https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

[WIU] Weekly Incubator Update: 2017, Week 27.

Note: Data retrieved on 2017/07/09 at 05:58 (UTC).

I. Phase 1 Courses

I.A. Transfers

  • Exits (Courses reaching BETA Phase): None.
  • Entries (Courses entering the Incubator): None.

I.B. Completion Summary

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(A) This week's value automatically generated from Duolingo's statistics.
(S) This week's value self-reported by the team of volunteers working on the course.

II. Latest News from Course Volunteers (All Phases)

Course "Korean from English" (Phase 1)

By niskigwun on 2017/07/08 (full text here)

8 July 2017

  • 1546/1752 words complete

  • 105/107 images complete

  • 54/65 skills complete

  • 30 skills...

Course "Esperanto from Portuguese" (Phase 1)

By librulino on 2017/07/07

Novos colaboradores

Nossa equipe cresceu!

WesleyAlcoforado e Tulioflores, sejam muito bem-vindos!

Agora, trabalharemos até o curso atingir a marca de 40%, para então chamarmos mais colaboradores. :)

Course "Czech from English" (Phase 1)

By nueby on 2017/07/03

98%

It looks like we are going to need until the end of July before we are ready to lock the course and hand it over to Duolingo. This probably means the start of beta in August.

Course "English from Arabic" (Phase 3)

By Amgad on 2017/07/02

10 Million Arabs Are Learning English On Duolingo | ١٠ مليون عربي يتعلمون الإنجليزية على دوولينجو

III. Previous Weekly Incubator Updates

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July 9, 2017

33 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

It's been 118 days, almost a third of a year, without any courses entering the incubator. And this isn't even the only near 4 month break during the past 18 months. Whatever happened to "adding about one [course] per week"?

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/widle

This is even weirder:

In a few months I'm hoping we'll have a truly scalable system that allows us to add hundreds of languages at once.

I'd settle for much less.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Seems they hoped far far far too high. ;)

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

Many years ago I read an article on a Finnish magazine that seemed to equate hetken päästä (after a while) to four years. Luis made his comment three years ago and we still don't have a total of one hundred courses, so I'm starting to think that article I read was written by Luis and that to him at once means in 3-4 years. It would explain Duo's other timescales as well.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Matthew_Phelps

They really should open up the development of these incubator courses to many many more language lovers. They'd get completed much quicker! Why doesn't this happen?

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Multi0Lingual4

If Czech comes soon I bet we'll see a new course. I keep hoping that the lack of entrances means that they're planning something big.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nueby

I have the same feeling. Also, unlike a few other recent or pending exits, Czech will be done-done with Phase 1. No partial beta release. So there really will be a slot, so to speak.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

I don't know about that. Of the last 10 times a course(s) has been added, only 4 times has it been within 2 weeks of another one exiting phase 1. And it's not because there have been more courses entering (12) than exiting (20) phase 1 during that time, or because all the courses exited on the same day (18 different weeks).

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

I don't know about that.

Like you, I wouldn't bet on the fact that (any) beta release is creating an "open position".

I have never seen such clear implication and the two things seem totally unrelated.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

The something big, if that is the case, could have been getting Japanese into limited beta and now trying to get it to full release on the desktop. They are investing huge resources into it.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Let's hope then that they tackle it quickly so that (at least) some resources can be dedicated to other (incubator's) things.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I dunno if that's what's holding things up. Just going by Multi0Lingual4's assumption, if it's accurate, I'd think it was related to JA for EN course.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

I bet the Czech course is going to be amazing! Cannot wait to start it

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Way to go Team High Valyrian!! Woohoo! :D

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BLRT2000

That moment when you're willing to do anything to get the course you want into the incubator, but the language you want to teach isn't that popular or requested...yet you still wish it would get in there anyways.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Thank you Jrikhal! Also wow, that Duo art is amazing! :O

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Also wow, that Duo art is amazing!

Just in case of doubt: it's AR-EN team's art, not mine. ;)

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I would love to know the artist. I've tweeted a contrats for the team. But, I didn't know who to credit. I could go back and add it though if the artist wants me to. :)

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CaioFranca2

It really pisses me off that the Hindi course is still so overdue, I've been waiting for this course for years but the guy who is developing it insists on not accepting more contributors. I give up, this course won't be ready until 2020.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

They recently (2-3 weeks ago) replaced the course moderator. That hasn't translated to progress yet but maybe Soon™.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/atikshsingh10

I know right, 3 months no progress

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PotatoSanta

Is the High Valyrian progress real? Have they confirmed anything?

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

As far as I can see, they've completed a lot of new lexemes during this last week.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nueby

Have you been storing the finished and total word counts? I only have the 5/12 and today's values. The total word count went from 2693 to 705 words. Finished words went from 460 to 659. The Russian tree (that they started from) was clearly chopped off along the way.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DerGoldmann

The course's estimated completion date coincides with GoT season 7 premier. What a coincidence!

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

I guess they hoped, more than 1 month ago (when they gave the estimated date), to be able to make the release simultaneous to the airing but it seems unlikely they can complete the course in one more week except if they decided that the course will be far far (far) shorter than all previous courses released into beta.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DerGoldmann

Since the lead contributor is also the creator of the language itself, I suppose it would be at his discretion as to how much of the course should be released. He could always develop more of the language and work on V.2 before the release of season 8. To the best of my knowledge, there aren't any other resources out there to learn High Valyrian, so a far far (far) shorter early-release course might make sense.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

Someone who is interested in it probably knows more about Valyrian resources but there isn't and in the foreseeable future won't be a language on Duolingo that doesn't already have a Memrise course. Case in point. The length may not be impressive but how much can you expect when the creator of the language said he needs to invent new words to fill a Duolingo course.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

the course will be far far (far) shorter than all previous courses released into beta

34 skills, 125 lessons. Yep, pretty much :)

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

I guess it's even "far far far far shorter". ;)

July 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I think the last update was from last month. The only thing I've read about the recent surge in progress came from a comment in This discussion.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

I think the last update was from last month

Nope, each WIU's numbers update is taken automatically each week.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Sorry, I didn't communicate that clearly. I meant, the last message from the team about their progress I saw was from last month.

July 9, 2017
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