Spanish for Russian speakers
Either my eyes are deceiving me, or there is a new course in the Incubator! It is not listed on the wiki (http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Course_list), so I guess it really is new despite looking like it's almost ready for beta: http://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/es/ru/status.
it is just because the Russian interface is ready (due to English for Russian speakers)
and that the word count is 0/0, as they haven't started adding anything yet
Thanks for the info!
In a case like this (in general, I get that you probably aren't involved in this particular course at all), wouldn't there still be differences in the interface due to the languages taught (English vs. Spanish) having different features that the two courses will be teaching? Or are those differences minor compared to the overall translation work for the interface?
Keep in mind that there's already English for Russian speakers, German for Russian speakers, and soon will be Swedish for Russian speakers.
Still, these are all Germanic ones, so there will the concepts of the actually Spanish course which will be new for Russian.
Well, there's certainly one more course than before. And I think there have been other courses that have started at near completion and dropped very quickly to the beginning.
That's what I noticed: the number of courses... It took me quite a while to figure out which one it was, as none looked like they normally do (ie. having today's date as the beta estimate but being right at the left in terms of progress).
Any new course is, of course, great news! However long it actually takes to hatch.
I knew SO many people learning Spanish in Russia. It's kind of the "it" language to learn (besides English). There will be a lot of traffic for this.
Really? I only ever knew two (or was it one?) Did anyone of them share why they chose Spanish?
I thought, French and German were more popular.
Hmm. Based on my experience (I lived in Russia for a year), I didn't know many people taking French, but quite a few taking German and many taking Spanish. There are plenty of French schools in Moscow, though. I suppose YMMV depending on region, age, and the people you know.
I know Spanish is a kind of a hip language to learn in many northern European countries (or at least it was a decade ago -- I am not that hip anymore).
This is probably because people typically learn English, German and/or French at school, so these languages are seen as more "academic" and "boring", whereas Spanish is not taught that often in school and is seen as more "sexy" and relates more to holidaying, gap years abroad, and fun in general.
Hmm. From what most of my friends told me, it was a) travel (Spain is very popular as a warm holiday place, and many Latin American countries are visa-free for Russians), b) its perceived usefulness as a world language, which is one of the reasons why most people learn it, I would think, and c) it sounds cool.
I went to Moscow for a week last year. I knew no Russian and I needed to ask for directions often. It was easier to find help in Spanish (my mother tongue) than in English.
Now there are as many courses teaching Spanish as there are courses teaching German. I wouldn't be too surprised if they added a French for Russian speakers soon either.