https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

Is anyone else watching the Russian course like a hawk?

I think I check it at least ten times a day, waiting for even the smallest jump up in the course progress. IT'S ONLY 1.7% AWAY FROM BEING DONE. I am way too excited.

December 14, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/t.en.ru.0

Hi guys, would you be surprised if I tell you that I'm answering you from the Russian interface? Let's see if I can post this comment.

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/t.en.ru.0

Yes, it worked!!!! This user can be used by any Russian mods to test the environment. We've translated everything which is important. The 1% left is Incubator related interface, and we're not translating it for a while. Now we need to fix some issues and do some testing before the course can be released.

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Larisa_L

Hi guys, I posted those comments above. You can see that this test user looks interesting :) Check his profile and add him as a friend.

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

Thanks for responding! How much testing do you think needs to be done before you will release it?

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Larisa_L

I'm not sure, it is not only our testing, duolingo developers are doing their things as well.

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vedun

I hope its rather a few days

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

Okay, so then we've still got a few weeks to wait I'm assuming.

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stecchetto

On a related note, noticed the rapid progress lately on Dutch? Wonder if it will be #2.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SD-77

I hope not :P I hope Hungarian will be #2 :)

December 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Larisa_L

It may not be even third, Turkish guys are progressing very quickly.

December 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ichilingo

Guys, guys, how about everybody gets a medal for trying?

December 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/erdemss80

I check it Every two hours!!

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vaskodagamo

i'm too. And can't wait anymore (

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lolaphilologist

YES.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sjrb

How do you see the exact percentage?

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vedun

If you are on firefox right click on the progress bar > the most bottom label > one of the divs or spans (labeled smth along the lines of 'course progress' if not displayed already

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

On Google Chrome click the three bars on the upper right hand corner of your browser, then click tools, then click developer tools, then click the magnifying glass on the bottom left of the developer panel, then click the loading bar between 'Phase 1' and 'Phase 2,' (make sure you're on the page of the course you want to check), then click the down arrow on the line on the panel that became highlighted. You should see a percentage. Hope this helped!

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vedun

What's up with that one percent? Why are they not finishing it?

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

I've been wondering this too; it must be something more than just a translation that's keeping them from releasing all this hard work they've done to the users.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sjrb

There may be a few difficult sentences that are taking longer, particularly since the interface is what they have left.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vedun

They've said they've translated all of the sentences. I rather think that they have translated everything, including the interface and that one percent is some organizational and implementational stuff for the Duo team to do, but this is only a speculation of mine. I'd very much appreciate to hear what the case actually is.

I really hope that the incubator present is not english for russian speakers, but rather more language directions.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kai_E.

The 1.7 percent is part of the Incubator interface that they haven't translated because it's of lower priority.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gorilla800lbs

kaiengle is right. The only outstanding translation deliverable is the Incubator interface, which is a secondary priority at the moment. We're busy testing the results of localization and reviewing the course itself.

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vedun

How'd you know that? Would a 'lower priority' be a reason to not translate it for like two days already?

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kai_E.

I think it can be dealt with after the beta is released so they're probably not worrying about it. :) I contribute to the Dutch course and we haven't done that part either. Other than that, I imagine what they're doing for now is ironing out the kinks, if there are any.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

They said before that they should have more language directions by the end of the year. Also, would english for russian speakers really count as a present since we knew it was coming? lol.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

No, that won't be it... If it is I'll be disappointed to be honest...

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EdwardChamourian

The present might be that they've secretly been working on Russian for English XD

December 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

That's such a tease lol.

December 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andro0

i think the last % has something to do with the duolingo side, not the contributors? could be wrong.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vedun

my thoughts exactly

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NickM98

Me too, even though I won't use it because I don't speak Russian, I wonder what happens when it reaches 100%

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gorilla800lbs

Wow, I had no notion people are still watching that progress bar with such a keen attention!! Maybe we should translate it all the way up to the end just in honor of those who're watching us! :)

Seriously, though, it's technically not possible right now. There is a handful problematic string resources that are waiting to be fixed by Duolingo. They won't let us reach the precise 100.00%.

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/M132T003C

I saw the percentage jump from 89% to 95% overnight between Sunday and Monday nearly a week ago now, and have been checking every few hours every day since. It’s been at 98% for nearly two days now, I can only assume we’re just waiting for a few difficult‐to‐translate interface strings.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

I believe it's being tested by the Duo team; they said they would always test it before having it released.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/inkybaba

I'm sorry, but I am new, where do you see upcoming courses?

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

incubator.duolingo.com The one that's nearly completed is English for Russian speakers, it will probably be at least a couple months before the Russian for English speakers course is released.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/javiersfz

Yeah me too even though it is nowhere close to be useful to me haha

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BritasticUK

Yup, I've been watching it too. Can't wait! Always exciting to see new ones added :)

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/t.en.ru.0

PuntoH was the firs one to add me as a friend. Thank you so much. It helped me find an old unfixed string :))

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/M132T003C

A lot of people posting here may not have realized that, the way the site is designed, Duolingo can probably teach a language quite well from the “reverse” direction. The only real difference is the words being taught in an order that makes sense in the language the course is designed to teach, which just means taking the course in the reverse direction has a slightly steeper learning curve. There’s also the fact that the occasional grammar explanations are nearly useless in the reverse direction, but some of us don’t get much use out of those anyway.

Personally, I intend to start using this course as soon as it’s released, then switch over once the Russian for English speakers course is eventually released. Based on some of other replies in this discussion, it looks to me like others have similar plans, even if others seem to disagree.

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/corpsy

There is no explanations for the course (french > english). And it works well, but you need Google sometimes (for the past tense, for exemple).

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nik2311

i check every day.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aglb100

A lot of people may not have realised but the course you are talking about is not a course in Russian, it's a course in English for Russian speakers.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cati.pt

I would go for Russian!!!!

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LimitlessT

Not really no. Doesn't really help me to learn English from Russian, since I speak English.

Happy for the Russians though.

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rubenveres

But the courses that you refer to are all for foreign speakers who are looking to learn English, not the opposite :-/

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pctrollbreath

:) This is an International site, so they are not "foreign" speakers, but native speakers of other languages.

I think it is great that so many people are wanting to learn English. I only wish I could speak a few of those languages so that I could help out. Nice to see a Romanian course being built as well. We are expecting to welcome a lot more Romanians into the UK next year, and it's good to see that a great resource is being built to help them with our language.

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rubenveres

I absolutely agree with your first sentence... I just haven't expressed myself well... and there is no doubt that opening the possibility to many communities around the world to learn English is blessed... I just wish that the incubator will produce more languages for those who speak English and would like to learn a second one, which doesn't seems to happen soon.. :-/

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

It will, it's just easier to start the incubator process this way while they still figure out all the problems. Although some of us might be very impatient (specifically me), the incubator has only been open for two months, and look how many courses are developing! Give it another year and I can't wait to see what Duo looks like.

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rubenveres

Hopefully! :-)

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cris_Grey

Yes, i am. For my friends' behalf... I learned Russian as a child and trying to revive the language now, just like I am doing with my Italian, French, German and Spanish... When will there be a Russian course for English speakers?

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MRMsys

You are way too excited for someone who already speaks English...

December 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

Well, apparently I'm not the only one, but also I've been trying to study Russian for almost a year on my own, and I've been having a lot of difficulties with it, but Duolingo is the perfect format for me to learn, so I'm going to use this course to try to improve what I already know before the Russian for English speakers course is released.

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ewcroft

Is this russian for english speakers?

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

No, it's English for Russian speakers, but I've been studying Russian for long enough to have the basics down and it's the best substitute I'll get until the reverse course comes out. Also I think a lot of people are just excited to see courses move into beta.

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EugeniaAT

I'm lost. I know there's an english course for russian natives on development, but is there also a russian course for english speakers? That would be awesome. I can't find neither of this courses in the incubator, it's driving me crazy!

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/corpsy

I'ts normal : only (something > english) is possible. Recently, they have added (spanish > french) and an another one.

We need to wait 2 weeks before the Incubator is totally released.

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EugeniaAT

Yes, I suppose it's very understandable. Still, I would love to see an english-russian course one day.

December 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DreadfulGlory

I am now that I know you can. I had no idea they had the trackers up. I can't wait.

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LukeHornblower

I'm sorry, I'm new but I speak Russian. Where do I follow the progress for new courses?

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EdwardChamourian

incubator.duolingo.com is where you can find the course progresses

UGH The suspense is killing me. My mom is from the Soviet Union (Armenia) and knows Russian. I told her about this because it would help her in both her Russian AND English. She was super excited but disappointed to hear it wasn't up yet. I have a few other friends I want to show this too as well! UGHHHH

December 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LukeHornblower

If they develop English for Russian speakers, does that mean it will be much faster to develop Russian for English speakers?

December 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EdwardChamourian

I don't know what's going on because their is no Russian for English queue on the site. But I cannot imagine that after having all the translations finished that it would be difficult to make a Russian for English course.

December 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gorilla800lbs

Please do pass regards to your mother -- I speak some Armenian.:) I hope one day Armenian language will be added to Duolingo.

December 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anneliessa

The Russian course is not visible in the incubator, where can I check the progress?

December 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kai_E.
December 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anneliessa

Oh, thank you!

December 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rozalind

WHAT?! This is the #1 language I care about! I'll have to finish German asap :)

December 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

> Is anyone else watching . . . ?

Well, I wasn't. Hadn't visited duolingo for weeks or maybe months.

It is GREAT to see that the English-for-Russian-Speakers course has entered beta test. Congratulations to all who have worked so hard to accomplish this. And thank you very much, too.

The one lesson I have tried worked flawlessly. I'll do my best to provide helpful suggestions as I go through the course, although my Russian is not strong enough to enable me to criticize the Russian.

Great stuff. Just in time for (Western) Christmas!

December 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adri.louw

Even just more frequent updates on where they are would help. But we don't hear anything for months on end?

October 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

I think it's worth pointing out I posted this discussion literally a year ago, which shows how much has been communitcated with the public. They're waiting on the text to speech program to work properly and have a little bit more work to do, but I think it's mostly on the developer's end and not on the contributors right now. Hopefully it comes out soon.

October 17, 2015
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