitter with no luck. There was also a poll here (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3663651) where many people voted Serbian but no luck :(


              I'm no native nor do I know any lick of Serbian but I hear that it's difficult to work with because you have Croatian, Bosnian and Montenegrin dialects all in one package and, again, from what I've heard, they don't get along well in translation. However, if it's manageable, I've love to learn it. It's a very beautiful language and it'd be exciting to see it available on Duo.


              I think Croatian is different enough to have a different course. As a Montenegrin, the old school "Serbo-croatian" was so alien to me and felt a lot more Croatian. (Nothing against Croatia, just not the dialect I'm going for.) And Bosnia has really been differentiating as well. But even Belgrade (Beograd) Serbian is close enough for me.


              I'd also like to learn Serbian (or one of the related languages/dialects formerly grouped as Serbo-Croatian).

              Zelim da ucim Srpski :)


              Боље је да се нас неколико договори да се направи сајт за учење нашег или да принесемо своје знање другим компанијама. Људи па ово је компанија која се налази у САД-у, а тамо нас у медијима приказују као најгоре терористе који угрожавају животе "невиним" шиптарима и усташама. Нису луди да угрозе своју репутацију тамо, а и онако би изашао монтенегрински (црногорски) пре српског.


              Serbian would be cool


              Srbski je moj ježik, ali ne žnam kako da se priča i kako da se piše. Ja sam (interesovan) da se učim. Ja ražomem puno šta ljudi kaže (ako priča polako) i ja ražomem puno šta ljudi pisati ako latinsko azboka upotreba.

              Did anyone understand at all, I wonder, haha! here is what I was TRYING to say...

              Serbian is my mother tongue but I do not know how to speak it well, or even how to write it properly. I'm interested in learning. I understand most spoken Serbian (especially if people speak slowly) and have a fairly easy time making sense of texts using the latin alphabet.

              Sadly it will probably be years until Serbian is added as a course here, so I have started looking into studying one of our "brother tongues" while waiting, many are already on Duo.


              I have always wanted to learn Serbian!


              I would like to be added to the headcount of voters to start this new course on Duo. Sorry I can not contribute as I have no prior knowledge of the language. I feel a bit pessimistic though as this discussion was started 4 years ago (today is the last day of August in 2018) and it is still not a reality.


              Yeah, I'm beginning to wonder if it's a discriminatory situation considering the support and lack of activity. I mean... elvish and klingon have been made. Meanwhile, serbian, not making any progress.


              I've read that a lot of the duolingo courses are made entirely by volunteers rather than employees of the company (who focus more on language preservation and increasing the capacity of the platform through languages with different alphabets etc) which I'd say is the primary reason that this hasn't yet happened.


              The part about volunteers is true. However, I'm pretty sure there were enough volunteers for Serbian course throughout the years. It's similar for my mother tongue (Slovak) - I volunteered together with several other native speakers (definitely more than it'd be required) many months ago, but we haven't got any response from Duolingo staff to this day. It seems to me that some languages are simply more attractive than the others. And, unfortunately, both Serbian and Slovak are supposedly not among the attractive ones.


              I’d love to learn Serbian


              Was this course ever created. I would enroll.


              No never you have it on mango app and it free if you have library card


              I've said the same on the HR post - can we pull all three B, SR & HR together? The votes are being split!


              I am extremely interested!


              I would love to learn Serbian :D


              I want to learn Serbian so that I can communicate with my boyfriend's family :( Come on Duo!


              Seems like this is a really old discussion, is Serbian/Croation in the works or will it ever be in the works? I just started learning Serbian on my own because at my new job most everyone speaks Serbian and English. Also a distant grandfather of mine was born in Croatia, so I have double interest to learn these languages.


              It’s been 5 years and it’s not even in the incubator yet .... can someone get this moving :/


              I would, but how do you do that?


              Hi, I would like to contribute too, can we apply anywhere for contribution? Baš bi bilo super da ubacimo srpski!


              I've been following this discussion for literally 4 years now and checking every month or two in the incubator in the hopes that a course was made. Please for the love of God duo, make a courses there's clearly demand for it!


              I've also applied for the incubator. Given that there are so many comments on the Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian sites, and many passionate requests for their favorite alphabet, here is a suggestion:

              1) Make one course for all these languages.

              2) Use the ijekavian dialect. This makes it easy to know how to accent in the ekavian or ikavian.

              3) Use the cyrillic alphabet, perhaps with latin in parentheses. The cyrillic alphabet has a sign for each sound in the language and no diagraphs which can be confusing in some instances. As a compromise, both alphabets would be shown.

              4) include lessons that would illustrate regional differences in the language


              Please please please make Serbocroatian a course!


              Hvala vama for your support! Don't forget to support other dialects of Naš/Наш too!: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/9547056 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3447199


              Hvala vama for your support! Don't forget to support other dialects of Naš/Наш too!: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/9547056 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3447199


              BCSM is one of my favorite language families -- please Duolingo make this a course!! And please native speakers apply to contribute to the course: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply


              Hvala vama for your support! Don't forget to support other dialects of Naš/Наш too!: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/9547056 https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3447199


              Dobra ideja, možete mene uključiti. Great Idea, you can count me in


              For anyone who needs some help with Serbian I've created a course on Memrise. It doesn't have much grammar, it is pretty much all words and sentences. I add new stuff whenever I have time. Hopefully some of you will find it useful. It's in Cyrillic.


              If self-advertising isn't allowed let me know and I'll delete this post.


              Hi, I completely agree. I really think we should add Serbian on here. My mums side of my family is Serbian yet i can barely speak, read or write it. The best i do is understand it (Not very well but yeah). I think this would be an amazing. I am currently learning Ukranian as on duo lingo that is the closest language to Serbian as there are very few similarities. I would also recommend adding the ćirilica (Cyrillic) Alphabet. There are 30 Letter (Just thought You might want to know :) ). From what I know (Which is like maybe 5 sentences) the language is really fun to speak in. Mogu li molim supa za večera (Могу ли молим супа за вечери) Can I please have some soup for dinner (This like my favourite sentence I know and I probably wrote it wrong lol). Good Luck :)


              It is a shame that there isn't at least one South Slavic language. I can understand a lot more Bulgarian than Russian, and I've never learned either of them.

              By the way - „Могу ли добити супу за вечеру?“ или „Могу ли да вечерам супу?“


              Yes, it would be great to have a Serbian and Croatian language on Duolingo.


              Support for any solution to get serbian language in Duo!


              There is no solution. For whatever reason, Duolingo masters are simply not interested in Serbian.


              American Serb here who would love to see Serbian added as a course on Duolingo.


              Жао ми је што нема српски, јер овако не могу преко ове апликације да преко енглеског учим италијански, тако да постоји још апликација хвала Богу које имају српски. А хвала Богу, и ја сам из Србије.


              Које су то апликације? Боље да пређемо на друге


              Serbo-Croatian must be added to Duolingo. What is Duolingo thinking, putting Klingon on here but not Serbian? Obviously there's enough support and native speakers willing to contribute. Not one more year of waiting. Duolingo needs to add this language or else they are sending a message that they respect Star Trek more than an entire, real culture that has way more than twenty million speakers...

              This has gone on for way too many years...


              Id like to help build Serbian language, because I believe that there are huge number of people (including my wife) that would learn languages here but they lack knowledge of English. You have my support, whatever needs to be done.


              Another vote for Serbian!


              Prijavio sam se za inkubator i spreman sam da doprinesem. Imam slobodnog vremena i puno želje, ali, kao što je neko već rekao, izgleda da postoji neki specifičan razlog zbog kojeg Duolingo ne želi srpski i balkanske jezike. Verovatno je u pitanju politika.

              I have applied for Incubator and I am ready contribute. I have a lot of free time and I am really motivated to help, but, just like somebody else had already said, there seems to be a specifical reason why Duolingo doesn't want Serbian and Balkan languages overall. It is probably polytics.


              Изгледа да је политика


              Ребята, как здорово, что будет сербский! Очень жду! Надеюсь, что все получится! I'm so waiting for Serbian! It's great that you guys are making this course! Thank you!


              I think a course for Serbo Croatian would be great. Support for both the Latin and Cyrillic script would be feasible too, since the spelling rules are the same in each.


              Please create this!!!


              Please call more friends to post. That help to create


              Still hoping a serbian course can be added to duo lingo ...


              Знате ли како стојимо са Инкубатором? Видим да су сви постови старији од 5 година. Znate li kako stojimo sa inkubatorom? Vidim da su svi postovi stariji od 5 godina.


              Позивајте људе да уносе коментаре. То ће само помоћи да одлуче за српски


              I have been looking for a free resource for the SBC language family for a long time. So far, no one has shown interest, so this post excites me.


              Učim hrvatski (i mogu čitati srpsku ćirilicu), pa želim tečaj naučuti jezike (srpski ili hrvatski tečaj, mene ne briga, volim obojicu)


              *Učim hrvatski (i mogu čitati srpsku ćirilicu), pa želim kurs i naučiti jezike (srpski ili hrvatski kurs, mene nije briga, volim oba).


              Have you heard from them yet?


              Pridruzicemo se :) Bili bi odlicno da imamo i kurs Srpskog jezika,sve jedno da li je Cirilica ili Latinica.U Srbiji se ravnopravno koriste oba pisma.I verovatno je lakse prvo nauciti jezik pomocu Latinice jer je ona skoro svima poznata.

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                Jesi li nekad čuo/čula za slova č, ć, đ, ž, š i dž?


                Yes please, I would like to learn Serbian. Good luck with your efforts, and thank you!




                I'd like to improve my Serbian language skills.


                Ja sam poslala e mail, ali mi još nisu odgovorili. Da li se zna hoće li se početi sa kursom srpkog? Ako hoće, ja svakako želim da pomognem, samo mi javite :)


                I would definitely be interested. I've been hoping for a Serbian language course since I started using Duolingo.


                I'd love to learn serbian!!!


                Yes, I'd love to learn Serbian!Please add Cyrrilic alphabet too!!

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                Did you get an answer? I'd really love to learn Serbian.


                I feel like there is tension in the incubator as far as which language (Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian/ Montenegrin) to teach. I hope the Duolingo enthusiasts from the four former Yugoslav republics can put their political differences aside and let the artist formerly known as Serbo-Croatian stand up! I'd like to start reading Milorad Pavic, so for that reason I'm looking forward to learning Serbian!


                Haha that's always the ultimate question, isn't it? I think they can be fairly well grouped together as long as you provide the alternative translations/spellings. Only certain dialects of Croatian can be quite different, otherwise the rest are basically just a question of accent (like with New York vs. Southern for the U.S.A.)


                Thank you so much. I totally agree with you. If all the Duo users and enthusiasts were to merge together and collaborate on putting the technical, political terminology of the language aside, it would become popular, easier to contribute, and more likely to go into incubator. In my opinion, I would hate to see people make a big fuss on what the language should be called (such as Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin). I think a better, fair way to title this language can be (Serbo-Croat or Yugoslavic or Slavic) which I prefer since it correlates to all four sub-dialect. One issue is, however, what alphabets will it be in. Majority of Croatia, Bosnia use Latin alphabet while Majority of Serbia uses Cyrillic alphabet. I understand this should be a conflict of interest. Aside from the alphabet question, I believe there should be no other conflicts of interest. Can't wait for this to be solved and done. GO SLAVIC. HAJMO SLAVIC.


                I'd say stick with Latin. All Serbs learn both Cyrillic and Latin in school, so it really shouldn't be an issue.


                Yes, I would like. What is the status ?


                Hvala mu lepa, YES PLEASE


                I'd love to improve my Serbian. Any news on the application?


                I would also really appreciate a Serbian addition to duolingo. I studied this for a couple of weeks some time ago, and would like to get back into it through the app


                Add me to the list of those interested!


                I'm interested.


                Is this going to happen? I would love to learn Serbian.


                Rado bih voleo da pomognem. Da li se zna kada ce poceti projekat?


                Definitely interested!


                Yes please I would love that!


                RUSSIAN CAME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


                i think yours is a valid statement. i was in Slovenia recently and a bookstore sign reads: kiniga which sounds identical as Russian.
                But most of us having Latin ab keyboards would prefer samo keyboard input...


                I'd like to learn it too :)


                Ja sam takođe voljna da pomognem u pravljenju srpskog kursa, prijavila sam se još odavno, i baš jedva čekam da dođe do toga ...

                I mislim da bi trebalo da se omogući da bude na oba pisma i Ćirilici i Latinici :) jer se realno i jedno i drugo koristi. A olakšalo bi posao ljudima koji imaju latiničnu tastaturu (a ima nas većina).


                I ja sam se upravo prijavio da doprinesem kursu. Ne znam da li bi bilo dobro da se prijavimo svi i za srpsko-hrvatski jer njega možda odobre ranije. И ја сам се управо пријавио да допринесем курсу. Не знам да ли би било добро да се пријавимо сви и за српско-хрватски јер њега можда одобре раније.


                I want to help! I am bilingual Serbian-English. My husband who is American is desperately trying to learn Serbian so he asked me to become a contributor if it ever becomes an option. Really it could be Serbian-Croatian-Bosnian etc. Pozdrav!


                You are so fortunate being bilingual. I'm in Scotland and my late father was a Serb, but he was told by well-meaning friends that speaking Serbian would harm my ability to speak English…

                I have managed to learn some Serbian out of books. My husband is very keen to learn Serbian so he can communicate when we visit relatives.


                Apply here, if you didn't yet. Also call friends to do the same: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply


                Serbian or Croatian +1




                I would be very interested. Please do!


                I would like to learn Serbian :)


                What is happening with this I desperately wish to learn


                yeah! that would be great! it would be cool since I am half Serbian myself! I was planning to learn but the site didn't have it! I hope we get it eventually! bye! cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese!


                I would love a Serbian course. There a few good resources to learn Serbian online and adding this course would cover Croatian, Bosnian and Montenegrin.


                I'd like to learn Serbian, too. Are there any updates on the creation of such a course?


                I would love to learn Serbian!


                any news? does anyone know anything that could help? the author of this post hasn't posted anything for a year now.. how can we find out more about duolingo's plans for a serbian course?


                I'd love to learn Serbian as well as contribute to the course


                I am definitely very interested.


                I'm looking to learn Serbia-Croatian as I've started hanging out with friends from this region. Is there a good resource you can think of?


                Yes! Any of the Ex-Yugoslavian languages would be great. I would love to learn Srpsko-Hrvatski and also Bosnian. I know there is no real difference between them but that this is changing because of politics and the countries are trying to make their languages more nationalised (Avion vs zrakoplov, for example). Although the history of the region is really interesting, I'm not really interested in the politics of how the languages are being reconstructed to fit the new nations, I'd just like to learn the beautiful language you all speak in the Balkans.

                Seeing as Duo has now started Klingon in the Incubator, surely we could have Serbo-Croat as an option? I mean people still speak Serbian and Croatian, but who the hell speaks Kilingon?!!! Can't someone propose to at least start a course in Serbo-Croatian (one that includes both alphabets) so that we can learn this language?


                Great comments. However, other than by keeping this thread alive and active, I don't know of any other mechanism. Many people around here (including myself) have signed up as contributors. I was even proposing creation of a "Phase 0" in the incubator that anyone could open and only after certain amount of valid contribution that it would be considered for graduation into phase one. That would reward the most enthusiastic crowds. Keep the discussion going and let's hope for the best :)


                I am looking forward to this course!


                Trying to keep the discussion "live". One idea I had to propose to duolingo is to let enthusiast start at a "0" level beta. They just need to provide a platform. Then, only if people that signed up are serious enough the course "graduates" into a real beta 1 incubator. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to pitch this to the people in power?


                No but I would be interested in participating in making that happen.


                Ја сам такође аплицирала, волела бих да се покрене курс српског језика овде на Дуолингу, али мислим да би најбоље било да буде на ћирилици, ипак је то наше званично писмо. Може бити двојезично, aли да ћирилица буде обавезна.


                Ja iskreno mislim da je najbolje da na početku bar bude na latinici. Na taj način biće ljudima bliže i lakše da ga nauče jer svi pišu latiničnim pismom. Kasnije, kada se savladaju bar osnove i korisnik smatra da je dovoljno pohvatao može da se prebaci na ćirilicu. Kad se skonta koncept jezika, razlika u pismima se može relativno lako savladati


                Свакако да би било лакше на латиници у почетку, али мало ми је неприродно да уче љ,њ,џ,ч,ћ,ђ,ж,ш латинично. Када се учи руски или неки други словенски језик који користи ћирилицу, то је једина опција. Овако, ако бар од самог почетка не буде бар на оба писма, за ћирилицом неће бити ни потребе. У Центру за српски језик као страни на Филолошком факултету, уче се ћирилица и латиница, од самог почетка. Мислим да је тако најбоље. Зна ли се у којој фази је теенутно покретање курса?


                Inace i na ruskom u duolingu moze da se kuca latinicom fonetski i da se dobiju tacni odgovori


                Уф, а ништа корисније није од руске латинице?

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                  Zdravo, verovatno si video da sam ja pre oko godinu dana pokusao preko foruma da sa par lekcija skupim malo zainteresovanih ljudi. U slucaju da ti treba bilo kakva pomoc il bilo sta da se uradi kako bi i srpski vise dobio svoj kurs samo reci, rado bi ppmogao. Mene mozes kontaktirati preko maila A.nekako.1234@Gmail.com jer ovde retko ulazim.


                  Thank you, very very much!


                  Sta se desava sa ovim kursom? Ima li napretka?

                  P.S. Sto se tice toga da, "mi mozda stavimo srpsko-hrvatski" itd, smatram da zaista nema smisla. Srpsko-hrvatski vise ne postoji. Hrvati ne bi stavili srpski ispred. Nema nikakve ljutnje, samo smatram da ne treba mi da izigravamo neko kvazi-ujedinjenje jezika. I naravno, cirilica da bude. Na kursu ruskog moze da se prebacuje sa cirilice na latinicu, tako da cak ni to ne bi bilo problem. Sta god da se uradi sa latinicom je ok, ali cirilica zaista treba da bude na kursu jer je jedinstvena. Pozdrav! :)


                  I am willing to contribute to "Serbian for English speakers" course.


                  I'd like to learn Serbian because my boyfriend's entire family is from Serbia and I would like to learn so my boyfriend doesn't have to translate for me and them.


                  I really want to learn Serbo-Croat or whatever term is preferred. Why is this being blocked for development by Duolingo? None of the best apps are including it.


                  I think it's the political issues...


                  In order to sidestep the political issues that tend to bog down projects related to this language, and to not make Bosnians feel ignored by calling the course Serbian-Croatian, why not call it Yugoslavian, or to make it more relevant to the present day, Balkan? It may not be the official term, but using it may spearhead the adoption of these terms and allow everyone to move forward from the squabbling over "whose" language it is.


                  I am quite interested in learning Serbian, but as someone who knows Russian well, I am wondering if there will be a Cyrillic version of the course if it is ever accepted in to the incubator.


                  Dont expect serbian on duolingo, here are some sites to learn serbian http://serblang.ru/


































                  I would LOVE a Serbian course! Either alphabet. Just so long as it happens!


                  Ако већ радите овај пројекат, радите га на ћирилици.


                  When is.going to be available serbian language? Thanks


                  Шта је било на крају са овим? Видим да има доста људи, имало би нас који бисмо радо помогли. И волео бих да курс буде на ћирилици.


                  Neka bude na oba pisma, a ćirilica jeste svakako glavno pismo. Izgleda da nema ništa od toga, nadamo se tome godinama... Duolingo nije zainteresovan za naš jezik.


                  Guys.... Please. I am literally dying to have Serbian OR Croatian or both here. I know, and I think I understand the problems.... But.... Would it be such a big problem if there were two separate courses? I guess you can find enough Serbian and Croatian mothertongue-speakers. People who can keep the two "variants" separated.


                  Seriously. We have "high valyrian" and "klingon" for goodness sake. Serbian or Croatian would be amazing. And there have been TONS of people happy to work on building it.


                  Any updates on this?


                  Not really. Competitor Memrise has some Serbian stuff. Now I'm using that app instead of Duolingo a lot even though I like Duolingo better.


                  I would love to learn this language as my first husband was Serbian.


                  We MUST have at least one of the balkan languages. I'm hoping for Bosnian, But I think Serbian would be more likely. But either way, There really needs to be at least one of them. "Pweeze", Duo, Make it happen! :P


                  It's really great idea! I can't wait for it!


                  Please get this started


                  I'd like to contribute. I am no linguist but I am from Bosnia, and I lived in the US for a decade. My girlfriend would like to learn, and I know a few people who would like to, as well. Svakoga dana u svakom pogledu sve više napredujem.


                  I am very interested in learning Serbian. My Serbian friend is coming to visit this year and doesn't speak much English.


                  Honestly, this discussion has been going for 3 years, with apparently no interest from Duolingo, and there's a Klingon course in the incubator. That's just insulting, isn't it? Klingon is more important than Serbo-Croat? Come on, Duolingo.


                  I was thinking the same thing. It might be that not enough people are volunteering their time to create the Serbian curriculum for https://incubator.duolingo.com. I'm willing to work on it.


                  Hello my friends. I found an app for learning Serbian until Duolingo makes Serbian course, if that will ever happen. The name of the app is Qlango. You just need to choose your mother language and choose to translate from your language to Serbian. It is made like a game and it has so many adds. It may not be the best one, but it is ok for begginers. I hope you will like it and that it will help you. Hopefully soon there will be Serbian available on Duolingo.


                  I would absolutely love a serbian course, I just cannot find anywhere else that offers a course online, would absolutely make my day


                  You have mango app for serbian, and if you have library card from somewhere in USA you can learn for free


                  And 3 years passed and nothing yet... :( I tako prođoše 3 godine I nikom ništa :(


                  Yes unfortunately! I was so looking forward to this. Still hopeful!


                  Still waiting for serbian on duolingo


                  I would love to learn Serbian/Croatian, as a part of my family is fluent. Very much interested in seeing Serbian/Croatian in Duolingo! :)


                  Too bad it would't be in Cyrillic letters. :(


                  I doubt they will add Serbian, ever


                  I love Serbian! I have a few friends who speak it, it is similar to Polish so I wouldn't struggle with it much, as I don't with Ukrainian.


                  I applied as well a few weeks ago. Still waiting.


                  I would love to see a Serbian course on DuoLingo, using either script, though both scripts simultaneously would be better, if possible.


                  Yes please! Every other app just teaches you bulk phrases. Not the breakdown and conjugation s like Duolingo!


                  That would be really amazing


                  I would also like to learn Serbian.


                  One of my best friends family is from Serbia, that is actually where her dad was born. She still has several family members that live there and would really like to communicate with them on another level. She is always complaining about how Duolingo does not have a Serbian course. If this were a course option it would make it easier so she can communicate better with her family. :)


                  I'd love to learn Serbian! Any new Serbian course then? :-)


                  I would love to learn serbian


                  Did something ever happened with this? I would love to learn serbian.


                  Hi, any news on the Serbian course?


                  Not that I know of. Seems this thread had been going on for a few years now. I downloaded an app called UTalk and it has both Serbian and Croatian. It seems to have Bosnian as well. Not as fun as the Duolingo app as far as points and competing in leagues with "friends", but it does have small games and some vocal practice. Plus there are tooooooons of other languages that I have not seen on other language apps.


                  Thank you very much. I will download it right away.


                  Memrise has Croatian too


                  Yes I have Memrise also, that one is also good.


                  I would really love this. How many lingots does these need to get before it can be added?


                  Really interested!


                  Warum? :) I'm very glad you are interested in it! Greetings from Serbia! :)


                  Been waiting so long for this course - There are so many speakers of Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian that are willing to contribute that we could very easily make all three so as to avoid conflict. It's so simple I don't know why it hasn't happened yet :( Would really love to learn Serbian!


                  A lot of my friends told me how it would be cool to have Serbian language on Duolingo! Let's make it happen! :) I believe it will be very useful for a lot of people, because if you learn Serbian you are good in Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro as well!


                  I vote for adding Serbian language to DuoLingo. It is a very interesting language for Russian speakers and other Slavic nations.


                  Please let Duolingo have a course for Serbian!


                  Yes to Serbian, naravno! it would be super interesting to have it here in Duolingo! :)

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                  I would love to do Duolingo Serbian!


                  I can also help guys. My good friend comes from sarajevo and he could help me with translations


                  For those who don't feel like waiting for ages until they release the course and who want to learn from native speakers at any time, join this server if you have a Discord account:



                  Mislim da bi trebalo da se pokrene kurs englesko-srpski i srpsko-engleski. Srpski jezik bi trebalo da bude na ćirilici, pošto jedino mi pišemo tim pismom i na ekavici.


                  Great post..I look forward to having Serbian on Duolingo!


                  This would be amazing - i'd love to take the course if it becomes a reality!


                  I am calling to all Serbs,Croats and Bosnians which can speak English well.Please make your language course to duolingo.There are lots of idiotic languages in duolingo but Serbian,Croatian and Bosnian are absent.I know that these languages are almost same but I tried to report this situation much many people in Balkans.I'm sure there are many people waiting for your language course to be opened.

                  Hvala i pozdravi iz Turske!


                  merhaba! Yes, we know that our languages are actually one. I've already pointed out that making a course for Serbo-Croatian would be super tricky since there is a number of differences among them - while making lessons, the course makers should point out where are some words used, because then wors end expressions from each variety should be included, otherwise what's the point in calling it Serbo-Croatian, get it? Besides, it seems like Duolingo will forever refuse to make the course. If you want to learn my beautiful language by practicing with natives and using many of the available resources without waiting on Duolingo and you have a Discord account, then join my server ^^ https://discord.gg/UQZu6sH


                  Hvala lepo @ChachalinoST I just went and joined your server. :-)


                  How many people have applied as contributors? I applied yesterday. Koliko se ljudi prijavilo za saradnike? Ja sam juče.


                  I would love to learn Serbian


                  it's a great idea!


                  It’s so sad that Serbian is not available in Duolingo yet. However, I found Ling app which is quite nice to learn Serbian. I will share download links with you guys. On Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simyasolutions.ling.universal On App Store: https://apps.apple.com/th/app/learn-languages-with-ling/id1403783779


                  Thanks Ana!! Great to see a language app that includes Serbian. I'm trying it out as well :)


                  It would be nice to have serbian course


                  I am interested, and I would take this course!


                  I'd be definitely in! Keep it up man!!! :)


                  Keep up the comments guys! The more we comment and upvote, the more likely we are to get a course made!


                  Bump^^^ Хајде


                  I am desperate to learn Serbian and would pay pay pay Please Duolingo get it done, I'll even remove my ad blocker!!


                  Naš Jezik/Наш Језик


                  How can I apply to help with the Serbian course? I'd love to participate. Thanks in advance!


                  I would be very interested in this. Duolingo so far has no South Slavic languages which I would say makes Serbian a pretty good next step.

                  I would like to have a basic familiarity with one West, one East and one South Slavic language before exploring Interslavonnic.


                  I would really appreciate if the Serbian course starts soon !!:))


                  Samo mala zamerka, srpski se piše malim slovom (kao i sve reči koje se završavaju na -ski, -ški, -čki... ukoliko nisu vlastite imenice). Isto tako i engleski, ruski, nemački...


                  Yes please. I am learning this and duo would be an AMAZING addition to that practice.


                  it's been six years...we still do not have a Serbian course :(


                  I also would like to see a Serbian or Serbo-Croatian course here on Duolingo :) Upvoted


                  I hope Serbian will be on duolingo someday :) I would like to learn it


                  I’d love to learn Serbian!


                  Remember you need to have lots of upvotes on the request before they will consider adding it. About 800-1000 upvotes will go a long way to convincing the admins.


                  I would like a Serbian course to be available. I am Hungarian in Vojvodina and I would really like to develop my Serbian knowledge. Duolingo would be a perfect tool for that.

                  Super bi bio jedan kurs srpskog jezika. Ja sam vojvođanski mađar, i želeo bih da razvijem moje znanje. Duolingo bi bio odličan alat za to. Pozdrav :)


                  4 years ago post are old! No way that doulingo have plan to add serbian or croatian languade no way!


                  Totalno si u pravu... Šanse nema, nažalost...


                  Dear Duolingo, make this possible!


                  Also interested in learning Serbian! Is there still hope?


                  I speak just a little bit of Serbian and would really love to see this language presented on Duolingo :)


                  Има ли шта од овога или се и даље узалуд надамо?


                  Well we tried, it's been 5 years. I'm unfollowing this conversation. :( Giving up. If anyone wants to do anything or hears anything good, friend me.


                  Yeah give us the course))!


                  Yes please! My dad and I would like to learn a bit of Serbian!


                  i would love to learn serbian with cyrillic because i know cyrillic from russian and serbian and russian cyrillic are nearly identical.


                  Naravno! Pričam bosanski ali rado bih pridonijela i kursu za srpski.


                  Adje dont waste time anymore this must be already online !!


                  I think there is a lot of potential in having a Serbian/Croatian Course. I am sure there are a lot of people which want to learn a southern slavic language!


                  I would love to have a Serbian course in my list of courses and maybe even the Serbian Golden Owl!


                  yes please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


                  any news about it so far?


                  Yes there should be serbian


                  If Serbian were available, I would definitely do the course! I'm very interested and hope that Duolingo will develop a Serbian course soon.


                  I am interested. :C I wonder why it isn't being updated anymore


                  Answer is simple - developers don't want to mess with our Balkan issues. There are practically 4 states that are declaring their languages but in reality that is one language with micro diversities (don't want to name the language :) ). And they cannot start it and not to initiate some bad language etc. So, we are stuck in limbo. I would like Serbian mostly because it is my mother tongue and it would be much easier not to translate from French (that I am learning) to English and finally to Serbian.


                  Yes! I have been waiting for a Serbian course for years. Years!!


                  Hi would absolutely love if this course could be added in 2022


                  Hey, how is the Serbian incubator preparation going?

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