Now you can use Duolingo to learn Zulu.
Global (25 November 2022) – The world’s favourite language-learning App has added Zulu and we cannot wait to share one of South Africa’s official languages with the world.
Duolingo was founded in 2011 by Luis von Ahn and Severin Hacker. The Duolingo app launched in 2012 and has since become the most popular way to learn a language and one of the most downloaded education apps in the world.
There are over 1.2 billion people learning a language and the majority are doing so to gain access to better opportunities. Unfortunately, learning a language is expensive and inaccessible to most. The team created Duolingo so that everyone could have a chance.
Free language education – no hidden fees, no premium content, just free.
“We believe that anyone can learn a language with Duolingo. Our free, bite-size lessons feel more like a game than a textbook, and that’s by design: Learning is easier when you’re having fun. But Duolingo isn’t just a game. It’s based on a methodology proven to foster long-term retention and a curriculum aligned to an international standard. Let’s explore how language learning happens with Duolingo!”
Duolingo offers over 100 total courses across over 40 distinct languages but only two South African languages feature… Zulu and Xhosa (which will be launching soon).
Zulu—which is called isiZulu in Zulu itself—is spoken by approximately 12 million people, primarily in South Africa and was added to the App in August this year. Zulu joined Swahili as Duolingo’s second Bantu language – a group of languages within the Niger-Congo language family. It’s one of the world’s major language families. While English’s language group, called *Germanic*, includes a few dozen languages, Bantu has several hundred and Bantu languages are spoken by around 350 million people in many countries of sub-Saharan Africa!
And now you can use the App to learn Zulu too!