Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from March 27th to April 3rd
Waiting for Vietnamese
Folks, the wait is almost over. Vietnamese course launching in beta this week! And then there are others in the tow. Even as I have reported the Hungarian progress at 80% based on their last official number, they are much closer to the finish line as well.
The Greek course has already been at 100%. So have the Guarani, and Spanish for Chinese. The English for Thai is around the corner as well. All of this promises for a great summer for the Duolingoers!
Edit: summer or winter depending on where you live on this beautiful planet.
As a pleasant surprise, we have heard from the Klingon team. Let us wish them good luck for speeding up their progress.
There was a false trigger in Duoland and Hindi got launched to beta by accident. As one can expect, a few Duolingo users promptly kick started their learning and made progress to level 2. In doing so, they have claimed the 'alpha tester' status. The real launch is expected in August.
WIU on time
Happy to complete this week's Incubator Update post on time, after a long time.
PHASE 1 Progress: Total 24 courses
Vietnamese for English - 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% (+0)
Guarani for Spanish - 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% (+0)
Spanish for Chinese - 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% (+0)
Greek for English - 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% (+0) 5-May-2016
Hebrew for English - 97% | 98% | 99% | 99% (+0) 10-Jun-2016
English for Thai - 98% | 98% | 98% | 98% (+0)
Romanian for English - 82% | 85% | 85% | 85% (+0)
Esperanto for Spanish - 71% | 76% | 80% | 85% (+5) *
German for Italian - 82% | 82% | 82% | 83% (+1)
Hungarian for English - 80% | 80% | 80% | 80% (+0) ^
Spanish for Italian - 66% | 66% | 66% | 67% (+1)
Swedish for Russian - 62% | 62% | 63% | 63% (+0)
Portuguese for French - 59% | 59% | 60% | 60% (+0)
Swahili for English - 49% | 49% | 49% | 49% (+0) 1-Jul-2016 ^
Italian for Portuguese - 44% | 45% | 45% | 45% (+0)
Russian for Turkish - 43% | 43% | 43% | 43% (+0) 31-Dec-2016
Czech for English - 38% | 39% | 40% | 41% (+1) 17-Apr-2017 ^
French for Turkish - 39% | 39% | 39% | 40% (+1)
Hindi for English - 26% | 26% | 26% | 26% (+0) 15-Aug-2016 ^
Klingon for English - 21% | 21% | 21% | 22% (+1) 1-Aug-2016
Korean for English - 8% | 8% | 9% | 10% (+1)
French for Chinese - 9% | 9% | 9% | 9% (+0)
Yiddish for English - 8% | 8% | 8% | 8% (+0)
Indonesian for English - 1% | 5% | 6% | 6% (+0)
Course - 3 weeks ago | 2 weeks ago | a week ago | Now (Progress delta); Estimated Launch Date (provided by contributors) (Date delta)
Estimated Launch Date only when provided by the course contributors
* This week's Leader Extraordinaire!
^ The Hungarian, Hindi, Czech, & Swahili teams' progress is as per their own calculation
Mean - 0.46% | 0.63% | 0.41% | 0.46% (+0.05)
Median - 0% | 0% | 0% | 0% (+0)
Here's what the contributing teams have said during the last week:
(For Phase-1 and Phase-2 courses by default, and for Phase-3 courses per request).
matlhetlhqa'lI'! ("We're starting to make progress again!")
It's not a belated April Fool's joke: It's a status update from the Klingon Duolingo team!
As our followers will be aware, progress has been very slow for a very long time. In the beginning, the creation of this course was a rather chaotic process; we'd add a few skills with hundreds of sentences, only to discover that we were making the course much too difficult, or teaching concepts in a confusing order, or that the concepts we'd already introduced were not helpful for introducing further concepts down the line. Recently, we've made some important progress that we believe will allow us to get back on track.
First of all, there are now four of us on the team, rather than the two of us who were working as of the last update.
Secondly, we've made a list of all the vocabulary we plan to include in the course, and categorized all of the words. This will help us to group them together into manageable skills with interesting sentences to learn, as well as help us keep track of what we've already done.
Last but not least, we've written a syllabus for about the first half of this course. The syllabus contains 30 of the language's 36 verb suffixes, 21 of the 26 noun suffixes, and all of the verb prefixes (about 40, depending on how you count them). This means that the syllabus covers most of the language's basic grammar, so that the rest can be dedicated more to vocabulary and more complex expressions. It also contains about 700 words of the roughly 2000 that are planned for this course.
Over the next few weeks, we'll be busy as yatqapmey entering all of this new data into the incubator, and soon you should see us jumping back above the incubator average and staying there for a while. It is our hope that by the time we're done implementing this part of the course, we'll already have the next one planned out.
817 words, 41%.
excuse us for the lack of updates for a week, there was a bit of a mix-up and I off on update-holiday (though not on sentence-holiday). The second past tense skill is nearly done, going to be finished later today. You'll soon be able to easily distinguish készítettetek, készítettétek and készítettek from each other and show off your proficiency!
What's left after past tense is adding about 80 or so sentences, which, looking at our current pace should take about half a week. And then, we want to lock the tree. That means that there won't be any proper additions, just modifications, and that's a prerequisite for going into beta. For us, this will mean checking all the skill names, renaming one or two, and making sure there are no loose ends!
We've once again made good progress, this is what's left:
- conservatively, about a week's worth of sentences to do (the final ones!)
- locking the tree (for beta)
Thanks for your nice comments, your encouragements, and as always, your patience. We hope you'll be able to do start the course soon!
Several courses at 98% plus range. Vietnamese arriving on 8-Apr-2016!
Previous Update 20-Mar to 27-Mar
I have never seen so many courses at 100%, or very close to it. It's also great to see the Klingon course is back on track:) This is amazing!
I think these two gifs display my excitement effectively:)
The top gif looks about right for people watching the Klingon course ;).
I'm also looking forward to starting Hungarian in the next few weeks, and it'll not be long before I can start Esperanto for Spanish speakers, (to reinforce both languages).
There's quite a few courses very close to beta and it's so hard waiting for them! D': It's going to be even harder waiting for Finnish though, I do hope it's one of the courses added when the Incubator has some more space. Can't wait for Greek though, I'm very eager to start the course. c':
Thanks for the update!
I'm so excited about new courses going into beta soon! I can't even decide for which one I'm waiting the most... Now I can only hope I'll manage to finish my Dutch tree before Vietnamese is released. It makes me even more hopeful that with so many new releases we could possibly be seeing some new courses entering Incubator soon. (One can dream, right? :) )
Now I only need those 40 extra hours a day to learn all this... ;D
My question is, What will be the next language to be added on Duolingo? I'm so excited, man! :D
I have been dying to remember that word for a week. "Agglutinative"
Thank you so much! :)
@Kevinguy14 "alfmf" is "a lingot for mentioning Finnish", "alfalfmf" is "a lingot for a lingot for mentioning Finnish", etc. :-)
I have seen people say that before, but could I ask what that stands for?
Well, I'm waiting for Asian languages, such as Bengali or Tamil, but Finnish doesn't sound bad at all, go Finnish go!
GO TEAM VIETNAMESE! Can't wait to learn Vietnamese, finally! And on top of that, Klingon is now making progress again. ^_^ Hebrew is also very close to 100%, and so many others might be in beta soon...
Hebrew for English will soon be released in Beta! Great! Also, FIRST COMMENT! :)
Thanks to Duolingo! :D
The date for the Vietnamese course is now April 8th 2016. Except that Great Job like always Jiten
Yes it is. I was hoping to review the dates before someone else takes notice :)
It was a few days ago, it didn't last very long. The only reason I didn't click on it was because I knew it wasn't going to be officially released until Indian Independence Day (Aug 15th).
What exactly does it mean that those of us who started the Hindi course claimed "Alpha tester status"? I did start it, and get to level two, but then my flags got messed up again, and both Spanish and Hindi do not show right.
It means that you have actually tried the course before it was in beta, something that alpha testers get to do. That's all!
I think it means you kept your access even though it is not in open beta-fase yet.
Not for me.
That's messed up. It's their fault not yours that the course was out early.
That's sad! Hope you didn't lose a big streak! If that had happened to me (and I saw the course and tried to get into it) I'd be so put out you wouldn't see me back here!
I've been on Duolingo since August, and this is by far the most progressive set of courses in the incubator! I can't wait until these are all released, and can't wait to see what is next!
Excellent news! Looking forward to trying out Vietnamese. Greek is also a big priority for me to learn. But as a Star Trek fan, I want to study Klingon, even though it's not a particularly useful language.
Lingots for you guys to point that out! I fell for the northern-hemisphere convention trap!
In my defense, I haven't yet been south of equator in this life to get that in my head :)
I don't deserve lingots, I'm not the one who noticed, but thank you anyway! :-) Now, can you tell me what to do with them? :-D