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[WIU] Weekly Incubator Update: 2017, Week 31.

Note: Data retrieved on 2017/08/06 at 07:21 (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 "English from Tamil" (Phase 1)

By goosefield on 2017/08/05 (full text here)

Hello! | வணக்கம்!

Hello! I am goosefield. I’m a new member of the English for Tamil team. My native languages are T...

Course "Korean from English" (Phase 1)

By Soedori on 2017/08/04 (full text here)


Hello Duolinguists

as of 2017-08-04, the Korean for English speakers course is 96 percent comp...

Course "Czech from English" (Phase 1)

By nueby on 2017/08/02


It was bound to happen sooner or later!

Course "English from Punjabi (Gurmukhi)" (Phase 1)

By ILopez20 on 2017/07/31 (full text here)

20% Completion of Course

We have officially completed twenty percent of this course. The progress bars should update soon ...

Course "Esperanto from Portuguese" (Phase 1)

By librulino on 2017/07/31 (full text here)


As últimas semanas foram de intensa conversa entre os membros da equipe. Agora, com 4 pessoas, re...

Course "High Valyrian from English" (Phase 2)

By Dedalvs on 2017/07/28 (full text here)

Naejot Memēbi

Kirimvose to everyone who has participated thus far in the initial beta release of the High Val...

III. Previous Weekly Incubator Updates

See this index of WIUs.

August 6, 2017



EEEK! I'm so excited for Czech.

Edit: It's pretty long too, at 80 something skills.

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I believe German has over 120 :-) ... I'm happy that Czech has only 80, longer trees can be demotivating for some, Czech will be hard enough even with the short tree :-)


German team actually solved it very well. The tree seems extremely long, but the skills have reasonable number of lessons, which doesn't apply for other courses. It's so long just at first glance. And about Czech tree. You can be sure, it will be hard, I'm Czech native speaker, so I know what I'm talking about :) (and even after finishing the tree it will pretty hard to understand spoken Czech, because it differs a lot from the literal one :))


I'm Czech native speaker, so I know what I'm talking about

No offence but I don't think a native speaker can properly judge the difficulty of their language. I'm yet to hear a native speaker of any language say theirs is easy, probably because they often learn about more advanced stuff than most L2 speakers ever will. Still, Czech does have a reputation of being somewhere between Spanish and Japanese in terms of difficulty.


And let's not forget that difficulty is not an absolute value, it varies a lot depending on the learner's native language (or other known languages). So we might claim it's terribly difficult, but I bet that e.g. Polish speakers will find it easier than many other languages.


scarcerer, widle: Of course, I know all those things. But I didn't mean to start serious discussion on languages and how difficult they are, that's why I put :) at the end of the sentence


Nechtěla bys v nových (případně i starých) fórech dostat zelený prstýnek? Píšu žádost, tak bych tě přidal. ETA: Dík za odpověď.


Nueby: Nechtěla. Sice občas chodím kolem, ale důsledná určitě nejsem a nebudu. To ať to raději připadne někomu, kdo tomu ten čas věnuje.


Czech has the reputation of being somewhere between the highest and lowest categories of difficulty. That is pretty much what you just said. lol


Also when native speakers talk about learning their own language, it's often about learning in school rules of the formal, written register that represent breaking with the linguistic habits they've formed via daily use over their entire lifetimes up to that point.

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Mě taky naštěstí česky naučila maminka...

My Češi a Moraváci asi víme nejlíp, jak bude český strom těžký ;-)


Now I'm intrigued! Go Team Czach!

(By the way, jrikhal, I didn't say a simple "thank you"! Thank you!)



Turkish>german :72

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    me too. it was almost done ! ;)


    Me too. I'm honestly looking forward to the long tree. :)


    Can't wait for Klingon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    And I won't :-/


    The Korean one just got 1% progress less and will only be on mobile every time i read one of these updates i get disappointed

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      I am excited in courses for English speakers in the future !

      我很期待未來的英語使用者課程 !


      French for Chinese hasn't moved for a very long time... Not a course of personal use to me, but it'd be nice to know the status of it and have it moving again.

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        yeah...that course stood there. 是的


        Can't Wait For Korean!!!

        A little disappointing that it's coming on mobile first (like Japanese) and it may take an indefinite amount of time 'til it comes out on the web (like Japanese) but, we gotta keep open minds and be optimistic! ^̮^

        GO KOREAN!!!!!!!!!!!!..................................................................... + GO CZECH!

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