The Dutch course is nearing completion :)
Those of you who are incubator regulars couldnt have notiiced that the Dutch course is progressing rapidly, probably even more so than the Russian - they have progressed like 10% for the past two-three days alone? I don't know, but in any case it's super fast. :)
From the Russian course we know that localisation and final non-translation work takes about half a week, so it's very probable that we'll have the second user-made course by the first week of January (mind that everyone wants to rest around new year).
I hope the steady appearance of new courses will continue and the team will add more and more news courses to the incubator. What are your bets, which courses will get added next?
Not sure what the rest are up to today, but I almost see us finishing all words by the end of of the day =)
They said when the Russian-English is released that, since the sentences that they have to translate are more or less the same ones, it will take less time to do the reverse, so I think that, as soon as it is possible to do courses from English to other languages, both Russian and Dutch for English speakers might arrive soon.
Great job! I'm also a native Dutch speaker (from Belgium) so maybe I can help test it. I'm looking forward to the incubator opening up to the reversed courses (hopefully soon??). I'd be happy to help contribute to the English->Dutch course since my wife is learning Dutch and it could be a very useful tool for her.
I'll tell you this much is sure; if Dutch was introduced to the Incubator at the same time with Russian, it would be Dutch being released last week. :)
We were pretty proud of how fast we were moving through the course. But when the Dutch moderators came online, we were completely blown away by their capacity to perform work!
So for us plods that want English to Dutch, any idea how long the wait is, assuming that we get the "...for English speakers" option (which if we don't, I'll be quite annoyed) as one of our gifts? My girlfriend is Dutch see, and it kind of sucks not being able to speak to all those awesome people...
I'm not sure what the wait will be and we haven't heard anything about that yet. I guess we could see how long it takes for the English to Russian course to begin after the Russian to English course was released. However long that takes might be how long it'll be before we start on our reverse course.
You could always start with Dutch to English in the meanwhile, as soon as it's in beta, I mean. I'm doing the same with Russian to English. It's pretty hard, even though I had 4 years of Russian in school, but I like the challenge (and the practise). Also you're lucky that you have a native speaker at hand - don't you think she'd be willing help you?
I've been looking for the Dutch course, but I can't seem to find anything on the main site or in the incubator. Does anybody have an update on the status of the course? My wife and daughter have been looking for it. If you need help I'm more than happy to contribute. I've been in the US for about 14 years now but because of frequent visits and calls from my mom my Dutch language skills are still in perfect shape!
The Dutch -> English course has been available in beta for quite a while already. It is meant for people speaking Dutch that want to learn English. To access it you have to change your language in the settings (a bit cumbersome but they said they will improve that in the future).
There are also plans for the reverse course (English->Dutch) but for that they are waiting for a tool to facilitate building the "reverse" courses. The tool should be coming soon so I guess the English->Dutch course will also be available fairly soon as well (they will be able to reuse a lot of the first course).
In the meantime, your wife and daughter might be able to try the Dutch->English course, especially if they already know some basic Dutch. My Chinese wife is also doing that.