would duolingo consider 'telugu' for people to learn? it's my request. i will be glad if they do.

i am from southern india. and my language is rapidly going extinct. if the team considers my request, and people learn the language i speak, it would be an honor for 90 million native speakers.

January 25, 2015


HI! If you speak both English and Telugu fluently, you can apply to create a course here- Good luck!

January 25, 2015

Hi! I am from India as well and I speak Hindi and Marathi and English. I have many Telugu friends here in the UK so I would love it such a course came out so that I could communicate with them. Really nice idea.

January 25, 2015

That would be a terrific thing! However, courses do not happen without moderators. If you speak telugu and english fluently, perhaps you could go into the incubator and apply to help. Courses on duolingo nowadays are usually made by the people rather than the team.

January 25, 2015

why would it be terrific?

January 26, 2015

Because from what you told us, it seems to be a dying language with a lot of people and culture, and I love to learn languages, so I think it would be fun to learn. In addition, even if I didn't learn it, it would open opportunities for others.

January 27, 2015

thanks for the support teenage-polyglot. its done. all i need are contributors.

January 25, 2015

Remember that your application may not be accepted, but now all you can do is wait. I have some ideas to promote this language though...

January 25, 2015

I'd be very interested in learning. I live near Andhra Pradesh (in Odisha), and have Telugu friends, so this would be immensely useful for me.

June 13, 2016

mrugayamulay would you ask them to contribute?

January 25, 2015

There is a man at my church who I believe speaks Telugu. I'll make sure to ask him about it. It's doubtful that he will be able to apply to contribute if there is a course made for Telugu, but it's worth a shot.

January 26, 2015

thanks for the info, teenage-polyglot.

January 25, 2015

No problem. I would learn Telugu if you made a course. Put something in your application about it being a dying language. That may help.

January 25, 2015

I would be very interested in learning! I learned a few basic words years ago, when I had a little boy in my nursery school class who only spoke Telugu. Would love to get to explore it more.

May 27, 2016

Hi. I really would like to learn this language - I would love to see the Telugu for English speakers course first! Have you applied for it? Or are you making the reverse - English for Telugu first? My full support for the creation of these courses !

December 5, 2016

English for Telugu first?

Duolingo always start with the course teaching English from a given language before the one teaching said language from English (except, of course, if Duo plans to never create the one teaching English from said language, which is not the case here). So there is indeed a team of volunteers working on the course "English from Telugu" (as you can see here).
The reverse course will not be started before(*) this one will at least reach beta phase (and, more likely before it goes out of beta). Thus we're probably talking about a delay counted in year(s).

(*) I'm not saying that once out of beta the reverse one will start to be created immediately, just that it'll for sure not start before "EN from TE" is finished.

December 5, 2016

Oh, I see... then to speed up the process we could have more volunteers? I can see Hindi is going on a very slow progress.. bcz only 3 contributors... How many contributors does Telugu have? (btw the link given doesnt exist?)

December 6, 2016

(btw the link given doesnt exist?)

Should be corrected. And you'll see there the answer to

How many contributors does Telugu have?

then to speed up the process we could have more volunteers?

It doesn't necessarily speed up for example because:

  • the more contributors, the more persons with who discussing/debating the choices (what voc to teach, in what order, etc.)
  • the more contributors, the harder to keep consistency along the course

So those two example-factors make having more contributors slowing the process. Of course, for other factors it'll speed up the process.
So I'm just saying that "more contribs" doesn't automatically imply "faster": it'll depends on how the team is organized, on how new contributors would adapt quickly to the way the existing team works/organizes its work etc.

December 6, 2016

Oh ok :)

December 7, 2016

I'm afraid it's not really "going extinct" if it has 90 million native speakers.

June 23, 2016

It is if the young generation are reluctant to use it and have no interest in speaking to their children in it. Same thing is happening in Indonesia; Javanese is an oft cited example.

July 6, 2016

Interesting. So what are the Javanese learning? Indonesian?

July 6, 2016

Exactly. Unlike, say, the Philippines, where speakers of regional languages are far more reluctant to adopt the national language, Indonesians adopt it far more readily.

July 6, 2016

But that won't happen to Telegu because India doesn't have a national language. Moreover, even Telegu expats continue speaking their language, Wikipedia says there are a million speakers in the US and half a million in Europe.

July 7, 2016

India has two, actually: English and Hindi. There are plenty of official state languages, like Telugu, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, and others (I think there’s a total f about 20), but Hindi is the official language of the republic as a whole. And yes, it’s a very real issue.

July 7, 2016

would duolingo consider 'telugu' for people to learn?

Like any course, no reason for it to not be added one day.

And the "English for Telugu speakers" course just entered [on August 10, 2016] the incubator. So it's one first step towards having one day the reverse course (= the one you cant). ;)

August 10, 2016

You should probably talk a little more about the potential benefits of learning it. Does it have an important literary repertoire? Is speaking it an economic benefit in some way? Does it have unique linguistic features? Why would I learn Telugu instead of, say, Tamil or Malayalam if I’m interested in getting to know Dravidian languages?

July 6, 2016

I'm upvoting Telugu! I believe it may take some time, but it would be great if Southern Indian languages were better represented in Duo.

May 31, 2017

Have any of the English speakers in this discussion had any success learning Telugu? If so, what resources did you use? For me Wikipedia was enough to learn the script. As far as the spoken language goes there are some apps, websites and YouTube videos, but their content doesn't give you a good understanding of the language. Most online resources serve more as tourist phrase books than in-depth courses, and there aren't many good quality books available. Most of the grammars written to English audiences seem to have been written during the peak of British presence in India in the mid 19th century (very dated and probably don't reflect modern speech), but I managed to get a copy of "A Grammar of Modern Telugu" by Krishnamurti and Gwynn (1985). It's very technical and doesn't offer much vocabulary but it's given me a good understanding of pronunciation, case inflections, word order, etc.

April 1, 2019
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