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. :)

May 29, 2015


Good luck with your application!

May 29, 2015

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

May 29, 2015

is it ready...?

September 28, 2015

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 :)

July 5, 2017

could you guys apply to the duolingo incubator.

August 15, 2019

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

October 16, 2017

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

July 11, 2018

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

July 11, 2018

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.

May 30, 2015

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!

July 23, 2016

duolingo incubator? ;)

August 15, 2019

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 :)

May 29, 2015

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. ;)

May 5, 2016

Me too

June 9, 2016

Yeah, same.

November 22, 2017

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.

June 25, 2018

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.

May 29, 2015

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.

July 7, 2018

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?

July 7, 2018

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

July 11, 2018

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.

May 29, 2015

Sounds great please do apply :)

May 30, 2015

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

May 30, 2015

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

August 30, 2015

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

July 23, 2016

As far as I know, not yet. It should be listed on when it goes to incubation. I applied through 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.

July 25, 2016

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

November 22, 2017

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!

July 11, 2018

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

January 16, 2017

Okay. Thank you!

March 26, 2017

Glad to help. Malayali here.

October 19, 2015

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

July 23, 2016

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.

June 13, 2016

Have you read the novel The God of Small Things? You should check it out. Good luck!

May 29, 2015

I know. I have read it. :) The story is set in Kerala. :D

May 29, 2015

I have downloaded it recently. Will read it after finishing Aarachar :D

November 27, 2018

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

September 28, 2015

I hope this course can be built.

November 4, 2015

You should contribute!

November 4, 2015

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!

June 15, 2016

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

October 31, 2017

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

August 11, 2016

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!

August 17, 2016

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!

August 17, 2016

I have that course

March 21, 2018

മലയാളം duolingoയിൽ ചേർക്കണം. എല്ലാ വിധ പിന്തുണയും വാഗ്ദാനം ചെയ്യുന്നു

January 26, 2018

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

November 18, 2015

As far as I know, it's not. You can check 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.

November 18, 2015

Count me in :)

May 5, 2016

I want to improve my native tongue!

June 9, 2016

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

June 13, 2016

I would too. I'm keralite too.

November 26, 2018


November 27, 2018

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.

May 21, 2019

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.

May 23, 2019

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

May 29, 2015
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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.

May 30, 2015

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.

July 23, 2016

welcome 2 our heaven

September 28, 2015

I can help :)

May 6, 2016

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

May 11, 2016

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

May 19, 2016

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.

July 4, 2016

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

August 7, 2016

I would definitely welcome a Malayalam for English speakers course!

September 10, 2016

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

October 2, 2016

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

October 3, 2016

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

October 10, 2016

Good Luck! Hope for the best!

October 13, 2016

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.

January 3, 2017

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

November 22, 2017

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

February 11, 2017

i speak malayalam

February 20, 2017

how do u apply?

February 20, 2017

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?

March 23, 2017

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

March 24, 2017


March 26, 2017

Count me in, how do one actually build it?

March 30, 2017

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.

April 1, 2017

It's still not a course rip

November 22, 2017

I would love to help

April 2, 2017

You can apply here to be a contributor

April 3, 2017

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

May 4, 2017

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!!

June 28, 2017

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

July 5, 2017

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

September 2, 2017

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.

December 15, 2017

That would be pretty cool!

December 22, 2017

I would love to see this.

January 9, 2018

I am a Malayali, although I speak English.

January 21, 2018

Hi hows the Progress going

February 13, 2018

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

February 16, 2018

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

February 18, 2018

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

February 21, 2018

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

February 26, 2018

There is a book available at for learning Malayalam. Here it is -

May 27, 2019

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

March 21, 2018

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 ?

March 22, 2018


May 28, 2018

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

June 25, 2018

Good luck! I am Malayali and somewhat speak it.

June 29, 2018

I'd love to help out with this course!

July 4, 2018

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

July 7, 2018

How exactly do they start the course?

August 26, 2018

Did this already. No response :(

September 5, 2018

So is this ever going to happen?

July 15, 2018

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!

July 19, 2018

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

July 31, 2018

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

August 6, 2018


August 10, 2018

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)

August 9, 2018

what do you mean

August 10, 2018

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

August 26, 2018

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.

September 4, 2018

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.

September 5, 2018

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.

September 5, 2018

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.

October 27, 2018

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

October 27, 2018

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.

November 27, 2018

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

February 21, 2019

It is not happening any time soon I think.

April 10, 2019

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

Here is the link -

May 27, 2019

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

April 10, 2019

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

Here is the link -

May 27, 2019

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.

April 10, 2019

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

April 10, 2019

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.


April 12, 2019

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.

June 1, 2019

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

June 1, 2019

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

June 28, 2019

I have made an application to contribute to malayalam course

August 20, 2019

Thank you pls apply :)

May 21, 2017

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

June 27, 2017

Oh and good luck!!

June 28, 2017

I would love to help!!

August 7, 2017

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

September 5, 2017

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

September 9, 2017

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

November 21, 2017

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

August 6, 2018

Here with you bro! Let's do it

October 22, 2018

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.

October 26, 2018

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.

October 26, 2018

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.

October 27, 2018

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

October 27, 2018

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

October 27, 2018

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

May 28, 2019

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

December 17, 2018

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.

January 12, 2019

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.

May 7, 2019

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...

May 28, 2019

I vote for Malayalam too!

June 10, 2019

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?

June 12, 2019

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

August 3, 2019

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. :-)

August 14, 2019
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