I've recently noticed something about Duolingo. You can choose to view the site in almost any language and learn almost any language from basically every language out there except Swedish. After exploring a bit, I found you can only learn Swedish if you speak English; and as far as I found, you cannot learn Swedish from any other language on Duolingo, and you cannot learn any other language if you already speak Swedish. I was hoping that someone could tell me if there is progress being made that would change this, and if not, how could I help to change it? My only other idea is to become a contributor myself, and I don't have enough Swedish knowledge for that quite yet... (I know there may be other languages that have this problem, but I just happened to notice that Swedish wasn't present, as that is the language I am focusing on at the moment) Thank you!! ^-^
It is the same for Danish but Swedish is being hatched for Russian speakers currently
This is the case for many, many languages. More than half, actually. (except they are reverse English)
Most Swedes also speak English, so an English course for Swedish speakers wouldn't have too many users.
There is also a Swedish course for Russian speakers in development: http://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/sv/ru/status
You can sign up to be notified when it releases here: https://www.duolingo.com/course/sv/ru/Learn-Swedish-Online
I know that A & A (creators of the Swedish course) are interesting in making a reverse course, but I think I read somewhere that Duolingo do not want to add a new interface for the moment. You know, there is no course from Swedish yet and to add such a course Duolingo need to create a Swedish version of the site.
This is exactly right. It's a huge process for what would almost definitely be a tiny user base.
You make a good point about the need to create a Swedish version of the site.
Have you seen https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8367813 ? EvaLarsson teaches Spanish to Swedish speakers.
What if, once Duolingo is ready to add interface languages again, Duolingo did not offer English for Swedish speakers...and did offer Spanish for Swedish speakers, French for Swedish speakers, and Russian for Swedish speakers (after the Swedish for Russian speakers course reaches Phase 3)...?
fr224 is absolutely right! all my friends from Sweden started english at the age of four. But i think you should jump in it and try! I remember when I went to uni in France I couldnt say only 10-15 sentences in French but I didnt have a choice and figuring out every single word came as a great lesson and experience. Now I think I will never forget that language. :)
1: Scandinavian countries are very well educated in English, so there is that much need for a language course in Swedish.
2: ... there are no courses learning in Swedish.
3: It would be a lot of work with every update with the thought of translating into multiple languages.