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(Bi)weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from March 19th to April 2nd

Progress across the board
We have several courses show progress this week. The average comes to 1.125%, although we must remember it pertains to two week's progress and not one.

Another biweekly update this week
This post comes with a gap of two weeks. I hope to restore the weekly frequency next week.

April fools' day
By now, most of you would have utilized one of the greatest revolution in language learning - the Duolingo Pillow! I look forward to the rave reviews of the product on this forum in the near future.

Here's some news from this year on some of the other products from other companies.

PHASE 1 Progress: Total 24 courses

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

Italian for Portuguese - 97% | 97% | 98% | 99% (+1)

Czech for English - 85% | 87% | 87% | 88% (+1) 7-Jul-2017 ^

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

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

French for Chinese - 50% | 50% | 50% | 51% (+1)

Korean for English - 47% | 47% | 48% | 51% (+3) 31-Dec-2099

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

French for Turkish - 46% | 46% | 46% | 47% (+1)

English for Bengali - 43% | 43% | 43% | 43% (+0) 11-Sep-2017

Klingon for English - 36% | 36% | 38% | 39% (+1) 1-Aug-2017

English for Tagalog - 32% | 32% | 32% | 33% (+1) 31-May-2017

Indonesian for English - 30% | 31% | 30% | 31% (+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% | 15% | 15% | 15% (+0) 12-Jul-2017

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

Yiddish for English - 10% | 10% | 10% | 12% (+2) 7-Jul-2018

Russian for Spanish - (New) 2% | 12% (+10) 3-Mar-2018 *

High Valyrian for English - 8% | 8% | 10% | 11% (+1) 1-Jun-2017

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

Esperanto for Portuguese - (New) 2% | 6% (+4) 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 - 1.22% | 0.18% | 0.38% | 1.13% (+0.75)
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).

nueby from Team Czech wrote one week ago:

Week 90

88%. Focusing on relative clauses now, so the going is tougher.

mizinamo from Team Klingon wrote one week ago:

Status update, 26 March 2017

All the skills we planned in version 3 of our syllabus should now be present and have at least three example sentences for each word taught.

Work on the next version of the syllabus is ongoing but I can't yet say how big an expansion that will involve in terms of new skills, lessons, and words.

Until then, any work on the tree will be fine-tuning: adding some more sentences here and there, improving hints that we come across that don't quite fit, and the like -- things which are not visible in statistics. We also still have the Tips and Notes to write for pretty much all skills.

HyowonKwon from Team Korean wrote one week ago:


Hello! This is Hyowon, and I applied for the contributor volunteering position quite a long time ago, and finally got accepted with the Duolingo's kind explanation that there have been many applicants and therefore the applicant selection took a while. I am so glad and feel privileged that now I am able to participate in the project and happy to introduce myself to the team. I hope I am not too late to join you guys at this stage. I was born and raised in Daejeon, Korea, and studied English Language and Culture at the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, so I am a native speaker of Korean. To strengthen my English skills and experience some cultural aspects of English, I did an exchange study program for a year at the University of California, Davis, in the U.S., and then I decided to study more about linguistics. Hence, I am currently doing an MSc in Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh in the U.K., so I am very excited and enthusiastic about learning and teaching various aspects of language matters. I started using Duolingo when I was traveling in Germany and France, and ever since then I've been using it with much fun. Regardless, I like hiking, dogs, the Bloomsbury era of arts and poems, and travelling. Thank you so much for accepting me, and I look forward to be any help of you all to complete this exciting project!

Pl3RO from Team IT for PT wrote 3 days ago:

Buone notizie!

Após vários meses de trabalho, o curso está finalmente completo e agora em verificação pelo Duolingo. Mais alguns dias de paciência e versão beta estará disponível para todos! :o)

librulino from Team EO for PT wrote 3 days ago:

O trabalho continua!

Olá a todos!

Eu e o Emersono começamos a preparar o curso, e tudo está indo muito bem! Estamos conversando periodicamente sobre as dúvidas e os parâmetros que estamos estabelecendo para as traduções.

Ficamos muito felizes com o grande interesse no curso! Já são mais de 16000 pessoas cadastradas para receber a notícia quando o curso ficar pronto, o que nos motiva bastante para continuar o trabalho. :)



Good progress across the board!

Previous Update 12-Mar to 19-Mar

Last updates from:
2017: Mar, 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.

April 2, 2017



Yiddish went up 2%

Party mode activated


Thanks for doing these every week Jiten!


Thanks, as always, for a much anticipated excellent update.

I'm silly excited. I have my eye on two more courses (and that will definitely be my limit unless I win the lottery and can do languages full time): Czech and Korean. They both made crazy good progress the last few weeks!!

Thanks to everyone who puts in long exhausting hours of their free time creating these courses so that strangers around the globe can expand their horizons. You guys are opening doors and changing lives, and you're not thanked often enough.


The Duolingo Pillow was last year's April Fools' prank. This year's was a course teaching "Emoji." It's mentioned in this BuzzFeed article. The course was announced on Twitter.


It's more than just an announcement - they actually have made a Tinycards Emoji course: https://tinycards.duolingo.com/decks/5ee43301-e494-40da-8cd3-75fb88d5902b


Spright <--- LMAO #datSpelling


I feel like Czech will launch exactly on the 7th. Not the sixth, not the 8th. Their progress is so consistent and steady. Looking forward to it!


Wish it were sooner. July feels like forever. It will come quickly though, I know. :)


How did u get so many level 25s? I'm barely able to get to level 10!


Amazing! Yiddish moved! Can't wait for the course!


ענדליך!!!! איך קען נישט ווארטען צו זען די פאן וואס זיי גייען נאצן


Finally!!! I can't wait to see the flag they will use.
This was hard as hell to understand.
I am not a Jew but I have enough khutzpah to understand Jewish wit.
אוי וויי!


Team IT for PT:

After several months of work, the course is finally complete and now under assessment by Duolingo. Some days more of patience and the Beta version will be available to all!

Team EO for PT:

The work goes on!

Hello everybody!

Emerson and I have started to prepare the course and everything is fine! We have been talking from time to time about the doubts and the parameters we have been establishing to the translations.

We are so glad about the remarkable interest on the course! More than 16000 people already applied to get the news about when the course is ready, what motivates us to keep on the work.

Antaŭen! is esperanto, I guess someone else could be more helpful on it.


"Antaŭen!" could be translated as "Onward!/Forward!" Antaŭ means in front/before, 'e' means an adverb, and 'n' implies direction (to the front) - "we're moving forward!"


Great! Thank you!!!


That is something like "Let's go ahead". ;) But "we're moving forward!" is also a good translation!


No one like the one who wrote it to translate to us. Thank you!!!

And thank you too for the effort of building the course!


You're welcome! I'm very happy to be part of the esperanto team here in Duolingo! =D


That reminds me, if Duolingo does more reverse courses of courses it already has :) then would enough people like to take English, Portuguese, and/or Spanish for Esperanto speakers?


People in the Duolingo Esperanto community who are interested in "laddering" have been asking about this. I think there's some demand, but there is much greater demand for new Esperanto courses for other languages like French or Chinese.


Thank you for the amazing progress report! I cant wait to learn Korean.


Korean.... December 2099!?!?! O_o


Darn it, I already had other plans that month.


I guess they didn't want to disappoint anyone with delays, but if you look at their progress, the course could very well be completed this year.

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    This is very true

    We initially thought we could finish it this month.

    We can't


    Aah XD I get it ^-^ Thanks :)


    At least my grandchildren will be able to do that course XD


    I see that Klingon has made more progress recently after another period of (apparent) inactivity.

    I wonder if they will surprise us (a la Klingon) by entering beta unexpectedly.

    Edit: I've also noticed the difference between the progress of Japanese as reported here and what the incubator says, (15% vs 60%), and I'm wondering if the Japanese Team simply hasn't been reporting their progress lately. I admit that I'm hoping that the course is closer to 60% complete then 15%.

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