Today the Duolingo Incubator turns 1! Happy Incuversary!
Exactly one year ago today, we launched the Duolingo Incubator. Inspired by the community's desire to help us further our mission of spreading free language education to the world we created a way for the community to build the courses they wanted to see on Duolingo.
This year, over 40 new language courses have been created through your efforts, over 11 million language learners have gotten free access to education, and over 200 people have volunteered their time to build courses that may never have been offered on Duolingo otherwise.
We've done this together because we believe that with better access to language education more people can achieve their dreams.
A cheers to the entire community, and a special congratulations to all of the contributors and moderators who have volunteered their time.
I still remember how excited I was in the weeks leading up to the release. I never imagined that I would actually get to be a part of this wonderful initiative :O
... It's turned out to be an incredible experience! :)
Thanks to the staff for dealing with our persistent questions and bug reports, you guys rock ;)
Here's a weird collage I made a while ago with contributor avatars:
Yeah, some of the avatars are old, and it's safe to say that not everyone is pictured here :P
I still remember that I wrote this in my 4th application :
I don't have a girlfriend or a boyfriend, so I date Duolingo. Is it okay?
Our relationship is going steady!
I would also like to take this chance to say 'thank you' to Antonia, our first mentor, to Monica, our present mentor and to the entire Duolingo team.<h1>#Happy Incuversary!</h1>
You have been one persisting boyfriend :)
Wish you a lifelong, happy, prosperous relationship with Duolingo!
Thank you, Jiten! You've been a reliable friend in the incubator!
Yes, that was the application which led to Antonia's email telling me that the Chinese team needs me. :)
What can I say? Duo's love inspires me! That's why I find it necessary to repay. ;)
Yeah xD anyway, it is less scary than what I wrote in my application (when I described that I am a Duo addict xD)
That's what it takes to become a contributor . . . now I see why I can't get pass it anyway . . . I'm still not putting myself down enough . . . although I haven't got a girlfriend/boyfriend either
I'm still not putting myself down enough . . . although I haven't got a girlfriend/boyfriend either
Love that attitude! Keep dreaming, because one day, it will come true. I know this as I have gone through the Incubator process too. I waited more than 3 months (In fact, I got the response just a few days ago) before I got a response (It was a "Yes" ^^). Keep waiting/and or trying! You will succeed if you are determined ^^
Thanks! And congratulations by the way :)
Although I've got to say “…have gone through…”
It's my preparation for this SAT thing that made me too attentive to grammar, sorry ╮(￣▽￣)╭
Happy INCUVERSARY! - С годовщиной!
Also very proud to be a part of this amazing project! :)
The incubator is like the cutest 1-year-old ever! ^^
Congratulations and thank you for letting me be part of this project and giving us the ability to learn new/more languages!
If new courses keep being created and incubated, there'll always be at least one Duo stuck in an egg.... I'm seeing some parallels here between Incubator-Duo and Calimero. :)
Lavinae, thank you for being part of this :) You are always so friendly and humorous :D
I think one Duo always will be stuck in an egg, but each time he eventually gets to come out into the open air and play :D
Aw, thanks so much Jack! ^^
You're a great duolingoer to have around too. (:
You're very right.
In that respect, my comparison doesn't really work right? Hm..
But maybe Duo still does have some eggshell... Because think of all the interconnected courses, how long until Dutch Duo learns German too? And so on.... :D
What a ride!
I know how excited I was about the incubator when it was first announced, and it turned our soooo great! So happy to be part of this amazing community!<h1>Thanks Duolingo <3</h1>
Thank you so much for giving us the means to spread free language education throughout the world! And thank you course contributors for making this a reality! :D I'm so happy to have learned Dutch through a course made by volunteers :D<h1>Happy Incuversary!</h1>
I'm happy to have an opportunity to work with such great people. Duolingo's vision and commitment to its core values is refreshing and admirable. I have found everyone there willing to help in every way from Duo staffs providing detailed info to us - "naggy" people to other contributors' spending time to correct my awkward english/chinese sentences . Thank you, Duolingo, for always caring and constantly improving! And thank you for continuing to give me the opportunity to call it home :)
Thank you very much! 多谢！Cảm ơn rất nhiều ! Grazie mille! Gracias muchas! Dank u wel! Merci beaucoup! Go raibh maith agat! ありがとう
Congratulations Luis and team! You guys are totally awesome. I can't believe how quickly and how much incubator has evolved in only an year's time. Totally awesome!
Happy Incuversary, fellow contributors! :-)
Thank you too, Duo team, for making all of this possible.
Also thank you Duo community for the times you support and encourage us and make us feel our work is really needed and appreciated.
Happy Incuversary everyone! It means so much to be part of such an awesome project :)
It's awesome to be a part of this wonderful project. Thank you Duolingo! All the course mentors from the Duolingo team thank you so much, without your help we would never have been able to run our courses :)
Happy Incuversary to the Duo team, the contributors of all the courses and the whole Duo community. It's great to have been a part of this wonderful journey and having learnt so much from it.
Smaller pictures please? I think they take too much discussion space... Maybe it's just me?
They're only as wide as you can write. Yes, they are a bit big though, I'll go down one size.
If Maltese ever (hopefully) comes out on Duolingo I'm posting a post dedicated to u... cos ur Maltese's biggest fan!
Nice one! Just one thing - normally we would say 'mhux problema', meaning 'it's not a problem'. 'Nru' does mean 'no', but it's very rarely used.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to learn like this. It means so much to me and to many others around the world.
Congrats on the Incuversary and to the amazing volunteer community of Duolingo contributors that have helped to make Duolingo a better place! :D One language at a time, we are connecting the world and languages :)
Thank you contributors for making these amazing courses! Merci Beaucoup! どうもありがとうございます! Vielen Dank!
With Duolingo, and all the volunteers who make this project we only learn languages free. Go walking year forward! 40 courses created, and more than 1 million beneficiaries!
Happy incuversary, Duolingo! Here's to courses in existence right now and future courses :D
You want to show your thanks to the volunteers and duo users? I have an idea, and sorry if this sounds pretty critical, but can we get you guys back in the forums? With so many questions going unanswered and so little attention from the duolingo staff, I don't feel like I'm a valued member anymore. I feel like anything I have to say is viewed as irrelevant. Like all my thoughts and feelings have been replaced with your metrics and A/B testing.
I don't get how people have longer than a year streaks with the one year anniversary today, but thanks to all for creating this awesome platform for language learning. I have benefited immensely from this site. :)
There were courses before the Incubator that were created by the Duolingo employees. The anniversary is for the Incubator. The incubator has enabled contributors to create 40+ more courses. The streaks longer than an year come from the learning with the original Duolingo courses.
Felicidades a todos por este primer año de la incubadora! Solo es el inicio de esta gran iniciativa. Como entusiasta usuario de Doulingo, estoy ansioso de ver el desarrollo de otras ideas en Doulingo. Sigan con los éxitos!!!
Thank you Luis, and a big thank you very much to the volunteers and the moderators. Without you, this would never have been the success it has. Thank you.
I'm so glad because I a member of this team! @fr_pt !! (French for Portuguese speakers)
The Swedish course will be released when it's ready. It's only at 93% completion right now and it would not be possible to release it before it's finished. :)
It is great that so many languages are becoming available, but is there any chance of sorting out the real problems in the current courses, particularly those caused by the new coach AB testing please? A response from the team would really be welcomed!