Who Supports The Catalan Language?
Bonjour, hola, ciao, fellow language lovers.
DISCLAIMER: I do not want to insult anyone or anything with this. If you feel insulted by this for whatever reason.
Who else feels this would be a good addition as a language? Not trying to pressure Duolingo, or anything. Just a friendly person supporting a language.
I think this would be a good addition because if Catalonia votes yes on becoming independent (and if Spain doesn't ignore the vote :|....) this language would be an official language of just two countries. It would probably become more prevalent (not internationally though) because it might not be just a regional language, but a national language. And I know that a couple of people have applied to contribute.
And, yes, Catalan isn't as important as adding more major languages such as Hindi, Arabic, Chinese, etc., but Duolingo's goal is to teach languages, no matter what kind. I mean, Esperanto is in the works and it's an invented language.
Anyway, this isn't major campaigning or anything, just want to see how many people would support this language as an addition to Duolingo. :)
Me, but I think the smartest choice would be Catalan for Spanish speakers, since most people interested in learning it are fluent, if not native Spanish speakers. We could write a post in the Spanish forum to see if any Catalanes would be interested.
I think that would be the first priority, and then hopefully a course for English speakers too.
Maybe also a course for French speakers? Perhaps even before English, since Catalan is most closely related to French and Spanish. Now that I think about it, it could be confusing, taking into account that I've learned Spanish and am currently learning French...
I was thinking about that too. I think that would be a great course. And maybe, if any Occitan speakers came around, a Catalan for Occitan? Unlikely, but still possible!
I'm hoping for Catalan more than any language. My great grandfather was a Catalan soldier during the Spanish Civil War who, after losing to the fascists, moved to the US to join our military to fight the fascists in WWII. Catalan was his language, not Spanish. Yet nobody but him could speak the language in my family. This language has a deep history in my family and I would love nothing more than for Duolingo to release it.
I would support this too. If Duolingo sees a language has a popular demand, they'll start looking over applications.
Absolutely. I've decided I want to visit Catalonia, but only if I learn some Catalan first. Either for English speakers or for Spanish speakers would work for me.
I like the language and the culture, but could anyone convince me to learn Catalan before Spanish?
They seem to want a disturbing amount of personal information just for a damn online course. Address? Phone number? Passport/ID number? What the hell...
They ask for that data because you can get a paid tutor there. This is completely optional, I turned the option off and the rest of the course is completely free.
I would definitely learn Catalan! :) (By the way, what do you mean Esperanto was invented? It's a real language, right?)
Esperanto was invented by a Jewish Polish man named L. L. Zamenhof to be a language that everyone in the world would speak. It didn't get that far, but at most there are about 2 million speakers, and 1000 native speakers. It is known for being very easy to learn, too. It takes a lot of vacabulary from Romance and Germanic languages, and grammar is something like Yiddish or Slavic languages. (References: Wikipedia.)
how you can be native on esperanto? there are no a single society that uses it, how can you grown up in esperanto then? (serious question)
Some people might speak one or two languages to their kids. Like speaking English most of the time but also using Esperanto with them
If you ever visit Barcelona (Spain's coolest city), your knowledge of Catalan will greatly affect your ability to socialize, make friends, etc. They don't really like using Castilian Spanish there.
edit: calm down guys, I didn't mean to start WWIII.
I'm actually really hoping I can go there next summer. I hope it will be added before then!
They actually don't care that much about using Spanish. They completely understand people learn Spanish before Catalan.
I'd love for Duolingo to add Catalan. I read the other day that it's the 6th most spoken romance language, the first five (including Romanian, in progress) are already here. There are probably a lot of other courses that are wanted by more people, but it's certainly my most highly anticipated.