Hindi for English speakers is now in the incubator!
Hindi for English speakers is finally in the incubator! This is the first Asian non-latin-character based language that we have put in the Duolingo Incubator. If you are fluent in both Hindi and English, you are welcome to apply to be a volunteer contributor here.
Although I'm not planning on learning Hindi, I'm glad to hear it's in the Incubator! :)
I'm glad to hear it's in the Incubator! :)
Thanks for the cheer!
I'm not planning on learning Hindi
For that matter, I was not planning to learn German or Dutch. But the Duolingo proposition is always attractive and I consider myself better off by having made that start.
Hopefully, the awesomeness of Duolingo, and also of our upcoming course will sway you too! :)
Hey, I said I'm not planning on learning it. I wasn't planning on learning Esperanto either, but here I am, learning it... so who knows, maybe I will end up learning Hindi after all. ;)
Hey I have applied for contributing to the course and you have still not replied. Please do.
Yay! But isn't Hebrew the first Asian(just barely) non-latin-character based language in the incubator? I don't want to steal Hindi's pride, but still.
–! אבל עברית לא ה– – – – – שפה ראשון ב–? אני לא רוצה ל– – –, אבל –.
This is a map of what is considered Asia: http://www.clker.com/cliparts/M/X/n/Y/y/8/asian-continent-md.png
As you can see Israel is fully in Asia (I think HebrewLearner just meant that it is relatively close to other contents). I think Hebrew is very much an Asian, non-latin-character based language.
My bad! I must have been in a rush...
On the same subject, I have seen folks not thinking about 'Indians', when they think of 'Asians' :) Yes, It's is true that the Indian plate moved and joined with the Asian plate before our lifetimes. India is very much a part of the Asian continent, just as Israel :)
I've been to Israel and told people there it was my first time in Asia. The fact we were in Asia came as a surprise to a few Israelis there. Few people think of it as an Asian country, although it certainly is.
When I went to Istanbul, we crossed over to the Asian side (even though there's nothing to see) just to say that I have been to Asia.
The process is ongoing as confirmed by the recent unfortunate Nepalese earthquake :(
It has also produced some of the breathtaking landscapes known as the Himalayas.
And even though most of russia is in Asia, russians aren't thought of as 'asians'.
Most of the population of Russia lives in the west part of the country, the one closest to Europe. Moscow for an obvious example.
Russians are originally from the European part. And Russia is considered to have a European cultural heritage.
That's because Russian lives in European Russia. If you go into eastern Russia, you will find that most people are Turkic or Mongolic, and even Eskimo (Not sure of a good politically correct term for these people so sorry if you take offence), but only a very small amount of Russians live in east Russia.
I have seen folks not thinking about 'Indians', when they think of 'Asians'
I'm one of those people. It's not meant to be a slight! I think it because when most people, in NZ anyway, use the word asian they usually mean south east asian and it's hard not to be influenced when everyone uses a word a particular way. :/
You have a point about the general usage of the word. However...
Continents are not countries, but this seems akin to saying, for example, that only the people from the first 13 states of the US should be called Americans and the rest - West Americans, North West Americans, Southern Americans and so on.
On a similar note, initially it took me some time and effort to understand why the "Mideast" of the contemporary United States is called the "Midwest" :)
In the US, definitely. But in the UK Asian usually refers to Indians, Pakistanis etc. Although the U.S. usage is creeping in a bit, so it can sometimes be ambiguous.
What airelibre said, when you say Asian here, most people won't think of East Asians like Chinese and Japanese people, the opposite of the US.
Hi HebrewLearner, irrelevant to this discussion, but don't forget: English has an implicit "that" in a clause: "that is what that I meant". So don't forget to add this "that" to your Hebrew translation. It's a bit tricky at first, but it's rather easy to master once you figured out the concept. In that case:
כן, זה מה שאני... (התכוונתי)
(You can also drop the "אני" because no pronouns are needed in the first and second person of the past tense, but that's for another time)
That may be true in sentences like "I think (that) you're right"/"אני חושב שאתה צודק" but there's no way you can say "that is what that I meant" in English. You just have to learn that in Hebrew "what" as a question is מה and "what" as a conjunction is מה ש.
Yes, but there is no implicit 'that' after what in 'that is what I meant' in English because 'that is what that I meant' doesn't make any sense in English. There are times where English does have an implicit 'that' but this is not one of them, even if that is how another language would construct the same sentence.
Who's arguing? :-D Do/did you study linguistics? I love it so bad, I would love to have another linguistics-nerd here...
> As I explained earlier, this is purely from a syntax point of view.
There is no implicit "that" in "this is what I meant". Especially not from a syntactical point of view. As others have said, there is one in "I think you are right". But not in the first one.
> Of course it doesn't make sense in English to actually use it, but that's never what I claimed...
Yes, that's exactly what you claimed when you said
> English has an implicit "that" in a clause: "that is what that I meant".
If it's implicit, it means that it's there, filling a function even though it is not visible. Therefore, "adding" it to the sentence does not change anything, and most certainly won't make a correct sentence incorrect.
To me implicit means that it exists but is hidden, that it is underlying. But this just doesn't exist in English. That's like saying that the word "word" is implicitly feminine in English because it is in Hebrew.
You may be right with that. Syntax is my weak point so I won't argue with you.
Haha yeah, currently studying linguistics for an undergraduate degree. If you want to carry on talking, we should probably go to messages on the user pages, since we're cluttering this thread with off-topic posts and we've run out of 'reply' options too.
But that's wrong, syntactically or otherwise. "That is what that I meant" a malformed sentence that is difficult to understand and would never be created by a native speaker. " In fact, "what" here is approximately equivalent to "that;" compare to "it is this that I meant," which is a bit cumbersome and unlikely to be found outside of a book of 19th century poetry, but should illustrate my point.
True, but from a minimalistic syntax point of view, it does exist. Actually, this is its sole function - to create the clause.
As I explained earlier, this is purely from a syntax point of view. Of course it doesn't make sense in English to actually use it, but that's never what I claimed...
yeah, but it still has very similar construction to latin based languages i would argue...
But most of Russia lies in Asia as well and they aren't Latin-character based either.
But Hindi is still the first non-Latin-character nor Cyrillic nor Hebrew-character Asian language for English speakers on Duolingo.
First non-(Latin / Cyrillic / Hebrew / Greek)-character language but great news however you describe it.
Awesome news! Thanks to the Duo team for taking on this challenge of getting the "first Asian non Latin" based language along with us :)
The Hindi team is looking forward to start designing the course. We are "all ears" for the invaluable input from the community, without which the course will not reach the awesome heights, that we dream of :)
We are "all ears" for the invaluable input from the community...
Make the first handful of lessons easy enough for dolts like me to get a decent grasp on the alphabet/script.
That's a tall order, I know. :-)
Looking forward to it!
We are "all ears" for the invaluable input from the community
I think because this is an experiment with a wildly different script. The best course of action is to release a smaller tree, maybe one with less than 30-40 skills. An iterative design is always better when testing a very big change. Of course this would be better accomplished if tree versioning or unlimited bonus skills were finally deployed to all incubator courses. Something that is unlikely to be fully deployed this year.
The worst thing that could happen is making a lot of effort towards a huge course, then some annoying bug that could have been fixed earlier causes a big problem.
Why limit the tree? The alphabet may make it harder in the first weeks of study, but eventually you just have to endure this, if you ever want to really learn the language.
A big tree brings big problems. The incubator is still an experiment and may not really work properly with the hindi script. Besides getting early feedback is an important part of designing any product.
We plan to copy the Russian teams model and use an alpha tester who can provide us that early feedback. I agree with Andreas83, the learners will learn to alphabet so that they can learn the language straight away without having to wait for the release of the next version of the tree.
Hopefully, alpha tester
s. A tester will always be biased but more than one can offer different and valuable opinions.
"First Asian non-Latin-script" language, that is Hebrew, as discussed above :) Bravo for team Hindi anyway!
I've been waiting for this one. Looking forward to the beta.
बधाई हो (Hindi)
ਲੱਖ ਲੱਖ ਵਧਾਈਆਂ (Punjabi)
مبارک ہو (Urdu)
and also in any number of other official Indian languages
that Google Translate hasn't learned yet. :D :D :D
Wow! A nice collection of Indian languages... I'm impressed!
However, the Punjabi translation could be improved upon:
ਮੁਬਾਰਕ ਹੋ (Mubarak ho) is how you would write the Urdu translation in Punjabi.
A better translation in Punjabi would be:
ਵਧਾਈ ਹੋਵੇ (Vadhai hove)
or another common expression in Punjabi is:
ਲੱਖ ਲੱਖ ਵਧਾਈਆਂ (Lakh lakh vadhaian) - A million congratulations!
Keep up the good work! : )
Thanks to you Heather, for liking the translation.
One small thing, I'm not nitpicking, I just have an apology to make... I had initially made a small mistake in spelling it. I had edited it within minutes, but you seemed to have copied it before I was able to do so... Anyhow, your reply shows the correct spellings.
p.s. I like the peacock - It is the national bird of India : )
An amazing array, isn't it? According to Wikipedia, of the twenty two official Indian languages "fifteen are Indo-Aryan, four are Dravidian, two are Tibeto-Burman, and one is Munda." I'm planning to study Hindi (then Punjabi and Urdu). And if the opportunity arises I'll plunge into a South Indian language like Tamil; they sound so beautiful.
Yes, I agree they are all beautiful. In India most people are bilingual, or even trilingual... A lot of Indians can read and write more than two languages: 1) Hindi 2) English and 3) if non-Hindi speaker, their mother tongue.
If you learn Hindi, and also know Farsi, then learning Urdu would be a walkover, as the Urdu script is quite similar to Farsi, and a lot of words are common between Farsi and Urdu, and also Hindi and Urdu. I was just going through the pronunciation of Farsi numbers (from 1 to 10) and was surprised to find them quite similar to Hindi/Punjabi numbers.
Punjabi is also relatively easy to grasp for a Hindi speaker. If a Hindi speaker walks into Punjab, he'll have little problem working his way around there. The vocabulary is a bit different, but a lot of it is common and the sentence construction is also quite similar. Of course, the script is different, but it is switchable. Just remember which character of Gurmukhi replaces which character of Devanagari and you're good to go, 9 out of 10.
If you learn Hindi, and also know Farsi, then learning Urdu would be a walkover
I would agree with that.
I was just going through the pronunciation of Farsi numbers (from 1 to 10) and was surprised to find them quite similar to Hindi/Punjabi numbers.
"As it was from the Arabs that the Europeans learned this system, the Europeans called them Arabic numerals; the Arabs refer to their numerals as Indian numerals. In academic circles they are called the Hindu–Arabic or Indo–Arabic numerals."
I know! Many people around the globe think that the numerals were invented by the Arabs whereas they were only spread to the whole world by them. I remember learning Hindu-Arabic numerals in school :)
Interestingly, Wikipedia says,"Linguistically, Hindi and Urdu are the same language." They were born & developed as Hindustani language, and were later separated in the 20th century.
That is exciting! One of the best things about Duolingo: trying out a language you never expected to! :)
Woohoo! It's great to see the course finally hit the Incubator :) Good luck to the contributors!
Yes, I am so happy! I have been trying to find a good site that teaches Hindi! :D
This is amazing! Thank you in advance to everyone involved! :D
I can't wait to start learning!!!
What a great news it is! The script is beautiful but for some reason I always felt a bit intimidated by it, and never got around to start learning it. Hopefully thanks to Duo I'll be able to correct this mistake :)
I learned it fairly quickly from this http://www.memrise.com/course/278261/audio-devanagari-alphabet-no-typing/
I know I'm two years late, but thanks so much for that link! As much as I love them, I'm really bad at learning new alphabets, especially abugidas, so this helped a lot. Thanks!
Hey, Don't feel intimidated. : ) It's simple and cool. If you enjoy learning languages then you should not discount yourself from this treat. (Doesn't it looks cool to be able to read?). It Looks intimidating but you can learn really fast if you flashcard with SRS like Memrise. And it doesn't feels much heavy if you keep it slow and steady. It's an alpha-syllabary rather than alphabets. (Let me tell you as a spoiler) That means it's each small unit is a syllable ( which is called 'akshar') where as in alphabet each small unit called as 'letter' is a sound. As you can devise different kind of syllabic sound so do glyphs in Devanagari. You know it's not only a writing , it's an art. : ).
I love languages, and even more - I really love different scripts. I can't even name a reason why I feel like that about this particular one. But now I feel motivated to change it, and I'm starting a Memrise course today to learn it :)
I agree, it's an art. And it looks really beautiful :)
I CAN'T WAIT! I'm love Hindi and India, that's why I'm going to Delhi and Mumbai in August with some friends. Thanks for putting it in the Incubator!
मैं हिंदी सीखने का समर्थन करता हूँ।
I'm for learning Hindi. (I support learning Hindi.)
मैं हिंदी सीखना चाहता हूँ । हिंदी भाषा और देवनागरी लिपि कमाल की हैं।
I want to learn Hindi. Hindi language and Devanagari script are amazing.
Hindi language uses Devanagari script. Devanagari script is used to write many Indian subcontinent languages: Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, etc.
Good luck learning Hindi! : )
If you look according to colloquial Hindi, This is quite correct: मैं हिंदी सीखने के लिए हूँ, हिंदी स्क्रिप्ट कमाल है. Conjugation of 'है' used for 3rd person and हूँ for first person. मैं हिंदी सीखने के लिए हूँ, हिंदी स्क्रिप्ट कमाल है means "I am for Hindi, Hindi Script is amaging."
Sounds somewhat odd. So, put 'तैयार=ready' at right place. मैं हिंदी सीखने के लिए तैयार हूँ, :- I'm ready for Hindi.
मैं हिंदी सीखने के लिए तैयार हूँ (I'm ready for learning Hindi)
is also a nice way to put it. : )
टीम हिन्दी के लिए मेरी शुभकामनाएं! (My best wishes for Team Hindi!)
टीम हिन्दी, आगे बढ़ो! (Go Team Hindi, Go!) : )
When do new languages appear in the course list, so we can sign up to be notified? I see Klingon and Vietnamese are there, but Greek isn't yet, and nor is Hindi (not that I' necessarily expect it so soon... But I'd been wondering about Greek in any case).
Greek is supposed to be added eventually. They're still working on the monument.
I am so happy! Hopefully this will help pave the way for other Asian languages that don't use latin characters!
Two years later, we have a Korean course and an Arabic course is being worked on!
I don't plan on learning Hindi, but this makes me incredibly happy! Thank you contributors! :-) On a related note, Hindi has one of the most beautiful scripts, in my opinion.
Hindi has one of the most beautiful scripts, in my opinion.
We are totally on the same page :)
Super excited! And great expected course completion date right now: 10 June 2015! Working very fast, I see! :P
We will soon figure out how to get the expected date to become more realistic. Until that please ignore it :)
We asked for an empty tree to start, so the forecast algorithm will not work. We will evolve a way to communicate our progress and estimate the release date.
Every new course has same date of finish, as their addition date when they get added. I think it's non-trivial output of algorithm which predicts completion, some kind of seed value instead of getting exception like 0/0.
Like many others, it's Hindi films that have prompted my desire to learn the language. I watch so many, that I found I was just picking up words of Hindi from the repetition of hearing the same words and reading the subtitles. There's an introductory Michel Thomas course, which I've used, but sadly no more were released.
And by the way, Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world :) After it comes Hollywood and the Nigerian film Industry. You learn something new every day!
Actually, that's somewhat mis-represented. India produces the largest number of films. But Hindi films (which is what Bollywood represents) is just a subset of this. In terms of Box Office, US is far ahead of the rest.
The 2nd most common native language after Mandarin! Hello ~1/14th of the world! I hope to speak to you soon!
I am so excited! I was so disappointed when I started Duolingo when I saw they didn't have Hindi. Thank you so much for your dedication. I look forward to learning once it's released! :)
How awesome! And I was just thinking to myself the other day "Hm, Hindi would be a nice language to dabble in..."
This is good, thank you for all the hard work! I'm looking forward to there being an Arabic module in the future and this will help pave the way!
I don't have the biggest plan to learn Hindi but I know many people want to learn Hindi so I'm that the the people who want to learn Hindi now can
So happy to hear this. I have a lot of friends from northern India, and can't wait to make some conversation. :)
That's awesome! One of the best things about learning a foreign languages is being able to talk to friends in other countries in their own language. Hopefully this makes it to Beta soon.
I'm really excited. After Spanish, I think Hindi will be the foreign language I use most in real life.
May I ask how you became so connected to India? While I'm plugged in around the globe (even Asia), now that I think of it, as unfortunate as it is, I oddly can't recall India being mentioned much by others in terms of personal connections. (Hopefully others have a different experience!)
P.S. I'm quite bewildered by the up/down-votes here. We very clearly had 3 up-votes each a few hours ago, and yet with my votes included it places it squarely at 0. Even earlier my original comment elsewhere on the page had a -1. I suspect some folks may be trying to push theirs closer to the top? Here's a lingot to make-up for it!
While I don't have much connection with India myself, my school has many students from India that have either moved to the States or are simply staying here for the time being for their education. While I won't be able to communicate with the Tamil and Telugu speakers, the rest I will. I'm glad the Hindi course has so much enthusiasm!
My daughters were both born in Kolkata and the youngest told me just this morning that she wants to learn Hindi. So reading about this getting started is amazingly timely and welcome. I wish I could help with it but I guess I will focus on remaining patient. :)
Awesome! I'm glad to see that yet another language is in the incubator! Is Chinese, or even better, Japanese going to be in the incubator soon?
Both Chinese and Japanese have unique set of challenges due to the pictorial nature of their script. My guess is they will take more time to come.
That's true. But I do know English for Japanese and English for Chinese are both in beta, so maybe Chinese/Japanese for English will come after those courses are finished. Hopefully!
I am very excited about this! I was just thinking 5 minutes ago "They have English for Hindi speakers...how hard could it be to flip it?" My parents speak a blend of Hindi/Punjabi/English (Hinjablish?). I barely picked up any Hindi or Punjabi, sadly. I cannot wait for this course to be completed!
We have decided not to flip the tree or for that matter, base our tree on another course tree. We are starting from scratch, so that we do not have any constraints to begin with and are in a position to design a tree that uniquely suits teaching Hindi.
And this Hinjablish is the Dilli wali dialect of Hindi! ;) It's very chatpati and nice to hear! (I hope you speak Hindi, so that you can understand what i am saying :) )
Looking forward to it! Very many Hindi (and, for that matter, Urdu) speakers in my country (Britain), so have wanted to tackle this language for a long time, but have yet to encounter a course that makes it so easy to get a foothold as DL does.
I feel bad to not speak a language that's spoken not only by hundreds of millions of people, but also by a large portion of the population here in my own country!
So, very pleased to see this announcement :D
That's amazing! I hope the developers stay motivated. I might have my children learn this one.
Finally. I'm SO happy. I've been waiting for this forever. I wish I could contribute but I'm not good enough, I guess. Hopefully you'll find more contributors. :) Cheers!! :D
WOW this is great news for foreign people going to india i would love to help those who in need i have applied,hope i get the chance to do some greater good :)
Lately, we have been receiving several applications. I have described at various places what we like to see. Here's a summary:
- Well written application in both languages
- Decent learning record on Duolingo
- Evidence of frequently having helped the learners on the discussion forum: https://www.duolingo.com/topic/882/sent
- Command of English and Hindi grammar
- Zero (or minimal) spelling errors both for English as well as Hindi
From your side you got to have:
1. Passion for both languages
2. Good skills using web applications
3. Time to devote
If you have not yet heard back, you are likely to have made it to the 'to consider' list.
The good news is that Hindi, although spoken so far away from Europe, is part of the same family of languages as the European languages. This means that some of the grammar and vocabulary will be easier to learn!
I don't think I can fully commit to Hindi when it comes out, but I would certainly like to do the lessons teaching the Devanagari script. Many other languages, not only in India but also in Southeast Asia, are written in alphabets borrowed from India. Even the beautiful writing in my avatar, which is Balinese script, has the same roots as Devanagari.
Woooo!!!! Thank you duolingo and the Hindi/English team!! Good-luck, can't wait for this to be released :)
OMG this is a dream come true!!! Been waiting for the hindi course since last year hehe <3 Can't wait! :)
Hi everyone, does anybody know how much longer the Hindi for English speakers course might take? The last update was a month ago saying that "We are looking forward to a major progress achievement during December", and it says that the estimated completion date is January 26th... But is that date actually likely? Did much get done in December? I only just found out that it was in the incubator a few days ago, and can't seem to find much recent discussion around the topic.
I just don't want to get my hopes up if it is likely to be delayed several months again...
A massive thank you to everyone who has worked on it so far, it will be such a fantastic language for the Duolingo community!!
Salaam. Knowing Hindi is here is amazing. I'd love to learn. I was wondering if Urdu would ever be available. Putting this here because Urdu is used in Pakistan and India. It's also seen as a ""Muslim"" language. (Like Arabic is.) There are very good Islamic books in Urdu. Aha..
From what I've read, Hindi is almost identical to Urdu. I'm not sure if that's correct, though.
Yes and no! A person knowing Hindi can understand spoken Urdu somewhat, although many words are difficult to understand. But written Urdu is totally incomprehensible.
The main difference between the two languages is the script. Hindi language uses Devanagari script, whereas Urdu uses a mixture of Arabic and Persian script. That is why a lot of Hindi speakers are unable to read or write Urdu.
And also, Urdu is read from right-to-left (like Arabic and Hebrew), and Hindi is read from left-to-right (Like English, and almost every other language)
I've been told the difference is only the writing system. My boss (speaks native hindi) says this is false. Your guess is as good as mine...
I would agree with your boss. I myself do not understand several words used by Urdu speakers. Besides the writing system, the vocabulary is quite different. (Although I will admit there is commonality to a certain extent).
Hindi draws its vocabulary from Sanskrit, Urdu from Farsi/Arabic. And as you say the writing systems are entirely different and mutually comprehensible at all.
Jitengore, I believe Nepali is similar to Hindi. Do you know if this is so? In any case, I will definitely be learning!
Hi ddbeachgirl, Nepalese uses the same Devanagari (देवनागरी) script. So you will find the script lessons useful. However, there might not be much commonality in the vocabulary.
SO excited to hear this! Signed up today and was hoping to dive into Hindi first. Oh well, guess I'll have to 'settle' for French to start ;-) Will definitely be exploring that track when it's released! Thank you!! :-)
So excited when I saw this!
Looking forward to automatically making more sense of my favorite Bollywood songs. ^.^
fiiiinallyyyy !!!! I have been waiting this for so long, I started learning hindi last year online using one blog and memrise, it was too hard so I stopped for a moment, this year I started again when I bought the complete Hindi book with a cd, now I know the basics and can read the script, which is super easy compared to Arabic and Mandarin which I'm also learning. What a great news that Hindi is finally here.
Wonderful news, and so happy to hear that the course should be out before my trip to India in early 2016! (Tip: if you are already familiar with the Devanagari script, you can spend the next few months waiting for the course by sharpening your typing skills at http://play.typeracer.com/ - just set your language to Hindi)
Words can't express how happy I am that Hindi is in the incubator! I am so happy Hindi will reach so many people!!! This is amazing news!! I can't wait to see the tree and start it! बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद दोस्तों! :D
And for everyone reading this thread wondering if they should learn Hindi, you definitely should! Hindi is a beautiful language spoken by over 300 Million people. If you speak Hindi you will be able to understand spoken conversational Urdu (the national language of Pakistan, however it is written in the Perso-Arabic script but spoken Hindi and Urdu speakers can understand each other at an everyday conversational level. ), it's grammar is not so difficult for English speakers there are few irregularities, Bollywood which is made in Hindi is the biggest film industry in the world, Hindi can make it easier to learn Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Gujarati, and other north Indian languages, there are communities of Hindi speakers worldwide! Hindi is distantly related to English and other indo-European languages so there will be words you will recognize like नाम (naam) means name, दांत (dant) it means tooth but think of dental, and there are many other examples of this. Hindi is also a pretty phonetic language so almost everything is read how it is pronounced. The trickiest part of Hindi are the three cases and the pronunciation which will get better with practice. Oh and it is so much fun to learn! Hindi is a really rewarding language to learn and is a very understudied language! I am so glad that Duolingo is getting it :D
I have been waiting on DuoLingo HINDI for several years now. Love duolingo, just need Hindi. You guys mentioned somewhere it was difficult to figure out how to teach the devanagari script. I feel like you don't have to teach it at all. It takes a whole one day to learn it (I learned it years ago from a Teach Yourself Hindi book), so why bother yourselves? ..If it would make the Hindi tree get ready faster then you should just send people to any website to learn the script. PLEASE HURRY I need DUOLINGO HINDIIIIIII PLEASE ahhhhhh!!! Years n years of waiting I neeeeeeed itttttttt pleaseeeee n thankkkk youuuuuuu
One of my friends asked me just yesterday if Duolingo offered Hindi for English speakers! He is going to be so excited when I tell him!
We asked for an empty tree to start, so the forecast algorithm will not work. We will evolve a way to communicate our progress and estimate the release date.
Awesome! I don't plan on using the course, but I'm glad to see Duolingo growing. Thank you for your future work on the course!
Hindi is almost similar to Urdu. After learning Hindi Urdu is just one step away.
Nice decision to start with a blank tree. Theres a long way ahead of you. I really apreciate the effort of all the Duolingo volunteers. It's you who make this site great. Thank you.
I'm not even that much interested in Hindi, but still I'm happy to see it in the incubator :). India is a huge and rapidly changing country where Hindi is used as a lingua franca among hundreds of minority languages. So maybe learning a bit of that language might open some doors for understanding the indian culture(s). I'll probably have a try when it's done ;)
Good luck for the contributors!
Will other popular Asian languages get on Duolingo? I know it's tough, because of the complex writing systems, but Duolingo will have them someday, yes?
A few Southeast Asian languages still use writing systems that were borrowed from India. For example, Thai, Khmer, Lao, Burmese.
And Tibetan up in the north, Dzongkha in Bhutan which is related to Tibetan.
So I think that the DL programmers will take the time to learn the ins and outs of the script in preparation for a whole new world of interesting languages (I think Thai for English would be quite in demand).
Hell yeah! Let's hope for a quick release! Also, please include all necessary grammar concepts in the course, learning grammar from a book is hell
We hope to be able to teach grammar the Duolingo way. For the web version, we will add notes that you might find useful.
For obvious regions we will stay away from teaching (any) religion. But after learning Hindi, you will be able to refer to several books to satisfy your curiosity.
Kind of excited about this! Been wanting to learn how to read/pronounce Devanagari at the very least, but I have always loved the sound of the language.
You have no idea how excited that makes me. I used to live in India as a young girl but the schools I went to didn't teach Hindi and so I never learned how to read it. I can't wait to learn how to read the language that my parents were taught to read!
YES!!! A close friend of mine is indian and her first language is hindi. I would love to learn to speak to her in her native language!!
Yes, confused by many :P It's matribhasha. Matrabhasha would be sole language or the only language. :)
I am looking forward to taking the course! (I took some mandatory lessons as a kid, but remember nothing.)
Thats crazy! I didnt think till next year. So there have been a lot of people wanting to contribute to it, huh? Cant wait to surprise my current and my prior boss with walking up and saying how much they effected me in their own native language! they will be horrified, and honoured at the same time lol
good in English...but not that good in Hindi even though i speak a language that's really similar to it
This is fantastic! It might be another Indo-european language but it is good to see the possibility of a language from Asia being released.
Thank you for doing this <3 I have been watching you site for almost a year now when I heard you were partnering with the creator of one of my main reference Hindi sites for the creation of the English for Hindi program. I am so happy that a program is now being implemented so I have a new tool for learning and I am that much closer to being able to communicate with my in-laws at the table.
3 years on, still in the incubator and not graduated! What an absolute joke. No update given from any of the contributors regarding it's 'supposed' beta launch for 16/7/18. We've all been completely left in the dark regarding this course... We need some proper answers and updates!
hi! I don't really know where or what is the incubator. can someone pls tell me? ;)
Not necessarily! You will find simple easy to grasp patterns in the Devanagari alphabet system which makes the learning faster. Think of it as learning Japanese limited to the Hiragana script!
When the course gets released, we would really like to know how easy it gets on Duolingo from those who will learn for the first time.
You are correct, but I really hope that Duolingo will make it simple to learn.
Mandarin and Japanese are very unlikely to be added any time soon, the biggest problem is the Chinese characters, and no spaces between words. I don't know when, but I think Korean will be the first of those three to be added, since Chinese characters are so rarely used hit they're probably not worth teaching, and there are spaces between words.
Well, Mandarin can be pretty useful if people are doing business, as Chinese tech and other markets are very big.
That's true, but it doesn't change the writing system. I want mandarin and Japanese to be added as much as the next guy, but it's just not very possible with the way duolingo works. With the millions of different ways you can phrase one sentence, and the Chinese characters, and no spaces between words, it's near impossible to implement it in duolingo.
Yeah, you have a point. I think that traditional ways of teaching European languages don't work with Chinese. I think, though, that Duolingo can implement Chinese Immersion site that allows people to recommend websites to translate. What do you think?
Who is that guy? He seems to be in EVERY bollywood film or music video whenever I'm bored and I flick over to the Indian channels on SkyTV.
Thanks. According to Wikipedia he's worth something like half a billion dollars! That's amazing! This is just my personal opinion but he looks a bit goofy, so I find it strange that he's become such a male idol.
I'm excited about this! And following your incubator updates, I'm also impressed. In true Indian style, your team is aiming for excellence!
Hey I heard that Hindi is almost released, I think its gonna get released on July 1 2015!!
The automatic estimation is off. The contributors themselves estmate that it will be released on November 23.
I've been anxiously awaiting updates...I stalk the incubator frequently. I know the progress is slow, just want to make sure it's still happening!
YES! I want this so badly. I've loved the Duolingo concept for years but Hindi is the language I am learning so I just sit and feel jealous.
Anything I can do to support the creators in getting this course out, let me know!
"Estimated Completion Date: April 1, 2018 Edited 4 months ago by KananG1"
(Today is December 26, 2017.)
Now, if only we knew when the course were coming out! The tree has been locked for months.