Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from August 7th to August 16th

New English for Telugu course
New course targeted for learners from India - English for Telugu - has been added to the Duolingo Incubator. This is the 85th course on Duolingo, 23 of these are currently in pre-beta!

PHASE 1 Progress: Total 23 courses

Greek for English - 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% (+0) 20-Aug-2016

Esperanto for Spanish - 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% (+0) 31-Aug-2016

Romanian for English - 94% | 95% | 94% | 100% (+6) *

Guarani for Spanish - 100% | 100% | 100% | 99% (-1)

English for Thai - 98% | 98% | 98% | 99% (+1)

Portuguese for French - 96% | 96% | 96% | 96% (+0) 1-Oct-2016

German for Italian - 92% | 92% | 93% | 94% (+1)

Swahili for English - 70% | 70% | 70% | 70% (+0) 1-Dec-2016 ^

Spanish for Italian - 68% | 68% | 68% | 70% (+2)

Swedish for Russian - 66% | 67% | 68% | 68% (+0)

Italian for Portuguese - 56% | 57% | 58% | 60% (+2) 25-Dec-2016

Czech for English - 55% | 57% | 58% | 59% (+1) 7-Jul-2017 ^

French for Chinese - 47% | 47% | 48% | 48% (+0)

Russian for Turkish - 45% | 45% | 45% | 46% (+1) 31-Dec-2016

French for Turkish - 42% | 41% | 42% | 42% (+0)

Klingon for English - 27% | 28% | 28% | 29% (+1) 31-Dec-2016

Indonesian for English - 28% | 28% | 28% | 28% (+0)

Hindi for English - 28% | 28% | 28% | 28% (+0) 26-Jan-2017 ^

Korean for English - 18% | 19% | 20% | 21% (+1) 31-Dec-9999

English for Tamil - 15% | 15% | 15% | 16% (+1) 28-Feb-2017

English for Bengali - 7% | 8% | 9% | 11% (+2) 20-Feb-2017

Yiddish for English - 9% | 9% | 9% | 9% (+0) 7-Jul-2018

English for Telugu - (New) 0% (+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

Mean - 0.59% | 0.32% | 0.27% | 0.78% (+0.51)
Median - 0% | 0% | 0% | 0% (+0)

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

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).

JanisaChatte from Team FR for RU wrote one week ago:

Немного о нашем прогрессе

Всем привет!

Если вам кажется, что наш курс застрял в Бете, то не переживайте, мы его не забросили. Продолжаем исправлять ошибки и добавлять альтернативы к переводам. Сегодня к нам присоединилась AnastasiaGrem. Надеюсь, с её помощью, станем работать ещё быстрее! Также, собираемся наконец-то написать заметки к остальным навыкам. Зависит от того, как пойдёт, но, надеюсь, что довольно скоро закончим. Новых контрибьюторов мы искать пока не перестали. Сейчас особенно требуется кто-нибудь, кто готов помочь с написанием заметок. Если вас это интересует, то не стесняйтесь подать заявку в курс.

Что писать в заявке?

  1. Расскажите немного о себе (кто вы, откуда, чем интересуетесь….)

  2. О том, как хорошо вы владеете французским (не обязательно, чтобы он был ваш родной)

  3. Тоже самое о русском (желательно, чтобы этот язык был у вас родным)

  4. Сколько времени вы готовы уделить на работу над курсом

  5. Почему мы должны взять именно вас (чем вы отличаетесь от других, почему вы хотите стать членом команды)

Не забудьте убедиться, что в вашей заявке нет ошибок!!

À bientôt!

rohanshankar from Team Tamil wrote 1 week ago:

Looking for contributors பங்களிப்பாளர்கள் தேவை


  1. Good Tamil and English skills.
  2. Decent Duolingo experience.
  3. Ability to type in Tamil. (Download Azhagi+)

Please apply.


  1. நல்ல தமிழ் மற்றும் ஆங்கில திறன்
  2. மிதமான டுவொலிங்கொ அனுபவம்
  3. தமிழில் தட்டச்சு செய்ய இயலுமை (அழகி+-ஐ பதிவிறக்கம் (டவுன்லோடு) செய்து கொள்ளவும்)


nueby from Team Czech wrote one week ago:

Week 57

1161 words, 58%.

Eradus from Team Korean wrote 4 days ago:


Hello, Duolingoers!

Just a quick update for you guys. We have selected 2/3 Alpha Testers!

The first Alpha Tester is none other than galletarodeanda! Galleta is a course moderator for the ES↔DE courses. Please give her a big welcome to the team!

The second alpha tester is JanisaChatte! Janisa is a course moderator for the RU↔EN and RU↔FR courses. Please give her a big welcome as well!

This means we have one alpha tester spot left for grabs. The alpha tester can be YOU. Please apply @our duolingo Incubator page today!

P.S. Priority will be given to Incubator contributors and course moderators

dragostis from Team Romanian wrote 3 days ago:

We've reached 100%!

We have reached an important milestone: 100% completion, finishing everything at 2413 words. Now that this is done, we're focusing our energy on reviewing everything from head to toe, adding two bonus skills, and crafting the rest of the "Tips and notes".

Here are the volunteers who made this course possible:


Here's another round to former contributors Eradus, golden.age, oxq, MihaiVader, Romanesc, miikaela1, GeorgeComa1, Muselsa, MikeRowen, OGRadu, fantomitzah, davidvdb, and hemingwaylane.

nueby from Team Czech added 2 days ago:

Week 58

1180 words, 59%.

mizinamo from Team Klingon wrote yesterday:

Status update, 15 August 2016

We had originally planned to have the course ready by the beginning of August; however, this turned out to be over-optimistic.

The number of yatqapmey who are contributing and the amount of time they each have to dedicate to the course each week are a bit more modest than we perhaps hoped for.

So progress at the moment is a bit slow but fairly steady.

Eradus from Team Korean added 7 hours ago:

Mini Update to [8/12/2016]

Team Korean has selected its 3rd alpha tester Usagiboy7! Welcome Usagi!

BrandenRyan from Team Swahili wrote 15 hours ago:

Tangazo la Kumi na tatu

Mkono mmoja haulei mtoto

Course Update

We've had a lot of excitement with Alpha Tester applications, and we're very excited to introduce some of our new Alpha Testers for the Swahili course!

Kshuck2 - “I live in the Colorado mountains, where I run a symphony orchestra. I speak fluent German and Spanish from my exchange student days, so I was wanting to try a non-European language. I learned Swahili to a conversational level in preparation for a trip to East Africa in 2014, and now I'm hooked!”

Jjakmides - “I live in Columbus, Ohio, and work in the tax accounting department for Plante Moran. I speak Spanish and French and a little Turkish from various semesters abroad during school, and have found Duolingo very helpful for continued practice. I'm now trying to pick up Swahili largely thanks to my wife, who is originally from Nairobi, Kenya. I'm more or less a complete beginner, so I've really been looking forward to this Duo course and am happy to have the chance to help out.”

Alec737 - “I am a secondary school student from Ireland, and learning languages is my passion. I want to learn Swahili, because it is such a beautiful and interesting language, and it is unlike any language I have learned before.”

DragonPolyglot - “I'm a very adventurous and studious high school student from the U.S. who has always been somewhat interested in linguistics but never realized it until a few years ago, when I discovered that I actually adored the Spanish language. I'm interested in Swahili mostly because of it's long history as a language. I'm also interested in travel and culture, and Eastern Africa is on my list of places I would like to travel to at least once in my lifetime."

Brjaga - “I'm a programmer working on collection and annotation of linguistic corpora. I have no experience with Swahili (beyond exercises in Ling 101 and Intro to Morphology), but I've been learning a number of languages on Duolingo for a couple of years, and I'm happy to give back to the community that I've gotten so much out of. I'm also excited to be helping Duolingo broaden its linguistic palate outside of Europe!”

Cluthringer - “I'm a chemical engineer and nutritionist working in the international development sector to provide technical assistance to governments and industry in Africa and Asia to fortify their staple foods with nutrients. I recently started a project in East Africa and am excited to delight my counterparts with Swahili skills beyond the basics on my next trip. I'm fluent in Spanish but using Duo primarily to improve my French at the moment. I'm based in Pennsylvania.”

LoganWolverine - “I'm a CrossFit owner and coach up here in Juneau, Alaska. I am also in a Master's degree program for Elementary Education. In my spare time, I like to travel internationally and study the local languages. I've been traveling to East Africa every few years since 2010. I fell in love with East Africa and the beautiful Swahili language. I speak Spanish fairly well and have been playing around with Russian until Swahili starts. My fiancé and I have a charity in Nairobi for a local school and orphanage, the Agape Hope Center. I have a basic working knowledge of Swahili (like I can order food at a restaurant or pay for a bus/matatu) and the Nairobi slang language, Sheng.”

Onthehype25 - “I'm a guy with a passion for languages, and a passion for travel. I'm only fluenct in 2 languages (English and Spanish) and hoping to be fluent in another (French) using Duolingo. I've been on Duolingo for a couple months now, and one of the big aspects of Duolingo that drew me into the community was the list of languages. As I mentioned I love to travel, and when I go somewhere I like to converse with locals, so I thought, why not Swahili? Swahili is a lingua franca in a big chunk of Africa, and is spoken by about 130 million people. African culture is unique and beautiful, and the language certainly fits that category as well. I'm very excited to be alpha testing Swahili on Duolingo, the course creators have been working very hard and I'm excited for the courses' beta release!”

The Alpha Testers are working to not only learn Swahili themselves, but to test the course for its effectiveness and fluidity and to help find irregular translations and other issues. This update's Swahili proverb loosely translates as follows, ”It takes a village to raise a child.” Indeed, we're very happy to have the entire DuoLingo community helping us develop the course! The Alpha Testers are a great first-step towards making sure that the Swahili course is the best it can be.

We are currently still exploring how to do the audio recordings for the course, as well as planning for the resumption of edits in earnest towards the end of September. Until then, the Alpha Testers will be working to flush out the course's current issues and we'll be working on editing those!

Poleni kwa kusubiri kozi - itafika baada ya muda sio mrefu! - Sorry for the wait for the course - it'll come after a short while!



New English for Telugu course added!

Previous Update 31-Jul to 7-Aug

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2016: Jul, Jun, May, Apr, Mar, Feb, Jan
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.

August 17, 2016


Glad to see so much progress from Team Romanian! Hopefully the audio won't take too long to sort out (which seems to be the reason for lots of delays in pre-beta courses), I'd love to see the course out soon. And although the percentage for Guarani's gone down, at least it's a sign of life - do you think there's a chance of a 2016 release for the course? If so I'll have to start revising my Español!

August 17, 2016
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Exactly my thoughts! I'm so excited about Romanian! And also eager to try out Guarani. :-) I hope they both will be ready in a few weeks.

August 17, 2016

I just hope there is still an Earth when Korean is done

August 17, 2016

Don't worry, although the Antarctic Ice will be gone by then

August 17, 2016

Plot twist: only due to a pole shift! :O

August 17, 2016

Or continental drift.

August 17, 2016

Now they are entire one year behind their earlier prediction! :0

August 17, 2016

It surprises me everytime to see people excited about Romanian, maybe bc i always thought my mother language is not so popular and nobody would waste their time learning it. It makes me happy to see that people are waiting for the course. Hopefully, now that the Korean course has selected their alpha testers, things will start progressing a bit faster. I'm sad that we don't see much of the Japanese for English course.. I'm waiting for them to release some news about the progress

August 17, 2016
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I'm absolutely thrilled about the Romanian course! The language is so beautiful. Like all the Romance languages... Due to my experience with French, Spanish, Italian, and Catalan, I can roughly get the idea when I try to read something in Romanian. And I already did the reverse course on Duo and tried some other sources here and there, but I hope with the Duo course, my learning will be a little more structured.

But I'm like you when I think of my own native language (German). I was surprised to see that it is so popular on here. I know that a lot of people might find it useful to learn, or have to learn it in school, but it seems there are also a lot just learning it for fun or out of interest in culture/history.

August 17, 2016

Oh, Romanian will be lovely! No worries, there'll be plenty of interest :)

August 18, 2016

Hi Aotaki. I'm very excited to learn Romanian. No doubt it's one of the countries that i most want to know.

August 17, 2016

I'm actually becoming more interested in Swahili the more I read about it on here. I'll have to try it when the course comes out.

August 17, 2016

You're going to like it, it's not like the other tree set ups, and Swahili has a different structure than most languages on here. (It's agglutinative)

August 17, 2016

Yes... Swahili is quite a whole different world from many of the other languages already on Duolingo. It's very charming, and different in a good way. At least in my eyes.

August 17, 2016

FINALLY, movement in the Yiddish course, and 2%, nice!

August 17, 2016

Sorry, that was a typo. The 2% increase should have gone to the English for Bengali course. Corrected!

Yiddish still stands at 9%

August 17, 2016

Depressing :/

August 17, 2016

LMAO oy vey

August 17, 2016

Several things I have to say:

  • Quite a busy week! Thanks to everyone working to make Duolingo bigger and better for the world.

  • Big thanks to the Swahili team; so far they've been doing an overall fantastic job.

  • Who else is excited about Greek?

  • Czech is inching along...I like that they update regularly and are on schedule. Cheer them on!

  • Welcome English for Telugu!

  • I give an applause to all the other Swahili alpha testers and the three Korean alpha testers announced this week. They're all fantastic people who will contribute a lot in the making of these two courses. I'm happy to be part of the kind village helping to raise the child Swahili course, and I wish the Korean alpha testers a good time testing the Korean course.

  • Romanian took a big leap; can't wait to see their next big update (hopefully a date for Beta! Or better yet, Beta release!)

August 17, 2016

After years of despair, I can finally come back to Duolingo to learn Romanian.

August 18, 2016

What about Turkish for Arabic speakers?

August 18, 2016

That would honestly be a really good course for the current situation in the middle east.

August 20, 2016

can't! wait! for! Greek!

August 18, 2016

Wow another Indian language. Jiten, do you know if any others are forthcoming? I would like to see Gujurathi or Kannada. TYIA (thank you in advance, for the uninitiated -- lol)

August 17, 2016

English for Marathi speakers is next!!

August 17, 2016

Speculation... or do you have a link?

August 20, 2016

D/w I back up all my sources with actual links, I was just too lazy to do it there:

After India, it will be China. But we are first concentrating on India. They are very similar in terms of market size, but we're more interested in India right now. It's more accessible right now. We have millions of user in China, but the focus right now is India.

Right now, we teach English from Hindi. We want to add more languages — the top most spoken ones. Like Marathi, Bengali, Telugu, and Tamil are the ones that we are looking at. We should have them within this year.

August 20, 2016

Cool! Thanks a lot. Know anything aboit the addition of Native American languages? Luis said he wanted to add a few of them this year toi, in an interview with Tim Ferriss (February..?).

August 21, 2016

Native American languages are probably shelved for now, due to lack of commitment from the Whitehouse. They would have provided the publicity that would have made the exercise worthwhile to Duolingo.

August 21, 2016

Thanks! You are quite observant - I missed that when I read it!

August 21, 2016

There are rumors and hints that a course for Marathi speakers might be in the works soon, but other than that it can be anyone's guess.

August 17, 2016

Well done, Team Romanian! I am looking forward to the course. :)

August 19, 2016

It's been a busy week! Nice to see so much progress! I can't wait for the courses to come out in the next couple months! (PS, nice to see that you healed quickly!)

August 17, 2016

Thanks! :)

August 21, 2016
  • This week's Leader Extraordinaire! (None this week) ^ The Hindi, Czech, Swahili teams' progress is as per their own calculation

Romanian is though, I guess it's a typo.

August 17, 2016

Yes, I missed to remove that part. Unfortunately, it does apply for today's WIU!

August 21, 2016

Good to read a Klingon update after all those months, even if it was only a small one. I guess if they're progressing steadily, even if it is slowly, that's fine.

Go Team Swahili!

August 18, 2016

And they (Klingon) have even overtaken Indonesian, didn't see that coming :D.

August 19, 2016
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