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Benissimo! Excited to say that Italian is coming to Duolingo next Tuesday :)

December 11, 2012

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

you guys should do arabic


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

Right now, they are just doing Romantic and Germanic languages, because they have experts in those areas. Since Arabic is not in the Romantic or Germanic language group, they will have to hire another staff member for it, which would put this off for a while (they are hiring for a Chinese master right now at http://duolingo.com/#/jobs, and they have no due date on Chinese). So, in order to offer Arabic, they will have to hire an Arabic master, which will take a while, and then it will be a few more months before they have Arabic (and they don't even have a position for Arabic master on their jobs board).


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

Germanic languages? I would like to learn Dutch and Scandinavian languages next


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

I'd like to see Dutch come soon too. I'm hoping by the time I learn French it might be on the cards, but I know there are more popular languages being asked for.


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

they should hire a japanese master


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

Thanks. I was wondering about Chinese.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satish.pasula

m waiting for the Asian languages !!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Di99

This is fantastic. Now I do wish that i would have more time to learn them. Do you plan to start teaching also russian?


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

russian would be great


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

Latin or Greek should be next


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

The chances of them offering Latin are slim, because since it is a dead language there is little content on the web in Latin.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IvoryFr96

Latin is not dead, it lingers in many of our modern-day languages. Just because it's not spoken as an official language anywhere today doesn't make it an invalid language to learn. I'm proud to say that I'm studying Latin, and it helps me in understanding modern-day Romance languages (which are among the most popular). Sure, Latin isn't VITAL, but that doesn't make it invalid.


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

Great! Grazie mille!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thekhan7

Please do arabic next!!


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

Do you reckon you could do an Asian language next? Like Chinese or Japanese or something


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

I saw on one of the news releases that Italian and Mandarin Chinese were next on the list. I did wonder if Mandarin would use Pinyin or use actually character inputs. If they used characters I also wondered if they would use Simplified or Traditionally characters. Possibly a choice between the two? Exciting stuff!


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

Pinyin is SO much easier and there are many people who just want to speak it


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

True, but don't forget that Duolingo is all about translating the web. It would be more useful to teach us the standard script, even though the large number of characters will make this a challenge. So, I'm curious to see how they will implement Mandarin Chinese.


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

My guess is that the Chinese characters would be accompanied by their pinyin pronunciation. Instead of paying money for the product, we translate text, so unless there are pages of pinyin text out there waiting to be translated, I don't see why it would be commercially viable for them to offer just pinyin.


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

Is there any chance of adding some actual teaching to the existing languages (notably French) before expanding further? I honestly feel like I'm just memorising set phrases without any real reason or rhyme as to what's going on grammatically.


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

I believe this is what they're going for. You pick it up slowly as you go along.


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

Then why do all the other languages come with grammar notes and actual teachings?


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

If I'm right, I believe those are created by the users.


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

Oh great! I barely have time for Spanish and I KNOW I'm going to want to study Italian!


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

WOOO! Awesome - I am still waiting for asian languages, but I 100% support and am happy about this news! :)


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

Italian is out!


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

When will the standard modern arabic come Duolingo?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mburke1124

Nice! I came here after months of not to check if Italian was coming out soon! What timing! So excited to get working, which is why I'm using so many exclamation points!


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

I am waiting for Korean and Japanese!!


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

If you go Asian in the distant future, get a Korean expert!


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

Russian next please please please! It is the 5th most spoken language after all!


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

i hope japanese is next. love it. so excited! :)


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

Beta? Your Portuguese beta has a way to go, so I hope you'll continue to improve it. I'd like to learn Italian too eventually, and of course other languages.


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

Yeah, I really hope there not spreading themselves to thin. I've been having a hard time with all the errors in the Portuguese beta. I think they should concentrate on improving the current languages before they add more.


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

I agree. I don't want to underestimate their effort and the great results achieved, but probably it's time to consolidate a little. The platform is impressive but needs refining


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

where is italian? it is tuesday and i still haven't got it :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/edwin9

It is 2am ET, the folks at Duolingo, contrary to popular belief, do need sleep...


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

haha that is true. Its dinner time here in Australia. So maybe ill have to wait til wednesday


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/edwin9

I'm Australian too! :) We most likely will have to wait til Wednesday yes.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/u2legend

I have no idea why, but I am another impatient Aussie. I don't think a day will make much difference in the long run, but still we keep checking the status... Duolingo is dangerously addictive.


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

I'm like you. Anxiously checking this morning at 7:20 ET waiting for the west coast to be up and launching Italian!


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

That will be great! Thanks!


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

Awesome! That'll be next for me after German. How's the Android app coming along?


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

Thanks, Duolingo is great!


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

Love the iPhone app too, btw! :)


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

Will it be released in the app store simultaneously?


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

This is what I have been waiting for. Thank you!


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

Latin its almost a dead lenguage, I want Italian!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anonimo2011

Bravo! Sono molto felice sapere questo!


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

Great! You should do Esperanto also. :)


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

Strongly agree. You learned Esperanto before?


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

I'm currently learning it. I started around March of this year. I'm picking it up extremely fast though. Ĉu vi parolas Esperanton?


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

Is Esperanto hard to learn (compared to other languages)?


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

No, it's extremely easy. Within a month you should have a really good grasp on the grammar. After that, it's all about building your vocabulary. That isn't really hard since most of the words have Latin roots. Like everything though, you have to put in the effort. You should give it a try. :)


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

YES!! wooooo-hoooooooooooo :)


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

Demasiadas gracias, no me puedo esperar a que salga Italiano. I'm so stoked on this site!


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

Hi man, when will chinois show on this platform?


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

Great! That is the other language I am interested in.


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

yay! I just signed up and was a little sad there wasn't italian because I am trying to learn italian and spanish.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/learn007

thanks for update


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

Nice one! Looking forward to Chinese!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/meriem1994

woooooooow Please arabic next


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

No! I was waiting for Mandarin! Any non-Germanic/Romance language would be pretty cool. Nonetheless thanks for all the great work, I love Duolingo!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/teddy123

could you make a romanian course on duolingo?? would be so great


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

WOOOO!!! waiting on Latin and Greek now


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/edwin9

Yay! This is fantastic :)


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

After Italian I can only ask for Greek!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KaterinaKa163891

i cant find italian as an option..did you mean next tuesday?


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

I'm pretty sure it is today but it is a time zone difference for many of us. Waiting for the Duolingo guys to be up and launching it.


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

Bravo! Grazie mille!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ntjoseph16

Italian is amazing. It's a great addition to Duolingo's inventory.


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

I think they should NOT add any other languages to be honest. They should just master their method and technology for the current languages that they have right now. Hell, Portuguese is still in Beta. They have their hands full, I'm sure! Gracias e obrigado Duolingo. Eu te amo ;)


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

LeviLingo, I agree with that. Diving into Chinese or Japanese is a huge challenge. Both, with learning design and technologically. Learning design: An Asian language is not just another language. it is ANOTHER language. Completely different. The approach as Duolingo does it with romance languages might be unhelpful when learning Chinese. Technological: Getting all the character support in the computer systems can be a major hassle. So I think you are right with suggesting, Duolingo should improve the learning level and experience of the languages they offer now. Keep ahead of the competition.

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