Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from May 15th to May 22nd

Status quo
Not much has changed since last week. We still await the courses standing at 100% to start their beta phase.

Help spread the word
While team Duolingo is very much interested in the courses that are currently in the incubator, they would also (very much) like to improve the learnership, both in terms of the number of learners as well as the engagement of the learners. Please do your share in spreading the word! I know I might be preaching to the choir, but if there's something more that you can do, please do so!

p.s.: I have another travel coming up, but I hope to get back in time for the update next week!

PHASE 1 Progress: Total 23 courses

Guarani for Spanish - 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% (+0)

Greek for English - 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% (+0) 30-May-2016

Esperanto for Spanish - 99% | 100% | 100% | 100% (+0) 24-Jun-2016

Hungarian for English - 80% | 100% | 100% | 100% (+0) ^

Hebrew for English - 99% | 99% | 100% | 100% (+0) 10-Jun-2016

Spanish for Chinese - 100% | 99% | 99% | 99% (+0)

English for Thai  - 98% | 98% | 98% | 98% (+0)

Romanian for English - 84% | 85% | 86% | 88% (+2)

German for Italian - 84% | 85% | 86% | 87% (+1)

Spanish for Italian - 67% | 67% | 67% | 67% (+0)

Swedish for Russian - 64% | 64% | 64% | 64% (+0)

Portuguese for French - 60% | 60% | 60% | 61% (+1)

Italian for Portuguese - 48% | 50% | 51% | 51% (+0)

Swahili for English - 49% | 49% | 49% | 49% (+0) 1-Jul-2016 ^

Czech for English - 44% | 46% | 47% | 48% (+1) 17-Apr-2017 ^

French for Chinese - 10% | 46% | 47% | 47% (+0)

Russian for Turkish - 44% | 44% | 44% | 44% (+0) 31-Dec-2016

French for Turkish - 40% | 41% | 41% | 41% (+0)

Hindi for English - 26% | 26% | 27% | 27% (+0) 15-Aug-2016 ^

Klingon for English - 24% | 25% | 25% | 25% (+0) 1-Aug-2016

Korean for English - 11% | 10% | 11% | 11% (+0)

Indonesian for English - 7% | 7% | 7% | 10% (+3) *

Yiddish for English - 8% | 8% | 6% | 6% (+0) 7-Jul-2018

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

Mean - 0.38% | 1.17% | 0.22% | 0.35% (+0.13)
Median - 0% | 0% | 0% | 0% (+0)

* This week's Leader Extraordinaire!
^ The Hungarian, Hindi, Czech, & Swahili teams' progress is as per their own calculation

Progress Visualized:

Errata: The Czech progress should read 48% and the mean progrerss 0.35%.

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).

AndrsBrny from Team Hungarian wrote 21 hours ago (Star Update Award winner):

Some great news, and some not so great new

Hello everyone,

there are two pieces of very good news to report this week: first, we have two new team members who will support us from now on, which will be particularly helpful in the beta period! Second, our duolingo contact confirmed this week that we will get the same high-quality audio recordings for all of our remaining sentences.

So these things should make us all very happy! Is there a catch, you might ask — well, there is one. Our duolingo contact also said that they'd prefer for us to wait for the recordings to be done before they send us off into beta. So we're looking at "a few more weeks"...

These weeks will give us (including our new members) more time to improve the current state of the course so it'll be even better when you can finally try it out!

Summary (tl;dr)

There's some great news: we have two new members and all of our sentences will get a high-quality audio recording! Duolingo said, however, that they want us to wait for these recordings to be done before sending us into beta.

So, once again, thanks for your patience! We hope that you can focus on the good news!

nueby from Team Czech wrote 12 hours ago:

Week 46

960 words, 48%. Working on Modals 1. Did a major purge of the application backlog, so it should now be easier to keep up.


No major change since last week! We are still waiting for the courses that currently stand at 100%. Good progress on the Indonesian course this week!

Previous Update 8-May to 15-May

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2015: Dec, Nov, Oct, Sep, Aug, Jul, Jun, May, Apr, Mar, Feb, Jan
2014: Dec, Nov, Oct, Sep, Aug, Jul, Jun, May, Apr, Mar, Feb, Jan, 1st.

May 22, 2016


I just noticed downvoting! Perhaps folks are unhappy about the delay?! ;)

May 22, 2016

They should just shut up and be happy that you are doing this at all. Thanks so much for all your work.

May 22, 2016

Maybe those downvotes are actually upvotes from those users in the southern hemisphere .... ? Think posivitve ; )

May 23, 2016

I can't wait for Hungarian, Hebrew and Greek! Go! Go! Go!

May 22, 2016

Those are precisely the 3 that I keep checking almost every day, haha. Soon!! :)

May 22, 2016


May 22, 2016

Go Romanian! 2% is great progress!

May 22, 2016

2% ...that's enough! I've been waiting for it since August 2015, so long.... Go!

May 23, 2016

I've been waiting for it since October 2014 where it was at 8% and Polish 6%. Oh the memories ...

May 23, 2016

So many courses at 100%!

May 22, 2016

So many at 100%. I am dying to get started with Greek.

May 22, 2016

Grammar of other languages (Not in the incubator)

Basque(1)- Basque(2)- Bulgarian- Chinese(1)- Chinese(2)- Croatian- Finnish- Georgian- Greenlandic- Japanese- Latin- Lithuanian- Macedonian- Maltese- Nahuatl- Serbian(1)- Serbian(2)- Others - click to see the code Only the ones with Table of contents are added, please send me more courses if you find them :D

May 22, 2016
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Come on Guarani! I wish there were some news from this team...

May 22, 2016

I really love the Czech team's progress. They do it slowly, but surely. Go Czech team!!

Go Hungarian, Greek, Hebrew, and Guarani team!!!

(Duo, add Finnish now!!) =)

May 23, 2016

I want to see Latin eventually.

May 23, 2016

I've been waiting for Hungarian so long. When will it finally be in beta?

May 22, 2016
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Well, they said:

> So we're looking at "a few more weeks"...

So I guess June. Knowing Duolingo, it might be mid-June.

May 22, 2016

June 2017, that is, of course ;)

May 23, 2016

eh, still better than the previous status-quo...

May 23, 2016

Go Indonesian!

I can't wait for Guarani,Hungarian, Hebrew and Czech!

May 22, 2016

Greek <3 I'm going to Greece the 1st of June but I don't think I will be able to learn Greek on duo before that date

May 23, 2016
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Can't wait for Hungarian and Hebrew.

I also love how Romanian slowly and steadily progresses.

So, Hebrew, Hungarian and Greek all wait for audio. It might mean we'll get two or even three of those at the same time, but I guess Hungarian might arrive first.

May 22, 2016

Go Team Swahili! I'll wait 2 years if it's necessary, we know you're busy, but we also know you're making the best you can!

May 23, 2016

I noticed you put Czech at 47% even though it said that it is at 48%.

May 22, 2016

Oops, my bad. I had read it but did not record! Making the correction now...

May 22, 2016

how do you track the progress? do you do it manually or do you have some kind of automated script?

May 22, 2016

If you check on the Incubator, there will be a blue bar that shows the progress. Right click it then inspect element. It will show the percentage. :D

May 23, 2016

Something seems kind of off about the "Spread the word" comment you gave. Duolingo talks about the difficulties it is encountering regarding money, as more and more users use Duolingo, the more money it costs to keep things up and running. So shouldn't they be worried less about getting more people and more about getting some money out of existing users to SUPPORT more people? It seems like if we go through extra effort to get even more people -faster- it will only complicate Duolingos Situation faster.

Good PR is always nice, but if they really wanted more people. Duolingo is already incredibly popular. And most of the people that would use Duolingo will share it with their friends. The only way I can see to connect with more people is to be even more inclusive of language learners by adding more languages. Trying to reach more Spanish speakers seems kind of pointless when they ALREADY have pretty much dominated that market. But by going for a Filipino Course or Amharic course or something. Those are niches that few other competitors could compete in and would attract a large amount of new users who were looking for those resources. Maybe Filipino and Amharic are not the most exciting examples. But for Instance Chinese, the biggest language on earth. Is still unreleased.

May 23, 2016

If they can become profitable and expand the user base then they will be able to fund expansion into other areas. For example: the flash card app

Luis spoke of daily costs around 42K USD but he also was looking at generating hundreds of thousands of dollars per day in revenue.

Remember that they are a company (with investors) not a charity.

May 23, 2016

Amharic would excite me! :(

May 23, 2016

Yay for Greek, Swahili and Hindi but gutted we won't be seeing Czech till next year... :'(

May 23, 2016

The Korean team left an update yesterday, you might want to include that.

May 24, 2016

OMG, there are four new languages about to be released, that's exciting!

May 22, 2016

I also want to see more Duolingo new courses coming up, and especially want to courses other Eastern languages such as Japanese, Chinese or Arabic languages :) bring us to the world.

May 23, 2016

Adding to the "spread the word" it seems like the biggest incubator advancement could be the actual learning platform. I'm very curious and excited waiting for this huge change. I've been studying my languages for a couple of years, and I'm conversant in French on a very basic level, but not in any of my other languages. I think that people really want to be able to be conversant when they take on language learning.

Whatever is coming next is going to be a big breakthrough in teaching the whole of language acquisition, and getting that part going will smoke the competition. That, and some future emphasis on indigenous languages seems to be the main passion of the core team. It seems that changing the learning platform necessarily slows down the incubator for a time, but it seems very worth it :)

May 23, 2016

That image doesn't know show up.

EDIT: nevermind, thank you

May 22, 2016

Yes, it is still being constructed.

May 22, 2016

Oh boy, here we go! Three languages for English anytime now!

May 23, 2016

Nice display tho!

May 23, 2016
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