Catalan for Spanish speakers launches in the Incubator!
After many requests, we’re excited to say that Catalan for Spanish speakers is now in the Incubator. The team of volunteers will be forming over the next weeks, so if you’re interested in contributing and haven’t applied yet- make sure you do so here.
We look forward to seeing this course on Duolingo in the future!
I'm just wondering how much longer they can pretend it's not popular, when any passing mention of Finnish rises near the top.
any passing mention of everything rises near the top. It's not a matter of pretending it's not popular.
Yet somehow it's usually Finnish, Latin or one of the three big Asian languages (ch, jp, ar) that tops the list, especially now that Esperanto, Norwegian and the like are already in the Incubator. As for the pretending, Icystrider was apparently told that there isn't enough interest in Finnish which, from what I've seen and (re)searched, sounds ridiculous (the fact that TL---'s Project Finnish is the 20th most popular post of all time should also tell something).
I never said there weren't good reasons for the Asian languages.
Now, even though the post is only the 20th most popular (or the most popular language request) as voted by forum users, let's not forget that it's us and social media (which also represents a small percentage of total users) that are DL's main ways of getting requests. And while I don't follow social media, I would be surprised if the support for Finnish didn't extend beyond the forums. Plus, we all know how much Duo loves to select a group of people, see what suits them and give it to everyone.
20th most popular post of all time, of all active forum users...which is nothing to be sneezed at, but the active forum users makes up a small percentage of the overall active user base.
There are very specific and good reasons why none of the three big Asian languages have been started. Other than that, though, no matter what "tops the list", it's foolish to tacitly imply that any language entering the incubator before Finnish or your "big three" would be DL "ignoring" Finnish.
So Finnish is also possible ! I've been waiting and waiting... Finnish please
Such a tease though! Took y'all long enough, but I must say I'm still grateful for for all the hard work. It tends to be worth the long wait in the end.
Awesome! Glad to see another course for Spanish speakers, and a first at that: A course starting from Spanish. :)
I was pleased to finally see a language first offered to someone other than English too.
AlexisLinguist and HappyEvilSlosh: Here are the languages you can learn as a Spanish speaker on Duolingo (English/German/Portuguese/French/Italian) https://www.duolingo.com/courses/es. You can also check out all the other courses for different languages in the dropdown in the upper right of that view.
Actually I don't speak any Spanish really. :P I like seeing it in the sense that it's the norm for English speakers to be pandered to first and it's nice to see that not happen every now and then, not because it affects me personally.
You have some time to learn Spanish until this course is up and running! ;-)
I am also pleased to see the adding of a new language from its "most logical" base language, as in not just always "English for X speakers" or even the recent (and very sensible for those Nordic languages) "X for English speakers".
Same here, speakers of other languages should get "first dibs" too, it's a good start in my opinion.
I'm so happy!! I love you all, starting by Luis, kristinemc, Ilmarien, tomi1999, and every catalan or future catalan learner, and all the others who suffered our spam for these past months :DDDDDD I'm going to contribute right now, Thanks DUO!!
The fact that catalan and spanish share a lot of things made the process easier. I think for the languages using different writing systems or very difficult grammar it's not so easy :S
So, Hindi for English speakers and Catalan for Spanish speakers ? Sounds like a lot of Fun, but I hope the next ones will be Czech, Serbian and Bulgarian (And I am also for Finnish and Estonian)
That is great news! I just have one small question: Why is it that when I select Spanish as my spoken skill, and the options appear, Catalan is not among them? Is it because the flag has not yet been chosen?
The course is in the incubator - that means it is ready to start being built. It is not yet in beta, which is when users can start taking the course.
You can follow along with the course progress here: http://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/ca/es/status
And once it gets added to this page: https://www.duolingo.com/courses/es, you can click on it and can sign up to get notified when the course enters beta
I know, but you can usually see the language being built, for example, if I clicked on "add a new course", and scrolled all the way down, I could see Klingon, Hebrew, Norwegian, Ukranian, etc. etc., even though none of those are in beta yet. I can see how far they are, the esteemed release date, and ask to be notified when it comes out in beta.
Ah, misunderstood you. Sorry. Yes, it has been added to the incubator but has not yet been added to the course page. I expect the course page will be updated shortly :-)
Congratulations to Catalan learners and speakers, probably the most important minority language in Europe (at least in terms of its position within the Spanish state, I know it's a majority language in Catalonia). Hopefully next we'll see two other important minority languages, Welsh and Basque.
Also, of course, thanks to the wonderful team at Duolingo for continuing to expand the linguistic possibilities for everyone.
That's great. I hope my Spanish is good enough to take the course when it comes out. I'd rather do that than wait for EN->Catalan...
Som-hi! Let's do this!
Thank you Luis, Kristine and all the DL staff for this opportunity. I'm so proud of being part of this wonderful community.
Next must be the Breton course for French speakers!
It would also be of great use and importance, especially given the fact that Breton is in a much worse situation than Catalan.
¡Excelente! Agradecemos a todos los que hicieron posible esto :)
Excellent! We thank everyone who made this possible :)
I've never thought about learning it but it might be a good laddering opportunity. I'm doing the German for Spanish speakers course (in addition to the German for English speakers), and it is definitely reinforcing my Spanish.
I'm not sure my brain is big enough for all the languages I want to learn here.
Yay! I hope this means that someday we could expect Taiwanese, Cantonese, Hakka... from Mandarin in the future before we get them from English because most likely the majority of people who would learn those languages will already speak or have learned mandarin.
Anyways, maybe I will try to learn Catalan now. I'm always looking to learn new languages through Spanish my second language instead of English.
YES YES YES YES YES OMG I'M SO EXCITED!!! NO PUEDO ESPERAR, ESPERO QUE LO PUEDAN TERMINAR PRONTO!
yo, si claro. Y el español será de España y del resto del mundo supongo, no habrá muchos problemas en aceptar diferentes frases. El catalán seguirá siendo el mismo :D
:) viajo a españa este verano (estoy muyyy emocionado), pero mi grupo y yo no viajamos a Catalonia, xq aprendemos español...quiero que pasemos un día en Barcelona, pero mis profesores me han dicho que no vamos :P
Catalonia en inglés
Catalunya en catalán
y Cataluña en español
Tu español es perfecto :D
En Barcelona se habla mucho el español, más que el catalán, pero mejor visitar toda España si sois un grupo de estudiantes de español :D
Thanks and Sorry, Luis, i don't can apply this course because i don't know Spanish nor Catalan :D But I can't wait!!!
Finnish (for English) next?
Also, I didn't think Catalan would have flag issues?
Oh, right. I forgot about Andorra. Having said that, if one reason for the Spanish flag was that the Mexican resembles Italian too much, Andorra would face the same problem with Romanian.
scarcerer and Ilmarien- That's not the case :) Simply design time. It will be up early next week :) Don't worry!
Did they also decide on Yiddish's? I saw in a tweet the black and white menorah flag. Is that one being used?
Yeah, it would be a strange choice, between that and the fact that Catalonia's flag is the one that's more well known. But it's the only issue I can think of!
Kristine just said it's still being designed, though, so I suppose there's no issue at all.
Next shall be the:
- Hebrew for Arabic speakers.
- Arabic for Hebrew speakers.
I trust Duolingo to help make peace!
Arabic for Hebrew speakers = My dream course(Hebrew for English speakers is too!)