Anybody wanting to learn Urdu?
Maybe duolingo should think about introducing Urdu?
I'm a native Urdu speaker. I'd LOVE it if they introduced it and would be glad to help out.
Please, If the curse doesn't start, you should try to start it. Duoligo needs volunteers.
Yes! Could you please start it up. I am so interested in learning and you just getting the ball rolling could help a lot.
I would be amazing if you started the course my dad and mum speaks Urdu so I encourage you make the course o duolingo!
Hello Arooba1, I am also an Urdu speaker... I can also contribute to the Urdu course if duolingo starts one... However, I think, it will only be started if there is considerable number of people willing to learn Urdu...
There is a considerable amount of interest I would say! Please start it with the Language incubator!
I would love to learn Urdu! The language itself is beautiful, as well as its alphabet. Plus, there are so many beautiful poems and books in Urdu, as it is such a poetic language! You should definetely apply to contribute, though you will have your work cut out for you! Maybe you should try and find other Urdu speakers willing to contribute so you can rally together and get more attention. Also, first, if there isn't one already, you should first apply to English for Urdu speakers.
Duolingo needs to see this discussion already. I've applied to help in the Urdu language course, you guys should too. The more people applying for an Urdu course, the higher the chance we get one.
Urdu-speaking people, please come together and make us a course! xD Mein urdu seekne keekosheesh karrahee hoon.
I think you apply to be a contributor and then they'll email you saying that they'll let you know when they'll be setting up the course.
Though i have come here before,this time I was redirected from a response to a person who left a comment asking about how to request and have a course that does not exist created. It included a list of languages with dedicated forums. One was Urdu. So I clicked on it and was again redirected here. This proves that Duolingo recognizes that people have been requesting Urdu. I encourage you to try and find the list,because it is huge. It has all the languages you have heard of and then many that you have not. Examples for requested languages include Faroese,Amharic,Inuktitut,Kannada,etc. There ought to have been at least 100 languages. Many,for example Inuktitut,are too obscure to ever be created,but there are alot that I think Duolingo is crazy not to invite volunteers to create a course for. If you have ever looked at the list of courses,you may have noticed that Arabic,despite being the 5th most commonly spoken language in the world,does not even have a course in the making. And there already exist courses for Italian,dutch,german,french,even Esperanto. Even Klingon is in the making. And both those languages are conlangs that are not spoken in any particular region in the world. That is just ridiculous.
I'd be glad to help out in Urdu for English speakers course if they ever make one.
I just want to say that, if Duolingo makes this course, please put two flags instead of just one. Urdu is the national language of Pakistan but most of its native speakers are in India and most of the Pakistani Urdu native speakers migrated to Pakistan from India mostly during the partition. Most of other Urdu native speakers of Pakistan were or have ancestors who spoke other languages like Punjabi, Saraiki, Sindhi etc. So please add the flags of both India and Pakistan for Urdu.
The flag IMO should be the green flag used for Muslims in the Subcontinent, which looks like the Pakistan flag but without the bar of white on the side. Sometimes there are other stars but the icons here are too small to really represent that.
Definitely would love to see Urdu on here, I'd sign up for it in a heartbeat if they brought it in.
Great! I am from South India and Urdu is my mother tongue. Urdu would be nice to have on Duo.... Arooba1 can you edit your post and include reasons to include Urdu, to make it more attractive? For example, you can see how the Malyalam post really makes it look nice to learn that language - https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8847807 . Also it's a very highly spoken language ( but I dunno it's exact rank status). Why hasn't the course started to build already, if I can see many Urdu-speaking people here (correct me if it did)? I would love to see Urdu here :)
I have been waiting for this for 2 years and they still haven't done it yet :(
Hello, Arooba1. I had actually requested an Urdu course but didn't receive a reply. Just wanted to let you know that I'm a native Urdu speaker and I'd always be willing to help for the development of an Urdu course, particularly for English speakers. Regards, Naufal Alavi
Did you just request it or did you apply to contribute? Because the latter makes it much more likely for the course to go through.
I requested ages ago as I had been off Duolingo for a long period of time so I don't exactly remember what I actually did. I guess I applied to contribute because they asked me whether or not I was a native Urdu speaker and also to type (in Urdu) why am I willing to contribute. It was a form which I had to fill. In the end, I was told that I'll receive a response through e-mail, but I never did. I tried multiple times, but no response. At that time no one even mentioned the idea of an Urdu course. After reading this, I thought I could assist in the development of this course as I had been thinking about it since last year.
Yes, yes, yes! If they add it I can contribute. This is one of the languages I actually can speak.
Yes, of course!
Despite them being similar, if one goes to Pakistan they would want to be speaking Urdu, not Hindi!
Urdu has more speakers than most of the languages already on here so it definitely deserves a spot in the incubator!
Urdu is the national language of Pakistan and has a considerable amount of speakers in India. Hindi is the most spoken language in India and Urdu is very similar. They have mostly the same grammar rules. Hindi is written in the Devanagari script and Urdu is written in the Arabic script. Also, Hindi has more of Sanskrit words whereas Urdu has more of Arabic or Persian words.
In fact, there are five times more native Urdu speakers in India than in Pakistan.
No it's not, it's because Urdu is from north-central India and wasn't really widely used in what is now Pakistan until independence. To this day most native speakers of Urdu in Pakistan are descended from Indian-Muslim immigrants.
Right. This explains why most of the people I know (including me) have other, "actual" native languages - and why our textbook would call Urdu 'nobody's language' AND why only a few of the people I know would claim Urdu as their only mother tongue.
Edit: About the difference, I would like to add something in the grammar rules thing. In Hindi, if you want to say "Don't do this!" (i.e. imperative form), we'd say ऐसा मत करो [ae-saa muht kuh-ro], but in Urdu, one would say ایسا نہ کرو [ae-saa naa kuh-ro].
In Hindi we have the additional मत [muht] for negation in imperative sentences whereas in Urdu there is نہ [naa].
Also, I've only heard about this rule, please correct me if I'm wrong :)
Colloquially, we use "muht" as well. I'm not sure about it being used in literary or formal Urdu, though.
I have known many (so-called?) Hindi speakers who use "aisaa na karo" and many (so-called?) Urdu speakers who use "aisaa mat karo."
The fact remains that these distinctions exist for purists and not your everyday Hindi/Urdu speaker, which is why I feel it would be best if a single course introduces both the scripts (given that the Hindi course teaches only the shared everyday language)
I was shocked to find out that there have been almost no courses allowing for people to learn Urdu. All of my family speaks it and nobody in my immediate community wanted for me to speak it because they thought it would cause linguistic struggles in my life. I'm shocked nobody took the initiative for me to learn it while I was still a kid. I would really love for this site to create a course for this more than ANY other one it can.
They should even introduce English for Urdu speakers. It could help so many people in Pakistan learn and know English properly with Duolingo.
That is a really good idea! I haven't thought about the other way around before. That would be super popular in Pakistan.
I am ready to help out for the preparation of the Urdu course on Duolingo. Just let it start!
I work in a school where a lot of the kids speak Urdu as a first language, so speaking some Urdu would be super useful for me!
I would LOVE for them to add Urdu, they have plenty of European languages, and Urdu is an incredible language!
I hope that they add Urdu someday! I know a lot of people have been requesting it, so maybe they'll do it.
A ton of my friends speak/want to speak Urdu. I really hope it gets added soon.
I would love to learn Urdu. it would give me opportunity to communicate with huge number of Urdu speakers in the middle east.
I am currently learning conversational Urdu with a Skype tutor from Pakistan. It's going quite well but I would very much appreciate an Urdu module in Duolingo that utilized Roman Urdu.
Yes. I would love to contribute if Duolingo chooses to introduce Urdu. And I hope it introduces it soon.
Definitely!! Urdu is much more widely spoken than many languages here. Let's get some South Asian languages on here!
Yes !!!! And also Pashto. But people who talk Urdu and any other language, like English, should START it. Duolingo needs volunteers.
I hope this happens. I can contribute to developing Urdu on here as I am fluent in the language.
Urdu was my mother tongue as a child, but lost it when I was forced to learn English in school. There aren't any good websites to teach Urdu to English speakers. If it could become available, I would have the opportunity to access the language I so desperately want to know again.
I'd love to learn Urdu, it would be much more useful than Hindi because there are so many more people in my area in the UK that speak Urdu. It would be very useful for work in my neighbourhood and I'd be grateful to anyone who wants to create a course.
I want to learn Urdu so badly! I would go on Duolingo DAILY if they had an Urdu course! They have Chinese and Japanese, surely these two are harder than Urdu?
Yessss I would LOVE to learn Urdu so much!! It is an amazing language :D (also a lot of my friends speak it so I learned a few words ahah) !!!
First of all, I have heard that users can volunteer to contribute to creating a language course on Duolingo. +Knoxienne: Even in colloquial vocabulary,there are a few differences. In Urdu,you say Asalāmālikum for hello,and in Hindi,you say Namaste . I do not know how to say goodbye in Hindi,but I know that it is different from Urdu. Furthermore,the word for language. In Urdu,it is Zabān and in Hindi it is Bhāshā. The word for empty. In Urdu it is Khālī and in Hindi it is Shūnya. These are just a few examples. There are more. Then pronunciation is also different. Although there exists a letter in Hindi that makes the "z" sound,for some reason,they always pronounce it like the "j" sound. The "kh" sound is like a snore made by placing your tongue to make the "K" sound and then trying to make the "h" sound. It does not exist in Hindi and is replaced by a regular "K" sound instead. If you vocalize the "kh" sound,you get the "gh" sound,which also does not exist in Hindi. And learning a language is not just about speaking. It is also about listening,reading,and writing,which is why learning Hindi,with a different script,is not a viable substitute for Urdu.
I've heard of a lot of people that want to contribute to the course and have messaged duolingo with no reply :(
Urdu is Turkish word which means Caravan. The speaker of Urdu can speak almost any language and can possibly adopt to any accent because Urdu has almost all types of sounds in it. It is mainly a mixture of Arabic, Hindi, Turkish and Persian but has also adopted some words from English language for example word "member" is an English language word but sometimes it is used in Urdu as "Member'aan". Therefore, it would be really interesting to add Urdu language here because this will give a flavor of 5 above mentioned languages. This language, as its meaning "Caravan" suggests can accept any new member in its caravan i.e. it can adopt any word from any language based on trends and cultural influences.
Omg, I am beginning to learn Urdu and this would be a massive help. It would also be a great addition to Duolingo's courses; I'm sure many would be happy to help. Please make this course!
I once submitted a form with Duolingo o participate in the course making but that seem to have been put in vein by DuoLingo or maybe they dont want to do that at al.
We NEED this. There is nobody in the world, not even a website that teaches اردو، and if nobody makes a course for it, I'll never be able to speak with my relatives without somebody having to translate for me. PLEASE MAKE THIS COURSE!
id be willing to help you with your urdu, and i agree! there should definitely be an urdu course
Hi I would really love to see my language up here on an honorable international platform - Urdu for English speakers - that would be a great course! Have you applied for it?
Very useful for those living in countries with large expat population of urdu speakers (i.e. UAE) as well
I contributed for the Urdu course on the Incubator page, and they sent an email back. I've heard from this discussion that no one got an email when they contributed, but I just got an email stating this: Hi,
We’re excited for your interest in participating in this monumental project! You can stay posted on Incubator progress here (incubator.duolingo.com). Once there is an opening, you might be contacted by a team member to help construct the course.
Thank you for all of your support. We are making language learning history together!
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This might mean that they could be considering making the Urdu course on Duolingo. I am moderately fluent in Urdu as I am from Pakistan and I know how to write, read, speak, and understand it. If you guys are able to contribute to the course, then contribute so that this can become possible!
im an urdu native who's fluent in hindi too, and i absolutely think that there should be an urdu duolingo course!
I am a native speaker of Urdu and I will love to help anyone willing to start the course
Yes me too... I'm a Marathi and Hindi speaker and I like Urdu language. I'm interested in learning it if you make it possible......
Yes! It's actually why I downloaded Duolingo in the first place - hoping they would have it!
Realistically, do you think it might exist on Duolingo at some point, I've seen many threads with people who've supposedly applied to contribute but I don't know if they've gone anywhere. I know speaking-wise it's very similar to Hindi but Urdu is a language in it's own right spoken by many and it would be interesting to see it on here. I'm from a Pakistani family so my speaking is decent but I'd love to learn to read and write.
YES!!! I personally speak urdu however, have trouble reading the language. I would love to be able to learn to read it as well! I believe we need to have this course because there is a distict contrast between hindi and urdu in terms of the way they are written, which are significant aspects of those languages.
I am from Pakistan but despite being born UAE and living here I can still speak Urdu thanks to my relatives but I want Urdu to learn a bit more like speech because I'm weak at advanced speech but I can speak as good as a fluent Pakistan.
I recently applied to start a course, I would suggest people should do the same :)
Just wanted to bump this?! I would love to learn Urdu! I know Hindi is almost out but I really want to learn how to read Urdu not Sanskrit. Wish I had growing up but my dad didnt speak it to us very much!
YES I REALLY WANT TO LEARN URDU. I know a little because my parents are pakistani but i'd love to be fluent
I want to learn this as apparently Bollywood productions are done in Urdu and Hindi for the most part... and as we all know Bollywood movies are FREAKING AWESOME! If you cannot find love in various Bollywood movies--well you are clearly some kind of emotionally stunted lizard person (as even the supposed lizard people can find love in Bollywood movies--not that I would personally know, fellow humans).
There are subtitles available--but subtitles can only translate so much... and even then as you start to learn various languages, you start to notice various issues in subtitles (and are also, "yeah... but I have no idea how I'd fix that issue").
So to enjoy Bollywood stuff in its full glory... learning Urdu must be done. As well as Hindi.
Yea me too I would love to contribute and I'm a native speaker of Urdu and it would be pretty cool if Duolingo had it
im fluent as well. i'd love to contribute to a urdu course. urdu only so we can teach the script and differentiate between hindi
Great idea! I've been learning Hindi and Urdu for 7 years and continued learning in a Master's program at UC Berkeley. I would definitely love to help--seems like there's a lot of interest!
They are almost finished with the Hindi course and are working on the Arabic course, therefore, Urdu wouldn't be that much of a stretch. I would appreciate it so much!
کیوں نہیں! Would contribute if it ever comes true! I don't know if it's possible with Duo's UI but it'll also be much more wonderful if the Hindi and Urdu course are integrated into a single one with two scripts. I've sampled the Hindi course and it sticks only to the conversational, at a level where Hindi and Urdu are indistinguishable.
Definitely. It's odd that they promote they teach languages with less speaker eg Hawaiian and Navajo. Plus they teach hindi, which yes has more speeches but this feels quite political or islamoohobic that you would have hindi and not urdu.
I thought it was Islamophobic until I saw that they added Arabic a while back. There's no reason for them to neglect Urdu when both Arabic and Hindi are languages on Duolingo now
Maybe they just have something against Pakistan or are too busy to make a new course
Despite having so much interest, why is urdu still not being at the very least considered, I have just sent a request on the incubator site but why has the request still not progressed?
Please add Urdu, I'd really love to learn it and there'd be so much demand!
I also want to learn Urdu. It is hard to come by good free sources for this so Duolingo seems perfect.
Learning Urdu instead of Hindi if you want to go to Pakistan is like moving to America a in search of better opportunities but you do not know English. You would have to learn it,and wouldn't it be weird if you learned British English even though you live in America? It would be the same thing if you learn Hindi and then travel to Pakistan.
Not necessarily. British English is hardly at all different from Australian or American English, for instance.
I really hope they have a way to include the Nastaliq font.
I have near-native fluency in Hindi, and I was able to pick up the Arabic script quickly, but Nastaliq is still a bit hard for me to get used to. That is preventing me from reading the Urdu wikipedia or online Urdu newspapers.
Yes! I'd love to see an Urdu course on here but I'm not sure people would be interested in learning it. I think a Persian course would be interesting for us native Urdu speakers.
Actually a LOT of British Pakistanis would LOVE to learn Urdu because it's seen as a beautiful language. Even British Pakistanis whom speak Punjabi want to learn Urdu!
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When the course for Urdu is finished, I'll sign up! Hopefully it won't take as long as the Hindi course, which has been taking years . . . .
I would love to learn Urdu on Duolingo. I'm a Pakistani who's out of touch with his roots, and I've always wanted to learn Urdu. Please make it happen!
I'd love for this to happen, my dad talks about how rich the literature is, and as someone whose parents are from Pakistan I think it's a must to learn Urdu.
Now that we have the Hindi course, does this mean the Urdu course will be nearly ready ??? :D
My family on my fathers side all immigrated from Pakistan but me and my siblings seem to be the only ones who don't know the language! I would love if they could make one for Urdu.
Would love, love, love to learn Urdu. I can speak it but I can't read/write in it — a common experience for those of us of the diaspora.
i would LOVE to learn urdu! i really hope duo gets around to adding this language
There is a huge community waiting for it. Kindly make sure you finish this project and not leave it in middle.Many other people have started but they stop positing it soon
My friend and I were just talking about wanting to learn Urdu. I’m just interested in it but it’s her boyfriends first language and she’s been trying to learn it for ages but tutors are too expensive. This would be dope!
They already have Arabic and Hindi, so why not Urdu? It's for the most part mutually intelligible with Hindi besides for the writing (COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM HINDI)
Urdu writing style is similar to Arabic though, so there's no reason for them not to have Urdu yet