Hatch date keeps getting pushed back?
I've been waiting for this course for a few years, and it seems like the hatch date keeps getting delayed and delayed. I grew up learning both Hindi and English side-by-side (I'm Indian) and can understand and speak it comfortably most of the time, but I want to refine my proficiency, esp. in reading and writing. I'm actually entering an M.A. program in South Asian Studies at Columbia University in fall 2019 and would like to reach an Advanced level in Hindi by then so I can be eligible for FLAS funding.
As mentioned by others, you probably won't pick up a ton with the course if you are at that level, although I guess it may help in the written aspect. Keep in mind that on the lowest to highest A1-A2-B1-B2-C1-C2 levels of fluency (the European nomenclature) Duo will only likely get you to an A2-ish sort of level -- in other words get some basic vocab and grammar, but likely fumble to have a real conversation. But they have mentioned a focus on spoken Hindi, so it's tough to tell what you'll pick up.
I don't know if any of the Hindi team is in India. But, as someone who has lived in India for the last six months, I have come to learn that 1) everything takes longer than promised and 2) everything requires multiple requests. The fact that alpha testing is underway is a HUGE step in the right direction and it has really been in the last 8-12 months that everything for the course has happened. I think the new group that has been developing this has really done what was hoped for 3 years ago when the course first entered the incubator. I'm really glad they added the members that they did!
Currently the Alpha Test is going on. They recruited Alpha Testers from the pool of people who had applied through the Incubator's "Contribute" Page.
The Alpha Testers are Indian natives, and that is (in my opinion) a good decision to check answers and add more possible ones.
Well and yes. Reaching an advanced level is kind of not exactly the Duolingo Goal.
These courses are designed to teach Hindi from scratch. They go to some good level, but perhaps since you are already an Indian, you won't find much to learn something new.
[I am an Alpha Tester. Rest assured, we are working everyday]
Thanks for being an alpha tester. Please tell the course constructors that given the bad experience people have had with waiting for this course, it would be extremely helpful if they could post a little update if they have to push back the release date.
Just amending the release date without an update is a very ... jitengorish ... thing to do.