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Serbian course

I think there are many people on Duolingo who are waiting for this course. And also a lot of us who are willing to work on making it. I have applied but I got an e-mail where they said that there are already a lot courses in Incubator and that they will let me know if they decide to make it. I hope they will give us a chance soon and we will be able to share with you all lovely things about our language and culture :) Wish you all a nice evening/night :) Желим вам свима пријатно вече/ноћ :)

February 23, 2015

88 Comments


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

I would really like to learn Serbian! Thank you so much for applying! Good luck!

And, Serbia is such a beautiful country!


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

Thank you very much for your support. You are brilliant, and learning Serbian would be another golden tree for you.:)


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

You're very welcome, and thank you!! It's wonderful to see you working for this course! It's only recently that I've become interested in Serbian, and saw just how beautiful Serbia is :)


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

Well, I am glad to hear that. :) You can ask me anything about Serbia or Serbian language, and I'll be glad to give you an answer. If you are interested in it you can visit official web site www.serbia.travel


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Thanks for your support. As Paloma said, Serbian will be your new golden tree, hopefully :) I hope we will be able to help anyone who wants to learn it :)


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

I really, really hope that it's ''our'' time soon..!!! I really think that there's a huge gap in Duolingo's European languages when it comes to this!


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

I agree with you and thank you very much for your support. It would be nice to have Serbian and Croatian course.


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

I support this to 10000%! Yes, that would be amaaaazing. The day it's announced that one of these languages are going to come I think I'm seriously gonna cry some hahaha out of happiness and out of excitement. I've always wanted to know 'them', all my life.. with Duolingo I feel like it can finally happen!


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

It is very nice of you to say this. If you want to learn some Serbian or Croatian words, you can ask me, and I will help you with pleasure. :)


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

Thank you so much for offering me help. :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

It is always a pleasure. Sa zadovoljstvom ćemo ti pomoći :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

I hope we will make your wish come true (with the help of Duolingo of course). Thanks for your support, it means a lot. And it makes me so happy to see people from other countries are interested in learning this lovely, but not very popular language. Хвала пуно, hvala puno :)


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

So do I :D I'm actually half-Croatian, sadly I was taught barely anything of the language.. :( that's why I want to learn! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

We will change that in future and you will be able to speak Croatian, I promise :)


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

Aren't Serbian and Croatian the same language, though?


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

During the era of Yugoslavia, it was one language known as Serbo-Croatian. It was the country's way of trying to unite the people. When the Yugoslavia was disestablished, Macedonia and Slovenia had their own official language back to being in use and Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro all spoke different versions of this Serbo-Croatian. They are largely similar, but now all four are considered their own respective language.


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

Oh ok. I knew they used to be part of Yugoslavia (except Montenegro, I didn't know that one was) but I didn't know Serbo-Croatian was at one point the language of the region.

Btw way for those interested in Croatian


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

Check the bottom of the waiting list here...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

I spoke to het_aapje yesterday about it. I am so happy to see it. Does it mean course will be maybe soon in Incubator?


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

Not necessarily, but it really helps to stimulate interest and support.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Okay, thanks for letting me know about it :) I hope you will bring Maltese soon on Duolingo, wish you best of luck with it :)


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

Serbian is actually one of the courses I'm most looking forward to. Thank you and good luck. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Thank you for your support. We hope to teach you our language soon :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Thank you my friends, here is a video about my country. You can see the little part what we can offer. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKthcyyQZDs


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

What song is this? :O


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

From the Serbian movie "Zona Zamfirova" :)


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

Apparently there are two scripts used equally as often, one in Cyrillic and one in Latin. Which one should Duolingo use? (I'm guessing Latin, for simplicity)


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

Yes,we have two scripts (Cyrillic and Latin),and for foreigners writing in Latin is easier.


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

Interesting! Are they just randomly used, like one newspaper uses the Cyrillic script while another one uses the Latin one? I remember having read that Cyrillic would be more official, is it true?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Cyrillic is offical script in Serbia, but we do use both scripts. I think Serbian is the only language in the wold who uses both of them :)


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

Well, the majority of Serbian newspapers write articles in Latin. Web sites from Serbia are in 99% written in Latin script. But, yes, you are right, Cyrillic script of Serbian language is official. For example, court verdicts, laws are written in Cyrillic.


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

I believe the Serbian Wikipedia is in Cyrillic also


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Yes, because, as we said, the official script is Cyrillic and I prefer writting in it, also :)


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

When I want to find some information on wikipedia, I often use English version of wiki. I agree with you, I have just checked.:)


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

Another vote for pretty much any of the mutually intelligible Balkan languages <3


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Thanks for the support. Balkan languages are waiting for their time :)


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

I applied a long time ago but i did not receive anything, most likely because i had my account for just 2 days and they thought i wasnt serious about it, but i would gladly do my best to help prepare for Serbian. If such a thing comes into Duolingo's consideration, know that you have friendly help.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Thanks, it is good to know there are a lot us who are willing to contribute in making the course. I hope soon we will get a positive reply from them. Team Serbia :)


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

Hopefully it makes it, and it certainly is deserving.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Thanks for your support, we appreciate it :)


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

да! Ја такође чекам курс српског! Someday soon I hope it will happen ^-^ Срећно :)


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

Your writing is flawless.:) And you have very good teachers.:)


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

Hvala :) but unfortunately I don't have any Serbian teachers D:


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

We can be your teachers ;)


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

Maybe we should have a Balkan languages time, like we have a Hebrew time?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

How do they make Hebrew time?


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

There seem to be a fair number of people interested :)


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

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7075822

I decided the easiest way to explain was to point you to one of the posts!

Maybe we should have a FB group, where the Balkan natives and would-be Balkan speakers could chat?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Wow this is great, I really love it. Maybe we can make something like that, if there is enough people who are interested in reading it :)


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

I'd be interested in dabbling in Serbian :)


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

Ma, vidi ti nje. Odmah si se bacila u promociju srpskog jezika. Bravo, svaka čast.:)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Pa ako je to jedini način da uspemo, ja sam se odmah bacila na posao :) Hvala, draga :D


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

Samo napred, imaš moju podršku.:)


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

I support the initiative too! It would be amazing!


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

Thank you very much for your support.:)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Thank you Majda of the support, it means a lot :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Feodor-

Support! Maybe we should make a new discussion and get everyone to upvote it? I think there just has to be enough demand for them to add a new language.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

I already made last week a discussion about Serbian language, but we can do it again. I am planing to make a new post about it tonight, when I come back from work.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Feodor-

Ok, great. Let me know when you make the post. :)


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

Dobro jutro Gaga, yes I would be very interested!! please count me in


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

I would absolutely love to have this course on Duo!


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

Yes. Start a Serbian course! All the books I've used have a learning curve that's too steep for someone who want to learn the language on his own.

Ofcourse, make it in Cyrillic (see Russian for English: it starts it's tree with exercises to learn the alphabet) and goes from there. By learning both you will never be in trouble whenever you're confronted with words in cyrillic. Ofcourse you could add the latin version to the right answer down there in the explaination box, but the course itself should be in cyrillic.

It's not like you need to learn the Arabic or an East-Asian alphabet with crazy rules; each letter corresponds with just one letter. No crazy syllables to remember, just single-letter replacement (except for nj, dž and lj).

Maybe it's also possible to make the course back-to-back with a team that sets out to create a Croatian course. But no, don't combine the languages, even though it's mutually understandable it will only lead to confussion and problems along the way.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Thanks for your kind words. I would really like to start a Serbian course, but Duolingo team is still not interesting in making it. That's why I am making those posts (my lessons) to teach you a bit of Serbian grammar, letters and to show you more about our culture and nation.

Yes, I would love to make it in Cyrillic, because it is official script. And I also think it isn't that hard to learn it (Serbian Cyrillic keyboard is the same as standard keyboard, just our letters are added). I think it won't be hard to learn the azbuka :) And yes, I don't think there should be one Serbo croatian course, because every country has its own language. If they want to make courses from the Balkans, they should choose Serbian or Croatian, or any other language.


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

I have been dabbling in Hungarian on Memrise.

Today I found a bunch of courses to teach Hungarian via Balkan languages...

I am in love 8-o :-D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Oh, you love Hungarian also? :) Szia, hogy vagy? :)


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

Köszönöm, jól vagyok, és te?

... and that is basically all of my Hungarian, so far ;) yes, I love it! I just started to dabble in it since the Hungarian course here is edging towards completion, and I loved it instantly. Even though I just barely understand what I'm doing so far :D

I have really enjoyed doing the German via Russian course here on Duo, so although my Croatian is waaayyyyyy less advanced than my Russian, I'm thinking a little Hungarian-via-Croatian will be good for me :D

Memrise is really dangerous 8-o hehehehe. I have also managed to get slightly addicted to Estonian, though again I'm muddling through cluelessly; just so pretty <3


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

I must say I am impressed with you. You know so much and you are learning all the time new things. I grew up surrounden by Hungarian people and I know a bit of the language, but I always think it is so hard to learn. Grammar is crazy and the long words also. Estonian and Hungarian come from the same language group, right? Tell me, how you manage to learn all of this? Svaka čast, divim ti se :)


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

Hah - I think you shouldn't be too impressed till you hear me speak or see me write accurately and confidently! I tend towards the "Jack of all trades, master of none" stereotype, with the attention span of a gnat. If I wasn't also as stubborn as a mule, I'd never learn anything! But thank you <3 you are very kind and your words gave me a lift :)

I think I'm just a curious person. I'm interested in people, in languages, I'm interested in how things work, I find the world a fascinating place, and I rarely come across a subject or language or thing that I wouldn't like to learn more about. If you find the world interesting, learning isn't a chore :)

ETA: oh, and yes, Estonian and Hungarian are distantly related. Estonian is much more closely related to Finnish, but all three languages are part of a large family of Finno-Ugric/Uralic languages.


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

Roughly what proportion of Serbians use the Latin alphabet and what proportion use the Cyrillic?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Well, even if the Cyrillic alphabet is the official in Serbia, mostly people use the Latin one. I read that around 47% of Serbian people use Latin, 36% use Cyrillic and around 16% use both of them. I am in that 36% of Cyrillic people :D


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

I see you use the Latin alphabet quite well.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaga986

Yeah, we learn both of them in 1st grade, so I have to know it :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yhad81

This is a great idea, an easier Slavian language, plenty of amazing literature and very useful for getting around anywhere in the Balkans, bring it on! I would love to learn it!


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

Yes please. I know a lot of people who would take this course.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/M.iG.uE.l

Come on Duolingo! Let the people that wants to make it happen, make it happen


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

There are over a thousand discussions asking for Serbian over the last 4 years, and still asking today. I have no idea why Duolingo isn't supporting it yet. Do they need more helpers? Money? I know several people have tried to get the project approved and submitted it and volunteered to build and help with it. Tons of support. What's the problem??


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pedro528871

I hope the Serbian course gets published soon


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

hvala svima za ovo meni je ovo ZLATO od rada svima ko je ovo pomogao bravo od uvek sam zeleo da ima srpski


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

Well we tried, it's been 4 years. I'm unfollowing this conversation. :( Giving up. If anyone wants to do anything or hears anything good, friend me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Glenn85088

Molim te brzo dont waste my time anymore

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