New languages for English speakers?
There are now quite a few "English for ... speakers" courses in beta and the incubator, but when are we likely to see some new "... for English speakers" courses being developed? I see that "German for Russian speakers" is now in development, so does that mean courses for the original languages are going to be made first?
The main reason I ask is that I'm itching for a "Polish for English speakers"course (as well as an Esperanto course).
Will there come a time in the near future when there will be a huge number of courses in development shown, rather than just a few at a time? Or will there always have to be a "team" in place and organised before development can occur? Is there a general plan for which languages will get developed first?
All new language courses are now being created in the Duolingo Language Incubator at http://incubator.duolingo.com/ . These courses are being created by volunteers who are fluent in two or more languages (if you want a new course and know someone who is fluent in that language and your language, ask them to apply to contribute at http://incubator.duolingo.com/ ). Courses which are being worked on will appear on the Incubator website but we do not know which courses are going to have work started on them.
Note that every language pair will eventually have the 'reverse course' built. So, for example, learning English from Korean in the incubator means that learning Korean from English will eventually be created. It is only a matter of time before there are many courses in development. Russian for English speakers will probably built soon. DL plan to build the reverse courses and then do the English to X language courses.
For general questions about Duolingo take a look at the Duolingo Guide series - http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1278938 - which has been written by Duolingo users, in particular the New User FAQ - http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1426103 - which is not just for new users! You can also use the search box in the forum for specific questions. Happy Duolingoing! :)
Hi FakeShark, you can probably expect more courses for English speakers in the next few months, but the Duolingo team hasn't given us a specific time frame.
If you're feeling adventurous, you can go to the Learning Languages section of your profile and select the reverse of the course you want, but be warned it is very difficult if you don't have prior experience with the language.
Also check out the "New User FAQ" (http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1426103), it talks more in depth about adding new languages at section 4
If you have any more questions, try the "A Guide to Duolingo Guides" series (http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1278938). It covers most aspects related to the use of the site.
I found this via one of the links you posted: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1377701
Luis says "Our strategy for adding courses has been to first do the ones to learn English from other popular languages, and once those are done and ironed out, start letting the same moderators work on the opposite direction. So, expect courses for learning Russian, Dutch, Turkish and Hungarian from English to be started in a few weeks."
So, I guess that probably means that once the courses are out of/nearly out of beta then the reverse course will begin. Hopefully just a few weeks more then :D