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!
summer or winter depending on where you live on this beautiful planet.

Klingon update
As a pleasant surprise, we have heard from the Klingon team. Let us wish them good luck for speeding up their progress.

Hindi mislaunch
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) 8-Apr-2016

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) * 24-Jun-2016

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)

Progress Visualized:

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).

Luke_5.1991 fromTeam Norwegian wrote 2 weeks ago:


loghaD from Team Klingon wrote 18 hours ago and claimed this week's Star Update Award:

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.

nueby from Team Czech wrote 12 hours ago:

Week 39

817 words, 41%.

AndrsBrny from Team Hungarian wrote 7 hours ago:

Sunday update

Hello again,

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!

Summary (tl;dr)

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

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April 3, 2016


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:)

April 3, 2016

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).


April 3, 2016

An update from Team Hungarian! Wonderful!

I am so excited! :)

April 3, 2016

That Hungarian flag gif is oddly satisfying

April 6, 2016

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':

April 3, 2016

Yeah! Vietnamese next weekend! I won't make many other plans!

April 3, 2016

Do you know if there is a facebook group for duolingo vietnamese?

April 3, 2016

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

April 3, 2016

My question is, What will be the next language to be added on Duolingo? I'm so excited, man! :D

April 3, 2016

Finnish, hopefully!

April 3, 2016

2nd! Exciting times for agglutinative languages at duo :p

April 4, 2016

I have been dying to remember that word for a week. "Agglutinative"

Thank you so much! :)

April 5, 2016


April 5, 2016

Agreed and alfmf! ;)

April 3, 2016

alfalfmf! :-D

April 3, 2016

alfalfalfmf Let this time be real!

April 4, 2016

@Kevinguy14 "alfmf" is "a lingot for mentioning Finnish", "alfalfmf" is "a lingot for a lingot for mentioning Finnish", etc. :-)

April 4, 2016

I have seen people say that before, but could I ask what that stands for?

April 4, 2016

Well, I'm waiting for Asian languages, such as Bengali or Tamil, but Finnish doesn't sound bad at all, go Finnish go!

April 3, 2016

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...

April 3, 2016

Hebrew for English will soon be released in Beta! Great! Also, FIRST COMMENT! :)

Thanks to Duolingo! :D

April 3, 2016

Nope! you got beaten by a whisker :)

April 3, 2016

Darn it! Next time. :p

April 3, 2016

Does anyone know what the Norwegian one is?

April 3, 2016

Tree 2.0.

April 3, 2016

Thank you

April 3, 2016

You're welcome!

April 3, 2016

The date for the Vietnamese course is now April 8th 2016. Except that Great Job like always Jiten

April 3, 2016

Yes it is. I was hoping to review the dates before someone else takes notice :)

April 3, 2016

Wait, when was the Hindi mislaunch? How long did it last?

April 3, 2016

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).

April 3, 2016

[deactivated user]

    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.

    April 3, 2016

    It means that you have actually tried the course before it was in beta, something that alpha testers get to do. That's all!

    April 5, 2016

    I think it means you kept your access even though it is not in open beta-fase yet.

    April 4, 2016

    [deactivated user]

      Not for me.

      April 4, 2016

      Me neither. I got to level 3, and my account got banned for 2 days. :(

      April 4, 2016

      That's messed up. It's their fault not yours that the course was out early.

      April 5, 2016

      I certainly thought so, but I'm just happy I got my account back.

      April 5, 2016

      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!

      April 4, 2016

      Oh, I never get a very big streak, so I wasn't too disappointed.

      April 5, 2016

      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!

      April 3, 2016

      Vietnamese, Greek and Hebrew!! Woooowwww!! I wish I had more time!!

      April 4, 2016

      Congratulations everyone. Welcome back Hungarian and Klingon! :D

      April 4, 2016

      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.

      April 4, 2016

      This is not funny :(.... [img][/img]

      April 3, 2016

      I dunno, I thought it was funny.

      April 3, 2016

      It's summer on northern hemisphere. Things are cold in south. : )

      April 5, 2016

      We'll allow the southern hemisphere to have a great winter. :-)

      April 5, 2016

      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 :)

      April 5, 2016

      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

      April 5, 2016

      It's going to be a very nice spring with so many new courses. Now let's hope the Duolingo staff is not left behind and that they follow with improvements in the website.

      April 5, 2016
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