https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidHT

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. :)

September 21, 2014

45 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

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.

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidHT

I think that would be the first priority, and then hopefully a course for English speakers too.

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

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...

September 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidHT

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!

September 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeniusJack

Why don't you try that?

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

I'm planning on doing it tomorrow, but if anyone would like to jump ahead, that would be fine with me. :)

EDIT: Here it is -> click here

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

Homage to Catalonia

from Scotland

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mitchell_MT

I would like to learn Catalan. It's sounds interesting.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jsprwstr

ME. Catalan for Spanish please! (I'm collecting Iberian languages :P)

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marcownz747

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.

September 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Albert183320

you might contact the SAPIENS magazine, a catalan history magazine, they would be very interested in your great grandfather's story. try it! sapiens.cat

June 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrandApple

I would support this too. If Duolingo sees a language has a popular demand, they'll start looking over applications.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidHT

cough, cough, Esperanto, cough, cough. ;)

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidHT

As in, there was such a large demand for Esperanto, and it finally came.

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/araparseghian

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.

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeIouch

Yay for Catalan

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aorejas

Hey, some time ago I opened this forum: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1933408

Several people ask about catalan language, but we did not receive any answer....

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidHT

Hmm. Have you already applied to the incubator?

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aorejas

Several times, several people..

September 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Albert183320

if you already try it, could you help us telling your friends we are trying it for catalan from french?

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15962433

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22963819

June 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ludwigzhou

I like the language and the culture, but could anyone convince me to learn Catalan before Spanish?

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joao1362

I would seriously love it if they added Catalan, I'm using parla.cat to learn it but in my opinion Duo's method is by far better.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidHT

I've been recommended by many people to try parla.cat out but I haven't started. I agree that Duolingo is the best method, besides, you know, living in the country. I would love to learn it on Duolingo!!

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chilvence

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...

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidHT

They do? Okaaaay, maybe I'll just stick with Memrise...

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joao1362

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.

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidHT

Ohh. Thanks for the info!

September 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Katrina.-

I would definitely learn Catalan! :) (By the way, what do you mean Esperanto was invented? It's a real language, right?)

September 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidHT

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.)

September 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Katrina.-

Cool, I'll check it out when it's released! :)

September 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidHT

Same! :)

September 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Albert183320

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)

June 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidHT

Some people might speak one or two languages to their kids. Like speaking English most of the time but also using Esperanto with them

June 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Albert183320

are ther numbers or statistics? i'm really curious about that

June 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luke_5.1991

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.

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidHT

Are most people fluent in both Castilian Spanish and Catalan there...?

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

Knowing Spanish will get you very far. Read about Catalan vs Spanish in Barcelona here.

September 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidHT

I'm actually really hoping I can go there next summer. I hope it will be added before then!

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ludwigzhou

You were exaggerating if you meant they dislike.

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joluoltra

They actually don't care that much about using Spanish. They completely understand people learn Spanish before Catalan.

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/candiedpeaches

I would love to learn to speak Catalan too!

September 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rootyjr

ME!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cswrawr

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.

September 24, 2014
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