https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

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

December 11, 2012

83 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/mrslugmuffin

you guys should do arabic

December 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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).

December 16, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/UseYourIllusion

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

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

January 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/_DiamondMoon_

they should hire a japanese master

January 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/bobtackett

Thanks. I was wondering about Chinese.

March 20, 2013

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

m waiting for the Asian languages !!!

December 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

December 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/xiaoyi

russian would be great

December 15, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/lancorgoalie

Latin or Greek should be next

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

December 16, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

February 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

Great! Grazie mille!

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/thekhan7

Please do arabic next!!

December 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/frenchiegirl

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

December 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

December 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/nonstopneil

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

December 13, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

December 16, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

December 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/nkosi

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

December 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/mikeybarnes

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

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/nkosi

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

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/dimarpat

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

December 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Deterius

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

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Italian is out!

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/nkosi

Finally! :)

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Zenobia.

Wonderful!!

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/luanfsf

When will the standard modern arabic come Duolingo?

December 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

December 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/merveaydin

I am waiting for Korean and Japanese!!

December 15, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/jdmvcvg

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

December 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/thekatmorgan

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

January 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Roo

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

December 14, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Morenaza

Me too.. :)

December 14, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

December 14, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

December 15, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Roo

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

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/edwin9

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

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Roo

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

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/edwin9

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

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/DonnaMarie

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

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/hmpf

yayy!!!

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/VanX-IInX

Yey!

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/mimine

That will be great! Thanks!

December 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/hgentry

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

December 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/zibbles

Thanks, Duolingo is great!

December 13, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/zibbles

Love the iPhone app too, btw! :)

December 13, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/cicerenello

Grazie!!

December 13, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Herstand

Will it be released in the app store simultaneously?

December 13, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Bearman

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

December 13, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/portugol

Latin its almost a dead lenguage, I want Italian!

December 13, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/zdenoslav

awesome :)

December 13, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Anonimo2011

Bravo! Sono molto felice sapere questo!

December 13, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/nkosi

Great! You should do Esperanto also. :)

December 14, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Scotfield

Strongly agree. You learned Esperanto before?

December 15, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

December 16, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/UseYourIllusion

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

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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. :)

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Morenaza

YES!! wooooo-hoooooooooooo :)

December 14, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/lafleurblanche92

Great, finally :)

December 14, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/larryssman

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

December 15, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Scotfield

Hi man, when will chinois show on this platform?

December 15, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/mitcorb

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

December 15, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Italiangirltm

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

December 15, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/learn007

thanks for update

December 15, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/andrecsq

Nice one! Looking forward to Chinese!

December 16, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/meriem1994

woooooooow Please arabic next

December 16, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/kaloyantsilev

Thank you kindly!

December 16, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

December 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/teddy123

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

December 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/xoxoallieoxo

WOOOO!!! waiting on Latin and Greek now

December 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/edwin9

Yay! This is fantastic :)

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Jose_de_Arcos

After Italian I can only ask for Greek!

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/KaterinaKa163891

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

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/lasirk

Bravo! Grazie mille!

December 18, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/ntjoseph16

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

January 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinH1234

Stupendo!

February 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profelevi

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 ;)

April 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

September 5, 2013
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