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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/manu.madha

Malayalam for English speakers

I would like to help build the Malayalam for English speakers course. To those who don't have any idea about the language, Malayalam is the native language of the people who live in the south Indian state called Kerala.

Speakers of Malayalam are called Malayalis, and there are about 38 million native speakers. Kerala is pretty famous for its abundant natural beauty and is one of the top tourist spots in India. The state gets quite a lot of tourists and I have seen many of them wanting to learn Malayalam both online and offline. Many foreign nationals also tend to stay in Kerala for extended periods to chill, so knowing Malayalam would definitely help them. Malayalam would also help Indians who are working in Kerala but don't know the language.

There is sufficient demand for the language. I am willing to build this course, but I will need help.

If there are any Malayalis on DuoLingo, please respond. Let's do this. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malayalam

May 29, 2015

286 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neopolyglot

I have been following this thread for long. It is so sad that fictional languages like Klingon is being prepared into a course. It hardly has any fluent speakers except a handful of nerds (sorry, but had to say it!). Malayalam has millions of speakers. I am ready to contribute for a course in Malayalam if it ever gets started.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissMegan47

Is there any way that we can bring more attention to this? I'm not very active on DuoLingo currently but that's because the language that i really want to learn (Malayalam) is not on it! I wonder if the group here could start compiling ideas/lesson plans in a google document maybe to kick off this course?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeffJohn4

You guys should do that, i really want to learn malayalam fully because my family is from there. I want to be fully proficient in speaking


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JosephRoni3

Malayalam is absolutely a notable language all over the world


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JosephRoni3

I am also ready to contribute


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/remoonline

Good luck with your application!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/manu.madha

Thank you, mate. Of course, it remains to be seen if Duo okays it. Need more Malayalam speakers here because the language is a bit complex. The standard dialect varies from the spoken one. Not to mention that the spoken version varies from place to place. :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VISHYs2

I can speak Malayalam quite fluently so tell me if you need any help, btw i''ve given you about 35 lingots to help if you need it :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SageWilla

could you guys apply to the duolingo incubator.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaikjm

Please apply! We need generous contributors like you to teach us. https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JosephRoni3

How can I contribute.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sopefan

I can read write and speak both Malayalam and English, let me know if you need help.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaikjm

Please apply here. Thank you for helping us learn https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeffJohn4

How do you say something is better than something else. Like my house is better than your car.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neopolyglot

നിന്‍റെ കാറിനേക്കാൾ എന്‍റെ കാറാണ് നല്ലത് (Ninte kaarinekaal ente kaaraanu nallathu) - My car is better than your car.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JosephRoni3

എന്റെ വീട് നിന്റെ കാറിനേകാളും മെച്ചപ്പെട്ടതാണ്


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cerborealis

I speak some Malayalam, but I can't read any of it. My family is Malayali though, so I'd actually love a Duolingo course on it - if only to help me with my atrocious accent when I speak the language. ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adi69721

It is quite complex to learn to read compared to other languages, but only due to the compound letters. If a duolingo course does not come out, you can make a quizlet or look one up. You just need the basic letters. You can make more sense of the compound letters that way.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pupaulson

Can help but how much help is required? I am a Malayalam speaker, writer and can type it also. But unfortunately a very busy person.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanielV342275

I feel like most of the courses which have been developed were done by 3 to 4 contributors, but certainly it would be involved and like would require several hours of hard work every week - but if you could help that would be fantastic!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Krishnamoh338507

https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply Apply here to contribute to the Malayalam course


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SageWilla

duolingo incubator? ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/volumniax

I'm afraid I can't help with building the course, but wanted to give you a bit of encouragement! I've got two co-workers plus another work-related person who are from Kerala, so I would be very interested in having a Malayalam course available.

Good luck :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kevinguy19

I think that's a great idea. I actually have a couple of friends who speak the language, and I wouldn't mind learning a little bit of it myself.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hello.akhilg

Happy to help. I've applied to become a Course Contributor :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanielV342275

question - has the course been okayed by Duolingo - or how did you apply to be a Course Contributor?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hello.akhilg

As far as I know, not yet. It should be listed on https://incubator.duolingo.com when it goes to incubation. I applied through https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply. Malayalam is not mentioned in the list of languages, so I mentioned it in the 'enter other' option. Got a mail then saying, duolingo will get in touch once there is an opening, this was in August 2015.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abbyalexander22

I got the same thing except in 2018, so it looks like they haven't changed much on their decision of making a malayalam course which is really sad!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GetNuanced

I had applied about a year ago as well but it still hasn't started.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Annie.lebling

ME TOO I APPLIED THIS YEAR AND THEY STILL SAY THE SAME


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/learnlingos

How do you apply. I am fairly fluent in Malayalam.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sebinthomas

Glad to help. Malayali here.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanielV342275

Perhaps you should submit and application to help, if you haven't yet?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vineetm12

Has anyone ever heard of Mango languages? I came to know of it very recently and was amazed- it is a language learning platform like Duolingo, but has more than 10x the languages Duolingo offers, including Malayalam! The curriculum also seems very developed. It looks like what this community has been waiting for these past years already exists! Very good user interface as well.

Only downside is that it is not completely free to everybody- it is free through certain public libraries in the U.S. and Canada. If you do have access to these libraries and want to use Mango languages you must pay around U.S. $175 per year :(

Regardless the app has a free trial/first lesson is free or something- try downloading it and see what you think!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GracyJoseph

I have that course


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CosmoKaiza

I support the idea and I will totally test it if I see the course. You will need to find other native/fluent speakers in both languages and I hope you succeed ! Good luck.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeIouch

Sounds great please do apply :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gengo_Raputa

Good luck! Here's a lingot for a (hopeful) new language!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sandra.anup

You got a Lingot for this, not only do I need more experience in Malayalam (which is sad since I'm from Kerala), but the language needs to be more mainstream.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joshuacv

Malayali here. Eager to help. But I do not see it in the list of languages one can contribute to in the application website. So, as soon as it goes up we can all contribute!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaikjm

https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply Malayalam is not mentioned in the list of languages, so enter that under the 'enter other' option.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sra.Eliza

Hey guys, I have an instagram account @eli.kutty I post lessons, flashcards, and writing practice. Follow me there and give some feedback and we can try to study together. Also, I like chatting with native speakers for practice.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AShitha_Ashi

njaan und------- I am here


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Sariel_

I'm very interested to learn malayalam. I think it's an amazing idea. Amma is my Spiritual Mother and I'd like to be able to speak malayalam with her in darshan. Thank you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BryonSmith1

That's the same reason I'd want to learn Malayalam.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnCatDubh

Any language that distinguishes between /t̪ /, /t/, and /ʈ/ is one I’d call a worthy challenge, especially if it’s spoken in the state with the highest literacy rate in India.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nijuman789

I am a Malayali and I can definitely help build this course. I really hope that Malayalam for English speakers becomes an actual course.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TonythomasGQ

മലയാളം duolingoയിൽ ചേർക്കണം. എല്ലാ വിധ പിന്തുണയും വാഗ്ദാനം ചെയ്യുന്നു


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MeeplingR

Don't forget to vote (saying cuz i didnt get that this was where we were supposed to)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wyqtor
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Eventually, a language representing the Dravidian family should be added. Tamil and Telugu will be strong contenders, but I'd be more interested in your language (at least the basics) because Kerala is an interesting destination that I hope to visit one day.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NathanielV342275

Agreed! Malayalam should become a priority language; we should bring ask friends who share our desire to come here and vote for the original post, and also seek out individuals who are fluent in both languages and could potentially offer to help - the more people we ask the more likely we'll find the person we need.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AShitha_Ashi

welcome 2 our heaven


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AShitha_Ashi

hey....... is it start....?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hello.akhilg

As far as I know, it's not. You can check https://incubator.duolingo.com to see if it has gone to incubation stage. The mail I got after signing up to be a contributer said duolingo team will get in touch once there is an opening.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bookish_Bookworm

I want to improve my native tongue!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sandra.anup

I want to do it too, we need duoLingo to approve this!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VasudevUnn

I just donated all my lingots (13) or this application. I hope you will achieve this wonderful goal!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheMenonPenguin

I would too. I'm keralite too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nithvarma

I am a Malayali and am willing to help in developing the course contents. I had submitted an application to Duolingo for setting up a Malayalam course and there was no follow-up.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neopolyglot

Same here. Apparently Duo prioritizes courses differently than we all think. If you have noticed, there is no Persian in Duolingo even though it is an important language. They have Turkish but not Persian and that makes no sense. Any attempt to contact Duo in this regard is met with silence. I tried on social media as well. Zero response.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lumpydumpling

Thank you so much for offering to help!
This sounds wonderful, I'd love to see more Indian languages on Duolingo!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/avidzeal

I hope this course can be built.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryanford06

You should contribute!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Merkelz33

love to see it happen. Ive been to Kerala twice now, and would love to learn it. Too bad I can not help!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SosuAlex

I'd love to contribute. But I am not sure how much time I can spend on it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vineetm12

Great stuff- we need to get this supported as much as we can!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rekhsy

I would definitely welcome a Malayalam for English speakers course!


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    Would love to help..... a pure malayali duolingo mate :-)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elsa704

    I'm from Kerala and i speak Malayalam so maybe I could help


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lala_Johnson

    I've been to Kerala twice now and would love to learn the language.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Khadeejah3816

    Good Luck! Hope for the best!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TricklingDown

    I am a Malayali in Ireland and I'm learning Irish and Spanish and hoping to learn my native language Malayalam sooner or later. I've given 3 lingots. I'm not sure how to help.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GetNuanced

    Holy shit, there are Malayalis in Ireland? I had no idea but it makes sense. Do you speak Gaelge?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Annie.lebling

    i am a malayali in england


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.cxen7ric_mut4n

    Lol, it sounds funny when you put it like that.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neopolyglot

    I can help with that. I am a native speaker of Malayalam. I was thinking about posting a similar thread couple of days ago but then thought may be there will be already one. Did you apply to Duolingo to start the course?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hello.akhilg

    Yes, I had quite a while back. I guess they're still waiting for enough number of people to sign up


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/infoabhi

    Count me in, how do one actually build it?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neopolyglot

    I believe the original poster has applied for the incubator. Only when Duo approves it, the course will start to be built. We all can then contribute as native speakers.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GetNuanced

    It's still not a course rip


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sctinsct

    I would love to help


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kevinxx721

    Hey, i'm a malayali living in the uk. I would love to help build this course.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aileen9494

    i am a malayalee, but i cannot read or write it. i also wish i could understand it a little bit more. this would definitely help a lot!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VISHYs2

    I don't mind helping you as I'm pretty fluent in speaking Malayalam


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CinnaThePoet

    I speak Malayalam. I'm not that busy and I can help. What should I do?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KnowHun167895432

    As a language enthusiast, I'd love to have Malayalam on Duolingo. Considering how widely its speakers are spread on the globe, it is worth learning.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElsiexOk

    That would be pretty cool!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Folz12

    I would love to see this.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/awesomedude4901

    I am a Malayali, although I speak English.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jibinmathews

    Hi hows the Progress going


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JammyDodgie

    Yes, I agree. Let's do this!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chelsea52692

    When will this course be ready? I can talk Malayalam fluently but cant speak it so I'm looking very forward to this.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JammyDodgie

    I know the language a bit, but cannot write a single letter in it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sra.Eliza

    If anyone can help me with Malayalam, I appreciate it. I've been studying a few months now.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GracyJoseph

    Good Luck @manu.madha. My ancestors are from Kerala too. My dad helps me.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anjali804000

    I am fluent in Malayalam and I would like to help you with building the course. P.S do i have to type in malayalam while applying to be a course contributer or does manglish qualify ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adi69721

    Yes, good idea I will help if it shows up in the incubator eventually.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wordwhiz1

    Good luck! I am Malayali and somewhat speak it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abbyalexander22

    I'd love to help out with this course!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neopolyglot

    We all would love to help but sadly the course isn't started yet. We have been waiting for 3 years now.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YRaJ1H

    How exactly do they start the course?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neopolyglot

    Did this already. No response :(


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AaronPhili3

    So is this ever going to happen?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ariel5650

    I'd love to take this course! I know how to read Malayalam but I'm bad at speaking and writing, so this course would be very helpful. Thanks!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ammu06

    I can write and speak malayalam and i hope they will make a course for this


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YRaJ1H

    I wish I could help however, I do not know the language. I want to learn it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zacharylumley

    I'd really love to learn this language, and I reckon it could be implemented due to the new character learning software (like that used in Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Hindi)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeffJohn4

    what do you mean


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScottKBeck

    I would love to learn Malayalam! It is my guru's mother tongue. അമ്മാ


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alicia_rukaru

    Wow, I sincerely hope Duolingo will make this happen! My parents are from South Kerala (Nilambur and Rani) and speak fluent Malayalam, but I was born in the United States and speak very little of it. I would love to learn the letters and more words in Malayalam. Please let me know if you need any help, I can ask my parents and my brother (who takes Malayalam classes) to help out through my account.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neopolyglot

    We have all been waiting for this. But I am not sure how the website operates when it comes to starting new courses. I gave a request to start this but there hasn't been any response. The funny part is that they have a course in Klingon which is fictional.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YRaJ1H

    I wonder if the company that runs this is looking for the appeal of the language to a predominately American audience? If this is the case, they are unlikely to select Malayalam, ever.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissMegan47

    If you look through the admin posts on the incubator, there is a section where they explain that they are unlikely to do Malayalam in the near future. They say it's because the language is difficult to capture because there are many different ways to speak it (or something along those lines). It's very unfortunate and I think we should keep asking for it, but in the mean time, Mango languages has a Malayalam course.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neopolyglot

    Can you share that link? I want to see what they say.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bluelight13

    I've tried so many times to learn Malayalam as a kid. But my parents would often be too busy with work to continue my classes or I would get distracted. It sucks not knowing how to read/write your mother tongue. It's also super hard to talk with family back in India too.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Scorpio311

    I am still waiting for this. Three years on and still no Malayalam course on Duoliingo.. nobody seems to care :(


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neopolyglot

    It is not happening any time soon I think.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SkC320649

    Since duolingo is not interested, I thought I should share this with you. There is a book now available at archive.org for those who are interested in learning Malayalam.

    Here is the link - https://archive.org/details/VidvanC.L.MeenakshiAmmaLearnMalayalamIn30Days/page/n13


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/polaris2ko3

    Yes please please I'm a Tamil speaker but I'd love to learn Malayalam


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SkC320649

    Jebas, there is a book now available at archive.org for those who are interested in learning Malayalam.

    Here is the link - https://archive.org/details/VidvanC.L.MeenakshiAmmaLearnMalayalamIn30Days/page/n13


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neopolyglot

    Ah well. A lot of Malayalam speakers are willing to contribute. Unfortunately, Duo is more interested in developing fictional and overrated languages like Klingon and High Valyrian. I have no idea how they prioritize.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/numerouma

    As a Malayali I'm going to have to disagree with you, while I do agree that Duo ought to add languages such as Malayalam (the faster the better), I don't think fictional languages are overrated. For example, as a self-labelled geek, I would absolutely love to learn a language like Kryptonian. I don't think these constructed languages are overrated but rather absolutely fascinating. Don't get me wrong, I love "real" languages, especially how they evolved, but I think conlangs are also super cool


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neopolyglot

    You are right. Common people outside the "geek" culture have practically no interest in fictional languages like Klingon (which also has a limited scope as the vocabulary of it is mostly limited to stuff like spacecraft, warfare etc.) There are constructed languages such as Esperanto (which both of us are learning) that are spoken in the real world.

    Sure, fictional languages are nice to learn as academic interest or for "geek culture" stuff but prioritizing them over real world languages seems a bit too much. Klingon is probably of zero interest outside Star Trek. Similarly, outside of Game of Thrones fandom, I have no reason to believe that anyone would be interested in High Valyrian.

    Even though I do not know how Duo prioritizes languages, I have reasons to believe that Duolingo has conducted some form of research to see which all languages are people actually interested to learn. Malayalam has 38 million speakers but we have no data about how many foreigners actually want to learn it. Perhaps Duo has the data and they decided that may be it is not a project they want to take up in the near future.

    It is possible that more people want to learn Klingon and High Valyrian because of Star Trek and Game of Thrones. There is no equivalent TV series that features Malayalam that would draw people to learn the language.

    These are just my thoughts. By all means learn Kryptonian or High Valyrian or whatever fictional languages you like. I am nobody to discourage you.

    Peace.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EstJojo

    I'm currently learning Malayalam and was hoping that it had been added to Duolingo by now (or has been started at the very least sigh). I purchased the three books by John D. Kunnathu and I have italki credits so I guess that is where I am starting...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Manasvi979240

    Would love to learn Malayalam! Hope there are many more interested to learn the language of Kerala, a vibrant, colourful tourist destination with abundance of nature and living culture.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EstJojo

    Malayalam has better sounding music IMOP. I was all for Tamil but my heart chose a different path.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dioidioi

    I vote for Malayalam too!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pakkaran

    I have made an application to contribute to malayalam course


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Manuel-MyV

    I was recently in Kerala and am interested in learning Malayalam, so I’m subscribing to this discussion and hope for the best.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KiranRavin2

    Look interesting. I can contribute too


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sunaina.N

    As a malayali who can't speak Malayalam, I would love this! Perhaps you should add it to the duolingo incubator?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmritSanad

    pls try

    i am a native hindi speaker and would like to learn the language out of no other reason but personal interest. This application has much to offer. It really helps to get languages ingrained in your memory. If you and some others can team up that would be brilliant. If you can really get this course done, I can guarantee, I will be one of the first to join!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlenAntony

    I agree please add this course this would help many learn about India


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sadie_14

    I think there should be a lot more languages in general, but YES! I would love to see Malayalam in Duolingo! I don't speak the language, although I believe that if Duolingo is gonna have High Valarian, a language from GAME OF THRONES, it should at least have languages that people in the world speak as a native language, and should look for more languages that people want to see on the language selection page. I'm happy that you're willing to put in the time to teach someone a new language. I hope Duolingo adds Malayalam to their language selection. : )


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Krishnamoh338507

    I speak Malayalam as my native tounge. I can help you with whatever it is that you want.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Krishnamoh338507

    I have just applied to become a Golden Contributor to the course. Waiting for formal approval from Duolingo.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spamilton828556

    It would be good, especially because it's a spoken language, unlike high Valyrian (a course on here). It is also important to bring endangered languages back to life. Good Luck!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LayaSur

    Dude that is awesome that you are trying to help Malayalam... I myself am Tamil


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jay531219

    നിങ്ങളുടെ വികാരങ്ങളെ ഞാൻ അഭിനന്ദിക്കുന്നു. എല്ലാ ആശംസകളും. ദൈവം കഷ്ടപ്പാടുകൾ അനുവദിക്കുന്നതിന്റെ കാരണം നിങ്ങൾ ആസ്വദിക്കുമെന്ന് നിങ്ങൾ കരുതുന്നുണ്ടോ? ബൈബിൾ തൃപ്തികരമായ ഉത്തരം നൽകുന്നു.

    ഈ വീഡിയോ കാണുക


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnjaliDevi5

    I just love Southern India and hope to visit someday. So please Duolingo team, make a Malayalam course for English speakers. Nandi!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nikhila59

    I hope that one day our dreams will come true. And when it does, I can't wait to contribute to the course.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JaisonPara

    I'm a Malayalee born in an English-speaking country and unfortunately my parents didn't see the value of teaching their mother tongue to their children. Even more unfortunate is that many Malayalees overseas believe the same thing, there are thousands of us with Malayalee heritage that have little to no ability to communicate in Malayalam. On top of that is the lack of resources for studying Malayalam. You can find hundreds of resources for studying any of the top languages at all different levels, but what can an adult learner find for Malayalam? There is very little high quality materials out there. If DuoLingo were to be the first quality free course in Malayalam, I know thousands would take it up from across the world for years to come.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NabeelNaje

    Have you heard about Elikutty? She an American married to a Malayaali, she is teaching the Basics of Malayalam with the help of some Malayaalis. As long as there are no enough resources for learning Malayalam, I believe we should support all small resources people are making. Check her IG account ( https://instagram.com/eli.kutty?igshid=1oa581rr447ua )


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Inikha

    Hi Manu Madha, malayalam pathikkan nan sarikkum agrahikkunnu Share your course when it's done. I'm really excited. Happy Learning !!!


    [deactivated user]

      Has the course started yet? I wish to learn Malayalam. Super initiative by the OP!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rejith10

      I was wondered when I was first found out that how my native language (Malayalam) is connected to Portuguese language. Until this time I didn't know that I was using some words in my day to day life which is actually Portuguese. So I researched more about this topic Which is very interesting you must check that out Here Maybe you are also using some words which is taken from other languages. Always be curious Language lover


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rejith10

      Learn Malayalam basic words Here


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iamadarsh

      For all those people who can help as much as the can, go to the incubator and sign up.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aileen9494

      Oh and good luck!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JustinRaju

      I would love to help!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IlaCibu

      I would be happy to help, but can't write and read very well. I can speak fluently though. Hope it helps! Good luck :)!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/numerouma

      I would love to help but sadly even as a native speaker I can only speak and listen but not read or write.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roma177801

      great ideas its good that you had brought this up i am a native malayali living in the uk speaking fluent malayalam but cant read or write that well wish you can do this as soon as possible just started on duolingo today best wishes


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YRaJ1H

      Is it possible for it to be built soon? If not its okay. I am just asking.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/avon765116

      Here with you bro! Let's do it


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neopolyglot

      No use. I have sent them two reminders about the existence of this thread. I also gave a formal request in the Incubator. No response as of now from Duolingo. The funny thing is that they have created a Klingon course. That's a language with hardly two dozen speakers. They should give more priority to Malayalam which has 38 million speakers. I don't understand their logic at all. But then it is a private company. All we can do is request. Sadly.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YRaJ1H

      Are there other services that help us learn using similar methods? We should not feel like this is the only place we can go to for Malayalam.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissMegan47

      Mango Languages has a Malayalam course in place. I have been learning through that, and it's not as easy to use as Duolingo, but it looks like a good course. They have an app, but can also be accessed from their website.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YRaJ1H

      yes I have tried that is there a easier one to use?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/avon765116

      I can give you private lessons for free, to a limit!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EstJojo

      They are probably sitting there naively wondering why we are not taking the Hindi course.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheMenonPenguin

      I am malayalam and I would help with this course. Hope to see it comes soon


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SkC320649

      As a native speaker of Malayalam, I can say that it is a great language. Unlike other languages, Malayalam lacks grammatical genders and subject verb agreement. Those are the easiest aspects of Malayalam. The hardest parts are learning the alphabets of Malayalam since there are many. But the good thing is you can learn the pronunciations of other languages much more faster if you speak Malayalam.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarksAaron

      I would love to see an English to Malayalam course! I did a trip through India in 2012, and Kerala was by far my favorite place, it was gorgeous. It seems there's no shortage of volunteers, so why hasn't Duolingo started incubating this yet?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pjjason

      I am also intersted to work with you. I am from kerala.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/woozlification

      I would like to learn it, as I have met nice people who speak it, here in the UK, and that is always a motivation :-) But whoever does, please look at the courses that teach other scripts, because some do it well, and some not so well. The Arabic course seems very good, so far. The Hebrew course, (last time I looked), totally failed to teach the letters and sounds. The Greek course is good, and the Japanese course does a decent job, as far as I have got. The Hindi course is incredibly frustrating, because the transcription into English is so poor. I can relate the sounds to the script, (which is already challenging), but not to the English equivalents. Please learn from these courses and make one that will take you from the very basics to something much higher. :-)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joseph.V.Michael

      Any update on this? Malayali here. I can help too.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jason292109

      I also would be interested in Malayalam. Has there been any progress on this?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daydreamer121

      I think it would be awesome if this happened! I am half malayali, but I don't know much malayalam so it's pretty hard to communicate with fam back in India. I hope this ends up working soon!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Naina.N_27

      I can help with translating phrases into English and am (kinda) fluent in Malayalam used for everyday uses. However, I am not very good at reading the language.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AldrinMathew

      Help for MALAYALAM if it is not a bother. ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടാകില്ലെങ്കിൽ മലയാളത്തിനുവേണ്ടി സഹായിക്കുക. https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/38021765


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AShitha_Ashi

      Hey... Been here 4 years ago... and still its our dream only. :(


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YRaJ1H

      Hello AShitha_Ashi you can find another Malayalam course on Mango languages. I don't know if this helps. Its often free if you have a local library that pays for it (so you sign in with your library card).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AShitha_Ashi

      njan assal malayali aan he... btw thanks :) ....


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YRaJ1H

      assal (malayalam) = assli (hindi)? Does it mean real? Oh and sorry I didn't mean to offend you.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Naina.N_27

      Yes, that’s correct. Assal is mostly used as slang, though =)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YRaJ1H

      Oh thanks! :) I did not know that. Are there any university level courses that teach Malayalam that are low cost/ free (do you know) in the U.S.A. area (ideally online due to the COVID pandemic?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AShitha_Ashi

      oh sorry.. u r not malayali? Assal means original/real... the best... I am a Malayalee and I was here to help as a contributor.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YRaJ1H

      I am only part Malayali sorry. I do not know the language well (with the exception of words for food but I doubt that counts)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Annie.lebling

      sathyam, i been here like 5 yrs,


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klappenmonster

      That would be a wonderful course to have on Duolingo! Good luck, I hope Duo will make this possible!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AldrinMathew

      Help & Vote for MALAYALAM using the Link if it is not a bother. I have created a new Post about the Language along with its Cultural History. ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടാകില്ലെങ്കിൽ മലയാളത്തിനുവേണ്ടി സഹായിക്കുക. ഞാൻ മലയാളഭാഷയെക്കുറിച്ചും അതിന്റെ സാംസ്കാരിക ചരിത്രത്തെക്കുറിച്ചും ഒരു പുതിയ പോസ്റ്റ് സൃഷ്ടിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്...

      https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/38021765


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JosephRoni3

      Sir, I will be joining soon. Thankyou for your help.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VeikkaP

      Absolutely! I would love to learn at least the conversational level of Malayalam!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fen554820

      Good luck everybody with this!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marie-Clai133496

      I'd love to learn Malayalam !


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anime__Lover1234

      I do not really speak Malayalam, but i am from India and i speak in Telugu. And I would LOVE to learn Malayalam. And i am intrested in learning all 22 languages in India because i just love learning languages, expecially on duolingo. So i hope you finish the application soon enough and succeed! Good Luck with that application!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseP1063774

      Hello I also know how to speak Malayalam and I also wished that this language would be in Duolingo. I really support you and I wish that your dream would come true. I would love to help if possible. However I do not know how to write or read Malayalam.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eddy533033

      i support too,i have malayalam friends too;)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AtifZaman10

      I am a Malayalam speaker. I am ready...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DepressedDuo29

      That would be a really good idea! Good luck on your campaign!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clubdancer

      Give us languages duolingo and Malayalam. Duolingo your too slow for many years it stays in the incubator.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JosephRoni3

      Hai am also a 'Malayali'. I can also help you.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/F1AB4

      Of course all of us support you. Our language will die out if we don't do something constructive. Till recently even I was intimidated by the language . As a malayali out of kerala , I always felt that there is a need for a course that is interactive and engaging and suitable for even the average person . Hatsoff to your thoughts.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brownsombrero

      yes please. i want this!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ashwinkrish

      Have already applied and am eagerly waiting for this course to be added so I can contribute. I wonder how much more time before this gets created since Tamil, Telugu and even Punjabi courses are in incubation


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eli_wz.231

      Go to that link it helps for new languages https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/15014194


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JollyJane14

      HIIII I'm from India, I live in America now,but I speak and can write andread malayalam well, I would love to help you make this course!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LewisMathew

      My husbands family speaks Malayalam and I’ve been trying to learn for a few years now, would be SO HELPFUL to have Malayalam available on Duolingo!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseP1063774

      Also Malayalam has many different dialects. Most of the time the dialects aren't too different. But which dialect will we use?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NabeelNaje

      സഹായിക്കാൻ കാത്തിരിക്കുന്നു.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Annie.lebling

      It seems like we have the highest number of up votes when compared to other languages, why can' t they just give up.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abel286098

      ഞാൻ ഒരു മലയാളിയാണ്. ഞാൻ കുട്ടനാട് അലപ്പുഴ ജില്ലയിൽ നിന്നാണ്. ഞാൻ യഥാർത്ഥത്തിൽ കൈനാഡിയിൽ നിന്നാണ്.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JollyJane14

      njan mavelikkarayil ninnanu


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neopolyglot

      കണ്ടതിൽ വളരെ സന്തോഷം.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GlJ20

      I think the only way they will actually notice is if we all could send an email directly to them!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LydiaParison

      I’m currently studying Malayalam in my own (with my Mullu husband’s help) I would love to be able to improve my skills using Duo as well!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RAMYAN6

      I am a Malayali and I can contribute , do let me know how can I help


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janki147619

      hello i am a malayali


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.cxen7ric_mut4n

      Hello! A fellow mallu here ;)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SubToPewds10

      You have to like this post to make it more popular, then the duolingo community will see it and make the new course.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vapourous

      The real reason this is taking a while is because they don't know what they can use to represent it since the Indian flag is already used for Hindi.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseP1063774

      They can use this flag. https://www.google.com/search?q=kerala+flag&sxsrf=ALeKk03a42U3c7yE-1rCHv7Ryw4Bj6miA:1603281875740&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=vYrJ2wp-jdny9M%252CwxZqWbBOP-4n7M%252C&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kTEqxatpkNIJVwsJYl0EDJcDKBefg&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjChba10sXsAhWPjFkKHYEiCsMQ9QF6BAgMEFY&biw=1280&bih=662#imgrc=vYrJ2wp-jdny9M


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseP1063774

      The first one or the second picture.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheMenonPenguin

      For Punjabi (which is in beta), they uses India's flag, so they could just use India's flag for Malayalam!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sanhita668582

      This is a great idea! I am Bengali and I am keen on learning Malyalam to read Malyali literature. It would be great if Duolingo develops this course.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnaMaraSur13

      I am a Spanish speaker interested in Malayalam. I desperately need to learn the alphabet too because it is a language with many unknown sounds which seems difficult to learn by just memorizing phrases.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.cxen7ric_mut4n

      Hello there! It's nice to know you guys are interested in Malayalam, try using mango languages. It's better if you know someone who could talk to you in malayalam. I know it might not be possible, but I would recommend it for a fast progress. -from a fellow malayali :-)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnaMaraSur13

      Well, I am surrounded by Malayalis; therefore the interest. Otherwise, I think I wouldn't have known about your language. But sadly, this method hasn't been working much. I know some words but I need help with the grammar in order to start making sentences. Anyways, I appreciate the suggestion. I downloaded the app and checking the content out. Thanks a lot!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tiger291Shroff

      Hi I am a Malayalee. I want to help.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Annie.lebling

      hi, sounds cool, i am also a malayali


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iammalavika

      Yaas!! Malayalam course needs to be built. As a Malayali here at DuoLingo, I'm ready to contribute to the course. I have already given my consent to the developers of DuoLingo for being the language contributor and been waiting for a lead since Jan. Namukk pwolikkam makkale:)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nellie_navas

      Gurlll yess we need a course lmao thing us i can barely speak it but i cant read it at all frfr


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/icicle94

      i speak malayalam


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Betsaii

      Thank you pls apply :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Annie.lebling

      i have applied to be a gold contributor. There are many people here who are ready to contribute, why can't duo just say yes for MALAYALAM.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jessicaart29

      Yes my family would love to learn English I know how to but my family only speaks Malayalam and we would love to support you


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joby772147

      Hi Duolingo, seems like there's quite a bit of interest. Can we get an update?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JaisonPara

      It has been years since I first saw this message from a Malayalee offering his help to Duolingo to develop a Malayalam course. Many more messages were written. I, and I know others, have been patiently waiting for so long.

      While we wait, would some of you volunteers be interested in developing a course with another organization? Recently I've tried Spanish through Language Transfer (https://www.languagetransfer.org/). It's completely volunteer and donation-run. Their all-audio courses are in the style of Pimsleur, Michel Thomas, etc. Though they're not as "fun" as Duolingo, I personally find them far better in terms of preparing a language learner for real-world conversations, using a "listen and respond" method, coupled with spaced repetition. They just released a book (available as a free pdf here: https://www.languagetransfer.org/othermaterial), but if you try one of their courses, I'm sure you will understand how it all works. They are looking for more volunteers to develop courses for other languages. Why not Malayalam too?

      I would be forever grateful if I could find an all-audio course for Malayalam! I can't wait for Duolingo any longer; I've just started my Malayalam-learning journey this year.

      P.S. To Malayalam language learners: With the scarcity of Malayalam-learning resources, I thought I'd also share one I found: Mango languages has an online course (https://mangolanguages.com/) for Malayalam! I just started it, but it looks like it can bring one up to a High Beginner level, good for some simple conversations. Unfortunately is has a rather high subscription price, but it is free through many organizations (I use it free through my public library membership).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joby772147

      The mango sounds good. Let me give it a try. Thanks Jaison for the recommendation.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XenaDodi

      Hey I speak Malayalam fluently but I cannot read and write most words. I would love for this to happen.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashvinluck

      hi am a malayli if u want i will help and i will not be always online that is the problem i also want a malayalam course


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashvinluck

      i vote u because i am a malayali


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thepauljoshi

      Awesome! If Duolingo decides to make a Malayalam course for English speakers or an English course for Malayalam speakers, I'd love to contribute.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DidiMathew

      Hi I'm an American Malayali. I have a basic understanding of Malayalam from my parents who were born in Kerala and I really want to be fluent so I can pass it to my children too. Is this thread still active?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Annie.lebling

      yeah it is active tbh


      [deactivated user]

        I really want to improve in the language as a fellow Malayali, I do hope Duolingo will add a Malayalam course since it can help many students or even travellers get better in the language.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nellie_navas

        i agree since i cant even speak or read it properly


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlanW000

        But that's five years ago... I do not know whether you are still active. If you are, I'm in for it.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgyAbra2

        I am a malayalee myself but I want to learn to read and write it. I can speak the language fluently


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xxx_Dorothy_xxX

        I agree. I’m from Kerala and I would love for people of other nations to learn this amazing language that so much of the world is missing out on. Go for it


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xxx_Dorothy_xxX

        Readily, I’d contribute


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/V8pZtSIF

        I am not born a Malayalee but my husband is and I have lived in Kerala for many years. I learned my Malayalam by listening to the sounds when people spoke then asked them what it ment. When I had the sound in my mind I understood what they were saying when I heard the same words again. For over 40 years I have managed like this but I want to learn Malayalam in more depth in a similar way I am learning french on Duolingo. Please make this course happen - I think a lot of people would value it.

        Learn a language in just 5 minutes a day. For free.