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 Persian

I always want to learn this fascinating and beautiful language. This language has long history since the Ancient Times, it has 2000 years of history since the Persian Empire.

Farsi is a huge language with many native and second language speakers. I am surprised it is not one of the first ones that were added to duo.

Honestly I won't learn it immediately, because I want to focus on Arabic first,but Persian will definitely be a great add to Duolingo. Both historically and in terms of current practicality. As you can read from my Quechua comment, I am interested in ancient empires, so Persian will be valuable as well.

Please add Persian! I love working with Duolingo but I need to learn Farsi and so I am using other software. I would learn so much more easily if it was in Duolingo's language choices!

2 Serbo-Croatian

We need a South Slavic language. There are so many Serbs and Croats in USA and other countries. You will find that it will become a very popular language.

There is currently no south Slavic language on Duolingo yet. Recently I've been traveling in Croatia and even though I could luckily learn some words on Drops, not having a Duolingo course was a big miss. Among South-Slavic languages I'm most interested in Serbo-Croatian (the biggest one) and Slovenian (one of the few rare Indo-european languages to retain the dual.

Same reasons I mentioned for Bosnian, but also Serbo-Croation is spoken by many and is an important language for both Business and Tourism in Southern Europe.

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

3 Lithuanian

I need Duolingo to add this amazing sounding languages. It is just amazing, I've been trying to find sources to learn Lithuanian but no website does it better than Duolingo does, right? That's why I want it! It's such a shame Duolingo Incubator isn't available any longer, maybe with it still being available there would be more Lithuanians interested in contributing, but the only unique thing that Duolingo had has died... ://

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!

As others have said, this is supposedly the most conservative Indo-European language, for which I have been wanting to learn it for many years.

My daughter-in-law is Lithuanian, so I would love to learn to speak with her family.

4 Icelandic

I want to visit Iceland, because it's such a beautiful country, and It would be amazing if I could speak to them in their language!

Icelandic is the closest language to Old Norse, and more resources need to be available for it, as it is also a language that not many people speak.

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.

This is the most archaic living Germanic languages and after Basque the one I want the most. Almost daily I'm looking for fora to see if there are already any plans to add these languages.

5 Basque

It's the native language of my city and one of my favorites ones. Also I think it's one of the most important languages to conserve here in Europe because of it's history and because is a very unique language that needs to be learned around the world.

Besides Na'vi and "Elvish", Basque is the language I want the most on Duolingo. It is a language isolate and non Indo European. It would attract so many people.

This is the one I'm craving the most. If only Basuqe and Icelandic come out in the incubator I will be more than satisfied. Basque is supposedly the only surviving pre-Indo European language in Europe. I wouldn't care too much if it will be taught from English, Spanish ir French as long as it will be there.

The basque language is 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.

6 Bulgarian

This will be a great resource for people wanting to learn the Bulgarian language. I am a person of Bulgarian dissent and I would love to learn more about this language and especially the correct way to speak in this language. I do forget some of the letters sometimes, so going on duolingo and being able to listen to the letter and learning how to write it would be great! I want to teach my future how to speak and read and write in Bulgarian and Duolingo will be a great place to start! Also the fact that Bulgaria will soon be fully using the Euro, means that a lot more people will be going to visit the country, so if more people knew the language, it would be easier for them to explore the smaller towns of the nations, and be able to integrate very easily to the country if they find that they want to move there.

My friends speak Bulgarian, and have conversations with eachother that I'll never understand. Just knowing a few words will impress them.

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.

My Grandfather and his family are Bulgarian, I would love to learn it so I can speak to my cousins.

7 Uzbek

Uzbekistan is the largest nation in Central Asia; and is Quickly developing Uzbek already has many speakers. And is likely going to become more and more important as the population of Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and other nations with large Uzbek speaking populations continues to grow.

Either this or better yet Uyghur~ It can't be that Turkish is the only Turkic language available, and Uzbek is the second biggest!

This is the biggest language in all of Central Asia, with the exception of Russian. Uzbek is spoken in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and in Afghanistan. Please add this vital language.

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!

8 Māori

I've heard about this languages a lot of times during my live and I'm curious on learning it. Also I think is an important language to expand around the world.

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'.

Representation and recognition of profound cultural influence

9 Thai

This language is the one I am most surprised is not on Duolingo. It is on pimsleur but Rosetta Stone discontinued the Thai course. There are so many foreigners in Thailand, this would be a very popular course!

Thai is a language spoken by very many people. Thai is also an important language because Thailand is a very important nation for the: Culinary Industry, Fishing Industry, Service Industry, and Tourism Industry,

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?

So many foreigners live in Thailand and would benefit from this. I would use it everyday having enjoyed learning Spanish on Duo

10 Estonian

My favorite language family is the Uralic one. I have been learning Hungarian and Finnish, so Estonian will be a great third one. It will also be an invitation for other Uralic languages to be added in the future.

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

The Contenders
11 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.

12 Tibetan

Tibetan language is an important language for spiritual purposes. It is also in danger because of the oppression of the CCP.

Mandarin Chinese has been my main target language for many years. I feel I have a solid HSK5 level in it and although I want to improve it to HSK6 and beyond, I am also interested in expanding my knowledge of the Sino-Tibetan languages. I am planning to do the Cantonese course first and after that either a Tibetan or Burmese course would be amazing.

I have a few friends from this country, and I have a great interest of learning the language. I want to go to the country and there is no proper way to learn the language online.

The Tibetan culture is interesting and I want to know more about them. Also their language.

13 Yoruba

I love all about African culture, music and also languages. I've tried to learn it before but it's difficult to find a place where you can learn it. I think it must be amazing to learn it with Duolingo's method.

So many people around the world, especially in America, are of Yoruban descent. We need more African languages on Duolingo, this is one I suggest the most out of all African languages. We already have Zulu and they're working on Xhosa, but there needs to be more languages from other areas of the continent of Africa. Twi is also a language that should be added.

Yoruba is the 2nd most spoken language in Nigeria, Africa's most populated country. It is also an important liturgical language in the diaspora.

They could bring back yoruba as the most spoken language in Nigeria I would love this

14 Quechuan

The Quechua language or Runasimi, is a very important language the it's losing it's power. Also it could help to some cultural preservation, a more linguistic diversity, ...

Quechua and Aymara are common and useful native languages especially in Bolivia and Peru but hard to learn only from books and very little is available online.

We need more native american languages, and it is quite difficult to learn Quechua as it is now it would be very useful to have more resources publicly available.

Peruvians, Ecuadorians, Bolivians, many need this. I want the language of the Inca thriving in the future, imagine the smiles on the faces of an old woman in the andes when you can give her a good Quechuan greeting.

15 Yucatec Maya

Well, adding this language could help to preserve indigenous languages and some cultural exchange and make this tipe of language more accessible to people.

I would love to learn Yucatec. I know there are some other languages that they will want to add first but, I think it would be a great addition.

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.

16 Bosnian
17 Macedonian

My grandmother is Macedonian, I would love to speak to her one day in my family's language.

18 Zulu

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.

19 Finnish

I just want to say I can speak it!

20 K'iche'

K'iche' or Quiche it's a very interesting and complex language that should be an interesting challenge for people who wants to learn difficult things.
Originally, K'iche' was written using the Mayan hieroglyphic script, but nowadays they use latín alphabet. It should be amazing if you could teach both and preserve and native language and an ancestral script.

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.

21 Yiddish

It would be great to be able to know the language since it is part of the Middle East culture

22 Na'vi (Avatar)

This is the language I want the most. It is so beautiful and melodic and the most pretty language I have ever heard. Please add it!

I mean common, you don't understand how many nerds will come running towards the app (me included) just to learn this language. I would love to know what the people are saying in the movies and it will just be fun to speak it with other people in the world.

I have some irrational affinity with artificial languages. Of the ficitional ones, I am most interested in Navi which will also be a great add for Duolingo once Avatar2 comes out, as it will attract many fans. I also really want to learn Lojban and Volapük. I have little hopes for them, but because Esperanto is out there and we're now discussing artificial languages, I just mention it.

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

23 Elvish

Neo-Sandarin could be added as the Elvish language. There is a community of people dedicated to Neo-Sandarin, and I have no doubt an Elvish language would be MASSIVELY popular on duolingo.

24 Koine Greek

For this one I actually vote for someone else: my sister. I am so proud that she finally started to use duolingo and she just completed her first week streak. She is learning Latin, because she is interested in history and archealogy (which she even plans to study). She said that she wabts to learn Koine Greek as well. Personally I am currently learning modern Greek, but this will be a great add to motivate my sister even more and to get her into language learning

25 Shanghainese

I just wish to have a proper double royalty in the fight between Beijing and Shanghai!

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