Maori, K'iche and Yucatec in the incubator!!!
I hope these languages stay in the incubator and aren't errors like the Norwegian/Lithuanian, Hindi/Bulgarian and Hindi/Gujarati courses are. Does anyone else have any more information about these? I would love to learn these languages!
If they stay there, that's exciting!!!
I know they said they wanted to add Maori, so that might be a good sign for the other two as well. :)
EtA: I'm surprised that they added both Yucatan and K'iche', so I wouldn't be surprised if they deleted one of them. And I kind of would have expected them to add those languages from Spanish, not from English.
There is actually good reason for starting small and expanding later. For a start, it means there will be something out there sooner - when teams take the time to make a longer initial course, then there are always complaints about it being too slow. Also it means that if the team stalls, there's something available already, instead of just a partially finished course sitting in the Incubator going nowhere.
It also means the team can spend more time polishing the beginning of the tree, which is the most important part. If they focus on the first few skills they can get them right faster, and then they'll be free to spend more time focusing on the next section than they would have otherwise.
Also, changing the structure of a big tree is a monumental task. If they start small, then it's a lot easier to adjust according to what they've learned in the next version if they've got a small tree. If they start with just a few skills, then when they build the next version they can fix problems with the first much more easily as well as being able to focus on adding another section of new skills.
If the courses are real, I hope they turn out more like the Guarani and Hawaiian courses than the Navajo course. The Navajo course wasn't necessarily bad, but it didn't meet Duolingo's typical level of quality. It seems like they were in a rush to get the course into beta by Oct 12, 2018. I was okay with them rushing a small course to beta, since Hawaiian got updated with new skills and grammar tips regularly after being released, but Navajo still has the same 11 skills as when it started (no tips, little voice-overs). I guess I shouldn't complain, though - we are getting these courses for free.