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Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from March 12th to March 19th

Two new courses!
Two new courses have been added to incubator:
- Russian for Spanish
- Esperanto for Portuguese
Welcome aboard!

PHASE 1 Progress: Total 24 courses

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

Italian for Portuguese - 94% | 97% | 97% | 98% (+1) 28-Mar-2017

Czech for English - 84% | 85% | 87% | 87% (+0) 7-Jul-2017 ^

Spanish for Italian - 71% | 72% | 72% | 72% (+0)

Swedish for Russian - 70% | 70% | 70% | 70% (+0)

French for Chinese - 50% | 50% | 50% | 50% (+0)

Russian for Turkish - 48% | 48% | 48% | 48% (+0)

Korean for English - 46% | 47% | 47% | 48% (+1) 30-Apr-2017

French for Turkish - 46% | 46% | 46% | 46% (+0)

English for Bengali - 42% | 43% | 43% | 43% (+0) 15-Apr-2017

Klingon for English - 35% | 36% | 36% | 38% (+2) 1-Aug-2017

English for Tagalog - 32% | 32% | 32% | 32% (+0) 31-May-2017

Indonesian for English - 30% | 30% | 31% | 30% (-1)

Hindi for English - 28% | 28% | 28% | 28% (+0) 1-Sep-2017 ^

English for Tamil - 18% | 18% | 18% | 18% (+0) 1-Jul-2017

Japanese for English - 15% | 15% | 15% | 15% (+0) 15-May-2017 ^

English for Punjabi (Gurumukhi) - 14% | 14% | 15% | 15% (+0) 12-Jul-2017

Spanish for Arabic - 12% | 12% | 12% | 12% (+0) 31-Dec-2017 ^

Yiddish for English - 10% | 10% | 10% | 10% (+0) 7-Jul-2018

High Valyrian for English - 8% | 8% | 8% | 10% (+2) 1-Jun-2017

English for Telugu - 6% | 6% | 6% | 6% (+0)

Russian for Spanish - (New) 2% (+2) 3-Mar-2018

Esperanto for Portuguese - (New) 2% (+2) 31-Dec-2017

Haitian Creole for English - 0% | 0% | 0% | 0% (+0) 30-Apr-2017 #

Course - 3 weeks ago | 2 weeks ago | a week ago | Now (Progress delta); Estimated Launch Date (provided by contributors) (Date delta)
Date: The course team has modified the date since the last edition of WIU

'Estimated Launch Date' only when provided by the course contributors

Mean - 0.78% | 1.22% | 0.18% | 0.38% (+0.2)
Median - 0% | 0% | 0% | 0% (+0)

* This week's Leader Extraordinaire!
^ The Hindi, Czech, Spanish (for Arabic), Tamil, & Japanese teams' progress is as per their own calculation
# No reliable data for the progress

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).

BrandenRyan from Team Swahili wrote 4 days ago:

Tangazo Maalum

Special Update!

Here's a sneak-peek of some exciting developments!

We are working as fast as possible to get quality audio exercises completed so Duolingo staff can integrate the audio/speaking exercises into the course. We are astounded that the course has nearly 40,000 learners in just 3 weeks of limited-Beta launch - this is awesome and amazing! We are hovering between 15-20 reports per 100 users. Please keep them coming and help us improve the course!

Please do note that it takes time to process and edit exercises based on feedback from reports, but they will all be addressed polepole! As I mentioned in the last update, there are some edits that we cannot make from the Incubator. One example: English, or kiingereza, is spelled kingereza right now. That is a typo, and I have submitted a request for that to be edited. We have to wait until it gets changed from a programming side, not from our Incubator side. Examples like that cannot be fixed right away, so we appreciate if you keep that in mind when providing feedback and don't get too frustrated if there are capitalization/punctuation/spelling errors like this - we are working to submit those requests to get those edited.

The Duolingo community has been very supportive and appreciative throughout these first few weeks of the limited-Beta release. Thank you again, on behalf of the whole team, for the continued assistance and feedback! We really do appreciate it. And while there have been several...uh...less-than-conciliatory-or-supportive comments made in some of the reporting (which can be disheartening - remember that Course contributors are not always 100% fluent in both languages!), the thoroughness and thoughtfulness of the feedback has been extremely, extremely helpful!

Baadaye ndugu zetu!

Emersono from Team EO for PT wrote yesterday:

Bem-vindos ao curso de esperanto para lusófonos!

Finalmente, o sonho de muitos está sendo realizado! Graças aos esforços do Chuck Smith e sua equipe com o curso para anglófonos, foi possível mais tarde rapidamente criar o curso para falantes de espanhol, e agora chegou a vez dos falantes de português de todo o mundo!!! A equipe inicial (Emersono e Librulino) está discutindo agora algumas diretivas para as traduções e começando o trabalho de preparar os primeiros 20% do curso... Quando atingirmos essa meta, poderemos convidar mais dois colaboradores. Se você pensa em se candidatar, pense primeiro se poderá disponibilizar cerca de seis horas por semana, e se seu domínio do esperanto é realmente suficiente... Claro que nem precisamos dizer que seu português deve ser excelente também : ) Por isso, só aceitaremos candidaturas que tenham um texto impecável nas duas línguas, e nas quais se possa realmente avaliar a capacidade do candidato de fazer boas traduções (quanto mais você escrever, mais fácil fica nossa decisão). Avisamos que, pelo menos inicialmente, o curso não contemplará regionalismos, e se limitará à versão brasileira da língua portuguesa. Tenham um pouquinho mais de paciência, e em breve todos poderemos desfrutar deste excelente instrumento de divulgação e aprendizado do esperanto! A expectativa inicial é que o curso esteja em beta em meados de dezembro... Agora, com licença, vamos voltar ao trabalho... : )


Two new courses - Russian for Spanish, and Esperanto for Portuguese added to the incubator.

Previous Update 5-Mar to 12-Mar

Last updates from:
2017: Feb, Jan
2016: Dec, Nov, 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.

March 19, 2017



One of the highlights of the Duolingo forums. Thank you, jitengore, for the time you put into this weekly publication!


High Valyrian is now tied with Yiddish. I wish both teams the best of luck, although I must admit bias towards Team Yiddish. I hope to be able to read it one of these days, there are some truly remarkable works written in Yiddish.

Fantastic news Team Swahili! I cannot wait for audio. I am glad written comments are readable by the course teams again. I know a year or two back they were not.

As always, thank you very much for all your work Jitengore. It is deeply appreciated.


Yiddish (as far as I know) doesn't seem difficult to read. I have only studied Hebrew very briefly on duolingo and I can already sound out Yiddish words and recognize some which are cognates with German words. I am very much looking forward to trying out the Yiddish course when it is finished.


Isn't it! Quite an amazing system!

EDIT: I wrote "it isn't" by mistake XD


I doubt High Valyrian will ever get finish. How long has it been since Klingon was introduced, and still not?


And why do you think those two can be compared? They are being created by completely different teams.


Because they were really just added so that they would attract more users to Duolingo, so they would learn languages while they wait for those courses to be released.


Lots of people seem to think that all courses on Duolingo are comparable, e.g. are equally well designed and when you are finished, you will be able to read the language at level "X".


I used to think that. Then Turkish came out with their detailed notes and helpful commentary in the comments. And then I discovered * with its extremely confusing notes that made me want to bang my head against a wall.


Well there are differing opinions on that, but that has little to do with the time spent in the incubator. Either way both Klingon and High Valyrian currently show (visible) progress, which cannot be said for all courses in the incubator right now. So I disagree with what zekecoma said.


High Valyrian probably will be done eventually. The guy leading the course is the person who makes the language for the TV show, and I know the other two team members a little from conlanging circles. They're all pretty hard working and serious about it. Whereas Klingon is a team of college students who (whilst they are also serious about it) have a lot of time pressure from their studies etc.


Is it now?

As far as I can tell, it's mostly loghaD and I at the moment, other contributors being mostly inactive. I'm not a college student but I think loghaD may be.

But yes, neither of us has shedloads of time at the moment to devote to the course.


I might be wrong then - I remember a while back communicating with one of the team members who said at that point, they were all students and their studies were getting in the way.

They might be among the inactive ones though I guess?


Yes, probably.

For example, n_true contributed a bit at the beginning but he has been inactive for quite a while. He's a graduate student, I believe.


Folks, I am on the road right now and will get to create today's WIU post within 7 hours from now. Please stay tuned.


Sincere apologies! My travel took longer and then I got buried in work. I was close to taking it up during the week, but did not get to it!

Today's update is coming up in a few minutes...


Where can we see the link? :o


I find that the easiest way to spot a new update is to check jitengore's activity stream every now and then: https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore.


Did you find it?


It seems he didn't create last week's update yet. Probably he's still very busy, or he'll have to create it next week.


Thanks, good to know


I adore you, man. This is so useful to see the evolution of the courses.


I'm looking forward to Japanese.


Take the progress from the Japanese course with a grain of salt. It has been at 15% the past 4 weeks.. But their estimated release date is mai 15th and they're Japanese. Thus they're probably making great progress, the % is most likely simply not updated.


I like your optimism, but I’m getting worried about the lack of communication. We haven’t heard from Moeka or anyone else for some weeks now.


Yeah same, I am worried that it will just stop at some point. in the incubator the bar even went backwards on itself and hasn't moved for weeks now xs


Technically the automated bar moving backwards is a good thing, because that may indicate that they are adding new empty units to the tree, which is progress.


Believe me, everybody is xp


I can't wait for Yiddish and I'm excited to see Esperanto for Portuguese speakers.

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The picture link seems to be broken. Edit: Now fixed.


It's fixed now, I see.


KLINGON RETURNS!!! Go Klingon go!


Thank you :)

I'm afraid this trend will likely not continue in the short term as we will have to do some consolidation of existing material now before we can add more (visible) new material.

But progress is happening.


I don't want to come across as rude, I just have one question about the course. Is there a specific reason why progress has been so slow? Perhaps a difficult grammar section?


So is it true that completing the Klingon course will double your chance of getting a scholarship to the Federation Starfleet Academy?

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