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Does anyone know when the Chinese Duolingo course will be available?
Chinese is so much more useful than japanese, I can't believe Japanese has more votes.
Portuguese is next in line and they are still developing it so I think Chinese will be a while...
Aaaand looks like people want Italian and Japanese first! You can vote here: http://www.facebook.com/questions/419654551412053
I think Chinese is a bit more difficult to develop because of the characters. I would do it the same way. I would go by language groups.
Why would it be hard? It's actually quite easy to type out the characters (called hanzi, actually). Besides, they would teach pinyin before hanzi. :)
actually, it is better to learn the characters first, because you don't walk around china seeing pinyin. The characters （汉字）should be learned in collaboration with the characters and meaning. You should learn them all at the same time (时候）.
Now Chinese is on no 2 ;)
Bloomberg's study of language usefulness is a helpful part of this conversation: http://media.bloomberg.com/bb/avfile/roQIgEa4jm3w
A study where a ranking is achieved by number of countries where the language is an official one. Some countries are more equal than others.
Chinese is very difficult to develop and to learn.
BUT Chinese is fantastic！！！
你的中文不错嘛。Your Chinese level is not bad
Russian is even more very difficult and fantastic and less strange (culturally)
I don't think they will give a release date. It is too complicated to do so. I am really looking forward to Chinese though. I failed first year German in uni (I still blame the teacher) and it has really helped my German.
@cyclone92 Useful is highly subjective, for a myriad of reasons. Yes, Mandarin Chinese has far more speakers than Japanese, but if someone learns a language only because of the amount of speakers it has then I pity them.
A lot of people, I would say, are interested in Japanese at least in part because of Japanese pop culture. It's popular with many people around the world. Anime, kawaii culture, manga, video games, karaoke, samurais, ninjas, hentai, J pop, etc. While Japanese pop culture may not be a driving factor for everyone who wants to learn Japanese, for many people it is and it helps a lot of people get interested in Japan and the Japanese language more.
But when there are a billion speakers, it is a top priority. Doesn't matter how interesting the language is. If you want interesting, try Icelandic.