Duolingo Shona! (please)
I love the app and would love to see an African language on the interface. I suggest chiShona, which is the majority language of Zimbabwe. There is a huge Zimbabwean diaspora around the globe and I'm sure it would be very popular! It would also be 'fairly' easy to integrate into the Duolingo structure as modern Shona was transcribed and is taught using western phonology!
Hope I don't get a whole lot of downvotes!
I am 11 years old and my dad is from Mozambique but my mum is from Zimbabwe and we visit Zimbabwe almost every year and I always see little kids speaking shona and it is a language I really want to learn. PS. That is a really good post.
I am a fluent ChiShona language native speaker and a soon to be PhD holder. I play and teach mbira in Canada and the USA and many of my students and friends want to learn Shona. I would love to contribute to creating a ChiShona course on duolingo. I have had this idea for a year now. I have 'self-taught' spanish on duolingo. This can be useful to so many people who love Zimbabwean culture and music and landscape and also to the large Zimbabwean diaspora. How can we make this happen, I am ready be a lead contributor.
This is a good idea, and if you actually want to see this in Duolingo, you might want to consider sending the duolingo staff.
I am feeling you. Duolingo misses some African / Middle East and Asian languages. But with the arrival of Turkish and Vietnamese in the incubator, this is going to change soon. But the african languages I want are Swahili and Zuluu.
Hi amhlope, why would you get downvotes? This is actually a language that hasn't been requested a lot compared to some others, so it's a good thing to get some attention.
If you know the language a little bit, you could try to raise awareness and create posts explaining why it's such an interesting language, what you can discover by learning it...
And if you know anyone who is fluent in both chiShona and English, why not ask them to apply to the Incubator to create a course? Here: http://incubator.duolingo.com/apply
My boyfriend is from Zimbabwe, but having moved here when he was 5, he doesn't know to speak Shona very well. Adding this course to Duolingo would be great for him and people who leave Zimbabwe but still want to stay connected to its roots. A person's native language is part of their identity. Being able to strengthen and maintain that link even when abroad is very important to establish a sense of belonging. There's no place like home.
On google translater there is already Shona. So I think it is time to bring it also to Duolingo! What needs to be done to push it?