Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from November 20th to November 27th
Thanks to all the readers for making this a wonderful community to be a part of! Thanks to team Duolingo and all the volunteers - course contributors, forum moderators, immersion translators, language learners, and all those whom I might have missed!
This week, we have the much awaited update from the Swahili team in the usual Branden style with details and pictures. The course should to beta early next year!
PHASE 1 Progress: Total 22 courses
Portuguese for French - 99% | 99% | 99% | 99% (+0) 31-Dec-2016
English for Thai - 99% | 99% | 99% | 99% (+0)
German for Italian - 99% | 99% | 99% | 99% (+0) 1-Dec-2016
Swahili for English - 70% | 70% | 70% | 80% (+10)
Italian for Portuguese - 72% | 73% | 75% | 78% (+3) 25-Dec-2016
Czech for English - 71% | 72% | 73% | 74% (+1) 7-Jul-2017 ^
Spanish for Italian - 70% | 70% | 70% | 70% (+0)
Swedish for Russian - 69% | 69% | 69% | 70% (+1)
French for Chinese - 49% | 49% | 49% | 49% (+0)
Russian for Turkish - 47% | 47% | 47% | 47% (+0) 31-Dec-2016
French for Turkish - 45% | 45% | 45% | 45% (+0)
Korean for English - 34% | 35% | 36% | 37% (+1) 31-Dec-9999
Klingon for English - 33% | 33% | 33% | 33% (+0) 31-Dec-2016
Hindi for English - 28% | 28% | 28% | 28% (+0) 26-Jan-2017 ^
Indonesian for English - 28% | 28% | 27% | 27% (+0)
English for Tagalog - 23% | 25% | 26% | 26% (+0) 24-Dec-2016
English for Bengali - 23% | 23% | 23% | 23% (+0) 20-Feb-2017
English for Tamil - 20% | 22% | 14% | 15% (+1) 28-Feb-2017
Spanish for Arabic - 8% | 9% | 10% | 10% (+0) 31-Dec-2017 ^
Yiddish for English - 9% | 9% | 9% | 9% (+0) 7-Jul-2018
English for Telugu - 6% | 6% | 6% | 6% (+0)
High Valyrian for English - 0% | 1% | 2% | 3% (+1) 1-Jun-2017
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 - 0.26% | 0.35% | 0.29% | 0.82% (+0.53)
Median - 0% | 0% | 0% | 0% (+0)
* This week's Leader Extraordinaire!
^ The Hindi, Czech, Swahili, Spanish (for Arabic), & Tamil teams' progress is as per their own calculation
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).
Criteria for application to contribute to this course
We've been receiving a lot of applications to contribute to this course, so we'd like to clarify a few things that we're laying down in terms of regulations.
You need to be able to read and understand this entire text.
You need to have attained Level 10 of any one language course.
You need to have a 10 day streak, or demonstrate convincingly that you're frequent to Duolingo.
You need to write in proper Tamil, and this mainly applies to verb inflections. Certain word spellings are being reviewed and A/B tested in the course, so you don't have to worry about everything.
There are no spots currently open for moderation. Any applications for moderation will not be accepted.
Applicants deemed successful will be accepted into Alpha testing. Following a month of testing, testers with consistent feedback will be taken into the course following a re-application (there's no way to directly take alpha testers in). All other testers will be removed.
The idea here is that this is a hard task. It's not for everyone, and it's certainly not for people who don't consistently have a few hours every week to devote to this. Please consider before you apply.
Questions can be asked here.
Tangazo la Kumi na Nne
Mwenye pupa hadiriki kula tamu
Thank you all for patiently waiting for the next course update! We have, admittedly, been much quieter recently than in the past. We are currently working on sorting through the reports on errors to both the course and the additional content in Tips and Notes that were suggested by Alpha Testers as they have worked through the skill tree. This process includes editing all relevant text exercises in both English and Swahili that might have errors or unnatural translations. The process of adding some additional exercises to the lessons is ongoing as well, just to make sure the skills are flushed out.
In terms of words, the team is pretty certain that the total will remain at around 1,250 words, give or take. The total number might reach around 1,300 depending on some content additions, but it won't likely exceed that. The beauty of Swahili is that you can say a lot with a little!
As the review process continues, we've also been working to identify recording studies in Dar es Salaam to do the voice recordings. This is an ongoing task (there are a few options) and we are aiming to have suggestions for Duolingo HQ soon to begin that part of the course! Once we get this going, we'll be sure to post an update on the expected timeline. However, once we do begin recording, we don't expect it to take that much longer to get into Beta.
A hasty person misses the sweetness (of ripened fruit, so we want to make sure the pieces are in place before we tackle the final part of the initial incubation phase for the English-Swahili course! Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm and support, and especially to our Alpha Testers for their valuable, thoughtful, and constructive feedback over the past few months! We're approximately 80% finished with the course (awaiting a thorough sweep of the Alpha Tester comments and beginning recordings), and we're tentatively pushing back the course launch to January 31st, 2017 with the hope of using January to do the recordings, Mungu akipenda - God willing (a common Swahili phrase in East Africa).
And as a treat - a picture of the team currently in action that I snapped just an hour ago! Busy at work
26 November 2016
- 871/2408 words
- 101/105 images
- 30 completed skills
- 23 skills with Tips
We recently completed Food 2 and are now hard at work finishing up the Time and Gerund skills. ^^
1475 words, 74%.
A detailed Swahili update this week.
Previous Update 13-Nov to 20-Nov
Last updates from:
2016: Oct, 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.
That's quite a jump for Swahili. Go Swahili! I'm definately looking forward to the first African language.
Not to take too much away from Team Swahili but their previous self-reported number was from June 12th so a big jump was to be expected since we knew they have been active unlike certain other teams.
And now that I've said that, Yiddish has moved (from 9,4% to 9,3% but moved anyway).
!!!ROOTING FOR SWAHILI TEAM!!!
Always lovely to see Czech progress!
Keep going, Korean, I can't wait!
You can do this, everyone!
Congratulations on your 3 year streak, jitengore! :D
- black non-italic => team's own computation/estimation
- gray italic => Duo's (flawed) automatic computation/estimation
Sorted by estimated %age of completion
Sorted by estimated launch date
I remember when Indonesian was still as a bolder some months ago. I like it better when I can see courses progress, even if it takes away some percentage points. It feels like they are alive that way.
I really hope Amharic could come sometime after Swahili is finished...
ስዋሂሊ ከወጣ በኋላ አማርኛ እንደሚመጣ ተስፋ አለኝ...
You will be pleased to see more regular updates from Team Hindi beginning next week :)
swahili is exciting. very interested to learn what they mean with being able to say a lot with a little, with a ~1300 word count. korean has had some terrific progress in it's time in the incubator, I really think we'll see it a lot sooner than we imagine.
I'm so happy to hear about the great progress and the estimated launch date of the Swahili course! Looks like I'm going to spend next year learning Czech and Swahili. I can't wait!!!
Can anyone answer my question about something on this Incubator Update:
What does the Mean mean? Is it the mean percentage of all the courses, or is it the mean percentage that they moved?
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, although a little belated, I am so thankful for the gift of languages from Duolingo, it has truly enhanced my life. Thank you to Luis and his team and to you, Jiten, for your dedication to the language learning community.