https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Anybody can now add new languages to Duolingo because THE LANGUAGE INCUBATOR IS OUT!

If you want to help bring free language education to the world, you can apply to become a course contributor at: http://incubator.duolingo.com

At first, you'll be able to build courses to learn English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese from any other language in the world. And before the end of the year, it will be possible to create courses in all combinations of languages.

October 9, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/KindlySpeak

I'm a native Tagalog speaker and have applied for a Tagalog to English course.

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/-MattG-

Pares tayo. Buti di ako nagiisa dito. Salamat. Naihanda ko na nga sa kompyuter ko yung Tagalog to English at vice-versa na pattern para consistent ang learning ng mga gustong matuto.

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/micabhlu

Handa rin akong tumulong.

October 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielPere528188

swedish , I am hoping some swedish folks develop a course for english or portuguese :)

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/KingOfConquerors

yea hoping for swedish, icelandic, norwegian and danish

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

I applied for Swedish.

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Gephura

I would absolutely love to improve my Swedish. Tack så mycket!

October 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

Inga problem. Jag väntar på respons från Duolingo. =) No problem. I'm waiting for response from Duolingo. =)

Let's hope that an English to Swedish course will be released by the end of the year.

October 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mewsgirl

I hope they are able to make more English > language courses soon. I would like to learn Swedish to see how different it is from German, really.

October 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

It should be easy for you to learn Swedish because the Swedish language belongs to the Germanic language family. The only difficulty for Germans learning Swedish would probably be getting the correct pronunciation and pronouncing words with a rolling Rrrr. ;) Learning the language shouldn't be so hard and our grammar rules are not as complicated as the German rules. I'm willing to help you if the Swedish course will be available. Take care. :)

October 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielPere528188

As a portuguese I bet it is going to be a bit harder xD aahah

October 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonta

Applied for English for Norwegian-speakers.

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/HarbingerOfWarX

Could you do a Norwegian for English speakers as well?

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonta

Not before Duolingo adds new goal-languages later this year =)

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/HarbingerOfWarX

Absolutely. I've been waiting for those.

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

I applied for Swedish -> English. I'm a swedish native speaker. ;)

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Anrui

I will work hard for it!

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/makemusic

I was so excited when I saw this that I screamed and my siblings were looking at me like, "what is wrong with you????" :)

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Our

I applied for Bulgarian. I am Bulgarian and I speak English fluently so I really hope I would be able to help with this. Duolingo is very popular in BG but many people here want to learn English so that will be the perfect way to start ... :)

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Vedun

Браво!

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/pontus.lil

Just applied for Swedish! Hopefully I'll help out within a few days :)

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

Jag också. Ska bli trevligt att samarbeta. ;)

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Pur3Bolt

I wonder how bombarded you are with applications right now :-) It's a very nice addition though!

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Nessie162

I've applied for Polish :D I'm so excited, I hope they'll accept me :)

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

As long as you're a native and translate correctly I think you'll get accepted. ;)

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot

dlaczego

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

Cześć. Co dlaczego? Możesz do mnie odpowiadać po polsku, angielsku, niemiecku lub po szwedzku. Na razie. Trzymaj się.

October 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/chunshek

I have signed up for building English and Italian courses for Chinese speakers (in traditional characters)!

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/alexandernext

Me too!

October 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/AdoElias

Was somebody already approved as a contributor? How long should we wait? I am curious about the process of creating the tree :)

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/JessGade

Yes. If you scroll up, I believe you can already see some users with a big fat green "M" next to the username, which indicates that this is a moderator.

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_

Those are forum moderators that have had that position for at least half a year. Being a moderator for the incubator is a very different thing.

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/JessGade

Gotcha :-)

October 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kbogovic

I applied for Croatian! :)

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/spalatus

me too :)

October 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/GrgoCroatia

we should stay in contact | morali bi se onda i čuti pa zajedno poraditi na prijevodu :D

October 9, 2013

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    Will we eventually be able to add more lessons to current languages? Because I would love to add new lessons to the Spanish Skill Tree! :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dranreb22

    Although I'd like to think that I, myself, can speak English quite well, I don't believe that i speak it fluently. Duolingo should have an English course for English speakers so that we are able to better enhance our grammatical concepts. Actually, whilst adding the English for English speakers, they should add one for each language - German for German speakers, Russian for Russians, and so on for each language offered. This would, of course, be more advanced than the basics that are taught for other language speakers. I would, however, like it to start with the basics and, for those who aren't willing to go through the basics, have an option, like the other languages, to test out/skip certain parts. I'm sure there are others who agree with me, and I hope that someone takes this this project upon themselves. Thank you.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/bLasT

    That's not the point of Duolingo. You don't need to be fluent to be able to translate texts, which is the objective of this site.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dranreb22

    I don't see why it can't do both.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/StriderCid

    This! This is a great idea! At least give us English for English!

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/beiaard

    What is your native language?

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dranreb22

    My native language (although I don't know very much of it) is Haitian-Creole. I only learned it from ages 1 to 6, and then I moved to America. I don't know very many words of it, and now, I mainly speak English. I'm 15 now, and I honestly would like to be fluent in English.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/beiaard

    Oh okay. Well, your written ability seems to be at a fluent/near-native level...but of course, I have never heard you speak, I guess.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/salarmiri

    Applied for contributing English for Farsi / Persian speakers !

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Redley78

    That would be great. i would love to learn how to speak farsi. yeh kami farsi baladam....or something like that.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/salarmiri

    :))) Khoobe ... Good

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Redley78

    Are you planning on teaching Persians how to speak english, or english speakers how to speak farsi?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/salarmiri

    First It's only possible to teach English to Persian speakers. whenever it become possible to teach Persian to English , Count me on that , too !

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/fsouthern

    I'm trying to learn Persian at the moment and I'd love to see it on Duolingo. Please make it happen! Baa ehteraam az engelestaan.

    October 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/buqalamun

    A Persian - English course would be amazing. Midaanam ke barnameye matn-be-sedaa baraye zabane farsi ham vojud darad! Pas cheraa nah? :)

    October 19, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Redley78

    Yes, you're correct. Only the option to teach english from the farsi langauge.... BLAH!

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    @fsouthern: if you know anyone native Persian speaker (are bilingual) and fluent in one other language (not only English ;) ;)), feel free to invite her/him here to help creating the course (when it'll be possible, before the end of the day).

    October 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Carla10m

    When will more contributers be added?

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/alexandernext

    Yeah. When?

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/ant275

    For some reason only the creators have been added

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/tenji

    Thanks for polish!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot

    dziekuje

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/MeadowsJosiah

    I have a question: about how long would it take to create a skill tree similar to the existing ones?

    Josiah

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/iustitia

    I believe that it highly related to the number of volontuers :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/MeadowsJosiah

    Oh, now I understand – the more volunteers, the faster the job gets done.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/alexandernext

    Is there an estimate -- like the total number of hours? According to an article by CNN Español about the Duolingo Incubator. It's about 640 hours.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/pinkduckling

    Considering the numbers of people who want to work on languages, that doesn't seem like it would take that long to achieve.

    October 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/nat-aly

    Just applied for Slovak :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/silnyholub

    How did you apply? I can't find a page that will let me.

    October 23, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    Link in Luis' original post...

    October 23, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Si_Mc

    Every English course is marked with an American flag. An odd choice, I would have thought you would have used the country of origin for the icon. Its not like you use the Mexican flag for Spanish?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/IG88
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    Been discussed before: American English = American flag; Brazilian Portuguese = Brazilian flag; A neutral sort of Spanish = most recognizable flag.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/IAmJon

    Perhaps someone could could make a British English course with a British Flag! I am English, I could make a course!! I could make American English to British English maybe! That wouldn't work though as not everyone in Britain speaks English in the same way. People would end up making Northern English, Scottish English etc... It gets silly in the end.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/-HKBK-

    I would like there to be courses for British English too, as I am British. When I applied to help build the Spanish to English course, some of my English words were underlined as spelt incorrectly, so I felt like I had to change them to American English just so Duolingo wouldn't think that I couldn't spell properly!

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/hazza_h

    If you mean the red squiggly line, that's your browser doing it. Change the language to English (UK).

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

    Actually, it is not the Browser. The truth is the NSA puts a red squiggly line under text that it has already checked for subversive messages.

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/-HKBK-

    Oh yes that's true. Thanks, I'll remember that next time. I had my browser in English US international so I could use the accent keys on the keyboard layout.

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/IG88
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    I think it would be cool to see specific dialect courses like that for all the languages offered, but who knows how much of that type of thing DL will allow?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Altum_Videtur

    I think maybe having just a few skills (or maybe even just one skill) for each dialect would make more sense.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/IG88
    • 2337

    Why? I don't know what Duolingo is ultimately going to allow or not when it comes adding additional courses for current languages, but my hope is that the site will eventually support courses that offer much more advanced and specialized content than what is offered now even for currently available languages. I'd like to have the option to truly study other dialects and really get to know them. I don't think there should be courses for a ridiculous amount of dialects of every single language or region, as IAmJon was afraid would happen with British English dialects, but for big ones with a higher degree of divergence/personality? They could merit complete courses.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77

    the basic words we use are practically the same. and here on duolingo we are learning the basics.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence

    It's funny, because I think that ironically, American English has been a strong leveling force in the UK over the last 80 odd years. We still all talk funny in the grand scheme of things, but if you come from any country in the world and have watched enough McGyver or the A-Team, we'll understand you perfectly :)

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/IAmJon

    I really agree with you. My original comment was kind of a joke really. We do speak the same language as the US after all. American culture is huge in the UK. I always think it is odd how we get very little Australian, Canadian, New Zealand tv shows etc. But we get every rubbish American one. All the films are American. I think language and even down to people's fashion choices are dictated by American culture. There are many Americanisms in UK English now. I don't dislike American culture or anything like that, but you can really feel its influence.

    I don't want to start a UK is better war like has happened before on these forums. We all speak the same language and everyone is cool!

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/GranuleSong

    Yes! I have thought the same!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77

    and the mexican flag is almost the same as the italian

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/mare_sargasso

    That's why I used to think Mexico was a colony of Italy when I was a kid. :)

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Pratica

    Luis (if you even see this), or anyone else for that matter, how efficient would it be for an English speaker to take one of the new courses to learn another language. EX: Croatian->English to learn Croatian.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/kbogovic

    If you want to learn Croatian I can back you up and give advice any time. :) I applied for Croatian > English so we'll see...

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Pratica

    Ah, it's not necessarily Croatian that I want to learn. That was just the first language that popped into my head (I saw your earlier post. ;))

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/bLasT

    Well, you wouldn't be able to do any of the hearing exercises since you would be listening to english phrases.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/ran_g

    I would very like to contribute to learning German from my mother language (Hebrew), but I'm not a native German speaker. Only level 23 ):

    (a bit of a shame; it could have been useful for my learning process. I hope that so many other people will sign up to build that course anyways, but if nobody will, maybe I'll sign up nevertheless)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/AdoElias

    If you are confident in you German enough, just apply. I applied for English from Slovak. I am not a native English speaker, but my knowledge of the language is sufficient to contribute, at least in my opinion :) They have to decide :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/silnyholub

    How did you apply? I can't find a link that will let me. I would like to help with the Slovak from English page.

    October 23, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/italiaoo

    go ahead, don't be shy!

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Celine1988

    I am soooo excited! I immediately applied for German-Dutch :D You guys are doing an awesome job!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Levi
    • 2010

    Applied to teach English to Hungarians.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/linguafiqari

    en is :D

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77

    Én is. Pedig fordítva akartam elöször, de majd várok. :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/linguafiqari

    igen de nemsokara jon!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Szab

    De hol van? Nem is látom a listában a magyar nyelvet az inkubátoros oldalon. Valaki már elkezdte tényleg? De akkor miért nem látszik a fejlesztés alatt lévő nyelveknél?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/linguafiqari

    csak azért, mert nem olyan ismert a magyar nyelv. ha a forrásnyelv listájában lévő "other" gombot nyomja (alján) akkor is leírhatja, hogy ön magyarul beszél :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/mare_sargasso

    Hogy vagytok? :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/ruth-mac

    nagyon jól, és te? :-)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/mare_sargasso

    Én is jól vagyok, köszi. :) Tudok egy kicsit magyarul.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    Nice, we already can incubate français <-> español ! :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/luismedra

    te apoyo :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Nitram.

    I've applied to Hungarian-Italian combo. Go Hungary, go! :) Viva l'Ungheria

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77

    de tudod annyira az olaszt?

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Nitram.

    Merem remélni. :) 3 éve kitartóan tanulom, az, hogy a Duo pontszámom nem ezt mutatja, az inkább lustaság és időhiány kérdése (volt ezidáig). B2 szinten megy körülbelül.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/linguafiqari

    nyilvanvalo ;)

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/mare_sargasso

    First of all, I've applied for teaching English to Turkish speakers, or vice versa.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/tggreene

    Teşekküler, arkadaş. Bu ihtiyacım. Ben Türkçe bir ay olmuş öğreniyorum, ama Türkçem yeterli iyi değil. Tekrar teşekkürler.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/mare_sargasso

    Bir şey değil. :) Bir aydır öğreniyor olmana rağmen oldukça iyi ve anlaşılır yazmışsın (You wrote that quite well and understandable, despite having been learning for a month). I'm looking forward to help people like you.

    I'm correcting some of your sentences: Buna ihtiyacım var. Ben bir aydır Türkçe öğreniyorum, ama Türkçem yeterince iyi değil.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Huysan

    I've applied for Vietnamese.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/dgroves1522

    Oh man, I really want vietnamese on duolingo. That would be so cool.

    November 22, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

    Imagine a 3D city environment in Spain where you are given tasks in Spanish and you must navigate streets, shopping centers, government offices, police barricades, art museums, schools, parks, national monuments etc. to accomplish certain tasks. You are a tourist who has come to Spain to buy a cave house, you have to find a real estate agent, you need to visit a local police station to get a tax ID number, then you need to go to a bank to open an account, you need to stop for lunch and order from a local menu, you have to take a cab to Guadix, the center of casa cueva activity in Spain, on the week end you visit the Alhambra, "Red Fort" in Arabic. etc. etc. etc. It would work the way Google incorporated SketchUp to build a 3D building layer in Google Earth. The value would be the addition of visual learning to the DL experience. And it is a proven fact that multimodal learning is faster and more strongly embedded in human memory. The motivation factor is also greater because the learning experience becomes more like a virtual tour and imparts a knowledge of culture as well as language. In fact, the two are mutually supporting. Do it before someone else does. And this technique could be applied to other knowledge domains. Engineering for example. Complex structures and machines could be built and the parts labeled in Spanish (or whatever language of choice) and users could traverse through the very very small and the very very large learning names an processes as they go. You want to get people hooked on DL? Then approach them through their vocations or avocations. Anybody have any thoughts on this?

    October 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/pinkduckling

    Cool idea.I think it would be a VERY long way off considering the number of current projects/plans they have.

    October 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/kbrimington

    I think expanding to other media types and delving into advanced specialty vocabularies would be very useful. As a software developer, I think having a branch of the tree for professional jargon would be useful, too. The challenge would be in selecting the vocabularies and organizing them so as to be unobtrusive. I am no more interested in studying the professional jargon of biology in Italian than I am in my native English. An oncologist, on the other hand, may not be interested in developing the vocabulary of software development, but may have a keen interest in biology.

    Managing the diversity of languages, cultures, fields of studies, and (let's not forget) the learners, will require both innovation and moderation from the Duolingo team to keep this project clean, fun, and effective.

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

    I do 3D illustration and rendering. I have also visited Spain with the dual missions of vacation and exploring the possibility of buying a cave house. So as I researched this problem it was natural for me to go to the Google/Trimble 3Dwarehouse where 3d developers donate 3D models for general use. If I was going to build a Spanish town or village as a test case, I was not going to build brick by brick, but rather borrow whole buildings. So, I just used the ware houses search facility and specified "Spanish Buildings and Granada." A 3D model library is unobtusive because you never see the whole thing. You supply the terms it returns the hits. I think that is pretty straight forward in the world of software development. I think DL is wonderful, but I am a visual artist and visual learner. If someone says "martillo" I don't want to think "martillo = hammer" then think "martillo = hammer = wood hand supporting blunt metal object." I want to immediately associate the word with visual imagery." I want to learn in a 3D world of choices versus the linear string of sentences and lessons. If someone says barber shop, I want to know that often implies a shop with red, white and blue barber pole. I can't point to specific studies, but I feel certain taht for many people this would increase learning speed and improve retention. This is why someone with three months in a Spanish speaking country will almost always start outperforming someone with three years of high-school Spanish.

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra

    Wow, in Phase 3, they show the number of learners for the course.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Vedun

    I have a problem - I can enter, but not see, the email I enter. How can I be sure that I've entered it correctly and you've received it?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

    A fix for this is now live! Your email was recorded- just wasn't visible to you.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Vedun

    Glad to hear this. How long will it be before the first beta courses appear?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Bellatrix86

    Had the same problem. I used a different browser after to be sure and there it worked. But Firefox produced this problem for me.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Vedun

    Important question: when will we get a confirmation email that we entered our emails correctly?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/e-nawar

    I hope that they not only send emails if we are accepted but also that we have submitted our emails correctly.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Brasilikum

    click inside of the field, hold Strg and press A (selecting all), then Strg and press C (for copy). Now paste it into some field you can see (searchbar)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/The_Why_of_Why

    Never heard of Strg, but in this context it sounds like it serves the exact same function as Ctrl.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Brasilikum

    correct, Strg is german ;)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Levi
    • 2010

    @Vedun : Had the same problem, also in Firefox. Typed really carefully so I don't make mistakes.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/chriswnw

    Let me know when the Russian course is complete!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/olimo

    For now, Russian is not available to select for teaching. We can make English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish courses for other languages speakers.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/kiki2455

    Too bad Jamaican patois isn't considered a language y.y. I could've been fluent in something ...

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/TheGandalf

    You could type it in in the "Other" option.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/kiki2455

    Oh awesome! I will try that out.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

    According to Wikipedia it's a language.

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

    Just do what TheGandalf said.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/dianteli

    Would there be the possibility to learn spanish and italian from german?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/olimo

    Yes! These selections are available for applying to contribute.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/whizzball1

    If we are denied, do we get an email like if we were accepted?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/attcat23

    I just realized that even though I'm a native English speaker, the incubator can help me learn other languages through foreign ones I know well...like Romanian through French or Italian to strengthen the ones I already have a grasp on while learning something new!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Bennett-S

    So excited. Duolingo needs more languages. I hope it gets hindi, thai,hebrew,arabic, russian, and tagalog

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SDL_1987

    Applied for French-Dutch --> the main languages in my beloved Belgium :D

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/leoroschi

    When you enter to the incubator (in spanish) there's this "Contribuye a un curso de idioma. Cambia el mundo. Hay más de 7 billones de personas en el mundo, 1/6 de ellos está aprendiendo otro idioma" That's SO WRONG cuz that's 1000 times the population of the world, since in spanish "un billón" mens 10 rised to the 12th power (10^12) not 10 to the 9 (10^9) like in english. i wanted to point that cuz i've read this wrong translation over and over and OVER AGAIN in my life...

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/vallisso

    I´d like to contribute to a course of Finnish in English. Maybe later on you add this option as well.

    October 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Christine1999

    FINNALY FINALLY FINALLY. We waited. And it is finally here... Thanks Duolingo for all the work you do.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/MeadowsJosiah

    This is very exciting! I can't wait until more languages will be released!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/DanielPere528188

    I will gladly help to improve portuguese-english

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/tmalkosh

    I applied to contribute for Arabic

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

    جيد جدا. شكرا لك.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/e-nawar

    But right now you can only contribute to English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/tmalkosh

    no if you choose "other" itll give you an Arabic option but for some reason it has an Egypt flag lol

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/e-nawar

    No that means Arabic speakers not Arabic language. You can only contribute for the six language mentioned in the post. I think you contributed to English for Arabic speakers as I did.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

    We'll be making it possible to add any language by the end of the year :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/tmalkosh

    Yes I contributed English for Arabic speakers

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

    Marvellous, I will begin with Swedish since it is one of my native languages. :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/nighteyes

    I applied for Hebrew, I would really love to contribute :) I love Duolingo. I tried a lot of other places before I found this and stayed here.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/BOBAgfull

    I applied for English for russians.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

    We need to get Tim Doner on here...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km9-DiFaxpU

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.

    Or Alex Rawlings, Luca Lampariello, Richard Simcott, Benny Lewis, Susanna Zaraysky...

    Amazing and very inspiring people.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/asaltarelli10

    Is anyone fluent in Vietnamese? I would love to be able to talk to extended family. I was born here in the states and never learned. So if you're a Vietnamese speaker please please please make a course!!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Huysan

    Chào asaltarelli10, I've just volunteer to help with the Viet->Eng course. I'm waiting to hear from Duolingo and hopefully more native Vietnamese speakers can join with me to build it.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/asaltarelli10

    You're awesome! :D I'll keep an eye out for it!

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/AnnieN82

    I applied for a Eng->Viet course and if that doesn't work then i will make a Viet->Eng course and/or help Huysan :P

    October 17, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Viandemoisie

    This is fantastic! I'm native french speaker and I'm actually trying to learn italian on Duolingo but the translation are all in english, which is not very nice since words have no gender in english and nearly all verbs are the same. Would to learn italian using French :D

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/MJVville

    I applied for Spanish<-->German courses.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/alexandernext

    I heard there are hundreds of applications now. (That shall be the top priority for the Duolingo team now, since people need to start hatching languages ASAP. Me personally, I have some hours to spare this weekend. Can't wait to work on the Incubator!)

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/fifio

    I could make courses for Persian (Farsi) and Esperanto. When we would be able to add languages beside English, French, etc.?

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/ashiplo

    Very exciting! This is a huge step forward for Duolingo.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/HazaQuiroz

    I already aplied! Please see it!! :D Por favor velo Luis!! Soy de México!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Vedun

    Also, how can we learn courses released in Beta?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/kbogovic

    There aren't any yet as you can see.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Vedun

    I was rather asking if the beta courses will be open to a selected few or to everyone.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/aleksandria

    A few months ago Italian was in beta. The course was available for everyone just like other languages.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/vandekamps

    So excited!!!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lexlanson

    So exciting! :D

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Alisovsky

    Great!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/e-nawar

    "Please translate your previous response to [language B] so we know you've got the skills."

    How would you know that?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

    They don't, really.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/salarmiri

    Some Language specialist will help them ;)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/e-nawar

    If simple like that, it means there will be as many specialists as the world languages to help them. o.O

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/salarmiri

    Maybe :))

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

    There is no way they have specialists for every single language in the world.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/holomanga

    Google translate and a grammar dictionary. Learning a language is hard but you can translate anything chinese-room style without really knowing what it means.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Revember

    I want to learn Dutch from English (or probably from Russian). It will be very useful!! I'm still waiting for this option.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/CaptainOwl

    Even if I am not fluent german speaker I applied to give the most natural answers for the German-French translations. Native french speaker. Hope I can help building this fantastic tool for learning that is Duolingo

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/jasaucedo

    I would think it would be cool to learn Japanese or Chinese. And for people who would dare do it. Polish.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/smsaucedo

    Hey, I have a question for Lilithly and tylrmurphy, how are you guys learning so many languages? I mean, I am only like ten but, I still don't know how someone could learn so many languages. Oh and Hamish88 I GLOVE your name! I think i just like the way it sounds... I dunno.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/NatalieMal1

    I would love it even more if it had swahili. Please make this happen!

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/davidwinterg8

    I would be first in the queue for English to Mandarin.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/learngermanlearn

    I thought I read somewhere that DuoLingo would be offering Arabic. If this is the case, when?... Perhaps, they will consider adding Farsi??? Hopefully, but what about the Arabic?

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    When they'll open the learning of other languages than the 6 actually learnable and THAT then some people will contribute to create the course.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/learngermanlearn

    Thanks alot! Hopefully someone will volunteer efforts to bring Farsi and Arabic on DuoLingo. Thanks again!

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/learngermanlearn

    It seems as though somewhere I read that DuoLingo would be offering 'Arabic'. Perhaps if this indeed is true I would appreciate to know when. Also, it would fabulous if DuoLingo would offer 'Farsi' as many might be interested as I would be first in line.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Redley78

    ahem, correction...you will be second in line! :)

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/jonas.paul

    Applied for English to Lithuanian speakers, anyone wants to join? :) I'm curious how many of us are here.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/zocho

    Is it possible to track the progress of work on the courses that are currently in Incubation Phase 1?

    October 14, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

    Awesome! I really like how you can see how many people are learning each language now.:)

    That being said, I would really like a way to see the total number of learners for each language without having to add them up. Like English, which is offered in multiple languages, you have to add up all of the totals to get the total number of people learning English via Duolingo. That isn't hard to do for now, but when English is offered in 50+ languages... it'll be annoying and time consuming.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Goran12

    I wonder whether there's a significant number of people learning English from two different languages, or even whether it's possible. I would expect this number is marginal now, but will increase when more somelanguage-to-English courses start.

    Neither English nor French is my native language, so I plan to learn English through French after completing the French course, to perfect both languages from a different perspective. If my native Czech gets its "to English" program here, I can't miss it, at least for testing reasons, and opprotunity to improve my Polish or Latin this way would be welcome. This means that I might be a quadruple English learner in a year or two.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

    Your English seems to be good already. I'm not sure how much Duolingo can really help you until more advanced courses are made, but you can try of course.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Goran12

    My English is fluent but not perfect, and perhaps every third mistake I make while learning French is due to my imperfection of English, or due to things I'm weak about in both languages (especially articles - there's nothing like this in Czech, so very few people from my country really mastered them).

    Duolingo is excellent in teaching grammar, especially the basics. I know most of grammar theoretically both for English and for French, but neither chatting nor internet discussions nor reading is as efficient for mastering grammar as Duolingo, which punishes every mistake by lost hearts (this is about English; I didn't practice French for years before I found Duolingo).

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/redaredareda

    How?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

    Scroll to the bottom of the Incubator page where it says "Incubation Phase 3".

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/0liwia

    It was also in the welcome video when I joined duolingo. For now English is by far the top learned language. I wonder what will be the ranking in a few months when courses are available in many languages...

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

    English is definitely gonna be the most learned language via Duolingo still, but beyond that, who knows! Exciting times!:)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/0liwia

    Of course, but for the others?... :-) Interestingly, there are more learners of Spanish from English than English from Spanish...

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

    As of right now Duolingo is most popular in America, and the most learned foreign language here is Spanish, so that is probably why.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/whizzball1

    I've applied for Latin.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Hamish88

    I'll help also, I'm studying Latin and Ancient Greek. I think we should distinguish between Classical Latin and people who want to learn a modern hybrid Latin, which includes words not part of the classical lexicon. Personally, I think being 'fluent' in Latin means being able to read classical texts, Virgil, Horace, Cicero, etc; although it might be fun to talk in Latin, it serves little practical value. In order for the Latin course to work, I think it needs to acknowledge the differences in the approach of students to ancient 'dead' languages, and design modules with this in mind (for example, different categories of skills). This template could then be used to introduce other ancient languages - Greek, Norse, Old English et cetera. Cheers

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/owl_face

    That's a great point. I agree about your definition of "fluent." Most people I know who study Latin want to be able to read the classics, since there isn't much need for conversational Latin. In that case, creating a Latin course might also require some explanation of historical context. Beyond that, how would we even teach Latin pronunciation? My Latin professor used contemporary Italian pronunciations for most words, but I don't know if that's correct.

    If we get this off the ground, I might email my old professor and see if he can encourage his current students to help out.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum

    My teacher didn't use Italian pronunciations. She insisted that the "c" was always pronounced like a "k" and such and that the soft c in Latin was a concept invented by the Medieval Church in Italy. But you're right, it will be hard to teach pronunciations which no one has ever heard. In any case, contributors will have to reach a consensus on it.

    October 17, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Eduardo-M

    >My Latin professor used contemporary Italian pronunciations for most words, but I don't know if that's correct.

    I would be very happy with that. As it is not possible to know exactly how Latin was really pronounced, I believe it was close to Italian and Spanish. I would hate to hear Latin pronounced as in most English language materials, with English accent. You can hear some of that in the audio samples of Wheelock's webpage.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/beiaard

    Since Latin was so far-reaching at its height, it is generally postulated that -- especially towards the end of its hey-day, after the successor languages-to-be started to emerge -- it was spoken differently (and not unlike the regional language(s)) from place to place. There was no "Latin" accent much like there is no single "American" accent.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Eduardo-M

    I don't believe so. There were probably many accents at that time, but there is no guarantee that they were viewed as equal. Just like French today is almost completely monolithic and prescriptive (i.e. only the accent of Paris is seen as "right"), "true" Latin was probably the one spoken in Rome at the time. English is a very diversified, liberal and decentralized language. English is pretty exceptional among European languages.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/aelfwyne

    It depends if you are studying Classical Latin or Church Latin. They're actually pronounced differently.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Eduardo-M

    I don't care much about the variety (though I prefer the restored pronunciation), but, even if they try a lot, the English, French or German accent can still be heard. Wheelock, whom I talked about above, is a famous writer of Latin didactic books, but, still, his recordings sound pretty bad.

    This is an example of how I think Latin should be pronounced → http://youtu.be/WHUJSm7j3Vs?t=50s (comments say she makes some mistakes, though)

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/beiaard

    It won't let me reply to your reply to me (strange...), but here are some resources about the regional pronunciations of Latin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Latin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_regional_pronunciation

    Perhaps the countries which still speak a Romance language had a rather monolithic interpretation of the language, but I'd bet dollars to donuts that Latin speakers in England, Germany, and any Slavic country had accents that would have sounded very, very strange to Italian ears. I don't think the powers-that-were of Rome would have had the wherewithal to regulate their language in the way that the Académie does.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    About the 'not letting you reply', it's set-up to accept (only) as far as a 5 replies depth in the discussions.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Hamish88

    http://diogenes.en.softonic.com/ - this is very useful software for Latin and Ancient Greek texts; it allows you to search any word in Latin, for example, and see how it is used in all extant ancient texts.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/IIIIIIIV

    I am looking forward to being able to study Latin though for Greek I think I should like the modern

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Setaromotors

    I also speak Latin, as well as Italian, English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, so I will be happy to help with that course.

    January 21, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/mrmandias

    Wow! Homeschoolers everywhere will thank you.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/whizzball1

    I'm a homeschooled student myself, using a Traditional Latin curriculum.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/thecarney

    I'm a certified Latin teacher, who's absolutely hooked on Duolingo. I've showed my colleagues in the World Language Department the program. The Spanish, French, and Italian teachers all adore it, but, of course, I am the only one who cannot use it. How do I apply to help with Latin? I'm more than willing to do anything I can!

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

    "How do I apply to help with Latin? I'm more than willing to do anything I can!"

    Hi. I'll give you the link. You can apply here: http://incubator.duolingo.com/

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    If Latin isn't among the available alternatives, please click on "Enter Other" and type "Latin". :)

    I hope this helped.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/cvincoli

    Thanks for the instructions. I'm a Latin teacher on board to help as well. I've used Duolingo to study Spanish and I think my students could get a lot out of it. I imagine a good number of folks will apply, so let's see where it goes. It's a really slick idea to open the program up to contributors.

    October 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

    If you develop the course from Latin to English I will eagerly wait for the release of English to Latin or any other language to Latin. Now, you made me interested in the language and now I can't wait until it becomes available. :)

    October 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum

    Well, not quite yet. You really can't teach Latin from English yet. You will be able to later this year, but the Incubator is still in its first page. :)

    October 17, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

    I know. I'm talking about the next step in the Incubator process. Other courses to Latin will probably be available in December or next year.

    October 17, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/kbogovic

    That's great! :) Fluent?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/whizzball1

    I'm a student learning Latin. I'm not exactly fluent yet, sadly. I know their grammar and a bunch of words but I have yet to know everything.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

    It's sad that there are people downvoting you. The number of fluent Latin speakers is often estimated to be no more than a few hundred in the entire world, so of course non-fluent speakers will be needed to help. Non-fluent speakers will likely be the only ones working on a Latin Duolingo course. At least for a long time.

    Thanks for your desire to help.:)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/whizzball1

    Thank you for your support!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/GrgoCroatia

    in most countries in southern Europe in probably all high schools Latin is taught at least for 2 years. For example, in Croatia everybody who attended high school had Latin for 2 years. I don't have time to do it but I could contact my professors to encourage students to participate in program.

    EDIT: Also I think (but don't get offended, I speak from my experience with people I met from countries worldwide), for Slavic people and few nations who KEPT Latin grammar system it should be easier to do the grammar part. Just saying. For example, in Croatian we have 7 cases where many of them are practically the same and the logic in sentence structure is still as same as it was in Latin, so for us cases, declensions and conjugation weren't so tough as for students whose native languages are simplified compared to Latin grammar. Of course, the target audience I spoke about are students, not people who went further with studying Latin at more professional level. :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Hamish88

    I've submitted the application. I hope we get a good number of people to help out with the Latin. I think with work commitments this is very necessary. If you guys are having trouble with writing up the prose composition, you should use Diogenes - http://diogenes.en.softonic.com/ - for the appropriate usage and placement of diction; and a good old copy of Kennedy's Latin Primer would be useful, or any grammar book. By the way, is anyone keen to help out with Ancient/Classical/ Koiné Greek?

    October 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/owl_face

    Ooh, there's Latin? I'm not fluent, but I can read and write it pretty well (Enough that I can translate poetry, though it takes me a long time). I'll have to apply.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum

    I've taken Latin for the past three years and would love to help when we can! I didn't think I'd be able to help on a language project, but now I can!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo

    You might also like to add a course on Marsh-wiggle. Something to study when the weather is bad outside, which of course it usually is... ;)

    October 17, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum

    I love it when people get my name. :]

    October 17, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lilithly

    I'd like to apply, but what exactly will be asked of us? Do we have to be on here daily to help, or is it ok to just work on the tree for some hours a week? Cause I'm a student and university is starting next week^^;

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/tylrmurphy

    Working a few hours a week as a Contributor is fine, and we would really appreciate it. Moderators of a course should be able to check in on things each day though.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lilithly

    ok, thanks^^ I already applied, cause I'd really love to help :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/ant276

    Do you know when more contributers will be added?

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

    I know of a tts voice for Arabic called Maged. It is included in OSX. It would be nice if you could get a license to use that voice. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gut0-dZs2I I also have a tip of how you can make words pronunced correctly if you get feedback on words that lack the correct pronunciation. Then you should write the words with "harakat" the specific vowel signs that exist above and under the word. It will make the pronunciation corrected. There are 3 vowels in arabic. A short a, short i, short u. Anyways, I think that the owner of the TTS knows these stuff better. Just wanted to give some feedback. =)

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/seby1607

    But does it is like a job, or can we just see it as a hobby? And do you need to get to an 'legal' age, or can we 'start' as old as we like?

    November 4, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/wdfield

    It's voluntary and not paid, so it's really not a job. They have no labor laws for volunteer work either.

    November 16, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/OzrenIlic

    I also ask it. And how will audio work?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/tylrmurphy

    We have text-to-speech software for the languages you can currently teach in the Incubator. The future languages we're working to support might require more interesting solutions...

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8

    I applied for spanish courses for hindi speakers, if you select me, then exactly how do I add courses?

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rex.Galilae

    Jee nahi!! Mai ne English-hindi ke courses ke liye apply kiya hain. Main bas abhi hi Hindi-French ke liye vedna patra likhna chah raha tha! Aasha hai ki hum dono ke patra approve kiye jaye!! Dhanyavad mere mitra!!

    (Sorry, kyunki mera Yahoo Transliterator kaam nahi kar raha hain!!) =P

    October 18, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8

    koi vippatti nhi! aap ne kam se kam hamaari matribhasha mein baat karne ka prayaas kiya, mujhe vah achchha laga! Ab sach mein aasha kariye, JAI MATA DI!! (just kidding!!)

    October 19, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rex.Galilae

    Jee nahi!! Meri matrabhasha Hindi nahi hain. Maine Hindi ki shiksha apne pathshalla se prapt ki thi! Yadi aap soch rahe ho ki meri bhasha kya hai, to mein ghar par Konkani samaan ek bhasha mein baat karta hun! Atah, mujhe Konkani aur Marathi bhi aati hain! And of course, Urdu bhi, jo Hindi ka ek judwa bhai hain! Hindi-Urdu phir bhi meri second language hain jiska main aur kisi ke samaan gyan rakta hun!!

    December 5, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8

    kya aap ko Urdu likhni aati hai? Mujhe aati hai!!! Although meri matribhaasha hindi hai, main itni zyaada sudhdh hindi ka prayog nahi karta hoon. Words like- atah, obviously I know their meaning but we (native hindi speakers) don't use them a lot in general conversations. We rather use 'isliye' or 'is kaaran' in place of 'atah'.

    December 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

    Wait for them to choose/reject appliances. Then instruction, I'm sure, will follow.

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

    Refridgerators, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers -- REJECTED! Instructions follow . . . .

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8

    thanks!

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rex.Galilae

    Oh, sorry there then!! The thing is that I am an Indian myself and I was much concerned about the quality of language courses linked with Hindi! You and I are on the same boat! I'm fluent at French but my Duolingo colors are eroding like crazy since I cannot give it enough time!! Anyways, I hope your application would be accepted and I'd leave you with an advice for the audio, use a mic, a karaoke one, not the generic headset one as the voice that it records is really the lowest quality ever!

    October 16, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8

    मैं वाही करने का प्रयास करूँगा | लेकिन क्या आप French के courses डालेंगे?

    October 16, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rex.Galilae

    Jee!! Main Urdu/Farsi aur Arabic likhna aur padhna jaanta hu!! Meine muslim hone ke khatir Quran padhne ke liye Arabi seekha tha! Urdu to maine tab hi seekh liya!! Aur ha, main Hindi Urdu se zyada tez padh sakta hu, lekin meri bhasha mein urdu ka prabhav zyada hain. Main aapse shudh Hindi mein is liye likhta hun kyonki hum ek doosre se Formal hona chahte hain!! lekin ab to hum dost hain aur formality ki koi zaroorat nahi hain =P

    December 14, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8

    BILKUL SAHI! to aap musalmaan hain? Lekin main 'angrezi' hindi se tez padhhta hoon. Yeh is kaaran ki main abhi sirf vidyaalay mein hoon. Kaksha saat. Main bahut chhota hoon. Baarah varsh ka.Mujhe bhaashaein seekhna ati uttam, prabhavik aur bahut hi zyaada pasand hai. Is kaaran main abhi Spanish, thodi si Franseesi (jaisa ki hum French ko hindi mein kehte hain) aur bahut thodi German jaanta hoon. Mujhe bhaashaon ki lipeeyan (scripts) bahut pasand hain to maine Urdu bhi seekh li. Mujhe thodi si japaani bhi aati hai. Haan ab baat kare tezi se padhhne ki, to main hindi bhi tez padhh leta hoon, lekin English comparatively zyaada tez padhh leta hoon. Aapko aur kaunsi kaunsi bhaashaein aati hain?

    December 14, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Ikamjh

    Why have they still not created it in the Incubator.

    August 8, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/CSiggens

    Like us speaking?! That would be really fun.

    June 11, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/rudepanda

    On the topic of audio, I think that it might work with either a bot, or a (or multiple) volunteer(s) that record themselves. I applied for Chinese, and can speak with the standard Beijing accent, as well as the north-eastern (东北) accent, which is just as popular, so I guess we could get volunteers to do it, but that's up to Luis. Chances are there will be a computer for most languages.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/GrgoCroatia

    Computer , like in google translate, is a bad solution. maybe not for popular languages like german, english etc. but for less known where it's automatic and no natural accent and pronounciation it will ruin everything.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/rudepanda

    I agree, but if we get people to do it, we need to make sure that they speak consistently throughout the recording process, otherwise the quality of the program would fluctuate.

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8

    True, I've applied to add courses of Spanish for native Hindi speakers. I can record my voice(for Hindi) and contribute it for the audio files and seriously, I would not like the weird voice like Google Translate's to be used for the audio files!

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Benzy911

    Hi, I joined Duolingo in January 2015, I've seen that Arabic for english/french speakers doesn't exist.. I would like to contribute but I'm not sure about the processing to get me accepted/started, plus about the resources available on the site.

    February 14, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/nickvernij

    Applied for dutch courses :D

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/patcito

    Thanks, I would love to learn dutch :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/buffalump21

    me too

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/bertyhell

    me too :) they'll probably have hundreds of requests for the incubator, don't you think?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/GranuleSong

    I thought I was the only one...

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.

    Definitely not it seems! I think we'll make a great team.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Gephura

    I also applied. It will be so much fun!

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Writingsuus

    Me 2 :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rhynn

    I applied as well! Seems like there'll be a nice team for the Dutch courses :D

    October 17, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/JenniferTo6

    Sweet!

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

    I fear that some people might be wary of applying due to the "Bilingual" qualification that is asked of them.

    A lot of small languages, mostly conlangs I suppose but even languages like Latin, have few if any truly fluent speakers. For example, the number of fluent Latin speakers is often estimated to be no more than a few hundred in the entire world. There are a lot of people with knowledge of Latin though who could contribute, even though they aren't fluent.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/makemusic

    Like me, I thought I would be able to help with Latin, for I know a good deal of it, but when I saw that I had to translate my reply of why I wanted to help, I stared hopelessly at the screen and realized that it wasn't going to happen. Dear DL staff, may we kindly ask of you, for us people who aren't completely fluent in a language, may we at least help a little? For I would like to give back at least a small fraction of what you have given me. :)

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/danvanderboom

    I totally agree, Clara. I am not bilingual, but I would love to contribute. I feel I could do so by giving feedback on how questions are answered, how incorrect answers are selected to go along with the correct answers, etc, such as to maximize learning. I suspect that many of us could do the same, such as by up- or down-voting questions & answers & audio clips that help or hinder the learning process. Part of teaching language is language content and translation, of course, but the structure and method of delivery are just as important.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/edithb1

    Much as it would be nice to contribute, I think we can all agree that you'd want to learn a language from someone able to create example phrases that are (pretty much) error free.

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/alexandernext

    Isn't this possibly a moderator's job?

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/TheSupernatural

    I'm going to apply for the Esperanto to English course. I'm not a fluent speaker by any means, but I'm very familiar with the grammar and it's not hard to find answers to language questions since it's all free to access online (PMEG).

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/danwizard2013

    wouldn't Esperanto be better if it were learned through peoples native languages other than the other way round? otherwise all of the listening exercises will just be in English ?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/TheSupernatural

    Yeah but you can't do that yet. However, people who already understand Esperanto will be able to learn English.

    Also, I really want to check out how the course creation system works.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/danwizard2013

    I see what you mean :)

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/cjquines

    Applied for eo to en too. I hope this works.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/linguoni

    agreed

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Goran12

    Latin have more fluent speakers, if we use Hamish88's definition of fluency. The dead or "paliative care patient" languages need different criteria for fluency - you can be a good translator from Akkadian but not to be able to speak in the language, mostly because no one knows for sure how did it really sound. Most of people who would like to understand ancient cuneiform or hieroglyphs don't care about spoken form of the languages.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

    "In Spanish let us know why you are interested in helping with this course."

    "Please translate your previous response to English so we know you've got the skills."

    Great idea. (I don't have the skills D: )

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Goran12

    Agreed, the idea is excellent.

    Do anyone know how is this translation validated? For some languages (like my native Czech) it might be very difficult to find any translation better than that provided by Google Translator (which often makes unnatural or even completely wrong results). I'd be scared if Google Translator would be used for more than just check for cheaters in the process.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77

    So we can't yet build a course of, say, Hungarian for English speakers, right?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Szab

    Olyat nem tudsz, csak fordítva egyelőre. Év végére talán az is lesz. :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/PatrickBrett1

    No.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/werewolf42

    Will anyone be able to take these courses? or will the courses be restricted somehow?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/linguoni

    i strongly suspect they will be for anyone

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/olimo

    Exciting! I've applied to contribute to an English course for Russian speakers. I hope there will be some clear steps on developing the course because I don't feel competent to create a course from scratch O_o

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/iustitia

    Hope the same :) (applied for Polish ^^)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/BOBAgfull

    I'v applied also.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/BOBAgfull

    If we get accepte I think we should start from the articles and the most used verbs, (like to be, to have, to want, to go, and to come.).

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/KuzTo

    me too! English for Russian speakers

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/pnolan1986

    I wish I spoke more languages so I could help. Lousy American education system.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/FearTheBlackout

    Agreed. My school doesn't even have an actual Spanish class. Just Rosetta Stone. :|

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence

    Haha, don't feel so bad, I grew up in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Oman and Tunisia, and instead of teaching Chinese, Arabic or Vietnamese, what did our incredibly enlightened British curriculum make us study? French and German...

    So today I can pretty easily read both, but I've rarely had much practical use for it :)

    It's pretty short sighted, but the education system will catch up to the reality of the modern world eventually...

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyGeek

    I hope you weren't counting Duolingo as one of those American education systems. :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Altum_Videtur

    Why would he? Duolingo is more of a global education system, in my opinion.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyGeek

    I meant American as in where it's located, not who it teaches. I was kind of kidding...

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Goran12

    Duolingo is located on internet. Where do they have the servers is not important. Who teaches and who learns is important.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence

    I suppose that is a typically American paradox of being able to do things lousily and awesome at the same time :) Case in point: General curriculum fails to teach foreign languages well in school. Result: Society overcompensates by offering world class free to play language software in the form of Duolingo :)

    October 18, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Goran12

    TimothyGeek: the founders are American. The ideas are - I don't know, perhaps American too, or maybe inspired by something from Europe or Asia or somewhere else, or even global (I think this is closest to reality). How many of those who make the courses is from US? I'm new here, I don't know the community so well. I guess that American influence here will diminish as current step of the incubator's existence will attract native speakers of other languages to participate actively.

    Anyway, we can agree the people are important. Your previous post seemed to say that place where they are is more important than people and ideas - that was the reason for my last post.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/kbrimington

    I don't suppose it is as much a failure in the education system as it is a general lack of interest. The U.S. is nearly the size of Europe, and has only one official language. That language is the leading language in global commerce. It is difficult to find motivation to learn languages when there is such a prevailing culture of monolingualism.

    Notwithstanding this culture, there have been strides in language learning, even in my landlocked corner of the western U.S. My local school district has Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese dual immersion programs at various elementary schools. Children are graduating high school sufficiently literate to be successful in collegiate courses in foreign literature. I'm optimistic that the U.S. is on a trend of increasing international awareness and acceptance.

    October 19, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/ApoloRosales

    Im pretty sure Luis Vohn Ahn was born in Guatemala, but i don't know if he considers himself from ther or from the US, i've heard him speak both spanish and english and he has an accent on both of them :P

    October 21, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyGeek

    Maybe it doesn't matter where the servers are located, but who's running it? People who live in America, and think like Americans. Duolingo is therefore American.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum

    I would be in one of the most lousy American Education systems of them all: Central Alabama's. But, fortunately, I go to a private school. Though I don't think it's the fault of the education system, it's just where you are born and what you are exposed to. In America, we don't get much exposure to other languages because English is so prevalent here.

    October 17, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/tflo805

    From socal dude. Melting pot. We get all the languages, mostly Spanish , some Portuguese, Tagalog and this is outside of the la area. Almost everyone here is bilingual.

    November 5, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Redley78

    I did not see Farsi on the list of languages to add. Can you add that, so people know that is an option? I know many persian people who might be interested in helping. And i will plead with them to help, so i can learn too!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/linguafiqari

    Go to the bottom of the "For speakers of" list, press "Other", then go down a bit and you'll see two drop-down options, you then go to the bottom of that list, press "Other", and then write in your language. I did that for Hungarian -> English :)

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Redley78

    I tried this, but this is for if you want to "help contribute" to said language. Also, this is only if you want to help others learn one of the original languages. Example, it allows you to "contribuite to english FOR farsi speakers". I want to learn Farsi from English, not the other way around.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/linguafiqari

    Just wait and it will be available soon :)

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Redley78

    soon? or years away?

    June 16, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/buqalamun

    Manam hamintur! Persian on Duolingo would make me so happy.

    October 19, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Cseals

    If I can see a Polish for English speakers and a Russian for English speakers then I would be soooooo happy!

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyGeek

    What would have happened if I had visited http://incubator.duolingo.com a few days ago? I'm curious whether I could have accessed the incubator before it was released.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/skirkk

    Do you have to be a Contributor to be a moderator?

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/pinkduckling

    In an interview Luis said moderators would be responsible for picking contributors and accountable for the final course itself. It sounds like they'll need to set up the frame work for everyone else.

    October 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynK.

    QUESTION about building the language trees and the term 'bilingual': If I am fluent in English and German (my mother tongue) and did about a quarter of the French and Spanish tree already...wouldn't that automatically qualify my to help with the tree 'French for Germans' and 'Spanish for Germans' ??? I am NOT fluent in those two languages, but having done the tree based on English, should qualify my for doing the tree (as far as I got) based on German, right???

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Anonyduck

    Well this is very exciting! Thank you, all the enthusiastic ppl willing to put themselves out there to help. And for the enthusiasm of everyone in general - yay! :D

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/TaulantDervari

    Hi, everybody! I have a question, Did anybody apply for Russian language? Dutch or even Japanese? Just curious

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SalihaWang

    Happy! I've waited for this day for too long!

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SalihaWang

    I want to apply for English learning for Chinese(Simplified). I am a native speaker of Chinese!

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/igor_voltaic

    How much time does it take to approve a contributor? How many people applied at the moment? It is really interesting to know how many of us are willing to teach.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SalihaWang

    I finally submitted my application! I took great care to write it.

    I have a question. Chinese and English are very different languages. Some sentences in my application are impossible to do a direct translation. Like, "I am a native speaker of Chinese", in Chinese we only say "My native language is Chinese", we don't have the word "native speaker." There are several sentences like that, and I did my translation based on my native speaking habit. Will that be acceptable? I hope my application won't be turned down!

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/alexandernext

    Yeah, I did the same (except for traditional characters. I live in Taiwan). I hope the Duo team won't turn us down.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SalihaWang

    Hopefully we both get accepted!

    October 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Levi
    • 2010

    @verawang2 : What I usually advise people to use is a so called 'free translation'. That's what I do with German (to English, or Hungarian, etc.). Convey the general idea, the meaning - and I think people will be okay. Hope DL will be understanding.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/lund.mikkel

    I've applied for German for Danish speakers. A lot of danish school children have a bad attitude towards German, and I think Duolingo could help resolve those issues.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/akeyforathief

    Oh! I would definitely appreciate someone doing Korean! I've been wanting to learn it for a while :)

    October 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/BOBAgfull

    Я добавил Русский.

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/wdfield

    I adore Duolingo and really want to contribute one way or another, but the only language I'm fluent at and know the grammar is Hebrew (Russian is my native tongue and I speak it fine, but I'm sure there are Russians on here who use the language beyond the level of "Mom, do we have cheese?") so I'm not sure if I should bother to apply. If yes, should it be Hebrew for English speakers? Does anyone even want to learn modern Hebrew?

    November 16, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/jwillson

    I'd like to.

    November 17, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence

    I wouldn't worry about whether you think people want to or not, there will always be people that want to learn every language. Even if I don't personally want to learn hebrew, it would still be nice to know that I could if I wanted to...

    November 17, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/nicolls43

    Have you guys considered doing doing Kickstarter campaigns (or something similar) for different languages? You could give out the raised money to the contributors to encourage more contribution and faster language growth. I know I would be willing to donate to help out the contributors. Just a thought.

    January 9, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/zahra.nafar

    I want to add Persian/Farsi to the languages available in Duolingo.

    February 18, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
    Mod
    • 2171

    ARE ONLY BILINGUALS ALLOWED TO CONTRIBUTE? What is the definition of bilingual, if so?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
    Mod
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    Fluent in both languages is a very unclear definition. Too me bilinguals speak both languages like a native language an fluent is far from that. Please clarify this duolingo.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_

    OED defines bilingual as fluency is two languages. With regards to fluency, I think the common dictionary definition of fluent would apply here rather than your personal (apparently different) interpretation of the word. Every dictionary that I've seen defines fluency as the ability to speak or write with ease and accuracy.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/holomanga

    I usually define "fluent" as being able to write or speak directly in a language, rather than being really fast at translating.

    October 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
    Mod
    • 2171

    In any case I would be weary to allow "fluent" speakers (that are not native to the language) to translate advanced lessons. I consider myself fluent in English, but surely my translations would not be 100% idiomatic. But maybe the combination of (hopefully multiple) 'fluent' speakers would take care of that. If you google difference between fluent and bilingual you will see what I mean with my comment. It is after all not an uncommon, yet fine distinction.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence

    The question gets into even muddier waters when you consider that you can be a native speaker of a language but still be terrible at it. I think it is easier to ask yourself, are you confident that your sentences won't be picked apart? I can understand lots of languages but I only have that level of confidence with English, probably on account of the fact that I have read it till my eyes have bled for most of my life.

    I think it is more important for contributions to be understandable rather than perfectly idiomatic. I also find that non natives often put a lot more consideration into what they are saying than natives, so a fluent non-native speaker will often find a way to put something into words much clearer than a native would - because the native speaker is so used to using 'shorthand'

    Damn interesting question, eh?

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
    Mod
    • 2171

    It is really interesting. If you go even further, studies have shown that even people that have learnt 2 languages from a very early age on (and more or less equally strong) will still have a clear preference for one language versus the other. I guess for most people this becomes clearest with numbers. Most people that consider themselves bilinguals/fleunt will consistently translate numbers in one language rather than the another one. While I'm perfectly happy to speak, think, dream, read, and write in English, as soon as it comes to numbers I'll have to translate them into German. Anyways, I have decided for myself that I will contribute English and German translations for the German to English section, but I will not have the last say in the English ones. If there are native English speakers and native German speakers (for the example of this course) we can probably leave it up to the natives to shave the final say in whether a translation works or not.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.

    I think each course will require both sides of bilingualism, i.e. a native X speaker fluent in Y language and a native Y speaker fluent in X language.

    Edit: Where appropriate of course. I know there are no native speakers of the con-langs for example.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
    Mod
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    Totally agree!

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/ASBusinessMagnet

    Those who are/would be comfortable in translating between the two languages, because translation is what Duolingo is about.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

    Yes, I agree with you. I hope that only natives or experts will contribute and get accepted. That will ensure quality and proficiency for everyone. That would make everybody happy in the end. :)

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

    Fluent in both languages.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/MeadowsJosiah

    A bilingual is someone who is fluent in two languages.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/whizzball1

    At this point it will hopefully only take hours for an application to be accepted or denied because not many people have probably applied as of yet. If you applied within the first 10 minutes and they are checking the oldest applications then you might get your answer really quickly.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru

    Haha, click at the bottom of the page on "about"! So cute!

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Vedun

    that eye thing is very creepy

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/ruth-mac

    really creepy!

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/luismedra

    I have a question, I'm not bilingual but I want help in with the language french because I learn french from the english but my english is not good and in ocassions I wrong in my answers, Can I help?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/argentumx

    so long to wait

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/LimitlessT

    Surely this is flawed. I mean assuming these translations/languages are being added by the average individual and not qualified professionals, the possibilities of errors are far greater. Am I the only one who sees that? Or is there some sort of moderation in place?

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SrLyonR

    Here's a quote from an article:

    "As with all crowdsourcing projects, ensuring a high quality of courses will be what makes this project succeed or fail. “This is something we’ve spent a lot of time working on,” von Ahn said. “The main idea is to have moderators that own each language. These moderators will apply through our website and will be vetted by us.” Already, Duolingo has received applications from what he calls “very impressive moderators” – some of which even have Ph.D.s in the languages they applied for. These moderators will be able to accept any contributors they want, but will ultimately be in charge of the courses.

    For now, this project will launch as a beta, and the team will evaluate its approach based on the feedback it receives and data, such as the number of people who return and what fraction of learners get exercises correct. “If a course has low quality, we will take action with the moderators,” von Ahn noted"

    So it's definitely not just random people off the street. The languages Duo has now took time to iron the kinks out. More contributors = less risk for error.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/0zgq

    I can assure you that you are not the only one who sees that.

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Roger_Burke

    Have you done any of the article translation exercises? Note how through crowd sourcing, written justifications, and overwriting of translations there is a process that drives toward a reasonable consensus. Add to that the vetting of qualified professionals as moderators and you have a fairly robust learning tool. Now if by flawed you mean a microscopic but repairable crack, I would grant you that. However, if you are using flaw to mean catastrophic Fukushima-scale FUBAR mess, then I think you need to look deeper into what has already been accomplished.

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/nikini3

    I really want to learn japanes with this app, how long do you think it will take for japanese to be avalable

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/ruth-mac

    I'd love to help with Hungarian to English, but I'm not fluent enough so can't apply to help. I'd have been great at all the first half of the course! :-(

    October 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77

    not fluent enough in which one?

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/ruth-mac

    Hungarian. I lived in Hungary for a short time quite a few years ago, but I've lost a lot of it, having hardly met any Hungarians since!

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77

    akkor az elsö felével így is tudsz segíteni.

    October 16, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/ruth-mac

    Nem hiszem! I'll be signing up to learn English from Hungarian when it comes out, and hopefully come up with some helpful translations that way.

    October 16, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Szab

    Do you fluent in english? If you fluent in english and know some hungarian then I think you can help. I have the same problem but in the other way: I am hungarian and not fluent in english. I understand all of this english forums and I can learn german here through english but I am not fluent in english. I think if you and me will cooperate then we can help.

    October 17, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/ruth-mac

    Yes, native English speaker, and exactly the opposite of you! Can read Hungarian quite well, but not so great getting it perfect myself!

    October 17, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/smsaucedo

    I know I would like to learn Polish, cause i'm not a wimp! XD!

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77

    ???

    October 16, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Shady

    Why only Mandarin and no Cantonese? I believe that Cantonese is more widely used than Mandarin in the United States.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor

    But globally, Mandarin is the most common spoken native language in the world. And the business demand for it is exponentially higher. But as far as Duo goes, the main reason would be because contributors applied for it. There will be Cantonese as soon as contributors apply to help build it.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/nats.77

    i was really hoping for russian course but.. i guess it's not gonna happen

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/BOBAgfull

    I know that there are about 10 fluent Russian speakers (including me) that have applied for English for Russians so you can do that while Russian for English is not out. And later in the year courses for Russian for English will come out.

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/alba133

    Russian certainly may be added. It will just take a lot of time.

    October 28, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum

    English for Russian is now in the works and once that is done, then Russian for English shouldn't be that hard to do.

    October 28, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

    As of August 2014, the Russian for English speakers is about 33% done. I'd give them another year or so. Looking forward to it myself!

    July 27, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/Calabaza22

    This sounds cool. Great Idea.

    October 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

    Bravo!

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Goran12

    Now I don't feel self-confident enough to start a course, but a dream of a Czech-English (or vice versa) site is a good motivation to try to re-learn what I forgot from English. And seeing plans from native speakers of such languages as Slovak, Polish or Latin to build their sites is a good motive to have a closer look to these languages, so that I could possibly help some day.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/kickup

    Hey Goran. I just applied to the Incubator in order to help introducing Czech-English course. Have thought it through and still don't want to?

    Filip

    January 27, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/Goran12

    I think it over from time to time and now I feel self-confident enough in English, but I found I can't honestly promise even a single hour in a week - I could work on the Duo course few hours a week most of the time, but sometimes I must work harder for my job, and practice one lesson a day is the most I can do for Duolingo in such times, and those are more and more common. So I don't qualify for "commited".

    Anyway, good luck! I hope I will be able to serve as a proofreader for English for Czech incubator course.

    January 28, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/_-C1-_

    Cool. Of course.. I don't know any languages except English really. XD Heyyy! Justread that English part!

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/J.DavidCR

    Great !!! I hope someday learning french, portuguese and italian in spanish will be avalable, it´ll make the learning process much more faster. Thanks a lot for such work.

    October 11, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/kickup

    Hey, from the last two letters of your nickname I suppose I can as well type in Czech, right? ) Anyway, I just applied to the Incubator in order to help introducing Czech-English course. Have you considered that?

    Let's do it! ) Filip

    January 27, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/honzikjk

    like you make new course? for a whole new language? how 'bout Czech? I'm fluent in it, my parents were born there :P but I'm probably too young.

    October 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/kickup

    Hey, I just applied to the Incubator in order to help introducing Czech-English course. Have you? Let's do it! )

    January 27, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/rosenjcb

    So how does this work? Can someone walk me through how to volunteer for a new language not already available? I tried signing up for Hebrew but that wasn't one of the language options. :\

    October 13, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77

    You can so far only do (Any language) to (Language already on Duolingo[Spanish, English, French, etc...]). So pick which language you want to help make a course to and then on the right drop-down menu, pick the language you want to help make a course from. If the language you want to help make the course from is not in the right side drop down menu, then pick "Enter other". Then a dialog box comes up that says "Enter language name". Now, this part is quite misleading, because it looks like there's nothing in the dialog box. But if you click under where it says "Enter language name", then you see that there is a data field there, which was previously invisible. Enter the name, follow the rest of the instructions on the page, and you have applied. Hope this helps.

    October 16, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/ibebac

    thaks got it :) just saw it . .i haven`t seen it on my mob app..

    October 25, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/alba133

    I went to the incubator site but i saw nothing on how to learn a language, only how to teach one. I wish they would add Albanian. I would love to help teach Albanian. You'ed be surprised at how easy it is. Plus a lot of Albanians don't know Albanian, this would be a great way to learn. please add Albanian.

    October 28, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum

    Understand that now the Incubator is being tested on a small scale. Later, it will be opened up to a larger scale and many other languages, most likely including Albanian, will be added.

    October 28, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

    ПОЖАЛУЙСТА! Кто-то пожалуйста сделать по-русски!

    November 25, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/JenniferTo6

    Well, English for Russian speakers is on its way. Once that one is released, reversing the course wouldn't take too long.

    November 25, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

    PLEASE! Would somebody please do a Russian course? The U.N. ranks Russian as the third most important language in the world (after English and Mandarin Chinese). Duo would be great for Russian... with all that typing, it would get us used to the cyrillic alphabet really quickly!

    November 25, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/M0on_Princess

    Hello, I am a native English speaker and I really want to learn Russian, Turkish, Farsi and Arabic. Is there anyone out there who would be interested in adding these languages?

    December 16, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

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    Sorry.

    December 16, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    @M0on_Princess (sailor moon fan by any chance?) Duolingo is in the process of adding a lot of language courses. Some of those are shown in the incubator right now http://incubator.duolingo.com Several thousand people applied to help build courses, so what you see in the Incubator are not the only courses they have planned. In addition, one way you can help get the courses you want onto Duolingo is to make requests through your social networks, like Tumblr and facebook. To apply to create a course, a person needs to be fluently bilingual. The application is in the link I posted above. ^_^

    December 16, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/jeltzz

    Still waiting to start writing the Latin course....

    January 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/kajda90

    Hi, I applied for creating English courses for Czech speakers, but nothing still happens :( Is there any problem with it?

    February 1, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

    Hi kajda90,

    It can take up to a month to hear back once you've submitted your application. If you don't hear back in one month, contact staff through the white Support button on the left and let them know when you applied and that you haven't heard anything back yet. Make sure to check your spam and trash folders in case anything got filtered there. If you feel like something might have happened to your application, you can also send a message to support. But, it's best to at least wait a couple of weeks first.

    From what I've heard, when you get an email it can say that you haven't been accepted, that you are on a waiting list, or that you have been invited onto a course-building team.

    Good luck with your application! :D

    February 1, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/kajda90

    Thank you for your reply, Usagiboy7.

    I've applied a few months ago (when Incubator has started I guess) and I've received a mail claiming that I should be patient :D So I am, but it is already quite long time :D

    Anyway, I will keep waiting :) I absolutely understand it must take a long time to prepare course templates for all languages.

    February 1, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/CalebHilla

    add Japanese pls duolingo

    February 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/anubazarragcaa

    I'd like to ask if asian languages like Mongolian, Kazakh and such could get a seperate course?

    July 17, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/4mj4d

    What about the Urdu Language for English Speakers and English for Urdu Speakers. It should be on Duolingo

    July 27, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

    Surprisingly, it appears that neither Urdu nor Hindi are in the makings at all. Nor Mandarin for that matter! The first step to getting a new language on Duolingo is to find qualified volunteers willing to work on it.

    July 27, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/4mj4d

    I think the big hurdle is the alphabets of these languages and different learning style maybe?

    July 27, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/DPGriffin

    Just wondering how many people would be interested in learning a fictional language like Sindarin (Tolkien). I want to learn it, but it is difficult to find a good source. If enough people were interested, I think duolingo would be a great place to learn.

    November 27, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/DPGriffin

    Just wondering how many people would be interested in learning a fictional language like Sindarin (Tolkien). I want to learn it, but it is difficult to find a good source. If enough people were interested, I think duolingo would be a great place to learn.

    November 27, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/January1222004

    yea but how do you add a language?! I want to learn Japanese!

    April 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/January1222004

    yea but how do you add a language?! I want to learn Japanese!

    April 17, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Michael_Ronald.C

    can you teach tagolog

    April 29, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/ohnoitsduck

    But what of people who want to add a COMPLETELY new language with very few speakers... other than klingon

    May 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/ohnoitsduck

    What about people (like me) who want to make a completely new course? Of a language that 'technically' Doesn't exist? Kinda like with klingon but.....

    May 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/vincent127142GP

    What if I don't want to contribute?

    September 23, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Pandaorang

    Someone could please make russian or arabic !!!

    November 6, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/LoganoA

    469 COMMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 29, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto

    So far!

    December 14, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/AshurBanipal96

    If I would want to add a complete new language (Aramaic) how would I do it?

    January 28, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/NasiBest

    It does not work,why?

    February 6, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Capsot

    Hi, I would like to be able to work on Occitan, but I can't seem to find the language on your lists... Thanks for your answer(s)! Take care and thanks for the great work!

    February 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Swapniel

    So we can Add or Contribute to any languages right? How it works ? I mean, the course-building.... what the contributors or mods will be asked to do?

    February 20, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/GamingPeter101

    I apply for it (Hungarian for English speakers) like five days ago! Still I'm not a contributor. When will I get the gmail if I went through or not?

    April 20, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/js2867

    I did it already

    June 29, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/JJRasm

    I hope this means we can expect a Konkani course at some point. With over 7 million native speakers, surely someone would like to make this resource available. There is currently no such resource for learning the beautiful Konkani language.

    August 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/omarguillermo99

    Hi, I'm interested in starting a new Chinese course for English speakers. If I accomplish it, I will also add it for Spanish, German and French speakers. I have a good level at this languages and it's time for Duolingo to get into Asian languages. If someone else is interested please reply and contribute to the course.

    January 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/gamingshrubbery

    how often does duolingo reject languages?

    February 1, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Icebergbananarat

    i can make/help to make icelandic!

    March 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/parvathykp

    Can I add a new language to duolingo ,which they don't have at all

    March 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/JammyDodgie

    I want to do that for Malayalam.

    January 20, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Isma17722

    Duolingo is a very good app, but the thing is that the computer I use does not have a microphone, so i AM BASICALLY LOOSING MY PRACTICE, DOES ANYONE HAVE AN IDEA, SO THAT THEY COULD HELP ME. Please

    June 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/CodyBraeges

    H

    November 25, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/CodyBraeges

    Hhh

    November 25, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/JammyDodgie

    I would like to start a language, Malayalam for English speakers. How do I get started?

    January 20, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Gyana508908

    Please someone create a course of Indian Tamil

    July 20, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      Can I add a constructed language? I mean ones on dedalvs.com

      November 8, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Josael28TNZ

      In November, 2018 I requested to contribute Latin for English , Latin for Spanish , Japanese for Spanish , and Arabic for Spanish and I noted the Latin for English but I'm not part it, what should I do and how long these requests takes to be accepted?

      February 1, 2019

      https://www.duolingo.com/ACleanPerson

      I hope Icelandic comes soon, Would be lovely to speak such a lovely language~

      February 2, 2019

      https://www.duolingo.com/Kavi545649

      Could someone add Sinhalese amd Tamil please? (English to Sinhalese and Tamil)

      April 23, 2019

      https://www.duolingo.com/MargieXChen

      I hope they make a Traditional Chinese course for English speakers, I'm really excited to help :3

      May 5, 2019

      https://www.duolingo.com/Annie248092

      I'm an Afrikaans speaker and I want to apply for adding an Afrikaans to English course.

      June 21, 2019

      https://www.duolingo.com/Norrthman

      I think it would have been better idea to teach small languages to Duolingo existing language owners than vice versa. For example there would be 100 or 1000 times more interested to learn Swedish than Swedes to learn English. Because almost all Swedes already know enough English. Same thing with my Finnish and many other European tongues. Is there any place where you could see how many contributors there are applied/accepted for each new course ? Maybe it was the pronunciation problem ;)

      October 11, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

      Wait a little, it'll come. And probably they didn't do it directly because they're still thinking on how to organize/structure the Skill Tree for languages other languages (since some have other alphabet or no alphabet at all etc...) when the structure to learn the actual 6 languages is already done.

      By the way, to stay with your example, you could have some Swedish interested in learning French, German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese...

      October 11, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/thenoobboob

      do have to be 18

      October 17, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum

      I'm not sure about that, but I can say a few things. You must be fluent in both languages, the one you are teaching and the one you are teaching it form. You have to be willing, able, and motivated to work several hours a week for free in creating and maintaining the course.

      October 17, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Michael855818

      Is it possible to add a language that you made up? Duolingo already has constructed languages like Esperanto and klingon.

      September 17, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/hughstarck

      i think that that is stupid but good

      October 10, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Shady

      I have already sent my application three times this morning, so PLS PLS PLS lemme in. Teaching English is not only my job but my hobby. And I could spend more time on these than most other people.

      October 10, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

      If everyone submits an application more than once it is going to take them longer to go through them.

      October 10, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Whirrun

      That was foolish. Be patient.

      October 11, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/BOBAgfull

      Dude, be patient.

      October 13, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Matt.Cooksey

      Mainland Europeans will have a higher ability to apply to be a course contributor than yanks.

      October 9, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

      Ok?

      October 9, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/IG88
      • 2337

      Who asked? What a snobby thing to say for no reason.

      EDIT: What's with the down-votes? If it's not snobbery than why single out Americans? We're far from being the only country in the world with a majority monolingual population, and we're certainly not unique among Anglophone nations.

      October 9, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Matt.Cooksey

      So sorry, I wasn't trying to a snob. I was only stating the fact that @Zack restated. And, you're right - there's a good flock of other mainly monolingual people groups.

      October 9, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Matt.Cooksey

      Lol, now I accidentally made a personal record of most downvoted comment.

      October 9, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77

      Duh

      October 9, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/-HKBK-

      why exactly?

      October 9, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

      Statistically, most Americans are monolingual and most mainland Europeans are multilingual.

      October 9, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/mare_sargasso

      According to EU numbers, too, many Europeans are multilingual, and ironically the English-speaking United Kingdom and Ireland both have the least proportions of people speaking another language.

      October 11, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

      I don't find it ironic. A lot of English speakers feel they don't need to learn another language because English is the international language. It's an unfortunate situation, because being multilingual has many benefits.

      I hope that one day all of the Celtic languages see a large increase in popularity and become the dominant mother tongue in each of their regions. That's probably just a dream that will never come true though.

      October 12, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

      I just want the Celtic languages to be revived because they are awesome, not for any political reasons.

      October 12, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/mare_sargasso

      Yes, I forgot to add that the prevalence of English should be the main reason.

      I hope that too. I wouldn't like to talk about politics here, but that would need full independence of the constituent countries even though no Irish government has achieved an elevation of the language so far to my knowledge.

      October 12, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/mare_sargasso

      I meant in my opinion that would need a political change. I would like too much more Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Manx, Cornish and Breton people to speak their own language.

      October 12, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/akhansson

      Duolingo will probably change that but it's true. :) I'm from Europe and I know 3 languages fluently and 2 other languages a little. I'm 24 years old.

      October 9, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

      I don't think Duolingo alone can change that, but I really hope it can help. I'm a monolingual American and I don't know a single person who is fluent in another language. I don't even know a single person who is interested in learning a foreign language. Most people where I live just don't care about that stuff.

      October 9, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

      I would say that many people are interested in it, but won't put in the time it takes to do it, or realize that it's not as fun as they thought it would be.

      October 9, 2013

      https://www.duolingo.com/morebros

      I think this happens mainly because English is the main "second language" choice.

      October 11, 2013
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