my family originally came from Georgia (the country),i would love to surprise them , i tried many times to learn the language but i found it really hard to learn by myself . does anyone speak Georgian fluently and is willing to contribute ? i would really appreciate it :)
Hello, yes, please! I am trying to learn Georgian. Please, if you are out there, do what you can to bring this unique language to the prominence it deserves. Many people in Georgia speak English, and many Georgians live in the English-speaking countries. This should be possible!
The only thing is is that people leave mediocre applications, that's why a lot of them are turned down. It'll have to be pretty persuasive. Just bringing up the fact that not very many people speak it and that a course on duolingo could help preserve the language would definitely help.
So I come form Georgia and I speak Georgian but I live in America. I go to Georgia to visit family and do other things but I sometimes have a hard time gathering the right word for a conversation. I thought that Duolingo could help but it doesn't have the Georgian language so I tried looking for websites but could not help. I speak fluently and can talk in conversations but sometimes struggle with not finding the word I want. Anyone care to help?
Hey! I know it's a little late, but you and I are the same. :) რამდენიბე ვებსაიტი არსებობს, ნახე ამ პოსტში კომენტები. აჰა, სხვებმაც დაპოსტეს ეს ლინკი: http://www.uta.edu/faculty/cmfitz/swnal/projects/CoLang/courses/Ped_Grammar/georgian_a_learners_grammar.pdf 421-ე გვერდზე არის "Vocabulary", მაგაში ნახავ ბევრ სიტყვას. იცი, ყველაზი კარგად ისწავლი კითხვაში. ბევრი წიგნია, მეც მაქვს ბევრი ანუ თუ გინა, გამოგიგზავნი იმაილით. უი ქართველი თუ ხარ, დედ-მამას კითხე ;) ექნებათ, ან საქართველოში ვიღაცასთან ან თქვენთან. ვაჰ როგორ მეზიზღება ხანდახან ქართულად კითხვა, მაგრამ ვიცი რომ ეგრე ვისწავლი... და უნდა ვისწავლო. კიდევ ერთი რამე: ლექსები! ლექსები დაიზეპირე! თანაც როცა ჩახვალ საქართველოში, თუ დაიწყებ რამე ლექსის თქმას ყველა გამოშტერდება! როგორ მიყვარს მაგისი გაკეთება, :D ჩემი პირველი დაზეპირებული ლექსი იყო "არწივი". არც ისეთი ძნელია და არც ისეთი გრძელი. Good luck! x Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
b ბ d დ f-- g გ/ჯ h ჰ j ჯ k ქ l ლ m მ n ნ p ფ q ქ r რ s ს t თ v ვ w-- x ქს z ზ we don't have f sound we use p-ფ instead , we also don't have w sound we use u-უ instead (see below).
a ა sounds like u in cut; e ე sounds like e in ten; i ი sounds like i in city; o ო sounds o in not; u უ sounds like oo in moon.
g in general sounds like georgian ჯ; g in game sounds like georgian გ
Please add Georgian to Duolingo, it's my favourite Language in the entire world and I only know a handful of words and sentences. Why am I able to learn Fictional Languages when I can't learn a real life Language that will help me communicate with 5+ million people?. Madloba Duolingo, your efforts will be appreciated.
Comes down to popularity. Klingon and Valyrian are popular and pull people in, while a language like Georgian isn't as popular and won't attract as many people to a platform. Having numbers saying X amount of people see the site every day is how sites sell space to advertisers and make money. Personally I'd love to learn Georgian, but I still learned about Living Language when I picked up a book on Dothraki. Don't even like the show but it was interesting and they found a new customer. A language I knew about and wasn't interested in learning wouldn't have done that.
This is a very interesting insight. Thank you for sharing your story. I think your theory would hold, if the idea was only to build a Georgian course for English speakers. But the goal is and has always been to first build an English course for Georgian speakers - which will make building a Georgian course for English speakers down the line much easier. English speakers, both native and second language speakers, have such a gift, the opportunity to learn so many other languages, because so many other people are learning English. With that said, while I enthusiastically support the teaching and learning of conlangs like those you mention, I do not believe that they draw as many users as an English for Georgian speakers course would. Consider that almost all Georgian young people are learning English in school, and many adults need English proficiency to continue their educations or work in a professional setting. There is also the moral question at stake here. Do we as Duolingo users spend hours and years here just to make advertisers money? No, we do it to improve ourselves, and create a better world. While, again, I enthusiastically support the teaching and learning of conlangs, the point is valid. Given Duolingo's mission, and the ethos of its community, I believe that the people of Georgia have more of a claim to benefit from Duolingo than do fans of a dramatic series or conlang enthusiasts who already speak an important world language like English. This is where more of the resources of this community should be focused, and it is jarring when we see that they are not.
Learning the alphabet was super easy! there is only one set of letters (no big or small letters) and it was essential for me going around in georgia by bus (to read the signs where the bus is going :) but i did not have the time to learn the language, besides some basic phrases. so i think i would give this course a try
i used this tool to learn the letters: http://www.theiling.de/schrift/learn-split.cgi?mode=georgian-basic;prot=3
The alphabet is easy. I think I had it down by my third day in Georgia on my first trip. For some reason I still mix up their a and i though when I'm writing/typing, even though they don't look alike. There are two old alphabets that are not really used any more. I did find it too hard to learn those.
Haha well I'm not that good at many languages but I've been interested in languages since I was a little kid. I started travelling to non-English speaking countries in 1996 and try to learn a little to a lot of every language whose territory I enter. I travel usually every year or every second year, depending on when I have enough money. I hitchhike and sometimes camp and do everything as cheap as I can (but not as cheap as others I've met!). I'm currently in Romania for the first time in seven or eight years. I started this trip over thirteen months ago with three months in Taiwan.
As for Georgian, I first visited for a couple of weeks in 2010 when I was offered a job in a backpacker hostel if I came back. So I returned in 2011 and stayed for 7 months. I had three or four books to help me learn Georgian and I think my pronunciation is OK but I failed to get anywhere with verbs or making my own sentences. Most Georgians are not good teachers of their own language, unlike Vietnamese for example. Unless you're very gifted it's a language you really do need a teacher to get beyond Tarzan-style sentences.
I'm hoping to make my way to Georgia in the coming months. They still allow anyone to work on any kind of visa, and citizens of many countries are welcome to stay for 360 days. That doesn't mean finding work is easy, or will pay well (-:
I just started to learn Georgian recently and was having some trouble figuring out how to pronounce some of the letters. Can anyone explain how to make the sounds, ღ, ყ, and ხ (like tongue placement and all that)? I also don't exactly understand the difference between ქ and კ, თ and ტ, and ჩ and ჭ. Any help is appreciated! Thank you! :)
The ქ is a softer sound like the q in the word queen. The კ is a more pronounced k sound. The word I think of in English is Cadillac. Pronounce the first c a little harder than normal. ჩ is like the ch in church. ჭ is a short harder ch sound. I can't think of a word in English that would have the kind of sound. Just pronounce it with more of a short and harder ch. ღ, ხ და ყ I can't explain over a message. Like razmikb said they are from the throat. The ღ is kind of like the French r if you are familiar with French. Hope that helps a little bit.
Hi, here is a Georgian language course which teaches Georgian alphabet and simple conversational phrases.
Yeah if you can of course. I want to see that I can make something for her. I am from.greece so I need to speak English in there and try to understand in English..I appreciate your help and support lot. I can't find anything in play store or Google for full translation so I came here. Thanks a lot again!
When a famous Georgian Athlete died a most unfortunate death, the world mourned and wished we could tell his family how much we are sorry but alas we could not because almost none of us spoke Georgian. Georgian is needed because this is a global world and no one should be left behind, especially in sorrow. This was during the Olympics but I forget which year.
გამარჯობა! ვიცი, ეს ძველი პოსტია, მაგრამ უბრალოდ თქმა მინდოდა რომ მე ვარ ამერიკაში-მცხოვრელი ქართველი, და ძალიან მომინდებოდა ქართულ კურსის გაკეთების დამხმარებაში! როცა ვნახულობ ვინმე ქართულ-მოყვარულს, ძალიან ვამაყობ რომ ჩემმა ქვეყანამ გამოიწვია ეს სიყვარული. ისე, მეც მინდა ქართული ვისწავლო უფრო კარგად, ლამის მთელი ცხოვრებაა ვცხოვრობ საქართველოს გარეთ. ნეტავ დუოლინგო ნახავს ჩვენს მოთხოვნებს და ინკუბატორში მიცემს ქართულს ადგილს! - მარიტა
Hello! I know this is an old post, but I just wanted to say that I am a Georgian-American, and I would really love to help with making a Georgian course on Duolingo! Whenever I meet someone (a foreigner) who loves Georgia, I'm so proud that my country caused this (kind of translation). You know, I also want to learn Georgian better, considering I've been living outside of Georgia for almost my whole life. I hope Duolingo sees our pleads and gives Georgian a place in the incubator! - Marita
I also would like to see the Georgian language for English speakers. I tried to learn some this summer, with the help of my Georgian friend from high school (well, it did not work much, as she was not so eager to help me).
To be honest, I love how it sounds, and I am still willing to learn more about the language and culture. Hell, I still did not eat a Khachapuri yet in my life! Let's hope to see a Georgian course in a short time.
Lets share this on Duolingo's Facebook page, to get Georgian https://www.facebook.com/educaregeorgia/photos/pb.1483503905257256.-2207520000.1437196661./1622571084683870
In Georgian, if there are two of the same vowels next to each you hold out the sound for longer than the regular sound. For example the verb to do გაკეთება is in the nominative form, if you conjugate the verb to future 3rd person singular it goes to გააკეთებს. Since there are two ა's together then you say ga-ake-tebs. Another example of holding out the vowel sound is in the verb დაარსება. This means to establish/set up. When you conjugate this verb in the future 3rd person singular it goes დააარსებს. It's pronounced da-a-ar-sebs. Hope that helps.
The very last ა means არის. In Georgian the sentence order is pretty free. They also like to shorten sentences when they can and this is one case in which they can do so. If you don't know what არის means, it means he is, she is, or it is. You can add a single ა to the end of words as the third person singular to be form of the word instead of saying არის. For example in Georgian I can say, დედაჩემი მნიშვნელოვანია or I could say დედაჩემი არის მნიშვნელოვანი, but I can also say დედაჩემი მნიშვნელოვანი არის. All three of these sentences means, "my mother is important" but the 'is' changes positions in the sentence. დედა= mother adding the ჩემი onto დედა makes it my mother and მნიშვნელოვანი= important. Georgians typically will put the ა on the end of the words just because it sounds better and you have one less word to say. To solidify our understanding of this concept, here is another example, შოთა კარგი ბიჭია. This means, Shota (man's name) is a good boy. კარგი = good ბიჭი = boy the ა at the end stand for არის. You could also write this sentence as, შოთა კარგი ბიჭი არის or შოთა არის კარგი ბიჭი. If you didn't know already in Georgian, they like to put their verbs at the end of the sentence so შოთა კარგი ბიჭი არის would be the best one to use if you didn't use შოთა კარგი ბიჭია (this one is the best to say).
I know this response is late, but I'd like to make it clear that ვ should be pronounced as "v" at all times, that's the actual rule - one sound for each letter. However, casual speakers don't bother that much. When speaking fast, when people don't try to enunciate etc. some letters are slurred over, softened and sound slightly different. What you should do is pronounce it as "v" even if you don't hear the natives do it, then brag about having better pronunciation than the natives themselves ;)
Yes, you usually stress the first syllable of the word and the rest are all weaker and more or less equal.
There's an exception for interrogative sentences WITHOUT interrogative words, where a verb takes the role of an interrogative word. Its last vowel is elongated, the vowel containing it acquires a drastically different intonation and a stronger stress. It usually becomes just as, or even more stressed than the first syllable of it.
Another case when it slightly differs is when a word with a single syllable is followed by a longer one. In this case the stress can be put on that short word and the first syllable of the next word may not receive any noticeable stress whatsoever. For example, "ra ginda? ras itkhov?" (რა გინდა? რას ითხოვ? - What do you want? What do you demand?) - You stress "ra", "gin" and "da" are weaker and almost equal, then you stress "ras" and "it" and "khov" are once again equal and weaker. In fact, here's a (silly) conversation:
"ra ginda? ras itkhov?" (What do you want? What do you demand?)
"saertod arapers." (nothing at all)
"mitkhari!" (Tell me!)
"ar getkvi!" (I won't tell you!)
This is pretty much a waltz, when speaking, it goes with a rhythm like "one! two three, one! two three, one! two three" and so on.
For the musically educated, more often than not sentences in Georgian speech receive syllable stress much like non syncopated 4/4, 3/4, 5/4 etc. in classical music (most often 4/4), where each sentence is a bar, each syllable is a 1/8 note and a group of tied notes represents a word. :D
You can learn Georgian with Latin script. In fact, many Georgians use Latin script to communicate in Georgian in their daily electronic correspondences. However, that is "officially" frowned upon. You can't just learn Georgian verbally, or at least there is no reason to do that if you can already read and write. It makes learning the language more difficult. Georgian has many complex consonant clusters. You will not hear certain sounds, and therefore you will have a hard time pronouncing them. You will eventually have to backtrack and learn the correct pronunciation, when you might have saved time, and learned it the first time if you had seen the spelling. Take ერთი erti - the number one, for example. It is pretty easy. Now look at ცხრა tskhra - the number nine, though. Now things get much more complicated. Without looking at the spelling, and even in your first attempts with the spelling in front of you, as a foreigner, you will almost certainly drop a sound. And Georgians will notice when you do. Let's take another look: თით titi is finger. Easy enough. But, ფრჩხილი prchkhili is fingernail. You will probably drop a sound or two, or else pronounce the wrong p or the wrong ch if you are learning just from hearing. It is actually going to take a very patient Georgian teacher, or Georgian relative to help you even hear how that is pronounced. Again, let's take ბანანი banani - banana. We are doing pretty good. Then we come to ტყემალი tqemali - the hugely popular Geogrian cherry plum, and the sauce of the same name. Do you see why, even though hearing a language is the most important thing, having the advantage of seeing the letters (either Georgian, or good Latin transliteration) is a huge a advantage. If you are serious about learning Georgian, start learning the alphabet. It will only take a few days. It doesn't have to be your major priority, and you can always use Latin script too. Most books and online resources use both. There are lots of online quizzes flash cards and games. For example. https://quizlet.com/134451799/georgian-alphabet-flash-cards/ Also, http://ge.translit.cc will be a great tool for you I also reccomend adding a Georgian keyboard to your computer. You will use your same, regular Latin keys, but you will see their Georgian equivalents when they pop up on your screen. You will learn to type in no time. If you love penmanship and calligraphy, you will love Georgian. It is a beautiful script to read and to write. If you don't, it will probably take you a long time to catch on with handwriting the letters. It does not have to be something you spend a lot of time at the beginning on though. It definitely does help, crystallize them in your mind and your muscular memory, but you can learn as you go. Meanwhile, apart from living in Georgia, or having a teacher, reading and writing Georgian cursive will likely elude you for some time. But that is ok. You can still make huge progress in the language with just a cursory knowledge of the script. You will improve naturally over time, as your curiosity and use of the language increases. Much success to you!
I would say it is necessary. You'll be saving yourself a lot of headache and confusion. There are many complicated and unusual (for foreigners) sounding words to memorize and having them written down is important. Romanization is little to no help in understanding how some letters are supposed to be pronounced and the Latin transcriptions used in everyday communication by native Georgians themselves can offer several different transcriptions of such letters. Take a look at this, for example: the letter ქ can be seen transcribed as "k" or "q" and "k" can be used for ქ and კ interchangeably. ჭ could be transcribed as "j", "ch", "dj", "tj" or "tch", and since Georgian language likes to make small clusters of consonants, you could be very confused as to which combinations of letters are supposed to transcribe one Georgian letter and which ones are to be read one by one. "X" can be a transcription of "ქს" or "ხ" (the latter one is the influence of Cyrillic alphabet), and at the same time "ქს" can also be transcribed as "qs", or "ks". "ხ" is best transcribed as "kh". I could go on. Just learn the alphabet. :)
I would love to learn Georgian! :) I'm trying to learn the alphabets of Archi ( this language has so few resources for me to learn from I'm so disappointed I HOPE they come out with more) Adyghe ( Circassian)/ Kabardian, I also want to learn Tatar (Kazan)! My native tongue is American English. I have found these languages to be beautiful and intriguing! :) I hope one day we can learn these on Duolingo! :)
I was adopted from Gerogia when I was just 3 months old and have lived as a regular American ever since. However I would love to go back and visit the country where I was born, and maybe even contact my biological parents. I don’t speak their language though, so it would be very difficult for me to communicate with them without paying for an interpreter. That’s why I would be so thrilled to see the Georgian language added to Duolingo so i can learn the language of my native country right here at home!