Want to help with getting Elvish on Duolingo?

Discussion in 'The Languages of Middle-earth' started by lotrfox, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. lotrfox

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    I realize that Sindarin or Quenya on Duolingo would probably end in a disaster, mainly since neither is quite completed and most likely never will. However, I find it shocking (and frankly, kind of insulting) that Klingon AND High Valyrian are both on Duolingo, yet the best languages - Sindarin and Quenya - are not. And so, even though I only know about four phrases in Sindarin, I am going to try to get at least one of these up on the site. Again, I know most would say this job is futile and/or a mistake. But still. I want to try. So would anyone want, or care, to help? :)
     
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    How do you add languages? They're HQ is based in my city so I could swing on down and knock on the door lol ;)
     
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    Q or S being on duolingo sounds very intriguing. There are some doubters who say it's not possible for Q or S to be in any tangible form on duolingo (https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24074665/Elvish-Quenya-and-Sindarin-on-Duolingo-an-explanation), but I think our knowledge of at least Quenya has progressed a lot since the first Helge Fauskanger's course. Just this year there emerged a new textbook, called Atanquesta, by Tamas Ferencz, which is available somewhere here on this forum. This book afaik compiles all the newest insights from the latest PE journals and I think it's very cool.

    Problem is with the actual process of putting it all into duolingo. With High Valyrian, they had the creator of the language helping them a lot. There would however be no absolute authority on Quenya because I believe that every fan and learner has got their own way of using the language. Not a different way of using the grammar itself of course, but for example different word order, different way of expressing constructions that are not attested, the different rules for personal pronouns (the whole mmë/lmë/lvë/ngwë shenanigan of 1st person plural and dual) and the horrendously inconsistent system of past tenses (should it be formed based on transitivity/intransitivity? Should the past tense of caita- be caitanë or cëante?...).

    If there is however any way I'd be able to help at all, I'd be glad to.
     
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