What are bets on the first target language to to exit beta that doesn't use the Latin alphabet?
Japanese? Hindi? Korean? Mandarin? Arabic? Russian? Something else entirely?
It will be interesting to see how they approach the writing systems. Will it be the first thing to cover, before grammar and vocabulary are added in, or will it get filtered in gradually (using transcriptions or something to kickstart the vocabulary and grammar)? Or might it depend on the language?
…or is all of this already known and covered somewhere that I haven't discovered?
I'd say Russian to English because that's the only one that's actually in beta out of what you mentioned.
During the latest inverview I read, Luis said Russian was doing pretty well.
If they're likely to get reversed in anything approximating the order they're released from beta, that would make the most sense.
I'd definitely say Russian as well. After Russian, my bet is Dutch will be the next course made.
Yes, and that is why I mentioned Russian.:) The question posed only asked about the first non-Latin alphabet based language course out of the Incubator. But after Russian is done, I think the next course to be finished will be Dutch. I have edited my post a bit to make it more clear.
Jun-Dai, I think that is only after it's been romanized. It uses the Cyrllic alphabet. Not that I know much about it... I just scanned the start of an article to double check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanization_of_Russian
Just wondering...for those languages like Korean and Mandarin, how will English typers be able to type in the lessons? Will there be an on screen keyboard?
That's an interesting question. Mac, Linux, and Windows have pretty good IMEs for Korean, Chinese, and Japanese, as does iOS and I'm guessing Android. I wonder if they'll just have that as a "prerequisite" with a section on how to use them. Building a JS keyboard for it seems like it would be a lot more difficult to get right.
Maybe they will set it up so a user's computer automatically types kana or kanji using English characters when expected to type in one of those languages, but are able to type in another script when required... hrm, after thinking about that for a bit, I think there would be some problems.
Here is a Wikia guide to installing special keyboards: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Guide_to_Installing_Keyboard_Layouts
I personally like this one best because it has pictures, but, I don't know if it has as many options, so, if you don't see instructions for your layout, try the above link: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1473682