https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

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.

October 9, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.

Happy Incuversary!

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

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack

That collage is awesome! :)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.

Thanks!

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DXLi

C'est magnifique!

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I love this!! :D

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ElOtroMiqui

Yaay! I'm in there, with my old avatar.

This is beautiful.

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Sofiadcs

Awesome collage! :D Thanks! :D

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/d.batta

Very nice idea! Thank you :')

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Z.Shan
Mod
  • 1885

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>

2014.10.09 EDT

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

4th application?

You have been one persisting boyfriend :)

Wish you a lifelong, happy, prosperous relationship with Duolingo!

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Z.Shan
Mod
  • 1885

Thank you, Jiten! You've been a reliable friend in the incubator!

2014.10.09 EDT

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Awwww

So, was that the application that won? hehe

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Z.Shan
Mod
  • 1885

Yes, that was the application which led to Antonia's email telling me that the Chinese team needs me. :)

2014.10.09 EDT

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Trang.

How come you always come up with such ideas xD

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Z.Shan
Mod
  • 1885

What can I say? Duo's love inspires me! That's why I find it necessary to repay. ;)

2014.10.09 EDT

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Trang.

Yeah xD anyway, it is less scary than what I wrote in my application (when I described that I am a Duo addict xD)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Ailenus.M

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

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/soedori

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 ^^

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Ailenus.M

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 ╮( ̄▽ ̄)╭

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/S.Chx

That is sweet!

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Selcen_Ozturk

Happy to be a part of it :)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/valerius4

Happy INCUVERSARY! - С годовщиной!
Also very proud to be a part of this amazing project! :)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Lavinae

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. :)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack

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

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Lavinae

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..

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack

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

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhynn

Very proud to have been and still be a part of this :)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
Mod
  • 2088

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>
October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack

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>

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Trang.

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

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

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!

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/fantomitzah

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.

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/alexinIreland

Happy Incuversary everyone! It means so much to be part of such an awesome project :)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LeMaitre

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 :)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/pp65

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.

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/sommerlied

Thank you everyone! Happy Incuversary :)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption

SOON . . .

Learn Maltese! (you can see the other discussions at the bottom of the discussion).

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

Smaller pictures please? I think they take too much discussion space... Maybe it's just me?

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption

They're only as wide as you can write. Yes, they are a bit big though, I'll go down one size.

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

Thanks!

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption

Mhux problema!

October 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

I knew u would post this StrapsOption!

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption

I knew I would too!

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

If Maltese ever (hopefully) comes out on Duolingo I'm posting a post dedicated to u... cos ur Maltese's biggest fan!

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption

Inti wisq tip!

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Nru inkwiet

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption

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.

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Way to go Teams!!!!! :D

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bookrabbit

Thank you so much for the opportunity to learn like this. It means so much to me and to many others around the world.

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/makiminami

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 :)

#incuversary

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Nitram.

Cool, thanks Duolingo. It's a pleasure working with you, most of the time.

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBryce

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!

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/cesar4000000

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!

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT

Happy incuversary, Duolingo! Here's to courses in existence right now and future courses :D

#incuversary

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BenTheGeek

I started a hashtag on Google+. Happy #incuversary!

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LoadedLingots

Happy Incuversary! You changed my life...For the better! :)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME

Happy Incuversary! Congrats!

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Dr.Manhattan95

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.

October 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Aliciaftw

Happy birthday! :) <3 Thank you for all that you do.

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

It's been a great year. Thanks for all the work. (That is some yellow couch!)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jnthsmth

I want a green Duo shirt! Is there a way I can buy one?

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/justbeth

Yep right here, http://gear.duolingo.com/ :)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MeyerLucas

Happy Incuversary! Thanks Duolingo :)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeRoccy

Happy Incuversary!!! ♪♫♪♫♪♫ Thank you Duolingo. ♥

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/josephpwaters92

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. :)

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

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.

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Beppe

just great!

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FernandoMn5

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!!!

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jessica123321

aesone

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/xxbenzxx

Happy anniversary duolingo

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/licherry55

Happy Incuversary! Amazing work from you all - you are an inspiration.

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Platypus01

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.

John

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/shaneneads

HAPPY INCUVERSARY

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth

#Happy Incuversary!

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/eadority

congratulations!

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/RyckRichards

I'm so glad because I a member of this team! @fr_pt !! (French for Portuguese speakers)

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundusfr

Better late than never. Happy incuversary ! :) Thank you SourireCach.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/eliyazdi

Can this please mean that the Swedish course gets released later today?

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack

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. :)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/eliyazdi

Oh well. At least it's close.

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Medard

Thank you guys!

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SourireCache

Continuez le travail merveilleux tous! :]

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/lindaljc

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!

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/toomath

Amazing work. Pretty soon we're all going to have to exercise an enormous amount of self-control to keep ourselves from studying ten languages at once. Will be a nice problem to have!

October 13, 2014
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