HEY! So first off, I am SUPER EXCITED because Norwegian is now the THIRD Scandinavian language to be in the Duolingo queue. From what I have studied before in the past, Norsk Bokmål is pretty much Danish spoken with a Swedish accent. It is an extremely beautiful language with a very singing style pitch-accent, and anyone who wants to learn it would LOVE this language when it comes out.
That being said, I'm also amazed at how quickly the North Germanic languages have risen to Duolingo. With the addition of Norsk Bokmål, the final languages that are needed would be Icelandic and Faroese. Although the number of native speakers are extremely limited for both of these languages, If and/or when these languages get put up on Duolingo, 320,000 Icelandic speakers, 47,000 Faroese speakers, they are either Nationally or Internationally recognized languages, and learning these two as well would put an enormous perspective on the development on the descendants of Old Norse.
Either way, a massive congratulations to the Norwegian Team. I am EXCEEDINGLY excited right now for the development of Norwegian here, and any individual who is willing to learn yet another beautiful language.
While these three are part of the same language family, Hungarian is vastly different from Finnish and Estonian. It's pretty much comparing Russian to French in some aspects. Either way, I would love to have a Uralic language in Duolingo as well. Rising cultural awareness via finding means of learning the language is a wonderful way to explore the world.
Just being pedantic here, but technically Faroese and Icelandic are not Scandinavian. They are North Germanic, and also Nordic, but Norway/Sweden/Denmark make up Scandinavia. I've actually heard that in Iceland Norwegian/Swedish/Danish are sometimes referred to simply as one language called Scandinavian, though I can't guarantee the accuracy of that statement.
But that means we're even closer to having all of the Scandinavian courses on here.
It's my understanding that, in modern linguistic circles, and especially within the countries directly "affected," Scandinavian is only used to refer to the "big three," as it were. Though, within the Northern Germanic/Nordic branch, there is the East/West Scandinavian split, as well as at one point a continental/insular Scandinavian split so... meh, like I said, I was being pedantic.
You appear to be right, sorry, I just tend to be more interested in genetic linguistics. It's one of my personal little hobbies. According to the wikipedia article, "The term "North Germanic languages" is used in genetic linguistics, whereas the term "Scandinavian languages" appears in studies of the modern standard languages and the dialect continuum of Scandinavia." So you are mostly right, but it would make sense why I was confused.
I'm hoping for Icelandic as well! Norwegian is my mother tongue, and I'm so happy it's on its way, but Icelandic is one of my favourite languages. I learned quite a bit some years ago, and know enough to keep up a conversation, but I really have to practise more, and a Duolingo course would make that so much easier!
I used to learn Norwegian some time ago. I had to take a break because I simply did not have enough time but I will surely go back to it when the course is released.
But I'd be the most excited for Icelandic. I don't know why but I just want to learn it so badly. I even found some courses on Memrise lately and now I'm just waiting for the right time to start them ;)