Top Ten Most Wanted Languages for Duolingo (as of Duocon 2021)Duolingo is one of the best language learning apps out there. It's really efficient, really addictive, and overall just amazing. One thing I love about it though is the amount of languages that you can learn with it. There are 37 languages for English native speakers! However there are still some important languages left that need to be added this decade. So far, as of the Duocon 2021, five new languages have been announced to be added, Zulu, Xhosa, Haitian Creole, Maori and Tagalog, so I won't be having those languages on the list, as they're already announced. So let's rank our most wanted languages beyond those!
There is no language I crave more for to be added to Duolingo, than lithuanian. This language is just legendary and amazing. There are a number of reasons I want to see this language be added. 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! All of these reasons should be a reason for lithuanian to be on Duolingo!
This is the only one of the nordic national languages not added yet to Duolingo, which I'm surprised about. 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 deserving to be in Duolingo.
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 achamenid and parthian). Like seriously this would've been #1 if lithuanian didn't exist.
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 biggest slavic language and there are no south slavic languages added yet. I'd suggest adding croatian is the best choice as it's the second ...more
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
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.
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.
This is the last indigenous language in Europe and deserves wider exposure.
One of my favourite language families is the Turkic language family! Just something about their grammar is really fascinating to me, and their vocabulary. And in my opinion, the next turkic language that should be added to Duolingo is for me, Yakut! It's the most different Turkic language from Anatolian Turkish, the only turkic language thus far to have a course on Duolingo, and thus I think this would help add some variety to Duolingo. But it's also an endangered language, and thus I think it deserves to be added!
Should be the easiest language for English speakers to learn, also it would be an entry both to other Germanic languages and to the languages of Southern Africa.
A dutch creole with african influences. How much more awesome can you get, honestly?
Lithuanian and latvian are the two last surviving baltic languages in the world. Yeah it's crazy. As a result, I think both lithuanian and it's brother in the north, latvian deserve to be added. It's less conservative than lithuanian as it has borrowed more loanwords and it honestly sounds like a mix between estonian and lithuanian. It would be cool of they added it!
First language before Hungarian.