Already almost 20k!
The Esperanto course is growing incredibly fast! It has now almost the same number of learners as Norwegian. This is surely a great step both for Duolingo and Esperanto! Thank you Esperanto team!
I know that Esperanto was created to foster peace and harmony, but I am interested in using Esperanto to achieve evil and wickedness. Is this possible?
Step one - Decide to take over the world Step two - Find a secret lair (in an extinct volcano, those tend to have low real estate value) Step three - Get MINIONS Step four - Teach them Esperanto Step five - Take over a country Step six - (repeat step four) Step seven - put the minions in charge of schools and pretty much everything else. Minions are awesome.
It would be also very cool to know the number of finished trees per course, or maybe points achieved. That would help to have a better comparison between courses.
PS: I'm sure that when Esperanto becomes available in the app there will be another sharp climb. Any news about when should that be?
I know it depends on reports and getting the course (more) stable, but I haven't actually seen any figures yet. It's all about the numbers, not the timing. I think it took Turkish a month or so?
EO did seem to be pretty polished right off the production line, so I hope that bodes well for getting (relatively) quickly to the apps.
And I too would love to see some figures for finished trees/total of XP points, to see how individuals actually do in the courses, not just how many start them.
Wonderful course. I've been learning here for almost three years and have tried all the courses (and then deleted them) and this is easily the most polished at launch. It told me there were 42 people taking the course when I signed up so I suppose I'm joint 43rd along with many others who signed up at the same moment. I'm really pleased with Duo Esperanto. Thank you so much!! :)
Esperanto may have been created to foster peace and harmony, but some of the arguments I have seen on Esperanto forums remind me of the babel fish in Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: “Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.”
Barriers to communication have been falling a lot since WWII, not really thanks to Esperanto, but thanks to the spread of English and knowledge of foreign languages in general and to technological developments. And war deaths have never been this small in comparison with the total population, this video shows that brilliantly.
I see your point ;) But people love linguistic wars, it's not just with Esperanto. The orthographic treaty that unifies the Portuguese language orthographic rules is a very sensible thing that implies very little changes (less than 1% of words get affected by it) and is still feeding a war in newspapers and forums for years now.. I think the same happened with the orthographic treaty for the German language. It's just a bit more surprising with Esperanto, as it is a constructed language one would expect it to be more open to some artificial adjustments and improvements.. but I see is not, some people regard Zamenhof as a prophet.