New Courses for English Speakers
I saw the incubator and it is amazing to me how many new courses are being added. Even though it is amazing, I was wondering when there will be more courses for English speakers. My friend showed me this website and I was really excited because I thought they might have Japanese (a language I have always wanted to know). I saw that there was an English course for Japanese speakers, but there are only a few language courses for English speakers. I have got started in a few of them, but none of them really can hold my attention for too long. So I was just wondering when there would be more courses for English speakers.
Why are there not more “Language X for speakers of English” courses? A lot of courses start with “English for speakers of Language X”, because the structure of the English trees already exists (something that needs to be established by the moderators of the Language X for English speakers courses first!), as do the sound files and other little bits. For a lot of languages it is also advantageous to start this way because the team is still working on the best way teach things like another alphabet. But the reverse courses will happen soon! Probably less than 2 months (my personal guess)!
When will the reverse courses come out? The reverse courses e.g., “Language X for speakers of English” will enter the incubator once the original course is out of beta. The reason being simply that a language team cannot work on two courses at the same time, and there is still a lot of work in beta.
Here is how you can help: If you are bilingual you can apply to the incubator: http://incubator.duolingo.com/apply. Write a short (not more than a few paragraphs – there is a character limit) statement that explains why you want to contribute in BOTH languages. If you are not bilingual yourself, but know people who are you can ask them to apply as well.
also: FAQ by Luis: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1627314