I'd love to learn Tibetan in the future. Does Duolingo have any plans to include it, and would anyone else be interested in learning it?
There are many organizations advocating for and preserving Tibetan culture. I wonder if contacting some of them and encouraging them to put their resources towards creating a Duolingo course would work. It would be a great way to get the language in front of an avid language learning community of a lot of people who otherwise might not learn or even consider it, great way to preserve the language. Anyone interested in teaming up with me to reach out to some Tibetan organizations?
I wrote to Esukhia about creating a Duolingo course, but got no reply.
In the meantime, I've read the following section from their web-site where they discuss how to create a Spoken Tibetan corpus on which to base their language learning courses. Here's the link for those interested:
My husband has enrolled in an on-line Tibetan course with them, which is taught with an individual tutor via Skype, and he loves it.
Regarding the possibility of Esukhia Tibetan scholars creating a Duolingo course, I'm no wiser than I was. They are doing serious research on how to teach Tibetan as well as putting this into practice though their own learning programs. They started in 2014, so they're still in the beginning stages of a vast project.
This is what I've able to learn so far, but, of course, I'm not giving up. I would encourage others who would like to see some forward-looking cooperation between Duolingo and Esukhia to contact them through their web-site.
I just wrote an email to the people at http://esukhia.org/ They are the experts when it comes to learning and teaching Tibetan via the web. In the email I mentioned Duolingo and asked them if they would look into creating a Tibetan course here. I'll let you know when I get a reply.
I am fluent in the Tibetan alphabet and pronunciation, and I have a basic understanding of the grammar. I am not fluent in the conversation of it and I have forgotten much of the vocabulary that I used to know -I'm sure some of it would come back...! I can read & write Tibetan. I have translated some Tibetan Buddhist scriptures into English, under the instructions of my Lama; I do not, however, believe that I could stand up to the rigorous requirements which Duolingo places on their incubators -if they were willing to make some concessions for a non-fluent speaker (I can understand some, and speak less), then, I am sure that I could hard-working and valuable to the project. Please reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org (no spam please) if I can be of help to anyone in any way.
I am a native speaker, I'll ask my dad if he has time to do this. In a meanwhile, I'll submit a form for Tibetan to English just in case. My family and I was raised in Nepal, so we can probably put a form for Nepali to English as well. :)
This would be amazing if you could help start this! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help get things going :D
I am very interested too. I simply love the script, it is amazing. It feels so otherworldly.
Hi Susana, Yes if you are able to find speakers to contribute I think that is the first step to setting up an incubator page on the site to begin crafting the learning modules. Let me know if you find interested Tibetan speakers and if there is anything I can do to help :)
Hi Yajet, Sorry for not responding sooner. Have you ever participated in an incubation process for another language? If so, do you know whether any sample development modules are available? That way I could get an idea of the complexity. We are a small group of Tibetan instructors and learners of various levels and would probably work with a native Tibetan or Tibetans for more complicated expressions but do the implementing ourselves. We are developing our own platforms for teaching classical Tibetan, but to help keep the colloquial language alive Duolingo would be more effective since it has such a wide reach. I don't know whether Duolingo would accept a group of people of various levels, less than bilingual in colloquial Tibetan, working as a group with a less technically inclined bilingual speaker. Also, there is no existing incubator page for Tibetan, and it looks like Duolingo first needs to identify a demand for a new language before they add it to the incubator. So a number of issues would need to be clarified... Best, susan
i'm hoping that however it can get started.implemented, it would be an improvement over not having any. We can all work on it, if only to help key text in. Please let me know if I can be of use-- I am a beginner, but I have been a beginner for many decades! :-)
I am interested too and may also be able to find contributors, but I can't contribute myself. Don't give up. If you do know of some interested person, reply here (I think) and I'll do the same. Maybe we can get some more interest developed.
Tibetan language please! I could even find people to develop content. I’ve been studying the language for two years and duolingo would be a key tool.
Please see if you can get people to develop it! I would love to help in any way that I can.
I would love to help contribute but I don't have the abilities. The form asks for bilingual skill, and my English is OK, but I don't even have a firm grasp on Tibetan lettering yet. I do hope we can develop some interest. I know a number of Tibetan speakers, academics, who would love to see something like this work out. I will watch this discussion for progress.
I'm in cyber-touch with a few Tibetans. I'll raise it with them.
Geez, you're learning a lot of languages! Do you get them mixed up?
Well, I am a native English speaker (California, USA), pretty fluent in French (parents from Montréal, Quebec, Canada). I took four years of French and two classes of Spanish. Once you have a firm grip on French, Spanish is not so hard, and if you then know enough French and Spanish, then Portuguese is not so hard. I took a class of Latin, so I had to learn Italian too. I generally go over the basics to shift my mind to that language before learning a new lesson. I had a friend that took German whose parents were from Germany and we traded books sometimes so I had a start in that one too. I find it difficult, but very interesting, so when Dutch came out, I had to try it and it was easier than German - especially if you know enough English and German. Danish pronunciation is difficult, but the verbs only conjugate for tense and not for person and number. Same conjugation in Swedish, but pronunciation is a bit easier, yet the vocabulary can be very different at times. I am not fluent in these languages yet, but I love to learn them and compare them. I also ladder the ones I can, for example Portuguese from Spanish helps me to differentiate them. Then I learned Greek, Russian, Korean..... alphabets from Memrise.com and come back to learn the reverse courses to English, but that is slower going. I review the basics daily in those to establish a pattern of recognition as I must also do in Irish as they are so different. First, I recognize what I see, then I remember some on my own, then I can write with dictionaries to help, and later I can converse. Conversing is the most difficult, because you don't know what someone will ask you and you don't have time to look things up. Of course, when a language is not firmly in place I can mix up things a bit, so I must practice, practice, practice and always double check. The longer I am at it, the better it gets. To really become fluent in one is much easier and would take a lot less time.
That's a remarkable achievement. You're on your way to becoming a citizen of the world.
I know a guy who is Tibetan here in the US. He is working on his Ph.D. in Mathematics though, so may not have the time. He does know English pretty well though (obviously, he is writing his dissertation in English).
Is there a guide somewhere that shows someone how to translate or help setup a course for duolingo? Like a document outlining ''Hey this is what you need to do if you'd like to help?''
I must have been really tired last night when I posted that (I am not going to erase the original post because of your helpful reply).
My friend is fluent in Nepalese, not Tibetan. For some reason, my whole life I have gotten those two places mixed up. My apologies to the original thread poster.
Have him apply for Nepalese, that would also be interesting to learn.
I will definitely use duolingo for Tibetan. And I know quite a few people who would to.
I would love to learn Tibetan I love the culture and think it would be a wonderful addition to Duolingo I'm defiantly going to learn Tibetan and having it on Duolingo would be very helpful !
I am very much interested in learning Tibetan! I am a Buddhist and studied briefly at the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives in Dharamsala, India.
Years and years ago I wanted to learn the language for a girl who was into it, but I couldn’t find anywhere that could clarify the mess that is Tibetan orthography...
It's not an easy language to learn. Written Tibetan is a highly developed and precise scholarly language which has an enormous corpus of Buddhist literature. For this reason, it's taught in universities. Spoken Tibetan uses the same script, which as I mentioned isn't easily learned, but there are quite a few regional dialects which vary in pronunciation and usage.
I don't find the script difficult. Especially if you already know one or more scripts of South or Southeast Asia. But as with Thai and even Korean to a far lesser degree, knowing the script is much easier than knowing how to spell.
But English spelling is even harder than Tibetan spelling and most of us are decent enough at English spelling.
Pleas,e has there been any progress made on getting Tibetan course started?
Yes please! Duolingo, demand for this will grow with Buddhism in English-speaking countries!
I think the preservation of Tibetan is essential. I would start learning it in a heartbeat. Please add it.
Let's go!! I would love to learn Tibetan!
Duolingo seems to be taking their time on this, if they are even going to do Tibetan at all... In the meantime, I found this. https://www.memrise.com/courses/english/tibetan/ There is already lots of content there, and people can upload their own teaching decks with audio, etc. More Colloquial Tibetan would be great! Enjoy!
Thank you for this. ces3001! Yes, Duo seems to be taking their time on this or maybe they can't find anyone to start the process. Anyway, thanks.
I am also interested, please make Tibetan course, both spoken and dharma. Tashi Delek! :)
If anyone is working on Tibetan with Duolingo let me know! I have colleagues who will be interested in what's going on and may even contribute. This is important! This is a means to promote and develop not just a language but an entire heritage of culture.
I am new to Duolingo (one month) so I don't know how things work, but if someone is already starting to work on the course and wants contributors, please let me know!
I’d love to learn Tibet. I work at the casino and many of my coworkers are Spanish, Chinese, Creole and Tibetan. I have many Tibetan friends and would love to impress them if I learn Tibet. It would be a dream come true but I understand if it might take some time to create this course in Duolingo but I’m in!
I do really want to learn tibetan. I worry constantly about the language going extinct, and theres no other good apps out there to learn it...
I would love to take a Tibetan course on Duolingo. I often fantasize about visiting Tibet to experience the food and culture, and even though I am learning standard Chinese, I feel like knowing some Tibetan would make my visit more enjoyable.