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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissCyn

Are there any plans to create a Suomi (Finnish) language course?

Hello! I am rather new to the Duolingo community, and I am currently relearning French. I plan on learning a few other languages after that, too. One place I would LOVE to visit before I die is Finland. I really dig Finnish rock / metal, and the country itself has an incredibly natural beauty all its own. I feel learning the language would make a trip there all the more enjoyable, and I really dig this site and its style of teaching. Is there any hope soon for a Finnish language course?

February 23, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/feanarosurion

Many have applied myself included. I really hope the Duolingo team takes notice! A lot of other languages that have been far less requested have been added recently, so I hope Finnish is next.

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/galaxyrocker

Oh, I hope so. I'd absolutely love to have Finnish on here (though, honestly, I'd prefer Northern Sámi!).

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissCyn

Please forgive my ignorance, but what is "Northern Sami"?

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/galaxyrocker

The most widely spoken Sámi language. Here's Wikipedia on it. They're distant cousins to Finnish, and indigenous to Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, etc. Sadly, most resources are only in those languages.

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissCyn

Well heck, that sounds pretty interesting, and all-encompassing. That sounds way more useful than just learning single languages. :(

That's cool, though. Thank you for the Wikipedia link!

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/claybird121

is there somewhere to overtly request a language?

February 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lingophilic

I'm dying to see a Finnish course on Duolingo. Suomi sounds so beautiful.

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissCyn

It really does sound beautiful! It would also be a much needed challenge on my part. As it is, I can read French (for the most part) just fine, but I have trouble speaking and writing it. I wouldn't mind dropping it all together if Finnish became available.

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moomingirl

A lot of us are desperately hoping for a Finnish course on Duolingo. Until that happens, samulili has built a great course on Memrise. Here is the first level: http://www.memrise.com/course/484516/suomi-monostyle-level-1/ and there are two more levels from there if you are more advanced. Make sure you check out the great wiki notes he has added (details on the front page of the course) as those are really helpful.

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissCyn

Thank you for the tip, Moomingirl!

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kilire

Same here, along with Czech.

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emersono

Minä rakastan Suomea!!!

February 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Woodness11

Count me as another guaranteed user of a Finnish course!

February 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trottoar

I hope there is ...hope! :) Sometimes I'm a bit scared, that Finnish compared to all those languages that are constantly demanded (Mandarin, Japanese...) in here would be forgotten, in the other hand seeing Swedish for Russian speakers in the Incubator gives me a little bit of hope. All in all, it's really nice to see a group of people, who are strongly interested in Finnish and always give wonderful response to any topics connected anyhow to Finnish (or even not haha). If there is a slight chance, that someone from the Incubator would notice us, we need to keep on "demanding" Finnish course ;)

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissCyn

Agreed! Rally the troops! Let's get some Fin in our lives! ;)

February 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matthew.aric

OMG yes! I got into the Finnish language through Finnish metal too!!! Particularly Nightwish and Tarja! I also applied also (even though I'm probably not good enough) just to show interest!

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissCyn

Nightwish is awesome! My favorite band is Lordi, though. I love horror themed stuff, and they're music is a really great mix of metal and horror stuffs!

February 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matthew.aric

I can't wait to look them up!

February 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissCyn

Do let me know what you think!

February 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rewjeo
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I'm sure Duo plans on having Finnish here someday. There are an awful lot of deserving languages, though, and courses from languages other than English, too, so there's no real way to know when it'll come up. I know people have made it known to Duolingo that they'd be willing to do it, though, so it probably is pretty high up on the list.

February 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Azure_Waters

Man, I hope a Finnish course will be added soon! I remember I dabbled in it a while back and I frankly fell in love with the language from there! :)

February 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hvalli

I'd also love to learn Finnish. My paternal family came to the US from Finland around 1900, but unfortunately they switched to English and didn't keep the Finnish up over the generations.

August 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oscart182

Are there any native Finnish speakers on here? I haven't seen any of them before.

February 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hdcanis

There's a number of us around, yes :)

February 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Meejuli

Yes there are, plenty! We just hide in the masses... I applied a couple of days ago to become a mod for English-Finnish courses. No reply yet, however. Fingers crossed!

February 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

I can't remember userIDs off the top of my head, but there are at least 3/4 regulars who are Finns.

February 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scarcerer

Ten(s) easily. First of all, people can apply to Incubator even if they're not active on the forums. Secondly, even if they are active, how do you tell whether someone is Finnish or not when most people have usernames and everyone posts in English. Maybe it says so on their profile but you probably don't check every poster's profile.

February 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/matthew.aric

my friend Ihatiina

February 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Juhani9

Yes there are, I would guess several thousands (as I know personally more than twenty).

September 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Recxjo

I want to understand the lyrics of all albuns of Ruoska and Terasbetoni! xD I would like to see a finnish course in duolingo.

May 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thunder_dream

I'd be interested as well.

December 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JakeAtwood24

I Hope Finnish Will Be The Next New Addition To The Duolingo Learning Catalog!

December 6, 2017
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