Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from October 2nd to October 9th

Tagalog progress
Team Tagalog makes good progress this week. They have now been the leaders for the last three weeks!

Several team updates This week we have several updates from the course teams. The czech team has shared their tree.

PHASE 1 Progress: Total 23 courses

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

Portuguese for French - 98% | 98% | 100% | 99% (-1) 31-Dec-2016

Romanian for English - 99% | 99% | 99% | 99% (+0) 30-Oct-2016

English for Thai - 99% | 99% | 99% | 99% (+0)

German for Italian - 95% | 96% | 96% | 97% (+1)

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

Spanish for Italian - 70% | 70% | 70% | 70% (+0)

Swedish for Russian - 69% | 69% | 69% | 69% (+0)

Italian for Portuguese - 67% | 67% | 67% | 67% (+0) 25-Dec-2016

Czech for English - 63% | 64% | 65% | 67% (+2) 7-Jul-2017 ^

French for Chinese - 48% | 48% | 49% | 49% (+0)

Russian for Turkish - 46% | 46% | 46% | 46% (+0) 31-Dec-2016

French for Turkish - 44% | 44% | 45% | 45% (+0)

Klingon for English - 33% | 33% | 33% | 33% (+0) 31-Dec-2016

Indonesian for English - 27% | 27% | 28% | 29% (+1)

Korean for English - 26% | 27% | 28% | 29% (+1) 31-Dec-9999

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

English for Bengali - 16% | 19% | 20% | 22% (+2) 20-Feb-2017

English for Tamil - 19% | 19% | 19% | 19% (+0) 28-Feb-2017

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

English for Tagalog - 0% | 3% | 5% | 9% (+4) 24-Dec-2016 *

Spanish for Arabic - 0% | 2% | 3% | 4% (+1) 31-Dec-2017

English for Telugu - 0% | 0% | 0% | 0% (+0) 19-Oct-2016

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 - 0.30% | 0.43% | 0.48% | 0.48% (+0)
Median - 0% | 0% | 0% | 0% (+0)

* This week's Leader Extraordinaire!
^ The Hindi, Czech, Swahili & Spanish (for Arabic) 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).

Shady_Hazem from Team ES for AR wrote one week ago:

أهلا بالجميع و مرحبًا. في هذا الأسبوع كان الفريق منشغلاً للغاية لذلك كان من الصعب ان نعمل على الشجرة. رغم ذلك انجزنا لكن ليس بالكثير. لكن في الأسبوع 3 سنعمل أكثر بكثير على الشجرة عسى ألا يكون الفريق منشغلاً. لذا نراكم في الأسبوع المقبل.


:) الفريق الأسباني لمتحدثي اللغة العربية

nueby from Team Czech wrote 6 days ago:

Week 65

1312 words, 66%. As we near the 2/3 mark, I plan on posting another snapshot of the draft tree by the next update. We are now getting into what may be the hardest thing about Czech and other Slavic languages, the often illogical perfective/imperfective verb split (compared with which the Spanish imperfecto-pretérito tense distinction seems enjoyable to ponder). Only then can we take on the last missing tense, the future, and deal with the imperative. And as soon as we also add the last missing case, the dative, the home stretch will open up, devoid of major grammar items to tackle. The idea is to use it as an opportunity to practice what came before while expanding the vocabulary in theme-based skills.

nueby from Team Czech added 2 days ago:

Tree image as of 7 October 2016

Taloua from Team ES for AR wrote yesterday:

الأسبوع الثالث

مرحباً بالجميع. يُسعدنا إبلاغكم أننا أنهينا أزيد من سبع مهارات وبالتالي تجاوزنا أول نقطة إختبارية بعد ثلاثة أسابيع من العمل على المنهج آملين أن نكون قد عوضنا التراجع الذي حدث الأسبوع المنصرم. حالياً الفريق يعمل بجد من أجل إتاحة المنهج في أقرب وقت ممكن. كما أود أن أشير أن طريقة إشتغال الفريق على المنهج الإسباني مختلفة وأكثر سرعة، وسيلاحظ معظم المتعلمين بساطة التعلم على المنهج نظراً لإعتماده على أمثلة موجزة وفعالة. في الأخير نتمنى أن ينال المنهج إعجاب الجميع، نلقاكم الأسبوع المقبل إن شاء الله. حظاً موفقاً !

Taloua from Team ES for AR added yesterday:

3rd Week!

Hello all ! We would like to let you know that we have finished more than 7 skills which makes us pass the first checkpoint after three weeks of working. We hope that the regression of last week has been compensated. Currently, the team is working harder in order to make the course available as soon as possible. I also would like to inform you that the method we are working with is different and much faster, and most of you will notice how plain it is to learn on the course since there are less examples. Eventually, we hope that the course is going to be satisfying for all of you. See you next week & Good Luck!

Eradus from Team Korean wrote yesterday:

8 October 2016

721/2547 words, 89/100 word images

After reading the Weekend Update last week, what struck upon me was, as nueby mentioned, applicants were usually not reading the updates for this course or the reverse! Please read the updates as they contain crucial info in applying! Danke schoen!

jdfromdublin from Team Tagalog wrote yesterday:

Quick Update and a Preview

We are currently adding English to Tagalog translations that include "po", "ho", "ay" and contractions at the moment.

For instance:

English sentence:

  • They are resting and we are working.

Possible Tagalog translations:

Nagpapahinga [po/ho/] sila at nagtratrabaho [po/ho/] [kami/tayo].
-Sila [po/ho/] ay nagpapahinga [po/ho/] at [kami/tayo] [po/ho/] ay nagtratrabaho [po/ho/].
-Sila [po'y/ho'y] nagpapahinga [po/ho/] at [kami/tayo] [po'y/ho'y] nagtratrabaho [po/ho/].
-Sila'y nagpapahinga [po/ho/] at [kami'y/tayo'y] nagtratrabaho [po/ho/].
-Nagpapahinga [po/ho/] sila at nagtratrabaho [po/ho/] [kami/tayo].
-Nagpapahinga [po/ho/] sila at [kami/tayo] [po/ho/] ay nagtratrabaho [po/ho/].
-Nagpapahinga [po/ho/] sila at [kami/tayo] [po'y/ho'y] nagtratrabaho [po/ho/].
-and so on and so forth.

Considering all possible combinations of the above, all possible contractions and taking into account the flexibility of po and ho, there are 100+ Tagalog sentences that can be translated into " They are resting and we are working. " !

A sneak peek:

Ikaw ba'y bilingguwal? Mayroon ka bang karanasan sa pagtuturo ng mga wika? Ikaw ba ay dedikado at mahilig sa mga lengguwahe? Aktibo ka ba sa Duolingo? Kung oo ang sagot mo sa lahat ng mga tanong, ipadala mo ang iyong aplikasyon dito !

AndrsBrny from Team Hungarian wrote 10 hours ago:

Wintery update

Hello everyone,

we are really making good progress: since the last update, our error rate has gone down by another 3 points to 12.7! I don't have any new information on the audio issues yet, but I'll pass it on, once I get it.

There is not too much else to report from us right now, just that the course is getting better and better every week, thanks to all of your feedback and reports!

nueby from Team Czech added 5 hours ago:

Week 66

1333 words, 67%.

As promised, I posted another treeshot. This portion of the tree introduces the nominative, accusative, genitive, locative, and instrumental cases. The vocative is just touched on. The present tense of all five verb classes is shown. The past tense is introduced, mostly for imperfective verbs, with a few perfective ones thrown in (so we can later make the user experience both perfectivization and its opposite). The conditional is shown with a few closely related conjugated conjunctions for the past tense. My focus is now on taking verb aspect head on in Aspect 1. When possible, I am forcing the user to select the right aspect in "forms exercises", even though the aspect pairs are really two separate verbs. This will then also carry over to the Imperative skill. The big things left to do are the dative and the future tense.

Enough said.


Tagalog moves fast and remains the Leader Extraordinaire for three weeks in a row!
Overall progress again at 0.48%. Several team updates this week.

Previous Update 25-Sep to 2-Oct

Last updates from:
2016: Sep, Aug, 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.

October 10, 2016


Can't wait for Romanian...99% Go Romanian!

October 10, 2016

I nominate Team Czech for this week's update award.

October 10, 2016

Dang @Tagalog that's fast!

October 10, 2016

Haha thanks.

We're still a long way from completing the English for Tagalog speakers tree. There are so many ways of translating simple English sentences into Tagalog!

Here's something that people can check out while waiting for the "English for Tagalog speakers" course.

October 10, 2016

Now I'm really excited for Czech!

October 10, 2016

Wow, that last part of the Czech tree looks tough!

October 10, 2016

Why isn't Esperanto for Spanish speakers already available? The course has been finished at 100% for a long time.

October 10, 2016

Usually what happens with most courses when they are delaying, is the TTS.

October 10, 2016

Not really, TTS is (by essence) automatic: when a new exercise is added to a course with a target language having TTS, the audio version of the sentence is automatically generated in the hours following the creation of the sentence in the incubator.

But for courses with a target language not using TTS (like Esperanto, for example) there is indeed a delay after the tree completion (in the incub) due to the process of "adding" audio to the tree:

  1. time to chose 3000-4000 exercises then send the list to a third-party company
  2. time for the 3rd-party company to creates the 1 audio file per sentence then send it back to Duo
  3. time for staff to communicate the audio files to the team
  4. time for the volunteers to check each file 4bis. as long as there is bad audio for some exercises, sending those bad audios back to 3rd-party company then time for 3rd-party company to create a new (and better) version and send it back
  5. time for Duo staff to associate each file audio with each exercises and check everything's fine

That's at least what I was said when I spoke with the first teams for courses with TTS back when those first courses were approaching beta.

So it can take (a lot of) time.

EDITED: Deleted the first sentence

Yes, delay due to the process of "adding" TTS:

and replaced by

Not really, TTS is (by essence) automatic: [...]

[...] "adding" audio to the tree:


October 10, 2016

Our problem is not that process, we've been in point 5 for two months I think. The problem is that Duolingo is not adding more audios until they finish migrating the whole TTS/audio system to another server, which could finish now or next year, we don't know.

October 11, 2016

Thx for the info, good to know!

So EO<-ES is stucked in point 5. of that process. ;)

October 11, 2016

So that's what the hold up is, I thought that you were still waiting to hear back from the Esperanto Academy, or was that misinformation?

October 11, 2016

As far I remember, they're all done with that.

It's completely up to Duolingo to finish whatever they're doing at this point.

October 13, 2016

Wouldn't Esperanto for Spanish speakers be likely to use the same voice actor that Esperanto for English speaker did, though? Rather than TTS. (Not that it would make anything faster -- quite the opposite!)

October 10, 2016

Good catch! ;)

October 10, 2016

Yes, and my understanding is that they have. And the sentences have been recorded. The course team has done everything they can. It's now in the hands of the Duolingo staff.

October 14, 2016

English-Tagalog course contributors are doing really great !

October 10, 2016

Great work on the update, as always. Thanks.

Now I'm considering starting Russian just to do the Swedish for Russian course.

October 10, 2016

That is very tempting to do. I might do that at some point, especially if I started to grow fond of Russian. I'm fonder of Arabic but an Ar from En course isn't even in the incubator, so starting the Sv from Ar ladder would be more difficult.

October 10, 2016

Go Czech Team!

October 10, 2016

Good work everybody!

Can't wait for Czech!

October 10, 2016

What's this? Czech went up 2%? Are my eyes deceiving me?

October 11, 2016

Do not be alarmed. That is but an illusion caused by the interplay of two approximately weekly updates. Next week there may be someone complaining about how Czech is in complete standstill. :-)

October 11, 2016

You do not know how much I have been waiting for Esperanto for spanish speakers- my 2 favorite languages...... COME OUT SOON!!!!

October 12, 2016

ESPERANTO for Spanish speakers please Duolingo, I can't wait any longer!

October 12, 2016

We need Spanish - Esperanto like right now!

October 12, 2016
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