https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae

[CLOSED] Lonely Norwegian Course Seeking Alpha Testers

OBS: The alpha tester positions are now filled. Thank you to everyone who offered their help!


Hei, alle sammen!

We're looking to take on three alpha testers for the new course. Testing will mainly be limited to the first ~40% of the course, as the remaining 60% is still not displaying correctly in the testbed.

The alpha testers of our dreams:

  • Are good communicators
  • Are of any Norwegian level
  • Have a B1+ level of English proficiency (for ease of communication)
  • Are able to see the bigger picture and focus on the best solution for all learners
  • Enjoy brunost and cozy evenings duolingoing by the fireplace

woman cozying up by the fireplace

We're mainly interested in your opinions on the tree structure, learning flow, and new skills, as these are things we cannot change once the tree is locked. However, any feedback is appreciated and will be taken into account.

While we won't set any absolute requirements, please do not apply unless you actually have some time to spend on testing and providing feedback. We have limited alpha tester spots, and would like to make the most of them.


Still interested? Please apply through the Course Contributor form: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply

Your application should contain:

  • Your motivation for testing
  • How much of the current course you've completed
  • Your approximate Norwegian level
  • Your approximate English level
  • Your native language(s)
  • How many hours a week you see yourself allocating to testing

Since you're not actually applying to be course contributors, but alpha testers, you do not need to translate your application. Writing it all in English is perfectly fine, though you may have to put something in both fields to be able to submit the form. To be considered, your application should be submitted before 10 p.m. (Norwegian time) on Wednesday the 12th of December. The chosen candidates will be contacted shortly thereafter, by email.

When we ask about language proficiency levels that's not because we want to single out the most proficient applicants, but because we wish to select a representative range of testers. It's better for us to have one tester at A2, one at B1, and one at B2, than three at B2. Just answer honestly. :)

Please note that you need to be at least 13 years of age, and that native Norwegians need not apply. It's the learning experience we want tested.

Lykke til!


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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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The alpha tester positions have now been filled, and those chosen contacted by email. If there are any openings later on, I'll be choosing new testers among the remaining applicants.

Thank you once more for your interest and willingness to help! :)

December 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyckRichards

I've applied myself.

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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Thank you for the application!

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trofaste

Do I get a special thank you too, or I have I already annoyed you too much today? :p

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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Of course, here it is:

Takker!

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trofaste

As a clueless non-speaker of Norwegian, that looks like it could be read as "Take her!" :p

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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Feed her to the wolves!

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

Enjoy brunost and cozy evenings duolingoing by the fireplace

Alas! I meet all the other criteria, but I think brunost is absolutely horrible. Oh, well, never mind; I'll see myself out...

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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Some things are non-negotiable, my friend. Or are they..?

By the way, I'm still upset that I couldn't find a single stock photo of someone doing their Duolingo lessons by the fireplace. Never has an image search let me down so badly.

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mannutenland

Høres spennende ut - søknaden sendte! (Men glemte og skrive om hvordan gudbrandalsost er det eneste ekte brunost...)

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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Takk! Vi skal ta dine brunostpreferanser med i avgjørelsen.

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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A big thank you to everyone who already applied! Your alpha tester applications are of a higher standard than most of the actual contributor applications we get, so I have no doubt we'll end up with a competent team of testers.

If anyone's still on the fence or busy writing their application, you have until 10 p.m. tomorrow (12.12.18) to submit it. That's Norwegian time, of course.

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trofaste

Just be warned that if you spend the next 28.5 hours writing it that there is a character limit! As I know because I hit it...

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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I love a good novel.

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BafouillCharabia

Hey, Deliciae. Can you please contact me by email?

December 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JegHeterKordian

Applied! =) This is exciting!

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A.Igor

I would like but I don't really think that I'm fit. As I didn't practice my Norwegian for a lot of time :(

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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Your ability to give constructive feedback is what matters the most. I'll be picking people of varying Norwegian levels, as their experiences of the course are likely to be more diverse.

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A.Igor

Ok, I've applied :-)

December 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/A.Igor

By the way, do you know if there are plans to make stories for norwegian language as for spanish, french, portugues and german?

December 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trofaste

That's a question only Duo staff could answer - Stories is entirely under their control and if it happens the Norwegian team (or any other team) will probably know no sooner than anyone else, and if they do will probably not be allowed to say.

December 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stewie37

I have applied :) I am still learning Norwegian and love this amazing course. Happy to be a test bunny if you need some feedback from a beginner/intermediate level, it would be the least I could do after all the help you have unknowingly given me everyday to help me communicate with my Norwegian partner :)

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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Takk! Så hyggelig å lese. :)

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pinneleken

WOW this is exciting! i sent in my application hoping i'm not too late!

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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Takk! You made the deadline, partially because I haven't set one yet. ;)

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BafouillCharabia

Jeg snakker allerede norsk, men ikke perfekt. Jeg kan vaere beta tester hvis det trengs, egentlig har jeg ikke begynnt det norske Duolingo tre.

I also don't speak perfect English, not enough to be an English teacher, to correct English phrases, but I can easily communicate. As well, I learn Chinese and Esperanto on Duolingo by English, so I use to translate to English, to be careful about grammar in English. As a French native speaker, I still do many small mistakes...

So do you need someone who is B2 in Norwegian and B2 in English ? I can spend around 1h30 per day.

If yes, I will apply with pleasure.

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BafouillCharabia

I work only on PC, not on mobile phone.

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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You're more than welcome to apply. Testing will be done on the browser version of Duolingo, so a PC is the preferred medium. :)

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BafouillCharabia

For information, this link doesn't function correctly from the email we received (11th december, 2108 at 22:39, Norway time) https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29951437](https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29951437)

But from this post it functions.

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

I am still trying to get my old Norwegian golden first (34 crowns to do). I think this will be done within this month (or the next one the latest). Afterwards I will immediately volunteer to test the new tree, if the offer is still available then.

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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We shall see! I have a race to win, after all. ;)

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BafouillCharabia

I applied to be a tester. I'm not sure it has functioned, but should have.

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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Application received. Takk!

December 11, 2018
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