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Klingon Course

This isn't exactly a course I'm dying to work with (despite being a Trekkie), but it would be nice to see some sort of progress since it's been approved and staring at me whenever I go and look in the Incubator. At some point, with 7 months since the last update on the course webpage, is it time to put the Course out of its misery?

2 years ago

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It is in fact making progress! According to the WIU, two weeks ago, there was a 1% increase in progress, which is a sign of life.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joshua.S.Taylor

A sign of life is better than nothing I suppose haha. I suppose my frustration then is just with having gone 7 months without any sort of update on the course page.

2 years ago

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For perspective, Klingon has been in the incubator (as of today) for 260 days (since 4-9-15).

Both Hungarian and Romanian have been in the incubator for 653 days (!) since 3-12-14. Greek and Yiddish for for 309 days, Vietnamese for 352 days, and Hebrew for 275 days.

Hungarian and Romanian both have had long periods without updates. Romanian now seems to be back on track and making progress. I'm not sure about Hungarian—the weekly incubator updates don't have much concrete info re: Hungarian. Numerous posts re: Hungarian have appeared in the past few weeks without shedding too much light.

The way the incubator works (with a small group doing the huge work of developing a course) it is impossible to predict how long it will take for a given course to come out, but you're right, it seems like Klingon got off to a fast start, then stalled.

Likely the Klingon developers were super excited and energetic, and boosted by the huge blast of publicity (the course was announced as "coming soon!" on a Facebook post that appeared on my timeline, and also talked about in numerous news articles).

However, after a few weeks, the realization sets in that developing a Duo course is A LOT of hard, tedious work, and real life sets in, and the developers find they have less time and enthusiasm. It's certainly a lot harder and less glamorous than many of us would imagine.

(I doubt that very many people have what it takes to produce a Duo language course, so kudos to all those who do!)

Also, no one really speaks Klingon as well as a natural language, so developing the Klingon course would naturally be a measure harder than it would be to develop a course in your native language, one that you've spoken all your life, used in school, at home, watched TV and movies in, listened to music in, fell in love in, etc.

Patience!

2 years ago