Which languages would you like to help build on Duolingo?
We can't wait for the October 9th launch of the Language Incubator! Here is Luis' announcement in case you missed it: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/862708. :)
Many members of the community have asked for ways to help add more languages. We're excited to be releasing the tools you need to add the languages you love. Best of all, this is your opportunity to help build Duolingo.
So, what language(s) would you like to help build?
Applications will officially open on October 9th, but we'd love to hear what you're thinking about contributing to.
Let's see what we can accomplish together!
This is so exciting! I was hoping for a discussion like this! I would love for Czech to be on here, since I am Czech, and I can help add Latin, since I know it well (I've been taking for 6 years!).
I can't wait to see what we can accomplish together! :)
I was also thinking about helping build Latin on Duolingo, if ancient languages will be accepted. I went to a boarding school in Italy called "Vivarium Novum", where it is against the rules to converse in any other language except for Latin! Being immersed in the language every day, I'm fluent.
That's amazing, I am delighted to know that such a thing exists! I studied Latin for five years but would be incapable of holding a normal conversation in it... Livy* et al. don't really prepare you for that kind of thing. So you are one of the few people in the world for whom http://yle.fi/radio1/tiede/nuntii_latini/ would be useful.
(* Sorry, that's Titus Livius... in Britain we like to give foreign authors nice comfortable English-sounding names.)
I also studied Latin for six years (good old Cambridge Latin course with Caecilius, Cerberus and the nubes mirabilis) and got my A level but have since forgotten a lot and would be totally unable to speak it - the exam only tested reading ability. I do remember reciting the noun declension tables a lot - it may be against modern teaching practice but certainly stuck in my head!
There are only a few academies in the world that learn the Latin language this way. Most people are accustomed to learning it from the grammar, rather than treating it as a spoken language.
Love to learn Latin again. Was comfortable with it ages ago in prep school. Such a comfort going through the conjugations and declentions. Like to see classical Greek done as well.
I also am learning Attic Greek using the spoken methodology, but I am not fluent yet.
Over the years, the Odyssey has become my favorite text. I would love to read it in Greek one day. I think of the story as a metaphor for my life... Back in the day I thought I'd be a classical scholar, but I majored in East Asian Studies instead. Never too late, especially with the help of a robust Duolingo community.
I have read Homer's Odyssey in English a few years ago, and I hope to read it some time in the original language.
I think Czech is a beautiful language, but I am compelled to point out that there is no such language as "Czechoslovakian", as far as I know...
Well, you are right, Czech and Slovak are 2 different languages. Just Czech republic and Slovakia formed just one republic for a long time. I can help with czech language... I was hearing it since my childhood and i am a fluent speaker. And also with Slovak, because I have slovak native, but i think czech is more popular in the world :). I am ready to cooperate in every case.
I am a native Slovak too, I could help with Slovak, from English and from Portuguese. My portuguese husband would love to improve his Slovak.
My gf is fighting the same thing - there is no great product on web to learn Czech. It would be amazing to see this happen. Im here to help if this would make the table:-]
Yeah, I recently looked at the phonology to learn how to pronounce a particular name, and then I found that I really liked its sound inventory and syllable structure. Turns out it's got a similar sound(and writing system) to Esperanto.
I am Chilean and I am learning Czech by myself!!! I went to the Czech embassy here in Chile and they gave me a wonderful book to learn this language, that's all I have. Would be wonderful if you and other Czech speakers help with that beautiful language. I would be the first one to take it and I would be very thankful as well...
I would also love to learn czech since i am 25% czech. Also Latin would be a great option. I took latin for 4 years but am not capable of holding a conversation.
Definitely! Please add English->Czech I keep finding posts looking for the best way to learn it.... but very few decent resources for the language!
as you said - well exciting!!! as I live 9 years abroad (I'm czech tho) and covered 4 continents I can honestly say there is a plenty of people who would at least love to know basics.
Czech would be absolutely amazing. My grandmother came from the Czech Republic and she developed dementia and later passed before I got the chance to have her teach me. Sadly, it's near impossible to find a good program or class to learn, so a Czech course in Doulingo format would be a godsend.
Well, you are not alone. It was my biggest dream (after Italian- but it is already fulfilled :))
How? Here, of course at Duolingo! I didn't say that I know italian perfectly. I just said that I always wanted to learn it. And I can learn it here. And I'm really, really happy for that ;)
I'm a native Chinese (Mandarin) speaker and would love to help with that.
Edit: I grew up with simplified Chinese.
I'd love to see how Duolingo could be set up to train people in how to properly use tones.
Traditional or Simplified? In Taiwan, where I live, we do traditional but most of us can understand simplified as well. However, some of my friends get offended when you use simplified characters. Is Duolingo going to follow Wikipedia style with both? Or are there any other ways?
Hopefully both could be done if possible, this would also make it easier to import the kanji for Japanese users.
I hope there will be an option to switch between two character sets for any Chinese content for display (and accept answers typed in either character set) using conversion tables. It would be a nightmare to maintain and synchronize two separate versions!
Yeah part of the reason I'm keen on this is I'm so curious how Duolingo is going to solve the problem of multiple character sets. I'm sure I'll be amazed and delighted.
It might be helpful to begin by teaching/learning Pinyin, the "official phonetic system for transcribing the sound of Chinese characters into Latin script in China, Taiwan, and Singapore"*. Perhaps concurrent with, or following, Pinyin lessons, Chinese characters can be introduced.
In terms of deciding whether the introduction of simplified or traditional characters would be more helpful to students on Duolingo (many of whom would be exposed to Chinese characters for the first time, while others being speakers with the potential to contribute to course content), we might like to consider the following:
1) Simplified characters are officially used in the People's Republic of China and Singapore (approximate combined population of 1.4 billion, or 1,356,312,000), whereas traditional characters are used in Hong Kong, Macau, and the Republic of China/Taiwan (approximate combined population of 31 million, or 31,051,783)**.
2) Many universities, such as Oxford, UBC, and Tulane, actively teach simplified Chinese in their courses***.
3) The HSK, or Chinese Proficiency Test, is China's "only standardized test of Standard Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers" and is administered in simplified Chinese****.
Although there are many historical, social, and cultural factors to consider when choosing between the two characters, for practical purposes, teaching simplified Chinese characters would be of most benefit for the largest number of students, given that the native users of traditional characters represent 2% of total native Chinese users worldwide.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinyin * a) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simplified_Chinese_characters b) population figures from Google open data
a)http://www.chinese.arts.ubc.ca/course_description/CHINESE_100_COURSE_DESCRIPTION_NONHERITAGE.htm b)http://www.ctcfl.ox.ac.uk/chinese/ c)http://tulane.edu/liberal-arts/asian-studies/chinese-faq.cfm#Does%20Tulane%20teach
While it probably makes more sense to offer simplified characters rather than traditional characters as the "default setting" to a student who is exposed to the Chinese language for the first time, if a student wants to learn Chinese via traditional characters (because he/she is preparing for a move to Taiwan, for example) or if a Chinese speaker who primarily uses traditional characters wants to learn English / French / German or other languages, why not offer traditional characters as an alternate option? After all, 31 million is still not a small number of active/native users by any measure! The way I see it, the main reason for opening the Incubator for crowd-sourcing is to allow language learning in more languages by more people -- limiting to just one Chinese character set (for both contributing and learning) would be rather against the intention of this move.
It is technically feasible for computers to input, process and output both characters sets with ease. Wikipedia's auto-conversion mechanism is a very good example of how it can done properly and I think the Duo team can definitely borrow a page from Wikipedia's playbook. I do hope the Incubator system will allow both character sets to be used! (But please don't just set up two separate versions for each character set -- because it would be horrible to maintain and synchronize!)
By the way, there is another standardized test of Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers called TOCFL (http://www.sc-top.org.tw/english/eng_index.php) whose test levels are established based on CEFR. So there's more reference material for contributors there!
Well said! It sounds like the question isn't so much "either-or" but whether we can feasibly incorporate both character sets and offer users the choice.
Maybe they should try to have them be two separate courses, like they did with Bokmål og Nynorsk.
I just want to say, I wouldn't want anyone to overdose on this overly considered and well reasoned pragmatism ;). As an antidote, I would have to say that Chinese glyphs are built on top of themselves, meaning that most of the simplifications of the glyphs are reciprocal/hereditary. So if you can remember a few things that are equivalent between the two, it really doesn't matter what you use: it's like the distinction between CAPITAL and lowercase letters, they are different but it isn't beyond the realms of possibility to learn both. Learning simplified glyphs is like trying to carry 100 kilos up 10 flights of stairs. learning simplified AND traditional glyphs is like trying to carry 120 kilos up 10 flights of stairs. What's the difference?
If anyone wants to learn traditional glyphs, let them. Don't forget, the most marketable feature of Chinese glyphs are their visual beauty, so even if it is more 'practical' to use simplified glyphs, that probably is not the best way to satisfy the reason that a lot of people decide to learn them in the first place...
我学习汉学了三年， and learning Mandarin as a second language sounds almost impossible if you don't learn how to write, mostly because of the large amount of homonyms you come across. Do yo think it would be possible for people to learn how to write characters via duolinguo?
Yes, I agree. I'm a native chinese speaker, and it IS difficult to learn. There are a LOT of similar words.
Finally!!! One Russian volunteer, I want to learn Russian and I was getting scared by the lack of volunteers :)
Actually, I believe there are a lot of Russian on Duolingo) So... just let us help and we will)
I would love to help them and I sent an application but I received an answer "Thank you very much, but we do not need helpers"
@sally_neuf, I also would love to learn Russian! I really hope it will be added onto here :)
Awesome! I do hope to see Russian for English speakers soon so I can get some practice in myself! ^__^
I volunteer as tribute! For JAPANESE!
(which translates to "but, I'm a little worried. How will I (we) teach kanji, hiragana, and katakana? Keigo! We'll have to write many explanations on it. Japanese is difficult!")
Oh, and I could also contribute to the English tree. I've never checked it out before, but I'm sure it could use more advanced lessons, more vocab, etc.
I can contribute to Japanese too (just got the JLPT N2 cert few days ago!). Maybe i can only contribute little to Japanese,but it is always happy to see that the number of users of Duolingo is growing :)
Oh, N2? You're better than me, then. I'm studying for N3, although I'll never take it (no test locations in my area!), maybe just a practice test or two for me. I have enough to make some reasonable material though. I'll get all of my sentences double (triple?) checked on Lang-8 before I add them to the system.
Thank You all for your contributions!!! I have wanted to learn Japanese for years and am a anime/vocaloid/manga fanatic. I'm an otaku :3 I know some words, katakana and understand the basic pronunciation, but I want to learn kanji and hiragana and how to speak it fluently!!
I could help out for sure. I got N1 about 2 years ago, and have been living in Japan and working at at Japanese company since then. You could probably forget about in-depth 敬語, but maybe like a section of some of the most common things you'd run across
Thank you! If it will be possible for a non native speaker to contribute, I'd love to help with Japanese as well! Passed the JLPT N2 and am stuying for N1 now :D
In my opinion, although Japanese may be difficult (no stressing kills me), Hiragana is EXTREMELY simple. Especially since each letter represent a syllable and not a sound. Writing it is difficult as well.
Please be aware that this is just a novice's eye at Japanese. I was deciding whether to learn Japanese or not a few years ago, and decided against it, since it did not capture my interest.
I guess it depends on who you ask, and their native language. If you're Chinese, kanji is a lot easier. If you're Korean, grammar is a lot easier.
My stepdaughter has always wanted to learn Japanese. She will be thrilled!
Thumbs up for Hunger Games reference, woo! May the odds be ever in your favor, man.
Hebrew is my native language. It's also the language the bible was written in and one of the oldest languages still being used. Would be happy to contribute there. I wonder though how it would work since it's written right to left.
Hebrew is the language in the old testament. The new testament was written mostly in Greek. I would like to learn a little Hebrew my name is hebrew :D
The New Testament was written in Koine Greek, to be precise. I'm not trying to be pedantic. I just point it out as this is a language site. I would hate for someone to spend months learning Koine Greek when their goal was to read the Illiad and Odyssey in the original text. Those epics were written in Ancient (aka Classical) Greek.
Actually, the Iliad and the Odyssey were written in Ionic Greek. Most ancient Greek texts you encounter when first learning ancient Greek is Attic Greek, which was spoken in ancient Athens and Attica as a whole. The difference between Ionic Greek and Attic Greek is sort of like the difference between Shakespearean English and Modern English.
When you first start learning ancient Greek most start you off with Attic Greek, and then you move on to Ionic Greek when you've got a good foothold on the language.
But that doesn't make them different languages:-) When teaching a language one much choose a standard especially if there is none given. But in this case I would choose without any doubt the Attic Greek.
Oh no, I wasn't stating that it was a different language. However, the gap between the two is larger than one would first assume. As someone who has taken Attic Greek, jumping to Ionic is very difficult. You practically need a cheat sheet beside you. Much the same as reading Shakespearean plays when you're in High School-- sometimes it's helpful to have that guide on the other page in order to help you along. You know it's in English, but that doesn't mean it all makes sense!
I'd like to add that I found no difficulty switching from Attic to Ionic or Koine. Doric and Aeolian took a couple days to get used to (but I was also working with very corrupted texts). Would it be possible to having branching skills? I mean, at the beginning everyone has to learn the alphabet and get used to the cases. Then you could pick your dialect and continue lesson with that, and move on to another branch/dialect when you finished (or lost interest).
You are right, but when israelis say "bible" they mean only the old testment (the Tanach).
Maybe buttons the way that some of the accented letters are shown now?
(Of course, Duo could just also include instructions for how to swap keyboards to allow for typing with nikudot, or accept answers without, like you'd see normally anyway.)
Likewise Arabic. I don't think the direction of text is a problem, is it, as I don't think we tend to have sentences translated directly underneath each other on Duolingo. Maybe a travelling highlight on the words as they are read out in the earlier stages would help reinforce direction? That wouldn't be hard to do, it exists in early reading support programmes for first-language literacy.
I hope they make it work - I would really be grateful if someone like you would make that resource available! :) So ecstatic about this announcement!
I love hebrew, bible independenly ^^ I'd love to refresh the little I still know
I don't know that I could help with writing lessons for Hebrew, but I'd certainly be happy to beta-test them. (I'm above average for an American, but with a long way to go before I can say I am 'fluent'.)
I would like to help with Arabic "العربية" one of the most spoken languages.
Hadhaa mudarrasun. :))
This is a teacher!
Hehe, I only know very basic thus far. I look forward to you helping out with Arabic!
Native Dutch speaker here as well. I love learning new languages and I love writing, so I'd be happy to take part in building the Dutch lessons. DuoLingo rules!
I would love to learn Dutch. They say Dutch is easy to learn for native English speakers because they are close in language families and knowing dutch makes German easier!
I'm a Dutch native too, so if anyone is interested in learning Dutch, I'd like to help with that as well.
YES! I was waiting for this comment to appear.. both of my Oma and Opa's were born in Holland and immigrated to Canada, I would love to learn Dutch through Duolingo as I find that it is the best website for learning languages. Dank u wel! :D
I would really like to learn Dutch since my grandparents were from Flemish Belgium, I am not aware of the diferences between dialects but I imagine that there is a comon root that may help someone to start.
The Dutch in Flanders and the Netherlands is the same. Of course there are many dialects, but everyone knows the ' General Civilized Dutch ' (Algemeen Beschaafd Nederlands)
Well, I am ready to learn, meanwhile I am studying German which is quite similar.
Definitely Esperanto. I'm not a native speaker though. (There are very few native speakers of Esperanto).
Yes, there are, but they are rare. I imagine two people from different cultures / countries falling in love with each other and communication only in Esperanto. And then - the baby happened and can hear their parents speaking only Esperanto at home :)
I’ve meet relatively few of them (compared to non-native Esperanto speakers for instance), but there are however a few thousands of them in the world.
I would definitely help adding Esperanto in Duolingo if it’s possible. ☺ Mi tutcerte helpos aldoni Esperanton ĉe Duolingo se eblas. ☺
I first heard about esperanto when i read a short, one page, article about it in my high school english book. I was very excited then about it, but sadly i never found anybody that speaks the language. Next time I heard about it was when i saw that there are several esperanto books in Project Gutenberg...
As for kids in multilingual families, in all the cases I know, the couples and the kids speak the language of the country they live in, so yes it would have been impossible for me to imagine the situation you describe (of course i am biased since I never actually met anybody who speaks the language)...
In any case, I will try to learn it if it becomes available here.
I believe that sometimes it is hard to achieve enough fluency in the language of the country one does live in, for example in a case that someone moved there because of a spouse. I met very nice Finnish-Brasilian couple in Finland and despite of many years, he (Brasilian) couldn't speak Finnish too much. It is pretty difficult language.
So they were commnicating in English or maybe Portuguese, but definitely not in Finnish. It is not same story, but I think this can be possible situation :)
Another thing is what is the native language of these kids then?
I have some material on this topic from the literature, but this is not the right thread to discuss it. But regarding kids, between the ages of 2 and 5 they have some amazing language learning skills, they can learn 200-500 words per day if they are in the right environment. So in a multilingual family, I would say that the kids become native speakers on all languages.
I looked through some Esperanto-related articles and found out that there were some famous native speakers of Esperanto. And a Nobel Prize winner as well! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_Esperanto_speakers#List_of_native_speakers And something about 3rd generation native Esperanto speaker :) http://blogs.transparent.com/esperanto/3rd-gen-native-esperanto-speaker-nils/
I could contribute to the only language I know since my birth, which is Polish.
It's a bit hard even for natives, especially adolescents tend to make a lot of silly-looking mistakes, but even mature people often don't know it perfectly. So being a native is definitely not enough to call yourself an "expert" or anything of that sort. What are the requirements then?
Would you require a proper education?
I'm native Polish speaker, but I want to make the opposite happen. Since Polish is really hard (especially compared to English!) and used only in one country, not a lot of people will ever learn it as second language (mostly the ones living in Poland). I would like to create an English course for Poles. Speaking English is not as common in my country as it should be, and the awesomness of Duolingo is the perfect solution!
I think you might be surprised at how many people might want to learn Polish. I live in the UK, where it is now the third most common language, after English and Welsh (and Welsh is pretty much only spoken in Wales.) In my part of England I hear Polish spoken on a regular basis every day, there are Polish shops and restaurants near to where I live, whilst the main supermarket chains have specialist Polish food areas.
To my ear at least, Polish sounds amazing, and I'd love to learn at least the basics.
You've got my sword on this. I'd really like to help in that, since many of my friends would appreciate learning English in the "Duolingo"-style. I can't wait for contributing in translations, here on duo. :-) I'm on my way on getting the C-level cert in english.
I can help as well! I want my mum to learn English and I'm really looking forward to seeing Polish-English Duolingo. :)
If you're a native speaker (And apparently you are) then I'm sure that is enough to work on a language course.
Dobre! Finally I can learn the language that big parts of my family is speaking! I only know Swedish. I feel ashamed when people ask me about my second name, and their next question is: "Do you know Polish"? Well, cześć...
aww Im Polish and I love Swedish, can't wait to see your language on Duolingo :)
I'm in similar situation as you. My language (Slovenian) is considered the hardest language in the world to learn. Almost nobody in my country speaks it correctly, only dialects.
Well, according to Lithuanians, theirs is the hardest language to learn. Then the Xhosa will point to all the clicks, the Fins have more cases than I have fingers, Mandarin has one gazillion kanji that need to be memorized... :)
But, since I am Slovene too, I'll be glad to help. Pronunciation should be fun, for English speakers ;)
On the other hand our simple pronounciation rules (ok, Serbian still beats us) make life easier if you start off as a book worm.
Expect a lot of francophones failing the speaking exercises that include words with a hard 'h'. :D
No, it's not just us, Hungarians, who say it, but the foreign students who live here :) And japanese is the other.
But I wonder whether those students have actually made the comparison by attempting to learn Arabic, Basque, Navajo, Tuyuca, and the dozens of other claimed "world's hardest" languages...
Yeeeeees! ^^ I would be so so so much happy to contribute to Polish tree as a native :) I don't have any higher degree related with Polish language either. But I was always a bit interested in linguistics and I have already one friend that I teach Polish on a regular basis :) I'll do my best.
I believe that my Polish is pretty good. Let's say - a bit better than average Polish person.
I hope to help as much as I can!
Świetnie! Cieszę się bardzo. Learning Polish on Duolingo would be awesome :)
I too would like to contribute to Polish :) I'm native. (And I would love to have a chance to learn Spanish from Polish instead of from English)
> And I would love to have a chance to learn Spanish from Polish instead of from English.
I sooo agree with that! :)
I'd also gladly contribute in development of a Polish language course, assuming that I'm qualified enough, as a native Polish speaker.
Ook tweetalig. Maar mijn 2e taal is Limburgs dialect.:) Also bilangual. But my 2nd language is a dialect with roots in German, Dutch and French.
ik versta plat spreek t niet (hoewel ik een echte limburger ben!) Also help with, Dutch-English Dutch-French and Dutch-German
I can help you to build a Turkish language course. I think it could be interesting for people to learn my native language which belongs to the Altaic language family and is quite different than the Indo-European languages.
Perfect, i was waiting for that! i had a few lessons a few years ago, but i already forgot most of it…
You could probably get a grant from the Gulen Foundation to help you, and end up finishing Turkish first! Just kidding, a little. But with more than 20 Harmony Charter Schools in Texas alone, all of them with students learning Turkish, you really could have hundreds of helpers for building this language. Look up the Harmony schools on-line and get them involved!
I mentioned this in Luis's post, but my wife is Korean and fluent in english. We are both currently working on the Italian tree and love Duolingo! She definitely wants to give back to the community by contributing to the Korean course. She has been teaching me Korean for the past two years and currently volunteers teaching Korean at the local library and leads a Korean study group that we host at our house. I think she would be a perfect candidate!
She is traveling right now, but I'll have her post something when she gets back. In the meantime, her Duolingo username is 'Jihyun'.
Yes. I am a native Korean and I'd LOVE to help with Korean! Sign me up! Thank you Duolingo! Yay!
누구나 하루만에 한글을 배울 수 있습니다. 한국어는 쉽지 않지만 한글은 정말 쉬워요! 그리고 듀오링고와 함께라면 한국어도 그리 어렵지는 않을 거예요.
Awesome, 감사합니다! Thank you so much! I am very much looking forward to improve my Korean on Duolingo :D
WOW!!!! If you really DID do Korean, my friend would be so excited. She's always wanted to learn Korean :)
I'm a non-native Korean speaker, but at a high intermediate level. If I could, I would love helping with Duolingo Korean!!
Like Sojinjang said, I am not at the native level (I am working on it, though xD), but I would love to help.
I'd love Korean so I could finally talk to my mom! My whole family (dad's side) would love this!
저도 한국어를 배우고 있어요. 한국어 수업을 직접 듣고 Memrise 웹사이트를 사용하고 있는데 Duolingo도 활용할 수 있으면 좋겠어요. 초급 한국어 문법과 어휘 것부터 만들어야 하겠는데 중급과 고급 한국어도 Duolingo로 공부하면 좋겠어요. 제가 지금 4급 한국어 능력시험 치기 준비하고 있는데 초급 한국어만 되면 쓸 수 없을 것 같아요. 4급 시험 아직 보지 않았는데 제가 Duolingo 한국어 수업 것을 만드는 도움이 줄 수 있으면 제가 열심히 도와 줄 거예요. ^^
In short, I'm also learning Korean, working towards writing the intermediate Korean exam. I can help out if needed. Also hoping we can get intermediate and advanced grammar up here too. ^^
That's really exciting! I'm looking forward to build Russian course for English speakers as well as English and German courses for Russian speakers :) Being volunteer translator for TED, Facebook, Twitter, Adobe, foursquare, etc., I'd like to support this fantastic community effort.
Can't wait for the October 9th launch! :)
I would be interested in helping to build Swedish. I'm a native speaker.
"Mannen dricker olja"
I am a linguist and very interested in building the Swedish course for English speakers. It would really benefit my partner's learning of my native tongue as well :p
Norwegian! I`d like to see it here, and are happy to help. I know it is a small language in a big world - about the same size as Danish! ;-)
We have to convince them to learn Norwegian instead of Swedish or Danish. For those not in the know: If you speak Norwegian, you can understand both others. Swedes and Danes have a much harder time understanding each other.
We may not seem objective, but we are right =)
I'd also like to help add Norwegian! It would also be great if it is possible to do something for both bokmål and nynorsk!
I'm happy that everyone is suggesting languages especially from Europe. I hope Duolingo has thought of a way to reach out to users whose native or fluent languages are East Asian and Middle Eastern. Finding people who could add Mandarin, Arabic, Farsi, Japanese, Cantonese, Korean, and even Bahasa Indonesia. Those languages have billions of followers and getting even a tiny fraction of them involved would take the term "crowd sourcing" to a whole other level.
Hi. I'm fluent in writing and reading Bahasa Indonesia, and will be willing to help out with that.
Yes, Indonesian is actually a worthy language to add on Duolingo. This will be cool!
I cannot agree more, especially being the 4th largest country in the world in terms of population :)
Kind of weird and uncommon, but I am still counting for Vietnamese in here, as I have some friends there and I loved the people and culture :)
Over 260 million speak it (not including the 30 million that speak Bahasa Malay a mutually intelligible variant or the million or so in Singapore who can also speak it.), plus the country is rapidly developing so the world will increasingly have exposure to it.
Sorry, I didn't understood your comment. I was speaking of Vietnamese as "Kind of weird and uncommon" and it definitely doesn't have 260 million native speakers. Did you mean Indonesian? I replied to your comments, because you mentioned Asian languages.
Sorry let me be clear, Bahasa Indonesia/Malay has over 300 million speakers in several different countries. It is also home to a rapidly developing set of countries, so it will become more important to know it in time.
Vietnamese has almost 100 million speakers and will be important to learn as well, because their economy is rapidly growing as well.
Living in Malaysia, Malay is supposedly my second language, and even though I have learned it for nearly 7 years now, I still can't speak it quite fluently. Always have to think for a long time :) We have Malay in our courses at school. It's a must-learn for us.
Anyone interested in Hungarian? I am native, though not a language teacher... but a math teacher. :)
I am interested! My girlfriend is Hungarian. Although we often communicate in English, with her parents I am only allowed to speak Hungarian, quite a challenge :) Now I have a decent basic (I can say more than "Jó napot kívánok, hogy vagy?") but I need to practice more.
I am interested in helping with Hungarian, both HU->EN and EN->HU. I am native Hungarian speaker, living in the U.S.
@ssevi @staleness : So there's about 5-6 of us for Hungarian. @staleness: What's your level in Hungarian?
Message to the Hungarian volunteers: Being a native Hungarian speaker I can assist you with the implementation of the English skill tree for Hungarian speakers. I have experience in teaching English to mostly adult learners. I am now taking German classes on Duo. Let me know if you are interested, cheers!
@prozsnyoi : You're in! So I think we are going to do English-HU and HU-EN.
@ruth-mac : No news yet on the Hungarian incubator. Perhaps the moderators will be picked by the end of this year, and then we'll see some progress early next year.
Thanks for the update Levi. I was hoping it would be started sooner. :-( I hope you guys all stay keen!
congrats on getting the hungarian->english rolling ! any news on the english -> hungarian yet ?
well, if you could please contribute to hungarian course, it would be great. me and more than 7000 people are waiting for it. thanks
I really am looking forward on adding english from german... my classmates are all very bad at it, and i think this could be the chance to show them how easy it can be. most of them now had english for already 7 years and more.. and they are still very bad, belive me. I'm thrilled for that "application process" =)
I will instantly help build a German source language. So important! For me it will be to English and French since I know these two well enough.
I can't wait for the day when I can finally show Duo to my parents and they can learn/practise their English. This will make me so happy when it's possible.
@sakasiru : sakasiru is very helpful on the German tree, he/she has my vote.
I am a native speaker of Cantonese,can never be bored to help adding a brand new language!
Please do I so want to learn Cantonese and continue my Mandarin as well.
If you do Cantonese, I'd sign up for it immediately ;) My cousins all know it and in the part where I live it's very commonly spoken and often used in restaurants. I know nothing of it, as I don't watch Cantonese movies or listen to it on a regular basis. So help all of us poor souls :)
I think that if Chinese, Russian, Turkish and Arabic can be added that will be amazing. These are the languages that are hot at the moment (apart from those already incorporated in Duolingo).
I speak fluent Bulgarian and I can help if there are enough enthusiasts. Frankly, I think the language is worth learning just so you will be able to read some brilliant literature from the prominent Bulgarian authors: Botev, Vazov, Debelyanov, Vapzarov, Yavorov, Slaveikov etc. Also Bulgaria is a decent tourist destination and those beauties there will be very impressed if you know a word or two :p
I'm also a native Bulgarian and I'll surely help! I think the language is worth adding it because there are MANY people in Bulgaria (as my parents and my uncle) who don't speak any foregn languages but want to learn English or German without going to any paid courses. So there will be BIG interest in BULGARIAN - English and BULGARIAN - German.
Furthermore, learning Bulgarian can be very useful because it lets you understand a little (or more) of all languages from the Slavic languages and especially the Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian! And being able to read the "funny characters" of the Cyrillic alfabeth is always helpful when you travel in a country which uses it - if you can't read the names of the streets you'll surely get lost! :D
I am native Bulgarian and might possibly help. Though I am also looking forward to the addition of all of the above-mentioned languages, so I may end up spending more time learning.
I am also a native Bulgarian and would love to help i case people are interested :)
I would love for there to be a Bulgarian course for English speakers to learn. After visiting the country I would love to learn more.
I am native Kurd , I can prepare a Kurmanci course. I can help with Turkish too.
I want to learn Yiddish! I'm a native hebrew speaker so I already know the Hebrew letters!
Offering my help for Croatian. A nice exotic European language rising in popularity - especially after being a part of Duolingo! :)
Pozdrav svima iz Hrvatske.
Oh I want to learn Farsi! I only learned the alpahbet so far though... I can't wait for your contributions ;)
Yeah my uncle was a foreign exchange student from Iran when he met my aunt, so it would be really neat to be able to speak to him and his family in his mother tongue.
I would absolutely love to learn Farsi. I am an Iranian-American and I have never been able to quite get a grasp on Farsi. I would love to communicate to my family in their native language. I would be forever grateful for your contributions in the Farsi/Persian Incubator.
It is my pleasure to help you!Nice to see an Iranian-American here!wish you the best.
I would love to learn Farsi! My boyfriend is from Afghanistan but grew up in Iran and speaks Farsi and Dari, so far I'm still getting my head around the alphabet!
So you have enough motives to learn Farsi!You can start with memorizing short sentences,like greeting.You can ask me any question...wish you the best.
I am native Hebrew speaker, and there is not such thing "ancient Hebrew". The modern Hebrew is the same as the anciant, except for a few words.
Okay, I know there's difference for Greek, so I didn't know if there was much of a difference in Hebrew. Thanks.
For Hebrew it may be a good idea to think about it in terms of Modern English and Shakespearean English. It's just archaic, but it is nothing like, say, Modern English compared to Old English. Greek and Ancient Greek differ a bit more, being more comparable to Modern English versus early Middle English or so, meaning that if you were a speaker of Modern Greek, you probably wouldn't understand all that much of Ancient Greek.
The differences between Biblical, Mishnaic and Modern Hebrew are huge.
This often isn't perceived by natives because they are often taught in school to read the kind of Hebrew found in the Hebrew bible.
Biblical Hebrew had no tenses; only a perfective and and imperfective aspect. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_Hebrew
The aspect of a verb could be changed by added wǝ- to the beginning. "He entered" is niḵˈnās. "He will enter" can be rendered wǝ-niḵˈnās. wǝ- also means "and", leading to a lot of translations of the bible to render passages like this as "and he shall enter". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waw-consecutive
It also had a 'status constructus', where "book" is sēp̄er, "the" is ha- and "man" is 'iš. "book of the man" is sēp̄er ha'iš.
The status constructus kicks in in the plural: "books" is səp̄orîm, but "books of the man" is sip̄rê ha'iš. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Construct_state
Mishnaic Hebrew was spoken around the 1st centuries BCE and CE, and was used for writing the Mishna and other later Jewish writings (not to be confused with the Aramaic also used at the time): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mishnaic_Hebrew
It has many differences with Biblical Hebrew, most notably making the perfective aspect into a past tense, and the imperfective into a future tense. The present is expressed with a pronoun and the participle.
The waw-consecutive is gone
The status constructus is increasingly marginalized, and replaced with šel "of". "Books of the man" - səp̄orîm šel ha'iš
The nikud (nəquddôṯ) were developed by the Masoretes, who lived in Tiberias, in Galilee between 500 CE and 1000 CE. They did not speak Hebrew as their first language, and the symbols represent a pronunciation that had changed enormously over thousands of years, and was probably influenced by their native Aramaic. The transcription I've been using is based on the nikud. Nikud: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niqqud and Tiberian: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiberian_Hebrew
The Hebrew names you see in English bibles are based on how local Greeks perceived the contemporary prronunciation, distorted with time. Likewise, the nikud is based on a perception, and distorted with time, hence why we have "Sabbath", "shabbat" (Modern Hebrew) šabbāṯ, and "shabbos" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashkenazi_Hebrew). And"kosher" (Ashkenazi) and "kasher" (Modern Hebrew).
Modern Hebrew is primarily based on Mishnaic, and due to Hebrew falling out of use as a community language for nearly 2000 years, the difference is much smaller than say, Modern Greek and Koine Greek. It's still much bigger than Shakespeare vs. Modern English. More on the magnitude of Chaucer vs. Modern English!
The aforementioned status constructus is no longer productive in everyday situations, but is still understood and used for names of institutions, or things that are strongly associated with each other.
Grammar and pronunciation is enormously influenced by Yiddish, German and Polish. Languages of the World has an excellent series of articles (look for parts 2-4!) on this. http://www.languagesoftheworld.info/southwest-asia-and-north-africa/modern-hebrew-old-or-new.html
The linguist Ghil'ad Zuckermann even advocates calling Modern Hebrew "Israeli", and translating the bible into it!
In other words, yes there are a lot of similarities, but if you want to learn one of the three kinds of Hebrew, you really should use a resource for that particular variety!
Can I ask what you guys mean by experts? I could help out with the Mandarin tree in the beginning, I have a bachelor's in Mandarin, have studied for five years, lived in China for a year, and have passed the highest level for learners of the Mandarin language (HSK6), but even then I think I would want the higher level lessons to be handled by native speakers, but at the same time even the higher levels need people who speak the language it's being translated into as well. Just curious if there were any criteria in mind.
I'd like to try and help with Russian -> English, and Russian -> German. I've been learning Russian using a Russian textbook for German speakers. Also Dutch -> English and Dutch -> German.
Oh, it would be great to add Russian here. Since I am a native Russian speaker, you can count on my portion of help in that language!
I'm a native Russian speaker. Don't have enough time, but I want to contribute as much as I can.
I would like to participate in building Serbian language. I am a native speaker, so I am willing to help.
Serbian would be ideal! There are many people here in the states who can speak some Serbian because they were born there but can't read or write in it because they emigrated so young. Western Europe probably has many cases of this as well. So that should really help them, among others.
I would really love to try and add Irish. Spoken I can just about get by, but any advanced grammar stuff and I'm not much use though I will encourage some of my fluent friends (and teachers) to help when possible and hopefully soon we'll be 'ag caint as gaeilge' in no time. It would be great to launch courses here on duolingo as currently there are relitively few places online to learn Irish. It really is a beautiful language and hopefully with a little effort we can get more people talking it again.
Irish as in Gaelic? Because I would be all for that as well. Welsh would be an interesting if more difficult one to learn too.
I am soooo looking forward to learn Irish! And now finally there is a possibility in sight, thanks to people like you who will add it. Ahhhhhhhh, this is so great!!! :D
I tried it before on my own a little bit but I gave up pretty quickly. But Duo makes everything better.
I could contribute to the Greek-->(English/French/Italian) projects and later maybe to other...
I wish I could help build a course, but alas, I am a monolingual. I do really want to learn Korean though.:)
Yeah, I know what you mean--I feel so guilty for only speaking English and what Spanish I've learned here!
I'm a native dutch speaker and a teacher Latin ( also ancient greek, but that is too long ago), so I would be willing to help with both. however, as to Latin, I am referring to ancient Latin, not the Latin of the church. there might be a few things to adress there as it is not a living language.
Looks to me like Dutch courses will be bounding out of the gate. Along with yourself, a number of really strong duolingoers have volunteered to help with Dutch.
suppose you could expect this. Quite some people from the Netherlands and Belgium here. Maybe we start learning other languages so young?
I have impression that Dutch people have great openess to learning languages and the quality of education is good. I mean - the education makes people want to learn more and better for themselves.
I based it on my experience when stayed in the Netherlands for few months and then I also participated in language course with some Dutch people. They were above the average. It was not hard, but they cared a lot and they were happy to learn something new, even not very useful.
Just my humble opinion.
Fortunately I'm pretty sure it's not a voting process. My understanding is that Duolingo would like to have ALL possible langauges. So the only reason they WOULDN'T add a language is if no "experts" (we're not sure what that means yet) are available for a language.
I would love to help out with Macedonian! :) I can understand, speak, read, and write it, so count me in!
I can't wait till people contribute and add all the other languages I want to learn. Especially looking forward to learning Russian, Greek, Albanian, Turkish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Serbian, and Japanese. A little bit crazy I know, but why not!
Is anyone up for Scottish Gaelic? I saw a post about Irish, but they're different enough to need their own lessons... I'm trying to learn SG and would be happy to help put it on Duolingo, but I don't know far enough to start on my own. (working on that though!) Anyone? :)
Why not? I think Gaelic would very interesting. I don't know how different Irish and Scottish Gaelic are, but let's have both!
omg we should add catalan, vasco, mallorquin, gallego and menorquin too!!!
I knew a bit of Gaelic growing up. I'm very rusty on it now, and my grammar is pretty bad. I'd definitely sign up for it if it was available on here..
i am so ready to help with finnish language - in case someone IS interested to learn it :)
i think i can help in English to Hindi....for those who wish to learn Hindi!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would love to contribute! But my native language is Spanish. I am fluent in English and I know a bit of Czech, Bulgarian and Serbian... but I am not an advanced learner. I really want to help, since Spanish is already done and same with English.
If there is something I can do, please let me know. I would LOVE to help this great community!
If we manage to add Bulgarian you'll be able to improve your skills! ;) I'm a native speaker of Bulgarian.
attcat23 : With you there's 3 of us for Romanian. How well do you speak it?
I am a native romanian speaker (Deci vorbesc română perfect! ) and I can help! I am also a TED translator so I think we can build up a nice team! What about you ?
I can also help out with creating a Romanian tree. I have some experience translating scientific articles to and from English. :) (Te admir pentru determinarea de a folosi diacritice :) )
I'm also a Romanian native speaker. For the moment we can only apply for creating learning content in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and German for native Romanian speakers via the Duolingo Incubator. I've applied to contribute for Romanian to English and Romanian to French content.
In a few months from now, if all goes well, it should be also possible to do contributions the other way around. Until then, keep in touch... and contribute, contribute, contribute :)
Oh, and Romanian diacritics FTW BTW.
Oh, I don't speak it actually, I just want it to get created so I can try it.
Cool! Finally action on the Swahili front. I would help, but i know about five words in that language and most of them are from the lion king.
I really hope someone will help add Japanese, that's the language I want to learn.
I'm interested in contributing to Russian incubator. I'm also able to help with more obscure languages like Kazakh(native speaker) or Uyghur.
ARABIC ARABIC ARABIC!!!!!! lol!! I don't know enough to help add it, but I would really love to have it on here as I am learning it now, along with Italian and Spanish!
It's pretty cool that we are going to get a whole pile of languages coming due to the DL community ( I wanna learn Mandarin, Danish, Dutch or Japanese!)
Just wondering, Since we are now allowing native/proficient speakers, Can we get them to record it in their accent? It will be better to hear the language naturally than hear it from a robot :P
Are we also going to do Language to Language instead of Language to English or English to Language?
Soo excited! :D
At the first stage the community driven language courses, the target language is going to be one of the existing (english, french, spanish, german, portuguese and italian ) so the target language sound exists already. For the next stage, which is going to be sometime in january, people will start to build courses with target language other than the existing six, so at that stage it might be possible to record the creator's voice.
My native language is Russian. I'll try to do my best to spend all of my free time (which is not much because of preparation to my graduation exams) to help with building russian courses. Типичный русский текст, чтобы вы поняли, что я действительно знаю русский, например.
I'd be happy to see Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Norwegian, Bulgarian, and Greek added to the duolingo menu!!
And also Swahili. Hopefully it's added as well.
This will be so exciting. October 9 <3
Swahili would be great! I started learning it a couple of years ago but found that resources were too limited, a Duolingo course would be amazing!
I've entered an application in Incubator to create a Catalan course... but no answer...
Native Chinese speaker. Willing to contribute to the Duolingo community. Nuff` said.
I'm a native speaker of Filipino, and I still have my Filipino textbooks from school. I'd love to help build a Filipino course! (:
I'd love to learn Filipino, I'm 25% Filipino but can't speak a word of the language!
Sorry this really late, I saw this today pero kaya ko mag contribute sa Duolingo kasi fluent ako sa lenguahin Filipino. "but I can contribute to Duolingo because I am fluent in the Filipino language. Yong Tagalog ay Spanish at English by vocabulary/ grammar tapos Malay/ Indonesian sa sentence sturcutre. Tagalog is mostly Malay, Spanish and English by vocabulary and grammar. Malay/ Indonesian by sentence structure. Mabuhay ang Duolingo at paalam na. Long live Duolingo and goodbye : )
This is a brilliant idea! I was thinking about helping build Latin, if ancient languages will be accepted. I have gone to a boarding school in Italy over the summer where it is against the rules to converse in any other language except for Latin.
HUNGARIAN + English for Hungarians!!! I'm a native Hungarian with proficient English. I would like to make the English course available for Hungarians (so my Mother can learn English) and a Hungarian course (so my Fiance can learn Hungarian). :)
@polonyiart : There's a couple of us who would like to see Hungarian on DL.
I know this is a nit but there are a ton of regional dialects in the languages you already have on this site and there is no indication on the cards. Perhaps instead of a new language the ability to flag in the lesson that this phrase or word is from X region? For example I worked with a guy who was from Nice, born and raised, and while talking with a woman from Paris in French she asked him how long he had been studying French. Please note I am not asking to study different dialects but to be a made aware as a learner of the language of the variations.
I'm slightly embarrassed for the woman that asked the question. It would be like me not knowing what a scotsman sounds like...
Any native speakers out there interested in helping with Swahili? Or even Lingala, Shona, any of the Bantu languages? I hope to travel into that region someday, and having a grasp on at least one of the more common native languages could help immensely, but it seems like it's impossible to find language courses for them.
Hello, you have left a positive comment for lingala. If you support the proposal of a Lingala course (on the basis of the French language) https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22649727, you will have to click in favour of the proposal of Sion60 in the bottom left of his proposal on ^ near the number that mentions the number of supporters. If you have clicked, the number becomes green. For lingala (on the basis of english), you have to click here https://www.duolingo.com/comment/17030005 (in the bottom left of Kxng.Deo's proposal). If you really like a lingala course, best would be to support both.
Would there be a way for non-experts to contribute at all? Maybe if you give a list of words that need to be translated, and which order on the tree they should be placed in, non-experts can find translations of words, whether by dictionary or translator, add them, and the most commonly submitted translations will be the ones used. But an expert can, of course, override the translations if he/she finds something not correct grammatically, or if the word is just plain wrong. I don't know, just an idea.
I think the best way for a non-expert to help out would be going through the tree as if they were a new learner!! There are many languages I want to contribute to, but since I don't have the fluency, I am fine going through and reporting errors and suggesting translations. There will naturally be many errors and translations to be added, just as it was with the very first versions of Duolingo.
This is a very good suggestion, and judging from the existing languages, it will be very helpful in order to bring each lesson from beta to mature state.
Native speakers I would assume. Though obviously a language teacher is even better.
Well, my native language is Brazilian Portuguese. I teach it in some schools and I'd like to help. But I'd like to help also in Greek (I speak it fluently),
Um just saying, that link goes to "Timetable for correcting the word strength / degradation issue" by pinkodoug.
Yes, I also noticed that, but I think most people didn't click on it since everyone has already read the announcement. Who would miss such an announcement! ;)
HINDI is a widely spoken language of people living in India.
It would be a great addition for duolingo if Hindi is incorporated.
Anyone up for agglutinative languages such as Georgian and Basque? :)
I am a native speaker of Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese and English, and have had years of studies in French, German and most recently Italian. I would love to help build courses from Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese to any of the other four aforementioned languages!
I am a native speaker of Ukrainian and Russian and would like to contribute to both languages.
I know English well enough to help y'all guys making Duolingo for Persian language (my native language and of course 100 million other people! ) !
I am a Iranian-American and I have never been able to quite grasp Farsi. I would love it if you could help contribute Farsi/Persian to Duolingo.
I'm Persian and i live in America, so i would absouloutly love if farsi is one of the languages.
Portuguese is my native language, so I can help you guys improve the PT tree.
Well I am Portuguese and I can help improve the advanced part of the tree.
I would love to help add Hebrew, but it might be a bit of a problem since it's an all new alphabet compared to the other languages on DuoLingo.
On the other hand, Hebrew has an 'easier' alphabet than a lot of the other languages being discussed, and there are plenty of sites online that already have solutions for this.
Memrise uses a virtual keyboard. I believe Google has a different virtual keyboard solution for Translate. (I wouldn't know precisely since I have a Qwerty-Hebrew keyboard configured on my Macs...) There are doubtless other solutions already in use.
I'm a Portuguese Brasil native speaker and i'm also an English teacher with certification! It'd be awesome helping with that!
I would love a more in depth PT course! I am a Brazilian but came to the United States when I was 3. Although I can understand and read PT perfectly, I can not speak or write it, which I find quite strange.
That's not that strange, I can read Portuguese pretty easily, and I've never spoken a word. And I'm English! It would probably come pretty easily to you if you were dropped in Sao Paolo though, whereas I would struggle ;)
I'd love to help with Mandarin, but I have a question about how Duolingo feels about dialects. For instance, the Wu family of Chinese languages is spoken by 80 million native speakers (more than French by most counts!), though not all of those dialects are mutually intelligble. Would it be possible to add one of these dialects despite it being fairly useless in terms of translating web articles, since it's primarily a spoken language and nearly everyone educated in those regions after the 1950s speak fluent Mandarin?
I know there's nothing in it for Duolingo to add languages without written content online, but I would love a Shanghainese from Mandarin course. Unfortunately, many young children growing up in Shanghai can no longer speak the dialect due to all proper education being conducted in Mandarin, which makes communication difficult between these children and the older generation who are often more comfortable speaking Shanghainese.
as a native Turkish, I would help Turkish course. because I owe duolingo. not, it's time to repay.
Hello! I am a native Romanian speaker, so I could help with Romanian. Also, I am currently learning Norwegian, and I would like more to help with this language as I consider this website would prove to be great in helping people learn this difficult language.
@rediska : I also speak Romanian fluently. I think we could work together.
If no one has volunteered for Korean/한굴(Hangul), I will do it :)
EDIT: Although I have not reached "native" fluency yet, I am almost there. I would say I need about 3 months of immersion to reach that level.
I am an Armenian descendant. I'm learning the Armenian language with an Armenian method and I can help with this language on Duolingo. My Father can speak and read Armenian very well, he can help also...
I would be glad to help with Russian end Estonian. I'm also looking forward to see Swedish, Greek, Hindi, Mandarin, Japanese and Hebrew here on Duolingo!
As an Iranian-American I'm bilingual in Persian and English, and can help with Persian. One thing to note though: when you guys open it up, please take care to not call it "Farsi". Farsi is an endonym, and should only be used within the language itself. (ie. in a Persian sentence.) Using the word "Farsi" to refer to Persian in English is analogous to using the word "Deutsch" to refer to German in English.
I could help... with Telugu. Though I doubt there'd be much demand for that lol
Haha well Telugu is a Dravidian language spoken in South India. It's like... the 15th most spoken language in the world heh...
I'd like to help with two indo-european languages, Albanian and Greek (I'm native speaker in both of them). :)
Being a native german speaker I could assist in German-->English/English-->German translations. Since I am from Austria what would you think if I design a lesson about the differences between Austrian German and .. well ... German German? I think I could also contribute to Latin as well. Granted, my last Latin lesson was a while ago but I still have my study materials and I used to be quite good at it. Finally I would like to offer my assistence in translating the other languages I intend to learn (Spanish, Chinese[Mandarin], Russian) to and from German. Once I "mastered" them of course.
It is quite interesting to see which languages the community is offering to contribute. I knew it had been a good idea to upgrade my font collection.
That would be awesome if you could add a lesson showing the difference between the German spoken in Austria and that in Germany.
Is it enough to be a native speaker or we also have to have background in language education to take part in language incubator ?
btw I would like to help with Croatian :)
Here is my wish list:
1. Japanese with KANJIs, please!!!
2. Russian 3. Finnish 4. Polish Thank you sooo much!
I can help with English to Filipino (Tagalog). This language is a bit similar to Spanish due to some words and the accent used when speaking is the same. I look forward to making a contribution to DuoLingo.
Japanese and Korean are the two languages I've been wanting to learn. This is mostly out of my extreme love of k-pop but I do have roots in Korea from my fathers side of the family
I know it's not really Duolingo's wheelhouse, but an interesting spinoff would be a way to add/learn programming languages.
I hope we get some Icelandic volunteers, I've been wanting to learn that language for a long time! :D
I think that a basic course on a Native American language would be great! Most Native American languages are dying so I think that would raise awareness. Cherokee is a really interesting language. It has a really unique writing system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherokee_syllabary). It is fun to pronounce with the "v" vowel. Ojibwe or Navajo would also be cool but I'm a little biased since I'm Cherokee :P
I'd also love to see Korean/Japanese/Esperanto in here!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'd help with building German since I'm learning it. But as for native languages, I can only speak/read/write in English and Spanish with fluency.
Given that "English to German" already exists I can only offer to help check that German sentences sound idiomatic in any "X to German" lesson. I would not be confident to check the actual accuracy of the translations giving that I am learning Spanish and French myself, but I would love to contribute in some way. I hope 'German to Spanish' and 'German to French' gets started, so I can practice these on new trees, without loosing hearts for given my 'Germenglish' translation, haha.
d'oh! German to English does not exist yet. I can totally help with that as well!
Yes! Let's build the German to English tree! I can help with that, too! (Native German here.)
I can contribute to Italian (mother language), Spanish and Portuguese (high level)! Stay tuned!
I know Dutch, Urdu, Punjabi + English..Brought up with all these languages.And now also started learning Spanish as I will be moving to Spain after few months.
I'd love to help with Russian - I'm an advanced speaker and a native English speaker with training in language/Slavic pedagogy and linguistics.
I feel it is better to add english and Indian languages like Hindi,Telugu,Tamil,Malayalam.I know Telugu very well even i would like to learn malayalam. This is an easiest way to learn a language.
I'm a native hebrew speaker, could help with that. I'm really hoping to see Japanese courses though, it's a language I've dreamt acquiring.
Well, the only language I can teach besides English is my native language Singhalese, which is native to Sri Lanka and is probably spoken by about 18 million in Sri Lanka + maybe half a million worldwide. Not entirely sure how I'd teach it since the language doesn't use English lettering, but if Japanese and Chinese are going to be taught, anything is possible i guess :D It'll be difficult with the keyboards though :S
I'd love to help out with Dutch! I'm a native speaker and I work as a translator English-Dutch, so it'd be very interesting for me to work on something like Duolingo :)
I think it's so awesome looking through this discussion and seeing all the native and fluent speakers willing to help with so many languages, Duolingo is really helping take down the language barrier!
Is there anyone that is fluent in Dari? I really want to learn this language but can't find any useful resources.
Not me, but I wish you the best of luck in learning it! There's probably some Duolingo-ian out there who knows it!
The Duolingo team should add an "Incubator" section in the "Discussions" so that we can start chatting about the upcoming activities separately from the other posts.
I'm a native speaker of English with a high level of Turkish. I'd like to help with building any Turkish<-->English trees! I have worked with the two languages in multiple contexts (translation from English-->Turkish on Twitter and Facebook and editing Turkish speakers' written English on Lang-8 and in the scientific field).
Allemanic aka. Swiss-German or Alsatian: It's got nearly as many native speakers as Dutch, but it's really hard to find instructional material because it's dysglossic with German or French, which is to mean that most people use it as a spoken language and then use either German (eastern Switzerland) or French (Alsace) as their written language.
I'm a student learning Latin and I'm interested in helping with the creation of Latin lessons.
I would like to help building the trees for: Spanish from German, French from German or Italian from German. I started all of those language trees based on English, so I know the system pretty well (I would say) and I am from Germany. :) I don't know yet though how much time I have each day to put my knowledge in... :D
Cool! I'm glad someone suggested this! I was just thinking the same! If there is any demand for Italian from German I would be most happy to aid. ^__^ However, I should note that German is not my mother language, but I've been learning it for the past 11 years or so though...
I went to look for an option for learning Italian as a German speaker and was surprised to find it didn't exist yet! (I thought it would be a clever way to hone my German skills and help speed up my Italian practice. I liked this method when I was taking Japanese courses earlier. Really forced me to not rely so heavily on literally translating from English every single word.)
I'm sure that by the time Duolingo is ready to offer Italian for German speakers I could be of assistance. I've just started learning Italian through Duolingo and working on keeping my German skills strong here too.
Duolingo is great and I'd love the opportunity to give back!
Anyone for learning Icelandic? I'd be interested if someone were to start a course. Native English speaker with knowledge of French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Dutch to varying degrees of course
I would like to help with Slovak translation. I am native and it would be awesome.
I am definitely interested in assisting with Swedish language. Language training is building bridges between people!
I'm also interested in helping with Slovak -> English and English -> Slovak courses.
Hello, do you need people for language already on duolingo ? (french, german..)
A question here:
I'd love to help translating the German content to Portuguese and Spanish although I'm not done with my German tree yet. So far, I can say I pretty much understand (almost) everything I've learned - with exception of some really tricky idioms, but it wouldn't be a problem for me to translate them based on what I've been learning in English. Of course I'd be up to translate only the sentences from my finished skills, but I was wondering, will I and other users in a similar situation be allowed to do so?
Nice work, by the way, "please keep it up!" d:
There are lot's of languages I'd like to help with! The most easy for me would be to help with my native language German, or English for Germans. However, I think I'd be even more motivated if I could help to build and improve the languages I am learning, namely Japanese, Chinese and Korean :D
I agree with the Japanese for German speakers (or reverse) if that is ever available! I would love to help with those. Neither are my native language but I spent a lot of time working on maintaining my 10+ years of German knowledge while learning Japanese by practicing translating directly from German into Japanese. I think I could offer a lot of help and insight should Duolingo work on that next!
I would like to help, of it's possible to add the option german to italian. Right now I'm learning via english, which is fine. But for lot of people, it would be helpful to start with their native language. I'm looking forward, what the option of the Incubator will be..
I would love to be able to contribute, but all I know fluently is English. :(
My mother language is German, if there's anything I can do just let me know :)
I would like to create a German course for Chinese speakers.
Are there any tutorials what considerations Duo followed when creating the English-to-romance language courses?
I think Chinese-to-european-language courses could probably follow the same structure, maybe with some briefing lessons at the start which say that German is a phonetic language and works like Pinyin and similar basics.
But a European-language to Chinese course probably needs some new approach. Throwing sentences at a user where most words are known and one word is new, that works great with similar languages. If you know English and French you can guess a whole lot of words in Italian or Spanish.
For learning Chinese however, guessing will work to a much lesser extend. We'll need to be even more carefull with course design and sequencing.
So I am curious. What guidelines did you at Duolingo develop for integrating a new language? Thank you!
I think it will be less challenging than you imagine. It's true that European languages synergize with each other, but the core of the duolingo method is that it drip-drips words one by one into your head, and doesn't let you proceed too fast if you keep forgetting them. This is a good method even without the boost you get from the closeness of European languages, it's just that anyone with a European language background can 'game' the system with their home advantage. You could also flip it the other way around, and say that different Chinese dialects are easier to pick up if you are born in China, so it must be much more difficult to learn English - but it doesn't seem to stop anyone.
I would love to be able to study Chinese using German btw, so I wish you luck (yes I know that's the opposite of what you said, but form what I gather the language pairs are built to be able to run both ways)
I hope you are right, that German-Chinese can work just the same way. I think, frustration can build up much quicker if you don't have that "home advantage".
Yes, I want to help with German->Chinese too. German speakers learning Chinese will have different sources of frustration than Chinese speakers learning German, but some of the knowledge building the course in one direction will be useful for building the course in the other direction too.
I would love to help out with dutch, unfortunately there is not the option yet :(
How bilingual do you need to be? I read Dutch novels regularly and am a native English speaker. Actually, I'd love to be a test dummy for the course, try it out.
Anyone for learning Icelandic? I'd be interested if someone were to start a course. Native English speaker with knowledge of French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Dutch to varying degrees of course
Duolingo Catalan, Greek and Arabic from English would be appreciated. :-)
I'd like to create a Catalan course for English speakers, and another one for Spanish speakers. I've already applied in the Incubator, but haven't received any answer from Duolingo. Still waiting.
How did the hatching that is already one week past due go back a full percent? I just want this language to be in beta already.
I hope we can get lithuanian in there! I'm trying to learn it and it would be good to help with what I aready know.
I can help with basic Indonesian! Would be happy to.
I would really love it if you guys built something for hindi. Want to learn so bad!
I can't to hepl buid, I'm sorry. But I want to live enough to learn Latin. Danish, Ruassia, Rumanian, Chinese Mandarino and Arabic. That's all.
Native Iraqi Arabic speaker here :) I'm ready! You might be asking : "Why would anybody learn Iraqi Arabic? Isn't Iraq a messed up country?" The reason why is because people who speak the Iraqi accent understand all the other accents. Or at least, learn the other accents in like a half an hour (It's true though) If you speak Iraqi Arabic, then people from countries like Iraq (Of course), Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Levant and Yemen will understand you.
Hi there. I have applied several times to build Czech courses for English and Spanish speakers and I have got no reply, although there is no progress in the preparation of the courses. What can I do to launch these courses myself as soon as posible? Kind regards, Anna
Whilst I enjoy learning European languages, I would love to see an Indian language on Duolingo. Currently following the 'Hatching' processes of Hindi language which is on 59%. Cannot wait, GO HINDI!!!
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