https://www.duolingo.com/Jsprwstr

Wanna speculate about future course emblems?

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These are some of my personal choices.

For Hebrew: Masada. A bit more spectacular looking than the Western Wall, I'd say.

For Greek, the Parthenon obviously, and for Yiddish I really liked the suggestion someone made to use the great Synagogue in Warsaw, which was destroyed in the Second World War.

Next come a couple of languages which are not in development yet, but are sure to come sometime soon.

For Indonesian, I think the Pagaruyung palace looks pretty cool.

Although the Prambanan temple isn't a bad choice either.

Arabic is a bit of a tough one. If they're gonna teach the Egyptian dialect, I'd say the Muhammad Ali mosque.

If they're teaching Modern Standard Arabic, however, the Ka'aba seems like the obvious choice.

For Japanese, there's an overabundance of great picks, like Himeji castle, Mt. Fuji or the Ushiku Daibutsu, but I think a simple torii is probably the most iconic.

For Korean, I think Gyeongbok Palace, which used to be the palace of the Korean kings, looks really cool.

For Chinese, there is probably only one right choice: the Forbidden City.

For Hindi, the obvious choice would be Taj Mahal, but I quite like the Red Fort complex in Delhi as well.

For Czech, I quite like the 'Dancing Building' in Prague.

For Finnish, Helsinki Cathedral is probably the best choice.

For Icelandic, nothing can top the Hallgrímskirkja, of course.

Anyone else have any cool ideas? I'm very interested to see what you think!

April 8, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/Fimatic

Possibly Wat Saket for a Thai course? ;) duo

April 8, 2015

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Ohhh... How did you make that picture? :O

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Fimatic

Inkscape, photo editing, and inspect element. ;) I'm probably going to be releasing Duo Goes to Thailand tomorrow.

April 8, 2015

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Huzzah!

April 9, 2015

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Thanks! I cant wait for his visit :D

April 8, 2015

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The most spoken language in Southeast Asia? I am not sure about your given information but I am pretty sure that Vietnamese is more widely spoken than Thai link = P

April 9, 2015

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I said that it's one of the most spoken languages- I'm pretty sure that it's right after Vietnamese :)

April 9, 2015

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I'd prefer Santa's office for Finnish, though its looks aren't as iconic.

One course you didn't mention is Catalan. The obvious choice would of course be La Sagrada Familia.

April 8, 2015

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Oh, definitely the Gaudi for Catalan, I totally agree!

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jackmchugh12

Aw damn, i forgot about this! I was thinking of the 'Camp Nou' for Catalan. [sport fanatic right here ;) ]

April 8, 2015

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Yeah of course, I love Gaudí's buildings!

April 8, 2015

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For Chinese, the Great Wall would be a better choice:

The Forbidden City is awesome, too!

And the Temple of Heaven:

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/-TashaJ-

Sorry, when you put "Great Wall", it made me think of this XD Alt text

April 9, 2015

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Haha! That's funny! Not to mention that it's always full of people!! Haha!

Yeah, truely, when you look at it from modern eyes, it's nothing but an alright wall. However if you take into consideration that it was built over two thousand years ago on the top of the mountains, and that it is thousands of kilometres long, you'd understand why it's called great. :D

April 9, 2015

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I love all of them :D

April 9, 2015

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I'm so glad, Trang! :P Thank you! I love them, too!

April 9, 2015

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Azadi Tower for Persian! :D

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jackmchugh12

For Scottish Gaelic,

Church of Rodel ,Outer Hebrides.

Don't forget to check out my scottish gaelic post as part of the #Celticlanguages campaign ----> https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7488906

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Looks absolutely stunning, perhaps put it on the Scottish Gaelic post?

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jackmchugh12

good idea! you should do one for Welsh and maybe Cornish? !

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

I will! Cornwall has many beautiful sites especially since most of the Arthurian legend is set in Cornwall. You can even find Merlin's Cave for real. Wales? I don't know much about sites there but I will research. In fact we could create posts about the countries themselves. I have listed the countries on the homepage.

April 9, 2015

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cool !

April 9, 2015

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For Cornish, something like a representation of Glasney College, which was strongly linked to the cornish language until it's destruction during the reformation. There's a guy who has done some work on a 3D visualisation of what it would have looked like - hold on, I'll find it...

https://3darchaeologyvisualization.wordpress.com/#jp-carousel-228

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasney_College

Sorry, I don't know how to paste the images the way you all have!

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Neither do I :)

I'll check it out! Meur ras!

April 10, 2015

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Some really interesting ideas here!

Personally I would like Fuji for Japanese <3

I know the Hebrew team said they already picked theirs and it'll be unveiled fairly soon, I think. excite

April 8, 2015

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Thank you for sharing! I really enjoy watching these pictures and being fascinated by the extraordinary places around the world! :)

April 9, 2015

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For Egyptian Arabic should be the pyramids. For Quechua obviously the Mach Pichu.

April 8, 2015

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For Amharic, it could either be...

...The Simien mountains (ስሜን ተራራ):

...The Obelisk of Aksum (የአክሱም ሐውልት):

...or, Lalibela (ላሊበላ):

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_Moony

I like the idea of Mt. Fugi for Japanese c: All of yours are really good! I'm not very well oriented with different landmarks in different places, and it was interesting to see these :3

April 8, 2015

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Very cool! Looking through all of these pictures motivates me to speed up my learning so I can go travel :)

April 8, 2015

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A whirlwind world tour! All of them are quite exquisite.

April 8, 2015

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For Hebrew, I was thinking Dome of the Rock

April 8, 2015

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Yes, Gyongbok Palace is very iconic, but as the Korean mod, I (and I hope the rest of the team) is against it. In fact, we (at least I) want to go deeper into history such as the Seokgulam Grotto and Bulguksa Temple or Changdeok Palace's Huwon.

The Huwon

And for Japan, I would like to see the Kinkaku-ji or the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

April 9, 2015

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What do you guys think of 세종대왕 동상 with 경복궁 in the background? Since he was the creator of 한글 it would be the best way to represent the Korean Language rather than just some iconic Korean monument. Also 석굴암 and 불국사 are from the Shilla Dynasty and are representative of Buddhist history, leaving out Confucian history. On the other hand, 세종대왕 동상 would represent Unified Korea under the Chosŏn Dynasty.

April 9, 2015

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Honestly, we can only choose one monument. Honestly, in my humble opinion Hanguel existed before Sejong, who just created the modern Korean alphabet with his assistants (but mainly him). Not only that modern Hangeul activists made huge contributions to the modern script. I see your point (and another moderator suggested it) but honestly, after considering all the other language monuments, I believe that a UNESCO heritage site would be the best option. Besides... I would like something that is not in Seoul (My profile says it all :) )

P.S. About Confusism... I think that is starting to become a bit of a touchy subject with Sungrihak and the book "Confusism Killed Joseon". I honestly want to keep the monument away from Joseon as it carries a negative stigma sometimes :) (ex. I heard that only about like 20 years ago in Korea, they used to make kids memorize why Joseon lasted only 500 years word by word). So yeah, that is why my group (at least I am) trying to stay away from Joseon...

April 9, 2015

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I didn't mean to imply you would have two monuments side by side, rather if you look at the other course icons there is the outline of trees/buildings/mountains behind the principle monument.

I'm not sure sure what you mean that Hangeul existed before Sejong. In addition, he didn't create the modern Korean alphabet, but rather created 훈민정음 which would later drop many of its original letters and become the Korean script we now know today. There are debates overs the origins of the letters (including one interesting theory that the letters have origins in Mongolian and or Nepali scripts), but they were created by Sejong and his "team" (who I failed to mention) in 1443.

Considering how unique the Korean writing system is, and also considering that this is a language learning website you really have a unique opportunity that no other course would have to choose a truly language related and inspired icon. While I also have many misgivings about Confucianism and the effect it has had on Korea, I think it is beyond the point. Sejong is so popular and recognized as one of the most important, if not the most important historical Korean figures that it really transcends any negative association one can have with Confucian Chosŏn. Also, Korea is not a majority Buddhist country and in my opinion choosing a Korean version of one of the many impressive Buddhist grottos throughout Asia, doesn't really convey all that Korea has to offer but rather more of Korean Buddhism.

While you and many other of my 경상도 friends may want to downplay the importance of Seoul, historically Seoul has and likely will continue to be the heart of Korea. Also, I don't think we want to kindle any more animosity between 전라도 and 경상도, now do we? ㅎㅎㅎ Instead, picking a nice, neutral Seoul monument seems best to me.

If for some reason, the monument just can't be the 세종대왕 동상, I would suggest the 거북선. Then the Ukrainian and Korean courses could become buddies.

P.S. I really like 경상도, I can't count how many times I've been there. 전라도 only twice. That trek up the mountain to see 석굴암 is really worth it!

April 9, 2015

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Hanguel existed before Sejong, who just created the modern Korean alphabet with his assistants (but mainly him)

I meant that we used Hanja before. Sorry for being not so clear. And by modern Korean alphabet, I meant Hangeul.

P.S. 훈민정음 is the book that was basically the "instruction manual" of Hangeul, and I know that certain letters were dropped :)

Also, I don't think we want to kindle any more animosity between 전라도 and 경상도, now do we?

I know XD (Ironically, my family traces its roots to 전라도)

If for some reason, the monument just can't be the 세종대왕 동상, I would suggest the 거북선. Then the Ukrainian and Korean courses could become buddies.

The turtle ship seems great :) I will take that into account :)

April 9, 2015

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Thank you for your clarification^^

I get the impression we shouldn't expect a Korean for English speakers course anytime soon, especially since the English for Korean speakers course still needs a bit of polishing. But its nice to see that its being worked the last couple of months. Anyhow, it seems you guys still have lots of time to think about the course icon.

Kind of off topic here, but are there any plans to edit the English tree and optimize it more for Korean speakers like the Chinese team has done for theirs?

April 9, 2015

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About your question on tree versioning.

YES, we are planning a major uphaul of the tree. Not only it has proven ineffective, but the team (which is totally different after all the old members left and the new ones came) decided that we have to overhaul the tree in order to more effectively teach. We plan to do so immediately once Duo gives us the thumbs up :)

April 9, 2015

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That is spectacular news! I really did get the impression Korean learners were struggling to understand the material in the way it was organized. Here's to hoping for soon™~

April 9, 2015

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The Great Wall would also be a logical choice for China, I think. And for Finnish - why not the Moomin house?

I suppose a sauna could also work :)

April 9, 2015

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You were right on Chinese :)

December 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristianofPeace

I want a house like that looks like the Korean kings palace. :D

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/spangineer

Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) could be the Citadelle Laferrière:

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Wow I didn't even know it existed :)

April 10, 2015

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Welp, I failed to make them pictures, but you can click the links.

April 8, 2015

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![](http://masadaisrael.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/masadaisrael3.jpg)

Produces this:

No spaces between anything.

April 8, 2015

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Thanks, I fixed it!

April 8, 2015

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There are a bunch of possibilities for the Czech language, that city hast many many beautiful buildings. I hope they pick the tower clock!

April 8, 2015

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Well, I don't really like the the tower clock, however that idea with the dancing house is really good. Still, my favourite is iconical view on the prague clastle...

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

I think you may be right on the actual view of the Masada compared to the Western Wall. I still believe the Western Wall should be the "emblem" of the Hebrew course though. I kind of think it is more representing of the Hebrew language.

April 9, 2015

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For Maltese, I'm fairly certain it'll be Most Rotunda.

And since it has to be man-made, I think that this could be good for Tagalog...

April 8, 2015

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Most Rotunda, and not Least Rotunda...

How do you make these images? I'd love to see one for Amharic but am unfortunately not skilled enough in the art of photo editing... :(

April 12, 2015

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For Serbian maybe the Temple of Saint Sava (Храм светог Саве) which is also the largest orthodox church in the world!

Internet

The Temple of Saint Sava in Belgrade is dedicated to him, it was built on the scene where the Turks burnt his remains in the 16th century, following an uprising in which the Serbs used icon depictions of Sava as their war flags; the temple is currently the largest Eastern Christian church building in the world.


Or maybe Pobednik (literally The Victor) which was built to commemorate Serbia's victories against the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires! It was built in 1928 on the Belgrade Fortress (which also could be used) ...

lol it's a picture

April 8, 2015

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I agree with you, but I have to correct you. It's not a church nor Cathedral. It's the Temple of Saint Sava (Hram Svetog Save).

April 8, 2015

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I keep forgetting! Hvala :)

April 8, 2015

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Nema na čemu! :)

April 8, 2015

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or maybe Pobednik (The Victor)? :)

April 8, 2015

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Yes! That was my second choice, I'm going to add it to my original post! :D

April 8, 2015

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Slažem se s tobom i Pobednik je dobar izbor. :) Pozdrav :)

April 8, 2015

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For Georgian, I'd say the stunning Kartvlis Deda. It looks like this:

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