There seems to be a high demand for Finnish, why hasn't it been added yet?
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!
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...
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.
Maybe they just want to give you a chance to finish your French tree before they get you all excited about Finnish? ;-)
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
What a strange Duolingo response - Latin and Finnish (an odd couple:) are the most demanded langauges here:)
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... ;-)
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) :-)
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-)
They same the same thing about Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, and many other languages.
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.
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.
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.
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.