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https://www.duolingo.com/StuffieStephie

The Dutch-Eng course seems to be moving quickly!

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They already have a quarter of the words translated. And they only started like 2 weeks ago (or less!)

I wonder if the Germanic languages --> Eng courses (and vice-versa) will be done sooner than other courses because of their lingual similarities?

Anyway, just food for thought :D I'm as excited as ever!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Vedun
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For what it's worth, Ru-Eng course started less than a month ago (on october 23th) and they're almost 60% (58% currently).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lavinae
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As a moderator of this course, I do think that whenever our progress is compared to that of others, it is necessary to admit that it is easier for us to make progress. This is because the incubator easily accommodates the Dutch language. As a result, most of our course-building has been clear sailing. Whether or not this means we will finish our course quicker than (some) others, only time will tell ;)

It does seem like we have experienced less hiccups so far with building a course than some of the other languages. Reasons for this might be, f.i., because we do not require a different alphabet and because our verb system has similar tenses to English. ;)

As far as I know, indeed, by building the Dutch > English course we are simultaneously laying the ground for that course in the reverse, so English > Dutch. This means that, in a sense, the English to Dutch course is in the making as well. From what Luis has stated in a previous incubator update, reversing the course will immediately get you halfway (50% of the work will already have been done).

In any case, we'll also try to finish the course as soon as we can and thanks for keeping an eye on the updates! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StuffieStephie
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Thank you so much for commenting and thank you for your hard work! Awesome to hear you guys aren't having too much difficulty :D We'll definitely look for updates and towards the future of Duolingo. Keep up the fantastic work!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nortino

And where is that English to Dutch course? Some of us are waiting for it! :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JaneEmily

One of the staff members said a while back that when the Dutch > English course is finished, then it'll be easier to reverse it to English > Dutch, and that's when they'll get those courses. They have to do "Insert Language" > English first, before they can properly revert it so that native English speakers can learn those languages if I'm correct.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jennesy
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Yes! Waiting on the English to Dutch course, too! Hope that they can start working on it - and release it - soon!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IAmJon
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I think the whole lingual similarities English has with Dutch and German is overstated. I personally think that English has a lot more in common with French than any other language. I have been learning German on here and have found it much more difficult than French. Admittedly I don't know all that much about Dutch, but I think it is really similar to German.

A lot of European countries learn English very early at school, when they are really young. So they have great knowledge of English. I think that is the same in the Netherlands.

Anyway it is cool that there is a lot of progress being made with the Incubator!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheGandalf
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From what I understand, Dutch is kind of like German but easier. Afrikaans is like Dutch but even more like English. I think what you say about French is mostly about the vocabulary, and not so much the grammar. (Even though the grammar is not as hard as German)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hoevenp

As a native Dutch speaker, I doubt that. You should more compare it to let's say Portuguese and Spanish. Afrikaans has developed over the years on the basis of Dutch that was spoken a couple of hundred years ago, that's why it's similar to Dutch :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheGandalf
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I think I may have phrased it badly. I meant Afrikaans is like Dutch, and is more like English than German is.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seby-07
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Kan ik helpen ;-) ?

4 years ago