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I hope you're right. Mandarin Chinese makes the most sense with regard to Duolingo's overall aims, but it's also really challenging with the way existing lessons are set up and the nature of the language- tones on the audio side, characters instead of a romanized alphabet on the visual/typing side. But it is my personal choice too, because I just want to be able to speak to as many people as possible! I would also be happy with another language with lots of speakers, like Russian.
Typing isn't actually that hard. I speak, write and read a bit of Chinese for schooling and when typing you just use pinyin, which is basically the sound of the words in a roman alphabet. On most computers, it is easy to install as it takes 5 seconds. You just change the settings to Mandarin Chinese and type.
- English; Hello. i am Australian
- Pinyin; nihao. wo shi aodaliya ren
- Characters; 你好。我 是 澳大利亚人。
You would just type line 2 with the Mandarin setting on and line 3 will be written.
I really believe that Duo Lingo should develop a Chinese course as it is the most spoken language in the world. If Duo Lingo were to create a Chinese course, I hope that they do it in simplified characters, not traditional.
Always the chance of Turkish! http://dt.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1fa3nu/iama_scientist_and_entrepreneur_named_luis_von/
Adding new languages is a difficult and time consuming task. We have a small team, and we’ve realized we’ll never be able to add all the languages we want as fast as we want. That said, we get a lot of emails from people who really like our cause, are interested in learning Dutch, Swedish, Turkish (you name it!), and want to help us add more languages. So that’s the approach we plan to take: Instead of us slowly adding languages, we’ll create all the tools necessary for the community to build them. This means we can introduce more languages and empower other experts and people passionate about a specific language to lead the way. We don’t yet have a date for when this will go live, but it’s on the roadmap.
Considering the two things that people never stop asking for, it will probably those language adding tools or an Asian language, Chinese or Japanese. I hope it is one of those so people can quit asking for them. If it isn't people are gonna be really dissapointed. People are crazy about speaking Chinese, they may try to hunt the Duo staff down if it isn't!!! Personally i don't really mind what it is...
hmmm, you're implementing a multiplayer game like this:
Anyway, seriously, we need some sort of multiplayer game. You guys already have the timed practice, all you need to do ensure two people tackle it at the same time. Plus some music, and sound effects, and voila we have a learning experience that doesn't feel like learning :).
Hi Luis, I would love the option to donate, though. Please consider it. duolingo provides huge value to me, and a lot of fun, and I'd welcome the chance to send a few bucks when I feel inclined. If it keeps you guys going, that's great, but if it only buys the odd beer and pizza for the team, well that's fine too.
P.S. I'd love to be able to wear a duolingo t-shirt. I suspect a few more folk would too.
My wishlist is as following:
- developer API / SDK
- embedded code to embed your duolingo status in iframe on your webpage
- real-tie competition minigame, sth. like word-fight, where 2+ players get the same task and one who solves it faster, gets the point, this could be accompanied with some game representation, such as racing owls, or fighting owls, and everyone could have its own owl avatar!