Announcing the completion of the Hindi tree
Dear Duolingo fans, would-be beta learners, would-be learners and all!
We would like to share this breaking news with you before you see it on CNN :)
The Hindi tree inside the incubator for the English for Hindi course is now complete. This means that all the 1,952 words have been covered. A minimum of three sentences teaching each of these words have been translated. With this our course is now 95% complete. Here is a preview of the last part of the tree.
So what is remaining? We now have just a few strings that need to be translated so that the Duolingo interface appears in Devanagari in its entirety. We are expecting this to be done in a day or two. Here is a preview of how the Devanagari interface would look like.
After we are done with the remaining few strings, the Duolingo team would have to work their magic to bring the course to beta. So you can expect the official announcement from Duolingo about our course heading to the beta taxiway very soon.
Before we are ready to take off on our maiden flight, a thorough flight check is highly desirable. Although our team has put in its best effort, we will need help from all beta learners. Your questions, suggestions, and feedback are very valuable to us. We would really like to benefit from your collective knowledge of this language pair. We will shortly be sharing a few notes that might make the beta run go smoothly.
As our end of the bargain with our course mentor, Mukkapazza, we have been teaching her nuances of cricket (the game, that is...). And writing it in Devanagari was a 'sixer' in itself! A sixer in cricket is a home run in baseball for anyone who might not be initiated. And the batsman/batswoman (batter) gets six runs for himself/herself and the team :)
Duolingo is truly the best when it comes to learning languages. It's true I have tried with other sites they just never work for me. Like they start the program with the language you want to learn however they do it without telling you what the words even mean. Also Duolingo is a completely different system it's fun and you actually enjoy learning while playing it. I've been wanting to learn Hindi language. That way I can read what my friends from India post on their Facebook statuses. It is the worst thing not being able to make any sense out of a language. It is concrete barriers all the time. Also Devanagari script to me is the most beautiful looking language. It looks like it would easy to read as well. It has the perfect amount of detail without being too much. Some languages just look impossible to read without zooming in on the screen. Anyways I love the language and look forward to learning it.
Hi Josha, it's nice that you want to learn hindi language. It will a good idea to start learning devanagri alphabet now. If you learn devanagri alphabet, you will know that it's not only beautiful in appearence but also has beauty in it's logic. Whatever you see the smallest unit in devanagri like था , ब, है are not letters but a whole syllable. It's not necessary to learn whole alphabet of about 70 characters to get started. You can start with 3-4 vowels and 5 consonents to get a vibe of it. Then learn some next characters. By the way, those characters are bundled in well arranged manner. It will not be burden to go with a bit at a time .
What resources are you using? I'm always looking for more. I've compiled a list of my favorites http://hindiforchristmas.blogspot.com/2013/11/hindi-resource-list.html?m=1 hindipod101 and learning-hindi.com are two of my favorites. they dont replace what duolingo does but they will give you a good jumpstart to combine with duolingo when it does come out.
My roomMate is my teacher. Although there are several app like
Learn Hindi Quickly, Hindi Alphabets Reading Writing, Hindi Dictionary, Fun Easy Learn Hindi, ispeakhindi.com, and for youtube look for Anil Mahato!
Im just a beginner, still memorizing phrases and getting the feel of it. Its challenging for me. Im can now write up to 7 vowels after 10 days.
Is hindipod101 good?
This is great news! अब वो ख़ुशी का पल और भी नज़दीक़ आ रहा है। Hats off to all the effort you'll have put in for this course! I'm literally marking off the days on my calendar. :) Can't wait for the course to come out. Whenever I think about the course, this phrase comes to my mind: कुछ ही देर में - डुओलिंगो हिंदी में!, like you had written in your profile some time ago. :) Way to go, Hindi team! I admire your efforts! I'll try my best to spread word about the course around my area.
If the names are not compact, they spill over and clutter the interface. Even we had no idea what क्रि.भ.वा would mean before we started :)
Once you are inside the skill, you will see the expanded name that pp65 has provided: "क्रिया: भविष्य काल (वाक्यांश)" for sentences such as:
- I am going to learn Hindi.
- मैं हिंदी सीखने जा रहा/रही हूँ।
Or even better :)
- I am going to like learning Hindi.
- मुझे हिंदी सीखना पसंद आने वाला है।
Congratulations! I have been loving learning Spanish through DuoLingo, and I have told my mother that the "English for Hindi speakers" course will be out soon, and she is really looking forward to it. I want her to have as much fun improving her English, as I'm having with improving my Spanish.
Good luck, and looking forward to seeing the beta course soon!
Interesting, I wonder what you mean by few, from what I recall there were more than 1000 interface strings, according to other contributors.
Anyway, it is interesting how each Incubator team adapts the unique interface strings to their language, e.g. lingot, Duolingo, and so on. It would be rather interesting if each team created a voice recording of their pronunciation of "Duolingo" and "Lingot", in their particular language.
I meant just a few more are remaining. In the last weekly updated we had reported having completed over 2,800 strings. There are over 3,300 strings at the moment, but all are not needed before entering beta.
That is a great thought about audio recording in different languages. Let's see what can be done :) For the Hindi course, we kept exactly the same pronunciation for Duolingo but had to change lingot, because it sounded close to the word for 'underpants' :)
Well, this course is the English for Hindi speakers course. That's why there's all the Devanagari, because it's meant for Hindi speakers to learn English. But, I'm pretty certain, very soon, some time after this course comes out into beta and becomes stable, the reverse course will come out. :)
Thanks for expressing your interest. As far as the current course is concerned, the timing is not right. We would consider adding contributors during the beta phase. So, please do apply, in case you haven't done so already.
For the "Hindi for English" course, Duolingo will be announcing the team only when the current course moves to the third phase.
Hi... so so many people are waiting to learn Hindi via English.... PLEASE forget about teaching devanagari script, it only takes a day to learn from ANY website!! I've personally been waiting on this Hindi thing for three years :'( Please we will all be so happy and grateful when you finish Hindi for English speakers! :)
Great work!!! I just saw that there was a percent of progress made recently toward the Hindi for English speakers...The comment said to help in the forum...Can someone share the link to that forum. My Hindi is not great but I certainly have a basic conversational level so I may be able to help with some basics or at least if the translations into english make sense.
The Incubator holds many slots. Those slots wait for teams to volunteer to build them. So, while there are some considerations for size, if there is no team to build it, it can't be built. Additionally, those teams move at different paces for various reasons. So, there are a lot of factors involved in the order at which courses appear on the website. :)
EDIT: And if we believed that time is not linear but concurrent, at which time would we zero in on for deciding who or what is many and which are few? Because at times these numbers change. So, a spock from the future might not agree with the logic of the past, depending on what theories become fact or are debunked. ^_~
Check the Incubator. Once Hindi for English speakers enter Phase 1, go to the Courses page and select English as your language. Hindi should have an entry there. It will then have a button to notify you. However, it only notifies people once the course stabilizes a certain amount, which not be exactly when the course hits Beta, but a little ways into beta. If you don't want to wait, just keep checking back to that page. But, if you think you'll forget, definitely push the button for a notification.
For reporting errors, whenever you input an answer as you are going through the course, just below where it shows a correction or alternative sentence there is a button that says "Report an Error".
I highly recommend you check out the WIKI It has an extensive FAQ and several how-to guides. It's a giant guide on nearly all things Duolingo. If you are looking for something specific on there, you can use Google and type in Duolingo Wikia followed by a key word such as Lingot, XP, Courses etc. :)