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How does a new course begin to be developed?

I am aware of the process highlighted in the following post.


I would like to know how previous courses have moved into the incubator, ie, why, and what were the specific reasons they were moved into development? Who knows?

This information would be util for advocating for specific new courses.

October 9, 2017



Luis talked about this a while back on one of the Reddit discussion groups. If memory serves, he said that he decisions are made by Duolingo staff as a function of (a) whether Duolingo has the resources to support another course (even though the lessons are crowd-sourced, each course requires some support from Duolingo staff; (b) expected demand for the language on Duolingo, (c) whether the language itself will readily fit onto Duolingo’s system (languages with non-Roman scripts and aggultinative languages have always been problematic), with (d) a desire to be quirky at times (High Valyrian, anyone?).

Others have mooted—although I have never seen official confirmation from Duolingo—that languages can be “sponsored”. Hence we have High Valyrian (conveniently issued at the start of a new season of GoT) and Welsh (supposedly created through a grant from the Welsh government).


I think the whole 'sponsorship' thing had been made up by children.

There has only been evidence that Duolingo has sought permission.

And cooperation with organisations like the Peace Corps, where they provide the labour.


I think it could make sense though. As new courses require some staff support, facilitation by donors makes sense. Though, it would not be that simple. Contributors, language-systems compatibility, and other functions of the decision making function would be taken into account.


Never seen the discussion. What you say makes sense. In one of my comments I was going to say right to left read languages and non-latin scripts could be difficult, but I removed it.

Reading this is not surprising, and my response is partly, oh. Just another process that takes a while for languages to come through. Thank you for the response.


The admin/employees of Duolingo probably decide on it together.


Makes sense, ie, there are applicants for the incubator, and at some point they come to a decision that a course can start. The quality of applicants surely would be taken into account, but I want to know how what gets into the incubator, does.


Hi Enzo,

maybe you get your answer here https://incubator.duolingo.com/

regards Angel


Good thought, but I still don't understand how a course gets into the incubator.

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