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Becoming a beta tester

Hi! I have a feeling that beta-courses are only available to non-native speakers of the target language.

But if they are available to all, I would love to check one out!

I think English-native speakers should be allowed to beta-test the courses for learning English because we can spot problems of grammar and idiom in the English-language content of each course.

For example, having completed my French to English tree, I have seen so many errors in the English content of that otherwise fantastic course. I have identified many of these in the web app and many more via screenshots of the mobile app. (Sorry, support@duolingo.com!)

My hypothesis is that most of these errors survived beta testing because the beta testers lacked enough knowledge of English.

So unleashing English native speakers on a beta course should help clean up the English content of those courses, which will be good for everyone.

4 years ago

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Pfiff
Pfiff
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Speakers of any language can beta-test any course. Just go to your settings http://www.duolingo.com/settings/account and select the course you want; all the ones released in beta are there.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

Thanks! Not sure what bent people out of shape so much that they clicked the down arrow on this topic. But I appreciate the link. It helped!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pfiff
Pfiff
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I don't know either. Here's a lingot to make up for it. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

That was very nice of you! Lingot for most decidedly untroll-like behavior.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gibbon_
gibbon_
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Let us build a circle of encouragement :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zsuzsi97194

NOPE. Doesn't work any more

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JanakiKris1

I am not able to open the stories

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/janaknauer

I know this is quite an old thread- did this change in the past three years? I can't seem to find where to start a course in beta.. would love to participate.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gibbon_
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I don't think they are marked as beta in the section where you select them... The beta courses are there just along the normal ones if I am not mistaken.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/janaknauer

Thanks for the reply. I've been looking at the Czech course, but I can only see it online and the only option is to "be notified when available"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gibbon_
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I guess someone else can answer that with more confidence, but as I remember there are several levels for a course where it is not available to everyone but just to contributors or people involved. Maybe get in touch with the contributors and ask them how to join?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tonychxp
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I'm waiting for it as well. I'd love to start it now!

1 year ago