Duolingo is one of the best ways to get yourself started in a new language, not just because it’s free, but because there’s such a bountiful buffet of languages to choose from!
If you’re looking to learn a language from English then this is the article for you. English speakers have the biggest choice when it comes to languages on Duolingo — and the options are growing all the time!
In this article, we’ll go through every single Duolingo language. We’ll look at Duolingo’s fictional and beta languages, new languages coming in 2022, and we’ll also consider which courses are currently the best.
Let’s dive in!
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How many languages does Duolingo have?
Duolingo currently offers 43 different languages, 39 of which for English speakers.
Some of these are better supported than others, and this depends on the popularity of the language. As a general rule of thumb: the more learners a language has on Duolingo, the more content and features it will get.
Duolingo Languages List – All 39 Languages Ranked By Popularity
As of September 2022, Duolingo offers the following languages for English speakers:
- Spanish – 30.3m learners
- French – 18.3m learners
- Japanese – 12.9m learners
- Korean – 10.7m learners
- German – 10.6m learners
- Italian – 7.24m learners
- Hindi – 7.2m learners
- Chinese – 5.9m learners
- Russian – 5.15m learners
- Arabic – 3.96m learners
- Turkish – 2.96m learners
- Portuguese – 2.82m learners
- Dutch – 1.83m learners
- Vietnamese – 1.75m learners
- Greek – 1.47m learners
- Latin – 1.46m learners
- Swedish – 1.45m learners
- Polish – 1.39m learners
- Ukrainian – 1.32m learners
- Irish – 1.32m learners
- Norwegian – 1.13m learners
- Hebrew – 962k learners
- Indonesian – 770k learners
- Danish – 645k learners
- Finnish – 628k learners
- Hawaiian – 605k learners
- Romanian – 595k learners
- High Valyrian – 566k learners
- Czech – 549k learners
- Welsh – 523k learners
- Scottish Gaelic – 443k learners
- Swahili – 433k learners
- Hungarian (beta) – 408k learners
- Haitian Creole (beta) – 354k learners [NEW for 2022!]
- Klingon (beta) – 307k learners
- Yiddish (beta) – 301k learners
- Esperanto – 299k learners
- Navajo (beta) – 291k learners
- Zulu (beta) – 32.1k learners [NEW for 2022!]
Duolingo offers English courses in 25 different languages, with another 3 currently in the ‘Hatching‘ phase of development (Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu).
Duolingo also offers Catalan and Guarani for Spanish speakers, as well as Cantonese for Mandarin Chinese speakers.
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Duolingo fictional languages
You’ll notice that a couple of Duolingo’s languages aren’t exactly ‘real-world’ lingos. These are High Valyrian and Klingon, taken from Game of Thrones and Star Trek respectively.
As you might expect, these aren’t as in-depth as some of the other courses and aren’t as well-supported. But if you’re a fan of either of these franchises, they’re definitely worth exploring!
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Duolingo beta languages
You’ll also notice that some of the languages are labelled as ‘beta’ languages. This means they are still in development, but are available to use.
The Duolingo courses that are currently in beta are Hungarian, Haitian Creole, Klingon, Yiddish, Navajo, and Zulu.
With a beta course, bugs and teething issues are to be expected as the guys at Duolingo apply the finishing touches.
What are the best Duolingo courses?
In terms of support, the best Duolingo courses are currently French and Spanish for IOS users. These are the two most popular languages on Duolingo and, as such, receive the most updates and all the latest features.
After French and Spanish, the next best courses, in my opinion, are German, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese, as these are the only other courses that have stories.
New Duolingo languages for 2022 and beyond
So far, Duolingo have launched two new languages in 2022: Haitian Creole, which they released in February, and Zulu, which they dropped in August.
Prior to Duolingo closing the Incubator, Māori and Tamil were in the early stages of development. Māori had been due to launch on February 21, 2021, and Luis von Ahn announced at Duocon 2021 that it would be one of Duolingo’s next 5 languages.
However, like Tamil, there is currently no indication that either will launch any time soon.
Tagalog is one of Duolingo’s most requested languages.
And given that it’s thought to be spoken by roughly 82 million people, it’s easy to see why!
However, despite von Ahn stating that Tagalog will be one of Duolingo’s next languages, Duolingo doesn’t currently teach Tagalog.
As of September 2022, Tagalog is only available as a base language for those who want to learn English.
Which language will you learn?
Duolingo offers an amazing choice of languages.
But which ones take your fancy? And which language should Duolingo add next?
Be sure to let me know in the comments!