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There seems to be a high demand for Finnish, why hasn't it been added yet?

July 21, 2015

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Vstig

It has to just be a matter of time now. Fingers crossed when the next couple of languages hit beta, Finnish will replace them in the incubator. Or sooner, I don't mind...

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl

Now would be good. Not that I'm impatient or anything. :P

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/beadspitter

I don't know about Finnish in particular, but I would imagine that, like Hebrew, and unlike Japanese or Mandarin (which is a whole different story), the course will be developed when there are enough people who are fluent in both languages who are willing and able to put in the time to develop it.

If you are, or you know anyone who is, bilingual in Finnish and anything else (English would be favorite, judging by current offerings, but it could be something else), you could ask them if they might want to volunteer!

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Many, many people have already applied to help build an English-->Finnish course (which is the obvious one to pick in terms of pairings).

At some point a while back, Duolingo staff had apparently replied to a direct question that they hadn't seen enough demand for it yet. Since then, there's been a lot of demand...

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl

Even before then, there was a lot of demand. It almost feels like Duolingo doesn't love us enough. :(

We can only hope that at some point our turn will come.

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Maybe they just want to give you a chance to finish your French tree before they get you all excited about Finnish? ;-)

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl

LOL! That is so thoughtful of them, but I'm due to finish my French tree in about three weeks.

So they can announce Finnish today, and then the team are going to have to work really fast so I can get cracking on the Finnish tree straight away. :P

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando

What a strange Duolingo response - Latin and Finnish (an odd couple:) are the most demanded langauges here:)

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

The demand was always there, but it was a bit more subdued, unassuming, and, you know, Finnish before that comment about the lack of demand... ;-)

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/beadspitter

Interesting. I don't know, then.

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224

There's a bunch of other languages that have high demand.

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mumriken

I don't know if there's actually high demand for Finnish, but the people wishing to learn it seem to be quite obsessed about it lol. But I do think Duolingo would be a great platform for learning a grammatically complex language like Finnish and hopefully with time it will happen.

Untill then feel free to contact me with any questions about the language or just to chat in Finnish (I'm native) :-)

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

With all the demand (and supply) shown here, some people have actually written that they now want to learn Finnish to see what all the fuss is about... :-)

The best PR our language has had for a long time! B-)

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/VeeDrawStuff

They same the same thing about Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, and many other languages.

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristianofPeace

Hebrew has been added and is at 31%. :)

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/VeeDrawStuff

I don't see it on the available list of options for English speakers or Spanish speakers. It's still in beta?

I was born in Brooklyn, NY so I have always had a passing interest in learning how to read Hebrew. I had the pleasure of visiting Israel back in 1992. I remember Snake mountain, visited the Holocaust Museum, Dead Sea and the old churches in Jerusalem. Reading about history and current events is one thing, but experiencing it was amazing.

I still remember חוק שירות ביטחון ? Defense Service Law for 18 year olds.

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/beadspitter

Just to clarify, when something is in beta, it is available. When you see something at such-and-such percent, that means it's being actively developed (not tested), and isn't yet in beta.

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristianofPeace

It's in the making.

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224

There are many languages with just as high demand: Latin, Arabic, Serbian, Croatian, etc. They can only add so many languages at once, and when they do decide on a language, it takes a while for it to actually appear in the incubator. Remember how long Hindi and Catalan took?

Based on demand, they almost certainly will do Finnish at some point. But remember, A) there are also other languages, and B) they can't just add a language by snapping their fingers.

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CallumRoy

There are so many other languages than English, and Duolingo, with its limited resources, must be slightly more utilitarian than to pander to the forum's language fancies. I am so much more glad for Catalan from Spanish to have appeared than Catalan from English. I think we have to remember that Duolingo has humanitarian goals, and admire them for it.

July 21, 2015
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