https://www.duolingo.com/J-Steven

Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from Feb 9 to Feb 16

Week six of your Incubator Update! We will continue to use the more popular 1% increment format but have now made a change to communicate new languages that are introduced more effectively. When a new language is introduced you will now see something like "New: 38%", using a colon instead of a bar, to avoid confusion, with the bar now used exclusively to separate week to week progress (thanks to user Morgengrauen for the suggestion!).

And finally, the reverse language courses have an advantage in that much of the work that went into creating the original translations are already in place which means it makes it easier for those courses to be made, therefore you will see much of the progress completed by the time they are introduced.

PHASE 1 PROGRESS:

English for Japanese - 75% | 84% | 86% (+2)

German for Russian - 60% | 66% | 75% (+9)

Spanish for French - 55% | 69% | 71% (+2)

Spanish for Portuguese - New: 71%

English for Chinese - 55% | 54% | 57% (+3)

French for German - New: 40% | 47% | 56% (+9)

English for Indonesian - 45% | 44% | 46% (+2)

German for Spanish - New: 38% | 46% (+8)

English for Hindi - 5% | 18% | 28% (+10)

English for Korean - 10% | 15% | 23% (+8)

English for Arabic - New: 5% | 11% | 15% (+4)

PHASE 1 LANGUAGE UPDATES:

jitengore from Team Hindi says:

Week 3: (28 % complete) Past the quarter mark! नमस्ते, डुओलिंगो के प्रेमियों! We are very pleased to announce that we have just passed the quarter mark towards getting our ‘English from Hindi’ course to Phase 2 Beta. So far, we have completed over 20% of words, over 34% of localization strings and 100% of word images. We have become quite accustomed to Google’s Hindi Input tool which has made writing in Devanagari on a QWERTY keyboard a breeze. The projected date for completion of Phase 1 is being shown as Apr 15th. For folks in the US, this is the day when individual tax returns are due. (Since it is not a great idea to have two projects due at the same time :) we will be working to advance our date). We have already got the ball rolling on the team augmentation process and we should be having two contributors joining us during early part of the week beginning Feb 17th. We are very pleased with your interest expressed on our new Hindi course page. Your support and interest is our single most significant motivating factor among all other factors. If, I can slip in a personal trivia, I am quite pleased to have maintained a 100 day streak since I joined your community in October, 2013. So, keep working at your tree, and newer trees! In a matter of few weeks, we will be presenting “our” tree to you!

Thank you jitengore for always keeping us up to date! You seem to have a habit of posting weekly updates on the progress of your team!

PHASE 2 PROGRESS:

This will compare the number of users in a given language in beta with the previous week.

French for Spanish - 71,600 | 134,000 | 173,000

English for Hungarian - 65,000 | 114,000 | 139,000

English for Russian - 38,000 | 85,400 | 105,000

English for Dutch - 11,600 | 36,000 | 50,200

English for Turkish - 12,200 | 28,600 | 44,100

English for Polish - 16,400 | 23,000 | 27,400

Portuguese for Spanish - 14,100 | 21,300 | 26,300

English for Romanian - New: 577 | 1,190

SUMMARY

I'm noticing a trend in more and more new courses that are being introduced are reverse courses, while at a slower pace introducing brand new courses (arabic, hindi, korean). This means we can potentially get much more courses into beta faster (because the reverse courses take less time), but a steady stream of new language courses. What language would you prefer to see next in the incubator?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/sabisteb
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On my Whislist to learn before i die

Polish for German/English

Latin for German/English

Old Greek and new Greek for German/English

Japanese for German/English

Russian for German/English

Old Egyptian for German/English

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jotanulo

And what about Dutch for English speakers? Is there any hope?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CourtneyMR

I'm most excited for Dutch to come out as an option! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nicofiesta
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Spanish for French !! I can't wait !

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hckoenig
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I would love to see Polish, through English or German.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jeddkara5
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For Phase 2 (Beta) courses, what is the data needed to determine that a reverse course can be started? If there is such data, do you report out on it?

For example, I would love to see the Hungarian and Polish courses go into "reverse" mode, but do they need a certain number of enrolled students, or do they need a low rate of mistakes/bugs in the Beta course? Or both?

What language would I prefer to see next in the incubator? How about Gaelic? Just thinking out loud.

This is an excellent website/program for learning languages. The Duolingo team does an excellent job of communicating and educating!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Hnossa_
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I would also love to see Gaelic/Gaeilge/Irish added in the incubator! The way Irish is taught needs to be dragged into the modern area; Duolingo could really help this language be fun to learn!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshtonHynes
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Gaelic would be amazing!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sball88

Scottish Gaelic too!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesB84
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I would love to see a Ukrainian from English course soon, but I would settle for a reverse Russian course. (Russian from English).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
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Yesterday, I made a chart from your weekly updates that you posted so far. But I got lost browsing imgur for hours instead of uploading it. I expected it to look fancier, but I think now that the main work is done I can keep it up to date very easily. If it just would look nicer. Any tips?

my awesome chart

full pic: http://i.imgur.com/BoUodkx.png

album with single languages (how many weeks does it take a language to incubate): http://imgur.com/gallery/hbTSb

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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Brilliant, two lingots for you! I would suggest reducing the number of colors. Assign appropriate color for each language. The lines could be a two color strips based on the colors for the language pair. That would make the legend to be just a list of languages and easier to read!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
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Thank you! I made it with a Google spreadsheet. Just found out that I can indeed assign a custom color to every language, but nothing as fancy as two colors at once. These are all language pairs in the incubator right now, so there's a lot going on. Without using a graphic editor I can't add flags or so to the legend.

Just started to make charts for single languages, date-agnostic, only based on the number of weeks they would take for development.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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Morgengrauen, I took the liberty of sharing your work on the incubator and it has been well liked :) Now to suggest a hack for getting two stripes... In your data create two sets (% + delta) and (% - delta) rather than one (%) for each language pair. The two together will create two lines, one above the other. Play with the value of delta and the line widths. Nope, I don't have the start dates. Suggest checking with J-Steven who might have more data.

EDIT: Another thing, please consider using internationally neutral date format such as "16-Feb"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J-Steven

This is very good, I can see collaborating to integrate visual data such as these to better track and communicate progress of various languages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
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uploaded the single languages into this album: http://imgur.com/a/hbTSb

edit: I took only languages (for the single charts) where I knew when they started. Do you know more start dates?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

Woohoo! It's update time :) Thanks Steve!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/koolkat3000
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Hi! First of all let me say that I look forward to your updates every week and I don't know what I would do without them. Thank you for putting the time and effort in. I was wondering if you couldn't show the increase in how many people have joined the beta courses, like you do for the percentage in phase ones. So English for Romanian would read: English for Romanian - New: 577 | 1,190 (+613). Thank you for the updates I can't wait to see what this week brings us!

Edit: And I would love to see the the reverse of English for Chinese in the incubator. I have family and step-family there and I want to be able to communicate. For fun though I'd like to see Arabic, Gaelic or Russian for English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J-Steven

That's a great idea, I will do something like that in the next update. Thank you for the suggestion +1 Lingot!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pnolan1986

Irish! ...for english speakers :-p

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlmogL
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Oh yes please Irish!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FakeShark
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Polish for English speakers! Czech for Polish speakers somewhere down the line would be nice too. Also, Esperanto for English speakers. That course will be a lot of fun to go through!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pollen_catcher

ภาษาไทย (Thai) for English!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/richardliantonio

Hebrew!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jun-Dai
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Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada, because they're so hard to find decent materials for otherwise (despite being so widely spoken). Also, Indonesian, Arabic, Hungarian, Korean, Albanian, Scots Gaelic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Javanese, and Thai, please :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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Jun-Dai. I too would like to see many Indian as well as international languages aboard Duolingo in the coming times.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
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Ha man, I was updating the forum all the time today ^^

Next week I'll have hopefully learned you post at 7pm my time :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/patbo
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I want Irish!

And Czech and/or Swedish I would like as well.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sej
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I'd love to be able to pick up my Russian again - had it in school, remember too little to do any kind of intermediate/advanced course, but too much to sign up to a complete beginner's class - which is why I'm desperately waiting for it to be available on duolingo!! So Russian for English (or German) speakers please :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZeTook
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Me too - I would love to learn Russian too. It would require Cyrillic letters introduction course though, but it may be a good starting point for other Slavic languages courses regardless.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

Exactly what Duolingo did for my French. :) Bon chance!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LiRz
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There are no new courses for English speakers for quite a while now, which is disappointing. When will Russian for English speakers come out?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CalvinQuick
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Seconded!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/David_Mis

We need a Bengali course! It is the seventh most spoken language in the world, but there is almost ZERO quality Bengali lessons for English speakers on the web. Plus, since there are so many speakers but relatively little Bengali content on the web (the Bengali Wikipedia has less than 100,000 articles), Duolingo could really make a difference in it's goal of translating the internet for free.

I hope we see a Bengali course started soon!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nathandad20

simplified chinese for english

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arya.Stark

English for Vietnamese! Lots of Vietnamese students who could benefit from this. I am wondering if the progress for Asian languages will be different? The big pitfalls of things like Rosetta Stone and Livemocha are that they don't treat Non-Indo-European languages as different beasts.

For example, in Japanese counting objects is much different than learning the names of numbers. You can't learn 1-10 and then start counting random objects, you need to learn the counter for each object and the corresponding pronunciation changes. But RS and LM treat it exactly the same and expect you to be able to translate "1 2 3...1 dog 2 women 3 plates" to "ichi, ni, san, ippiki inu, futari onna, sammai osara" without introducing how you should actually go about doing it. It's crazy, unhelpful, and frustrating as heck. Korean is also difficult, as you need to choose whether to use the Korean or Sino-Korean number, to then use the correct counter, and remember that the words for numbers 1-4 and 20 change when using counters. See? Just teaching number words doesn't cut it like it does in, say French. Very different from counting in most European languages, you need to approach it differently. I hope that DL factors issues like this into the incubator, but I'm not sure exactly how it functions.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jsprwstr
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Look at the Hindi folks go!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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Jsprwstr, thanks for the cheer :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElOtroMiqui
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Here, have some lingots because of your epicness :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DutchDuoL
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Love the updates, thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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J-Steven, Thanks for your timely updates. You play a big role in improving the level of engagement in the community.

धन्यवाद शुक्रिया gracias merci ありがとう and thank you!

Edit: hiragana corrected thanks to expert help :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/squiggy.fl

Psst. It's ありがとう. You missed the extra u.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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Thanks squiggly.fl, I corrected it. I really need that Japanese course. I am also eager to see the Mandarin one among several others.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Hi jitengore, I just wanted to check something: in the quote from you in J-Steven's message, it says Hindi from English. But it's from Hindi to English you are currently working on, right?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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Sorry, I had gotten ahead of myself :-) Thanks annika_a, I have corrected the weekly Hindi update page. The reverse course (Hindi from English) should commence work after the 'English from Hindi' is out of beta. J-Steven, any chance you can correct my error shown at the top?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CecilieO.

I'm allready looking forward to it!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J-Steven

Done!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Thanks for your reply! :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tarekkhelif
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Can you keep track of the number of learners for the 'graduated from beta' courses as well? Might be interesting.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrealphus
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I was once told that Urdu and Hindi are practically the same language but with different alphabets. Will they still be different courses?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

I hope so. :) Hundreds of millions of people only know Urdu in the Urdu script (based in Arabic and Farsi/Persian). Also a lot of "advanced" or "high" Urdu uses Farsi and Arabic- origin terms that I understand are not found in Hindi. As I understand, Hindi likewise has words that it takes from Sanskrit.

And these are two languages, truly, not mere dialects of one tongue.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrealphus
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This was a wonderful answer! Thank you! So I'm guessing that Urdu will be easier for me since I'm familiarizing myself with Farsi already?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hckoenig
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Like Farsi, Urdu uses the Arabic writing system. And a lot of the higher lexicon is from Farsi, like the French vocabulary in English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

Kudos for studying Farsi and lots of luck with both. Not knowing any Farsi as such, I can't be certain. But the logic is sound to me. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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Yes, Hindi has had a good amount of influence from Urdu, and as tariqnisarahmed wrote, Urdu is not written using Devanagari. Originally coming from Sanskrit, Hindi has adopted many Urdu words and some of the Devanagari alphabets have been modified to create some of the syllable sounds from Urdu using the nukta (a dot near the bottom). For example जरा jaraa and ज़रा zaraa (from urdu) both meaning "little". Same thing with फ and फ़. In our course we are considering using the form most widely used (we use the nukta whenever its use is common). Would love to hear if anyone would like to express their thoughts on this.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrealphus
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I'd like to know how many people who apply actually get to join your guys' project. I know that my friend Aamir applied to help with an Urdu course. And thanks for the information!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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Urdu would have to be an entirely separate course and perhaps you could pose the question to the staff. Per my knowledge, Duolingo starts a course on incubator with two moderators and after certain point two contributors get added. If more number of native bilinguals have heard about and learned at Duolingo, the number of applicants would be large for a given language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrealphus
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Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

Fantastic reply (as always). I learned a bit about Hindi. :) Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

Did the Hindi Nukta come from Urdu? If so, you might be interested in knowing that the nukta comes from Arabic: نقطة

When Arabic was limited to the Arabian peninsula and Palestine (ashSham), it was a much simpler writing system. Letters were recognized by context. Teaching was almost entirely oral, so the script remained relatively simple.

But with Islam, Arabic spread far beyond its confines and became the de facto and de jure tongue of an empire. Not only religious texts, but every manner of commerce and administration of that empire needed a clearly understood writing system. So all that pressure led to written diacriticals accents and dots (nuktas) to differentiate similarly written letters and sounds.

I mention that because the nukta differentiated letters in Arabic, and it sounds like it increased the range of letters in Hindi. Interesting, huh?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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From a puritanical POV, the nukta or the bottom dot has been part of only two Devanagri alphabets ड/ड़ (da as in dug) and ढ/ढ़ (adha has no English equivalent sound, the 'dha' in dharma is another sound). With the influence of Urdu, it has been added to several more alphabets.

Thanks for the info on Arabic, it sounds like nukta is the easiest way to signify slight change in the pronunciation while keeping almost the same imprint of the alphabet character and has been widely used.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jun-Dai
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I've heard/read that they are different registers of the same language, but have diverged significantly over recent decades. Regardless, they'd have to be taught as separate languages if for no other reason that that they use completely different writing systems, and many modern words would be quite different.

Along these lines, however, I'm curious if Malaysian and Indonesian would be taught as separate languages. It seems unlikely that we'll see "British English" or "Quebec French" or pt-PT any time soon as separate programs, but as this site evolves it'll be interesting how these sorts of decisions get made.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarquiseDeBat
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I am looking towards russian from english, maybe I would try polish from english. Of languages not included yet, I would love to see course of english for czech (as there are a lot of people who would appreciate it). And then ton of others from english (or czech, but... lets go back to the earth :D) swedish, latin, hungarian...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abdrmn

Czech for English speakers!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Timiren
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I would like to show Duolingo to so many people! I can imagine that English for Czech would help some of my friends a lot.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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I want Latin !!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KCachike
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Yes, I didn't even think of that but I think it would be great if Duolingo would revive the "dead" language. Plus it would be nice if I could go to a Latin mass without having to read the translation! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jsprwstr
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On that note, I'd really like Sanskrit. :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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While Sanskrit is widely heard in vedic chants and shokas in today's India, you are right - it is not a people's language of the modern world. However, here are two exceptions to the rule from two Indian states of Madhya Pradesh (News clip) and Karnataka (amateur video), showing today's living Sanskrit! Each are roughly two minutes long YouTube videos.

Here are two viewpoints on Sanskrit: Indian and Western, each are hour long videos, view at your leisure. The latter goes back in history ~5000 years ago and among other things, attributes the origin of the word 'pregnant' to Sanskrit. Be forewarned: These speakers might express views that could be sensitive to someone who is religious. I am sharing them not as any endorsement, but solely because they provide good history of the Sanskrit language.

Yes, I would like to see Sanskrit on Duolingo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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Sanskrit is absolutely not a dead language, it's still around, and not solely as a liturgical language. According to the census of India there were about 14 000 who speak sanskrit and there seems to be several villages which speaks in the sacral tongue. According to the wikipediapage for sanskrit is Sanskrit on of the constitutional languages of India, as well as the second official languge of Uttarakhand, there are several modern authors who writes in the language, the Sahitya Akademi has since 1967 an award for the best creative work written in sanskrit, and there seems to exist over 90 weeklies or quarterlies that publishes in Sanskrit, and even a daily newspaper - Sudharma in Mysore - which has done so since 1970, Vartman Patram and Vishwasya Vrittantam in Gujarat is new to the game. Besides this there are daily news broadcast on state-run All India Radio, also on the internet, as well on TV.

It's just Duolingo we wait for:)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melaninja
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I really would like to see Korean for English speakers, anybody with me?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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ME. I discovered Korean dramas last Sunday (Secret Garden), and now I'm just driving myself nuts figuring out hangul and pronunciation and enjoying myself famously.

I just... have no idea how to say a single word. XD

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melaninja
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That's cool, I've been doing Tae Kwon Do for 13 years so they taught us a lot of Korean terminology, but I'd love to learn the whole language. :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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Oh, wait, then I take that back. XD I forgot I also took Tae Kwon Do for 7 years. I know 시축 (or however you spell that—sijuk I believe would be the romanization) 쭘비 (same here. No idea how to actually spell it, but joombee was the romanization (or jumbi)) And then things I picked up from above Korean dramas. XD

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melaninja
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Aha! Yes "shijuk" means begin and "joombee" is ready motion. My grandmaster's wife said she and her family would let my family stay in Korea for a visit, so that would a wonderful experience with the bonus of speaking the language! I'll check out that drama Secret Garden you are talking about :).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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Oh, that sounds amazing! You can find it on Netflix Instant Watch, and I believe on dramafever also. :) Let me know how you like it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
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Somebody posted this video recently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AS-t9T3Bt-4 So, with an alphabet as logical as that, learning should be comfortable!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melaninja
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That is a wonderful video, thanks for sharing!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshtonHynes
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I'm yet to watch Secret Garden, but I'm ADDICTED to Lie to Me on Netflix! (: I've wanted to learn Korean forever, but I don't think I could do it any other way than through Duolingo

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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You're more patient than I am. XD I used http://www.learnkorean.com/lesson/lesson1.asp , http://www.learnkorean.com/lesson/lesson2.asp , http://www.learnkoreanlanguage.com/learn-korean-beginners.html (lesson 1 and 2) to get the Hangeul down. I also created a table on my computer containing the romanization, the hangeul sign, the pronunciation, and the irregularities.

I also created an irregularities cheatsheet for the purpose. Then, obsessively listening to the OST, I'm trying to follow along on the Hangeul. There's also Talk To Me in Korean.

However, Korean is definitely not on the "Learning Now" list (that's French and Spanish), so I backed off a bit the past few days. I figure the three days I couldn't budge from the alphabet works well enough for me that I'll be able to hang on a little more before the English > Korean comes out.

... I can't WAIT.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

Lots of people are.:) I want to learn Korean more than any other language in the world. It's too bad that the English for Korean speakers course just recently lost a contributor though, so now there is only one, Jihyun.:( She needs help guys!

http://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/en/ko/status

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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Oh no! Otokeyo?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshtonHynes
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SO with you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anhonime
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Dutch/Norwegian/Swedish/Danish for English speakers would be awesome

their grammar isn't that complicated (especially the Scandinavian languages) and they're closely related to English, so they would be probably pretty easy and fun to learn (I don't know why, but I love how they sound, especially Norwegian and Dutch)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wolf_of_Salbura
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I would love to see Swedish and Dutch for English speakers!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nextphaze

I would love to contribute to a Dutch course for English speakers!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Timmer2
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I would also LOVE to see Swedish for English speakers. I'm learning it already using other methods and it would be mycket bra to have it on here!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jenn362790
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Seconded. A Scandinavian language for English speakers would be really neat.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J-Steven

I'm looking forward to Swedish myself! Everyone I know that's traveled to a nordic country has some great things to say about architectural design, education, and overall lifestyle.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marcocaramori
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Swedish. I wanna watch all of Ingmar Bergman films without subtitles.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

I agree on this one.:) I once acted in a stage production of a Bergman film. And had never seen the film at the time!! Heavy plots, but I'd be lost without subtitles.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/guysnake

I suggest that Norwegian should be focused first. From everything I have read, it seems to be the most mutually intelligible with Swedish and Danish out of all three (Norwegians understand and are understood better by Swedes and Danes than the other languages by Norwegians and Danes or Norwegians and Swedes if that makes any sense).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mirifis
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Swedish and danish !

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshtonHynes
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Now, I'm no expert, but in my (very limited) experience with Dutch, it seems to me that words in Dutch are more lexically similar to English than those in German? Dutch is one of the languages I'm most excited to learn through duolingo!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ckyle8
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My compliments to all the Phase 1 teams. All the courses made progress this week. My highest compliments, though, to the Spanish for Portuguese team. 71% in a week? I know the languages are similar, but that's unbelievable!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SanjaH
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I would love to see Czech for English Speakers. seeing this along the line would totally make my day! I have been looking to find a good course for a while now,a nd practically given up to learn it on my own with a du-like incentive...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PeterBizjak

Thank you for another great report J-Steven and jitengore.

A bit unrelated, since the post is called Incubator Update: It would be also interesting to see which phase 3 languages are getting new learners fastest. For example, it looks like English for Spanish speakers will soon become more popular than Spanish for English, at least according to the nice new language selection page (https://www.duolingo.com/courses/all). This, considering where speakers of Spanish and English mostly come from, is an important threshold for Duolingo on it's way from a brilliant concept to a truly universal platform for learning languages regardless of the student's budget (which is also becoming a more predominant theme in prof. Vohn Ahn's later interviews).

Another of my data junkie fantasies is some kind of a team-up between J-Steven and yonoleo who made this beautiful chart of all the languages currently on Duolingo. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1738584

(I might check into rehab tomorrow.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J-Steven

Interesting idea rukunus! My goal with the incubator update is to deliver you the most amount of information, but because I also value your time, I try to make it as brief as possible. If however, this idea of adding Phrase 3 language progress gains momentum in popularity, I may add this for future updates. As far as partnerships go, I am open to all ideas!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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I actually like the addition of Phase 3 progress. The title of your update might have to become "Incubator and beyond!". Or else a separate simultaneous update on Phase 3. I have been looking for the weekly progress data on Phase 3 for some time (without luck) and I am sure that will open up some great insights!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/georgepepper

Russian from English please!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seelian
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Hey, I noticed the male contributor for Korean course is gone, what happen actually?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshtonHynes
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I would be really excited if we ever added Greenlandic!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/btaylor79
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I love these updates. Thanks! I'd love to see Russian for English speakers.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

I can't wait until Arabic and Russian comes out for English speakers!! I think Dutch would be cool but I really wan to learn Arabic.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DarinkaZa
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Same here! I'd love to see Arabic and also Hebrew from English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anrui
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I would love a Sami language! Maybe Northern Sami since it seems to be the most spoken of them all.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JosephineDaniels

Latin for English, French or German would be brilliant.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seili
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I'd really love to see a Russian from English, and if English from Russian is in the works, does that mean a reverse course might not be that long in coming? I've been trying other sites and apps with Russian, but you just really can't beat Duolingo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

(Edited) Steven, are any updates available on the third-stage incubator courses? Maybe from mods regarding adding new words, corrections to lessons, etc.?

Sidebar: If you're worried about the "zero-day" happening now on Duolingo to many users, it's being worked on: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1865539

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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good work!

I have a long wish list

some of the languages I want is

piemontese, venetian, franco-provençal, basque, navajo, nahuatl, sanskrit, latin, greek, saami, irish, breton, akkadian, et cetera

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshtonHynes
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I would love any of these languages in the reverse for English! Entirely personally, I've learned Spanish well from duolingo, and I've learned a little of all five languages offered. I have a huge interest in learning Dutch & Mandarin and will have a field day when these are available through Duolingo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/krispykracker

Balkan languages! And hopefully the Indonesian team picks it up :(

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Singemonkey

My wishlist: Homeric Greek (although I'll happily take Attic) Latin Persian Sanskrit isiXhosa Afrikaans (which I speak but could do with some major gaps filled)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77
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I really want to contribute to the Hungarian for English speakers course when it comes out (hopefully as the first, but I doubt it :) Also waiting for Russian for English speakers!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnB13
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What about error correction for the existing languages (e.g. German for English)? It annoys to have wrong translations/answers (e.g. Your wife is eating -> Ihre Frau isst shall be accepted as correct answer).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ibekee
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Am I the only one that wishes to see Japanese for Spanish OR Swahili for English? Would be awesome!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/snadhelta
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I'll second the vote for Swahili! There isn't a single African language on the site yet.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IWinAgain

English speakers want to learn new languages too sometimes! :D How about Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Irish, Swedish, etc etc. I'm just waiting for another course for English speakers to take!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Topolski

I'd personally like to see Esperanto for all, since it is supposed to be an international language and is apparently very easy to learn. If I knew any, I'd help!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Agnieszka855345
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Norwegian for English would be awesome!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hckoenig
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Catalan would be great.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hanga22
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I would love to learn Finnish and Icelandic :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/georgiac9876

Indonesian for English Speakers would be great. (I see English for Indonesian speakers is on its way!)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Katya_89
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Swedish or Danish for English speakers, definitely! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CrossBreez

I\d really enjoy Danish so I can converse with my wife in her native tongue.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vassk
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We would prefer to see German/Russian/English/ Spanish/Italian for Greeks and vise versa,would be awesome!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marilynea
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I would like to join the beta "Spanish for french speakers:. I am now learning Spanish for English speakers... is it possible?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BJCSBJCS
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I'd like to see any of the following: English to Russian, Dutch, Tamil, Navajo, Japanese. Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RobinHood10
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Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Haitian Creole.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/territech
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I'm thrilled to see German for Spanish on the list. I hope by the time I finish German for Spanish you will have Spanish for German! You guys are awesome. I love this software!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dittocrystal
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I would love to see an Arabic for English speakers.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DarinkaZa
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I've had trouble finding good courses in two languages: Icelandic and Nahuatl. I don't know if anyone else has wanted to learn any of these, but I really like how these sound (especially Icelandic) so I've been trying to learn a few words here and there, practising on and off.

If either of these could be added some time in the future, it'd be amazing!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT
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Theres Memrise, I have seen Icelandic on there but I am not sure about Nahuatl.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT
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My wishlist would be: Latin, Catalan, and then Esperanto (I'm not sure if I would actually learn it, but its in such high demand and everyone seems really interested in it, so I might give it a try.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hadleton

I hope to see a lot more Asian languages for English speakers in the near future. Its good that we now have Vietnamese for English speakers, but I am particularly looking forward to Indonesian, as I will be going there in a few months! Probably too soon for the language to be created on Duolingo though!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesMarshall1

Simplified Chinese for English speakers, use pinyin as an input method

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/President-Trump

I really want to see Chinese for English speakers. As Chinese is the most popular language in the world, I'm sure that there are plenty of people who want to learn it :)

2 years ago
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