Chipping in for mini-story translators

WinterShaker gb 영국

So, I have already been shamelessly taking advantage of the 'get 60 mini-stories translated and recorded and we'll get the language supported' offer by trying to cajole my friends into helping with Bulgarian, Hungarian, Hindi, but, at the risk of giving poor Zoran a heart attack, here's my proposal to the userbase:

Even if the LingQ staff understandably do not want to pay for translators for languages that are unlikely to get enough new subscribers to be worth the expense, if enough of us are willing to contribute to pay one or more translators for an obscure language that we might be interested in, and where it looks unlikely that anyone who speaks it would be willing to do it in exchange for free subscriptions, it hopefully wouldn't be that expensive for any one of us to contribute a share of those costs.

(Site admins, if this is not okay, please let me know and I'll delete the post).

I would potentially be willing to chip in for translators for:




Sakha (Yakut)

Scots Gaelic



at least one Dravidian language - not sure which one because I don't know which parts of South India I'll want to visit - leaning towards Kannada*

...and, what the heck, maybe also Klingon (despite Steve Kaufmann's vehement lack of interest, according to the online hangouts).

(I don't promise to learn all of these in my lifetime, but I'm more likely to if they're on LingQ)

Also, Finnish, which is on the site already - but it would still be useful to have the mini-stories, both in standard literary Finnish and in one of the more common spoken dialects.

Anyone else potentially interested in any of these, or want to make a sub-thread for other obscure languages?

[*Edit - yes, I am aware of the weirdness of calling these languages with many millions of speakers 'obscure', but hey, it's not my fault that you can't find much teaching material for them]

May 2019
  • emde33 pl 폴란드

    Yep, I could pay for Thai, if that was a reasonable amount

    May 2019
    • WinterShaker gb 영국

      I think they already have people working on Thai, though I'm not sure if that project has stalled.

      May 2019
      • Swedishfinnpolymath fi 핀란드

        I remember reading that Thai has something along the lines of 20 mini stories and that, lingq still needs 20-25 mini stories before launching.

        May 2019
        • davidrobinson gb 영국

          Id chip in for Thai and or Vietnamese

          May 2019
          • pjim gb 영국

            Yes I'll contribute to getting Thai done if it can be done for a reasonable cost and leads to the language getting promptly added to the app. We can start looking into it maybe?

            Need to find out how many words it would be so we can ascertain the cost of translation. We could probably find a translator at a reasonable cost through Fiverr, once we know how much there is to get done.

            Interested? I guess it's stories from 20-40 we need?

            May 2019
            • pjim gb 영국

              Ok assuming we needed 20 stories, they are approximately 400 words each , that's 8000 words. The cheapest translation I've found on fiverr for that amount of words is £66 GBP from an initial look . That translator is active too with lots of good feedback, price seems reasonable.

              Anyway.. just to give you an idea, thanks.

              May 2019
            • davidrobinson gb 영국

              Guessing nobody is interested enough in Thai, so we're gonna have to wait a while!

              June 02 at 12:13
  • levmyshkin us United States

    I would chip in for Catalan. I believe there was one guy working on some mini stories but he might have stalled out

    May 2019
  • nicholasjones1992 gb 영국

    Or LingQ could set up a crowdfund to get some languages up and running?

    I’d Personally love to see Swahili, Hindi and Serbian/Croatian.

    May 2019
  • Ryanaissance us United States

    I'd love to see this for Norwegian.

    Other languages I dabble in would be great too, and I may be interested in pooling resources for:

    Irish, Icelandic, Hindi/Urdu, Vietnamese, Georgian, Maltese, Amharic, Faroese, Romansh, or Hawaiian.

    May 2019
    • WinterShaker gb 영국

      Of those, I'm up for Hindi/Urdu and Georgian. There is already someone I know working on Hindi. Not sure how likely she is to get the full set done, or how likely she is to want to make use of the free X months subscrption; if she would prefer to receive some financial compensation for the work, maybe we and anyone else who's keen could offer to pool together. Anyone else for Hindi / Georgian?

      I should also say, I'll be at the Polyglot Gathering in a few days, so will be doing my best to try to talk about the mini-stories to native speakers of interesting languages that are not already on the site, so if I meet anyone fluent in those other ones, I'll try to see if they're interested.

      May 2019
  • Diotallevi de 독일

    I support the idea, but:

    Please no nerd languages!!(*) Fully implementing, hosting, and maintaining them would still cause costs we all would have to pay for. I would rather use the money on improving the system itself.

    I would very much like to see smaller languages here, even dialects, because LingQ's unique structure could allow it to become a sanctuary for languages on the brink of extinction.

    *I am not talking about artificial languages of general interest like Esperanto. These are very useful even if they are not as successful as they could be. But Klingon etc will never play a major role outside the scene they are coming from. Apart from the fact that you need Klingon anatomy to speak it like a native ;-)

    May 2019
    • WinterShaker gb 영국

      To be fair, Mark Okrand consciously devised it to be as unlike any existing human languages as he could while still being pronounceable by human actors - all of the sounds that it incorparates are sounds that exist in some human language, and the only ones that are really odd to an English speaker are the German-like 'H' (like German 'ch'), the Chinese-like 'S', the Hindi-like retroflex 'D', the Tlingit or Nahuatl-like 'tlh', the Arabic-like 'q' and the Georgian-like 'Q'.

      And ... okay, sure, it is a nerd language, but so too is Esperanto; it just happened to spark off a much larger community of nerds :-)

      May 2019
      • Diotallevi de 독일

        That's some interesting details about Klingon I didn't know about, thank you :-)

        But still... Esperanto ended up being a nerd language in a way, yes, but of course it wasn't intended that way.

        May 2019
        • dgc1970 ca 캐나다

          I dare you to call a Klingon a nerd. :)

          June 04 at 16:21
  • WinterShaker gb 영국

    As an update, I may have found someone who is willing to help with Breton, though busy enough that it might take a while. Still, it will be a surprising development if, of all the Celtic languages, that is the one that ends up being supported here first.

    June 11 at 14:32