And the next course is...
Now my hopes of Filipino are shattered.
Unique is right! The Sicilian you heard about is actually a dialect of Arabic of which Maltese is the only living descendant - it's called Siculo-Arabic. As a result, it's very Arabic and very (though not quite as very) Italian, and then there's some English from the British occupation.
Hijacking this thread to recommend two very beautifully written Norwegian novels.
Is-slottet (The Ice Palace) and Fuglane (The Birds), both by Tarjei Vesaas.
They are written in nynorsk, which was unusual at the time they were published. Both are available in good English translations.
Quite happy to hear that. Working on Danish now, Swedish next and Norwegian will be great to compare and contrast. Here's hoping that Icelandic comes someday, although I know the language poses a lot more challenges than the other, more conventional Scandinavian languages.
Let's not jump to conclusions too quickly, here. Maybe he saw that Epic Awe is taking Italian. It could be an Italic language. Or maybe it's just a language that a lot of Norwegians want to learn. Or...eh, who am I kidding. Probably Norwegian.
But if it isn't, I predicted that. Keep me in mind, folk.
I'm not Norwegian and don't speak it, but I always understood that there is no official spoken standard for Norwegian at all; all dialects are considered "correct." However, for the purpose of written communication, there are two major standards. Bokmål is the more commonly used, and is the closest to the dialects of Oslo and the surrounding region. Nynorsk is preferred in the more westernish regions, where the dialects are closer to it. All government and official stuff is available in both, and legally a certain amount of things have to be printed in Nynorsk.
A Duo course in Norwegian would most likely use Bokmål with pronunciation in the Oslo dialect, as the two correspond very well and are the most common of their respective forms.
Don't quote me on this.
Scandinavia is pretty diverse in terms of dialect - this map gives a good idea:
Oh no... Norwegian and Vietnamese are coming!! :D Just... um... don't go into Beta after I finish my French tree, because that would be a disaster >.< You see, after I finish French, I do the Reverse tree and Swedish. And if Norwegian and Viet come after I finished my French tree, then it would be Reverse+ Swedish+ Norwegian+ Viet. >.<
To do it thoroughly, you'd probably need two courses: "Classical Latin" and "Medieval Latin." However, there's also "Living Latin," which aims to make Latin suitable for contemporary use and this might be the most appropriate form for Duolingo.
"Vulgar Latin" would be very difficult to teach, if only because it's sparsely attested and the line between it and "proto-Romance" languages can be difficult to ascertain. This form is probably best left to serious Latin scholars.
Honestly I hope not... I really want Norwegian to be here at some point, but come on? We just had Danish AND Swedish. I mean, maybe pick something from another language group this time? It seems weird and unfair if Norwegian comes now. Like aren't there ANY other languages out there to choose from apart from these tiny Scandinavian ones?!
I think there are a lot of things that play into it, like the availability of a decent TTS voice, the pool of bilingual moderators to choose from, popular demand, and whether the languages use another writing system or have any other quirks that would be challenging to implement.
I'm sure there are many more languages Duo would like to release if they had the resources and the framework for them, and I personally would love to see more African and Asian ones, but Norwegian is a quite popular choice, as well as an easy language to learn and implement.
Yeah I know, but that doesn't take away the fact that Scandinavian languages would be kind of overrepresented here. Especially when you think about how small they are. It's just weird. I do want like every language to be on here, but it would be much more refreshing to see something else than Norwegian this time, that's all I'm saying.
Refugees and family members are provided with government-paid language courses. All the others are coming with a job offer in a pocket already, right?
Anyway, using Duolingo is much more pleasurable than sitting in a dull classroom, I really wish it had been available several years ago, would save a lot of time.
I mean, on the plus side they're all out of the way now and they'll turn to other language groups. I think in part it's because there was already a contingent of people who wanted Scandinavian languages, and then once they had one it started drawing more and more people who wanted the other ones so the demand got higher.
There are a handful of different languages coming here like Turkish, Ukrainian, Russian, and Hungarian. Those will put a balance to the Romance and Scandinavian languages. And by the time those courses are released, and Norwegian is well on its way, there will be even more languages in development, such as Vietnamese.
I get it but also keep in mind that Scandianvia has one of the highest if not the the highest internet usage per capita - and they all speak remarkably good English. As such, it's probably easier for DuoLingo to find people to mod these courses - get the word out to your bilingual friends in other languages to contribute!
I hear you (and I'm not one of the downvoters, shame on them) but there are other languages coming: Turkish, Hungarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Polish, Vietnamese, and Esperanto. Other than Russian and Ukrainian, they all come from different language families.
In addition, demand has been very high for Norwegian, and there is a good number of volunteer moderators waiting, and there are quality TTS services for Norwegian.
I know some people want Japanese, Mandarin, and Cantonese, and Japanese is even the language that Luis would most like to see in Duo right now (he said that in his last AMA on reddit), so I'm sure it will happen.
Thanx for not being one of those down voters! I actually up voted your comments :)
You have a very valid point. I myself was in a rant mood then :) though the Scandinavian languages are doing heaps well now, maybe add Maltese, Catalan, Swahili, Amharic, Tagalog or a language that isn't Indo European. That was my main point.
Good night. Ka chi foo. Nos da.