Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from August 30th to September 6th

One hatches, more to come!
The Spanish for German course has rolled into its beta phase. Congratulations to the course team and to the Duolingo staff! We still have five courses in the nineties. In most situations, the courses move to the beta phase when they are at 98% or above.

Thought for the week
Learn Spanish, this time from German!

PHASE 1 Progress: Total 25 courses

Spanish for German - 99% | 99% | 99% | BETA

German for French - 95% | 98% | 99% | 98% (-1)

Russian for English - 97% | 97% | 98% | 98% (+0)

German for Portuguese - 93% | 95% | 96% | 97% (+1)

German for Turkish - 87% | 89% | 90% | 91% (+1)

English for Thai  - 90% | 91% | 91% | 90% (-1)

French for Italian - 70% | 71% | 72% | 83% (+11) *

Hungarian for English - 80% | 80% | 80% | 80% (+0) ^

Spanish for Russian - 72% | 74% | 76% | 77% (+1)

German for Italian - 70% | 71% | 71% | 71% (+0)

Polish for English - 56% | 57% | 66% | 70% (+4)

Spanish for Italian - 62% | 62% | 62% | 62% (+0)

Vietnamese for English - 54% | 54% | 54% | 54% (+0)

Catalan for Spanish - 24% | 37% | 46% | 54% (+8)

Swedish for Russian - 50% | 50% | 52% | 52% (+0)

Hebrew for English - 41% | 43% | 45% | 50% (+5)

Romanian for English - 39% | 39% | 40% | 40% (+0)

Greek for English - 33% | 33% | 33% | 33% (+0)

Spanish for Chinese - 54% | 54% | 26% | 26% (+0)

Hindi for English - 18% | 18% | 20% | 20% (+0) ^

Portuguese for French - (New) 14% | 16% | 17% (+1)

Klingon for English - 15% | 15% | 16% | 16% (+0)

Italian for Portuguese - (New) 10% | 12% | 16% (+4)

Czech for English - 7% | 8% | 8% | 9% (+1) ^

Yiddish for English - 8% | 8% | 8% | 8% (+0)

French for Chinese - 40% | 40% | 5% | 5% (+0)

Mean - 1.21% | 2.04% | 1.42% | 1.4% (-0.02)
Median - 0% | 1% | 1% | 0% (-1)

* This week's Leader Extraordinaire!
^ The Hungarian, Hindi, & Czech teams' progress is as per their own calculation

Progress Visualized:

Errata: Spanish for German just started beta and should have been showing on the chart at the top...

Here's what the contributing teams have said during the last week:

SamanthaRuth from Team Danish wrote one week ago:

Long time no see!

Mojn venner! First off, we want to say sorry for not having written an update sooner, but things have been crazy with us contributors!

Secondly, we're excited to say that we've added two new contributors:
(1) Samantha: Hello all! I am an American graduate student in Scandinavian Studies. I teach first year Danish to American students here and am writing my master's thesis about Denmark, so I'm pretty excited about the language and country. I use duolingo to keep up and learn Spanish, French and Swedish (although, I have to admit, I've been slacking this summer!)
(2) My name is Mads, and I'm a native Danish speaker from Copenhagen. Like Samantha, I've been a part of the team since February. It's been an amazing six months! You might have seen me on the Danish forum, where I, like my five fantastic team members, try to help learners figure out the quirks of this neat language of ours. I've just started my gap year after graduating from high school in June. The next year (probably the next two) is the reason for which I'm learning languages, especially Spanish, which I have been learning for three years and completely fallen in love with. I will be using it for my trips to the US and South America, and I cannot wait! Much kærlighed and held og lykke to all of you in your quest to master Danish.

We also finally graduated from beta at the beginning of February, and since then we've been working hard addressing some of the glitches and mistakes, working on Danish language assignments and what not.

We're also super excited about all the feedback and all the followers we've gained! We'll keep working to make the course better.

God sommerferie!

Med venlig hilsen, The Danish Team

Apologies, Mads & Samatha, I accidently made that an even longer time no see!

nueby from Team Czech wrote 6 days ago:

Week 8

Officially 319 words. Let's say 9 percent done. But we are assembling a spreadsheet of the words in the course so far, and the count is 400 with a partial list. Maybe Duo uses a special method of counting? The spreadsheet should let us share work and speed it all up.

EdgarMarsc from Team DE<-PT wrote 3 days ago:

Quase lá =P /// À procura de contribuidores!



Primeiramente obrigado a todos pelo apoio durante a construção do curso. Estamos quase terminando, falta traduzir as frases das três últimas lições e escrever mais notas.

Ultimamente temos recebido várias mensagens de pessoas querendo ser contribuidores, porém na maioria das vezes faltam informações imprescindíveis! Como: Qualificação (Escolaridade, curso superior) e disponibilidade de tempo (quanto tempo por dia ou por semana estão disponíveis). Nós precisamos ter certeza de que a pessoa é qualificada, então por favor tenham como base 200 palavras. Caso você mude o nome de usuário ou e-mail mande uma nova candidatura. Na fase em que o curso atualmente se encontra estamos a procura de pessoas que nos ajudem a escrever as Notas, que são textos com explicações sobre a gramática da língua alemã que acompanham as lições. Se você é formado em Letras Alemão (ou Germanistik, para os alemães) é de você mesmo que precisamos!

Dentro das próximas semanas queremos convidar dois novos membros e então terminar o curso. Aguentem mais um pouquinho =P



Erstens vielen Dank an alle für die Unterstützung während des Aufbaus des Kurses. Wir sind fast fertig, wir müssen nur noch die drei letzten "Skills" und die Notizen fertigstellen.

In letzter Zeit haben wir mehrere Bewerbungen empfangen, aber häufig fehlen wichtige Informationen! Qualifikation (Bildung) und die Zeitverfügbarkeit (wie viel Zeit pro Tag oder pro Woche zur Verfügung stehen) sind Beispiele davon. Wir müssen sicher sein, dass die Person qualifiziert ist, deswegen möchten wir euch darum bitten, dass ihr wenigstens 200 Wörter schreibt. Wenn ihr euren Benutzernamen oder E-Mail ändert, bewirbt euch bitte erneut. Derzeit suchen wir Personen, die uns mit den Notizen helfen können. Notizen sind Texte, die wir selbst schreiben müssen, mit Erklärungen der deutschen Grammatik.

Innerhalb der nächsten Wochen laden wir zwei neue Mitglieder ein und dann legen wir die Beta-Phase los. Wartet nur noch ein bisschen mehr =P

DvirBartov from Team Hebrew wrote 3 days ago


שלום לכולם!

After a very active week and many decisions that were made, we have finally reached 50%.

So now, we've basically hit the "middle marker" but we've still got a long way ahead of us. This week we had a better progress than the last few weeks thanks to a wonderful contribution of many of our contributors!

Remember you can also join our Facebook group where you can ask questions about Hebrew, here.

Have a great weekend!

סוף שבוע נפלא! (Sof shavu'a nifla!)

Team Hebrew :D

Elladus from Team Korean wrote 3 days ago:

Course Update 15/09/03

Course Statistics:

Reports per 100 users: 5.10 (2015/8/22: ~4.14)

Total # of reports: ~0 (2015/8/22: ~1576)

Please send us your careful reports

2 days ago

Shady_arc from Team Russian wrote 2 days ago:

Should you try Ukrainian?

This is not an easy question to answer. A short answer is: I do not know. There are some good arguments both for taking the Ukrainian course and for not taking it.

But if you do, we compiled an overview of differences between language you will find. Feel free to consult our Russian learner's guide to the Ukrainian course!

Shady_arc's writing this update on the Russian course page provides the real context for the question posed above. The question is meant for those who are interested in the upcoming Russian course. For all those who are interested in the Ukrainian language - "Sure, yes you should try Ukrainian :)"

Elladus from Team Korean added 19 hours ago:

신고 가이드라인.

신고는 신중하게 하시길 바랍니다

신고 가이드라인.

  1. 신고는 똑같은 문제를 두 번 이상 옳은 답을 했을 떼 오답 처리가 되면 하시길 바랍니다.

  2. 답이 옳다고 생각해도 틀린 답일 수 있습니다. 영어를 배울 때 배우는 입장에서 생각하시길 바랍니다. (영어/한국어를 잘하시면 듀오링고를 사용을 하지는 않겠죠... ^^)

  3. 듀오링고는 100% 사용자가 생각하는 것을 알 수가 없습니다. 듀오링고는 인공지능을 갖춰서 저절로 한국어를 배워 구사하는 것이 아니라. 기계이기 때문에 입력에 대한 출력만 가능합니다. 참고로 듀오링고는 현재 답 3,000개만 수용할 수 있습니다. 한국어의 특성상 문장 하나를 수백 개의 다른 문장으로 표현할 수 있으므로 모든 정답을 허용하는 것이 몹시 어렵습니다. 어떤 경우에는 한 영어 문장에 3,000개가 넘는 한국어 문장이 정답이 되는 경우가 많습니다. 이 점을 이해하시길 바랍니다.

  4. 듀오링고 영어->한국어 과정은 이 과정이 졸업을 해야지 가능합니다. 이 점을 이해해주시고 신중하게 신고를 하시길 바립니다.

  5. For users using Korean to learn this course: I would personally not recommend for you to learn Korean through this course, as the Korean in this course is not that natural. Also, this course is not optimized for learning Korean, so are the hints. This is why that if you try to compose an answer using hints, they might not be always accepted (as they are unnatural or wrong). I request that learners also carefully report (and only report when you are sure it is right ^^).

Team Korean

Tamuna10 from Team FR<-IT wrote 19 hours ago:

È rimasto meno di 1/4!

Ciao ragazzi! :) Dobbiamo dirvi che ci è rimasto meno di 1/4 da fare prima che il corso esca in Beta! È una grande notizia! :)

And d.batta from Team FR<-IT added 19 hours ago:

Aurelia.alaia e Tamuna10

Abbiamo due nuove collaboratrici nella nostra squadra: diamo il benvenuto a aurelia.alaia e a Tamuna10, già collaboratrice del corso di italiano per francesi :)

jitengore from Team Hindi wrote just now:

Week 13: 20% complete, beta launch 10-Dec-2015

Time for travel to India :)

Hope I didn't miss any courses this week! :)

TL;DR The Spanish for German course has hatched. At least 3-4 more courses are almost getting there!

p.s. Thanks for restoring my email notifications! Once again I feel being loved by the community! As you can imagine, it had become really hard to receive no email notifications following the last few of my WIU posts :)

The next update is expected on Sunday, 13th of September at 6:00 pm UTC delayed due to travel.

Previous Update 23-Aug to 30-Aug

Last updates from the recent months: 2015: Aug, Jul, Jun, May, Apr, Mar, Feb, Jan.

September 6, 2015


OMG, Polish is really flying it! I am sooooooo excited :D Wooo! Go Team Polish :D

It also seems like Hindi might be an early Christmas present for us all :D

September 6, 2015

People with anxiety should not be following the incubator.

September 6, 2015

The polish team is doing a job that lots of people never thought that would be done !!!! And German for portuguese course is almost there....

<h1>Go Team Polish ! Go Team DE-PT ! =]</h1>
September 6, 2015

Team Hebrew's really going for it! It reached the halfway point already! 50%! That's excellent!!! I can't wait!!! ;D

<h1>GO TEAM HEBREW!!!!!</h1>

Who's with me?! :)

September 6, 2015


September 12, 2015


Seriously, I'm so excited for the course!

September 6, 2015

Thanks for the updates & congatulations on your 666 day streak!

September 6, 2015

Heheh … Devil! ;)

September 6, 2015

You got me working on that :)

September 6, 2015

Muhahaha! :D ;D

September 6, 2015

Not anymore though

September 6, 2015

Well, maybe he just leveled his streak up because he don't want us to think he is the DEVIL! :o

Just kidding ;D

September 6, 2015

Too bad we've lost Team Hungarian again. :( Would be nice to know how the regrouping is going .

September 6, 2015

I think it's still moving though. I have a userscript that shows percentages for the courses. Granted, they aren't accurate for Hungarian, but the number has moved every couple of days, so work is being done.

September 6, 2015

Which userscript?

September 6, 2015

Yeah it was nice while it lasted the second time

September 6, 2015

Thanks for all the updates! I'm still anxiously awaiting for the "Greek For English" course to come out. My best friend is Greek, my neighbors are Greek, I know a few more Greeks, and a lot of the seniors I used to work with are also first generation immigrants from Greece. Plus, I've actually been to Greece and hope to return some day.

September 6, 2015

Oh, I've been in Greece too, on a small Greek island, it was wonderful there! I too wish to get back :)

September 6, 2015

Totally agree! While I am waiting for Polish and Hindi, it is Greek what I am really anxious about. And is it possible to go to Greece once and not want to return some day? :)) I've been twice, sea kayaking.

September 7, 2015

Thanks jitengore and all the other helpful commentators and contributors! Exciting times....

September 6, 2015

I wonder what happened to the Vietnamese course. :/

September 6, 2015

We have been busy with personal matters recently. Should be get back on track in the beginning of October.

September 6, 2015

Thank you for clarifying up and good luck :)

September 6, 2015

Thank you! We'll be back soon!

September 7, 2015

All the best to you!

September 6, 2015

Thank you! We'll be back soon!

September 7, 2015

Thankfully they are waiting for the Hindi team to catch up. And the latter is admittedly moving too slowly :(

September 6, 2015

Hey jiten&co hurry up! ಠ_ಠ

September 6, 2015
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This is why that if you try to compose an answer using hints, they might not be always accepted (as they are unnatural or wrong). I request that learners also carefully report (and only report when you are sure it is right ^^).

So does this mean that people who use the English for Korean speakers course to learn Korean are one of the prime suspects for the reasons that the course cannot leave beta, and therefore they prevent the team from creating the actual Korean course?

Talk about irony.

September 7, 2015

Looks like a German for Arabic speakers course could be a useful addition to duolingo if some good volunteer course builders are able to commit to the effort. Arabic is the official language of Syria. I know there are a range of dialects in use but MSA is the standard dialect used in education so that might be the best one to use as the ‘from’ language.

September 7, 2015

666 days? Hell, it is cool! ))

September 6, 2015

Not so cool anymore :)

September 6, 2015

At least I saw it hahaha

September 6, 2015

Where did that come from?

September 6, 2015

Yours truly's yesterday's streak :D

September 6, 2015

Go Klingon! I'm rooting for you!

September 6, 2015

I hope I can practice Russian and learning Catalan on Duolingo before ending September :D

September 7, 2015

The German for French team posted an update yesterday:

They expect to be ready for Beta in around a week!

September 8, 2015

Yay! So excited!! Thanks for helping update us. :-)

September 8, 2015

Did any other Spanish learners find it weird but awesome to understand the Portuguese in this update?

September 6, 2015

This Portuguese learner finds it awesome.

September 6, 2015

I have been waiting for Russian for English forever! Ahhh! I'm like on Russian stalk and can't wait. I check the anticipated release date every day. And every day for the last month it's gotten pushed back just a little. Can't wait!! :D

September 9, 2015

Thanks for the update! I cannot see the image, though?

September 6, 2015

It will be uploaded soon :)

September 6, 2015

Two lingots for this! :o

I should write more explainations! :D

September 6, 2015

You should write more explanations when you actually give those lingots :)

September 6, 2015

Yeah, actually! ;D

But I think it's nice! :D

September 6, 2015

haha :D cool

September 6, 2015


September 6, 2015

When do we have Chinese for English?

September 7, 2015
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Spanish for Chinese Team !!! Go Go GO ! Fighting !

November 16, 2015
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