Do new immigrants know about the Swedish course?
I just thought that it would be fun to know if there is someone out there who has recently arrived to Sweden and is taking the Swedish course? Since there are so many refugees arriving from for example Syria these days, I know that most people can't begin their SFI (Swedish for immigrants) studies right away. Then, it would be a great idea to learn some Swedish here while waiting.
Is English a common language among Syrian immigrants? Just out of curiosity.
It depends on education I suppose. I have listened to interviews with Syrians on tv and on the radio and their English was good, but I don't know whether they were exceptions.
If they know only just a little bit, they could always try to learn a bit of both at the same time, it's obvious that some users already do that. Immigrant friends have told me that in Sweden, it's not enough to know Swedish, you need to know English too.
It seems Duo largely relies on word of mouth. I think there are a lot of people who would be excited to know about the course, but just haven't heard of it.
I'm thinking a lot about this! Sweden is has a huge need for SFI (Swedish for Immigrants) teachers, there are not enough and retired teacher are called in to help out with the situation. You can't start you SFI course if you don't have own housing yet (heard on the news today 2016-02-23), so people are sitting around just waiting getting frustrated. I think the most efficient would their native language so Arabic to Swedish would be amazing. I think the government should pay people to develop that if the Duolingo plattform could accomodate it. At least I'm trying to spread the word about the English to Swedish course among my friends. @Arnauti: I've seen you been working a lot with the course. Thank you for your work!
Btw the Swedish for Arabic speakers course was just released, so hopefully that could be useful for many immigrants/refugees.
Link to the course: https://www.duolingo.com/course/sv/ar/Learn-Swedish-Online