Top Ten Languages That Should Be Added to the Duolingo Incubator in the 2020s

Duolingo is one of the best language learning apps out there. It's really efficient, really addictive, and overall just amnazing. I made a list about how great it is though. One thing I love about it though is the amount of languages that you can learn with it. There are 33 languages for english native speakers! However there are still some important languages left that need to be added the next decade. We saw some progress though in 2019. In 2019, three new languages were added to the incubator for english speakers, Latin, Finnish and Scottish Gaelic, and three language courses for english speakers were completed, Arabic, Latin and Scottish Gaelic. On top of that, the Finnish and Yiddish courses' progress has boosted significantly. Haitian Creole still remains untouched though. At this rate we might get a lot of languages added to the incubator though. With that being said, here are my most wanted languages to be added to the duolingo incubator.

The Top Ten

1 Lithuanian

There is no language I crave more for to be added to Duolingo, than lithuanian itself. This language is just legendary and amazing. There are a number of reasons I want to see this language be added. Well personally I am myself half-lithuanian and I really want to learn my mother tongue because as of now I only speak swedish, english and some esperanto. But there are so many reasons for having this language in Duolingo.

The baltic branch of the indo-european language family is the most archaic branch of the bunch, and lithuanian itself, the most conservative indo-european language to date, even retaining features from Proto-indo-european and sanskrit! The grammar is one of the hardest in the world for an english speaker, even surpassing those like japanese or chinese for frick sake! Yes I know this language isn't very spoken but all of these reasons should be a reason for lithuanian to be on Duolingo!

I think this language is interesting

2 Persian Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The capital city is Teheran and the major city is also Tehran. The country's official language is Persian. ...read more.

Persian is an important language which is spoken by many people. I am interested in learning it and I would love to use Duolingo for it.

The fact that Persian is not an available language to learn on Duolingo probably comes as the biggest shock to people new on Duolingo. I mean, it's one of the world's biggest languages, the mother tongue of the Persians, the ancestors of some of the greatest empires ever, the Persian empires (like the achaemenid and parthian). Like seriously this would've been #1 if Lithuanian didn't exist.

3 Serbo-Croatian

There are so many germanic and romance languages on Duolingo, like german, dutch, norwegian, portuguese, even romanian! These language branchs seem to be the dominating in terms of IE (indo-european) languages. But what about slavic languages? Well turns out not a lot of them exist, except for the three biggest plus fifth biggest ones, russian, polish, ukrainian and czech.

But what about the fourth biggest language? Well it's complicated. It's serbian, or serbo-croation depending on the way you see it. There are four languages in the balkans (serbian, croatian, bosnian and montenegrin) that are closer than the nordic languages but the speakers of each language all insist it's seperate languages. If one of the languages gets added to Duolingo, the other speakers of the other languages will get mad.

But come on now, this family it's the fourth bigggest slavic language and there are no south slavic languages added yet. I'd suggest adding croatian is the best choice as it's ...more

I 'd like to learn my wife s second language

4 Icelandic

This is the only one of the main north germanic languages not added yet to Duolingo (there's also faroese but it's way smaller). I mean this is small compared to swedish, danish or norwegian but it does one thing better than the rest, something lithuanian does in comparision to the rest of the IE languages. It's the most archaic north germanic language. This alone makes icelandic deserve to be in Duolingo.

Icelandic is a great language.

this language is so damn amazing

5 Uzbek Uzbekistan is a landlocked country. It is one of two doubly landlocked countries in the world, a country completely surrounded by landlocked countries in Central Asia. ...read more.

We have an over-abundance of indo-european languages on Duolingo, not going to lie. Not a problem in my opinion but it would certainly be nice with languages from other language families. Like the turkic. We already have the anatolian turkish language, the largest of the bunch. The second largest of the bunch of the uzbek language (unless you consider azeri to be a seperate language from turkish).
Spoken in Uzbekistan, the most populous country in central asia. It used to be an important country back in the day when it was the trade center for the silk road, with its amazing cities like Samarkand, Buchara and Chiva. You might say uzbek is similar to turkish, but all of the north germanic languages (except icelandic) are already on Duolingo and they are even closer to each other! I can understand a norwegian like a native!

I really wanna learnn this language

6 Basque

The basque language I the most famous example of a language isolate, a language with no other known relatives. This alone makes it a worthy contender for getting added to Duolingo. It's spoken by the basque people in the bay of biscay on an area stretching across the basque nation, which comprises the two spanish autonomies of Basque Country and Navarra, and french basque. Honestly just the fact that it's a language isolate makes this country deserve a spot on Duolingo.

7 Bulgarian

Bulgarian is one of the most interesting slavic languages in my opinion. It's another south slavic language, but it's southeast slavic, compared to serbo-croatian, which along with slovene is southwest slavic. I love bulgarian with a passion. It kinda sounds like a much softer russian and more melodic. I really want this language to be added.

this language is beautiful

8 Māori New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. ...read more.

Maori was voted as the most wanted language to be added to the Duolingo Incubator in 2019, even surpassing those like Latin, Finnish and Scottish Gaelic, that actually did eventually get in that year. This alone honestly speaks for itself. On top of that it would be nice with another non-european language so there's that. Please add it soon!

EDIT: It's been added now, along with Yucatec and K'iche'.

I am from NZ and would love to learn more of this language.

9 Thai Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia.

We have a handful of asian languages already like chinese, japanese, korean and vietnamese, so why not thai as well? I know here in Sweden, Thailand is one of, if not the most popular tourist destination ever. Everyone goes crazy about it. And I think it's famous in other countries too. Really, just add it. We don't have many asian languages so it's time for another one, amirite?

I always want to learn thai,I think duolingo should add this language ,there is already english for thai speakers,and this language is very unique

I love Vietnamese (which is on Duolingo) but I think that Thai is much cooler.

Lol you can talk to ladyboys

10 Estonian

I really want to learn this language, I definitely will learn this language if it will be added

The Contenders

11 Tibetan

It is very isolated, so it would be very interesting to learn.

12 Zulu South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana ...read more.

African languages surely are interesting in my opinion. Their grammar is very obscure and unique and I just am a fan of them. There actually is a swahili course on Duolingo, but, it's time we get another native african language honestly. Zulu is one of the most famous african languages, along with the zulu tribe from South Africa. I know I would love to try out a zulu course. So please add this Duo staff!

I would love to know more about this language.

13 Na'vi (Avatar)

Avatar is one of my favourite movies ever, and I think that the Na'vi language is very interesting in terms of sound.

Please no..., I despise the addition of fictional languages on Duolingo. We need real languages

14 Yoruba
15 K'iche'

See my comment for Yucatec. Also got added to the Incubator and is mayan language. This though is the largest mayan language, spoken mostly in Guatemala.

16 Finnish
17 Yiddish
18 Bosnian
19 Catalan

There is currently only a course for Catalan for Spanish speakers. I would love to learn Catalan, but I do not speak Spanish. From forum discussions, I had the impression that there is quite a lot of interest in Catalan for English speakers.

20 Yucatec Maya

This is a mayan language spoken in Mexico, on the yucatan peninsula (duh). It's not the biggest of mayan languages but it sure did get added to the incubator, although I'd preffered to see a bigger language get added beforehand. But oh well at least it's not a fictional language.

21 Elvish
22 Dothraki
23 Huttese
24 Koine Greek
25 Shona
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