I recently started with duoLingo, mainly to brush up my Swedish. However, I found that I like it so much, I started Danish and Irish as well (and will defenitely start Norwegian when it comes up!). However, I would be VERY interested in doing a Finnish course.. It's such an interesting language I think. I have no idea if you can do requests like these, but I thought I'd give it a try.
I really like the look of this class, but I feel like Memrise isn't the best platform for sentences. Obviously Duolingo is the right platform. I just use straight vocabulary courses on Memrise. Strictly for upkeep though.
Memrise isn't the best for sentences, but in the meantime samulili's course is much better than the Finnish course currently available on Duolingo. ;)
Do you speak Finnish? If so, apply to the Incubator please! I desperately want to learn Finnish. :) Unfortunately, even though many of the languages are developed by volunteer effort, it still takes a lot of work to get a new language on Duolingo, so I think it may be awhile. :_(
No I don't, but I want to learn :) Apparently some Finnish speakers already applied to the incubator (I found an old thread somewhere on the discussion forum), but I don't know if there is any progress there.. I hope so, anxiously awaiting here ;)
Yes. Perhaps when more things get out of the incubator there will be more of a chance for Finnish. :)
I am also interested in the Finnish course. My native language is Hungarian and I am curious about the similarities between the two languages.
The similarities exist mainly in grammar and syntax, the similarities in words are few (even when they have a common origin, they are often morphed to unrecognizable...) But the logic how language functions is probably easier for Hungarians than for, say, English.
For words the Swedish course is probably the most helpful, a number of common loan words are actually recognizable (at least after one learns how Finnish usually morphs the loan words...)
I know that the similarities exist mainly in grammar. I like some finnish metal bands and i can recognise a few words from the lyrics. But not because i speak hungarian. :D
I'd love a Finnish course! But why do you post this in the Swedish forum? :)
As previously stated, many have applied myself included. I would love to see a Finnish course on Duolingo! It's probably the most requested language at the moment so hopefully the Duolingo team is listening.
I suspect part of the reason Finnish has not gone forward is that Duolingo system is not built for agglutinating languages using lots of suffixes and they are still ironing out how those should be dealt with in Turkish and Hungarian courses (currently in incubator). It would probably be necessary to see those courses released and maybe get a bit of user experiences in beta to help build a better course.
Good luck doing multiple languages at once... I found it to be too much of a time commitment and I started mixing everything up. If you're still going strong when everything is at level 10, I'd say you're in the clear.
The thing is, it's pretty much impossible to mix up Finnish with anything. Unless you are learning Estonian.
Having said that, I do have moments when I can't think of the right word in Italian, yet mysteriously the Finnish word pops into my brain instead, as if that would help. ;)
:) yeah I think Finnish and Italian are different enough. OP is doing Swedish and Danish, but thankfully they already know Swedish previously. I got pretty tripped up with Dutch during German. With Swedish I get that vocab mixup you're talking about :/. But mostly one helps me remember the other. I'll see the Swedish word and know it's very similar to the German word. Sometimes I can't put my finger on what the German word is, and it makes me feel like I should learn my vocabulary better in German - probably because I should. (An example by the way is "to lose" = "förlara" = "verlieren"... they sound closer than they look). Also, I didn't realize Estonian was in any way related to Finnish.
I certainly wouldn't recommend that anyone starts with two similar languages at the same time although, like anything, I have seen some people on the forum getting on okay with it. I generally suggest people try to get at least an intermediate level before taking on an extra language. Some people are smarter than me though, and manage two from the start.
Finnish is quite closely related to Estonian, and very distantly to Hungarian. Those are the only languages it has any connection to, hence the reason it sounds so fascinatingly different to anything else. :)
I'm looking forward to see Finnish here as well! Meantime, I learn it on my own... What is not the easiest task.