A message from the Korean/English Incubator Team :)
As the title of this post implies, our team seriously needs high quality applicants/contributors. Previously, this course made really great progress in the beginning and then slowed down for a few months. As a result, we decided to select new contributors for this course. If you are passionate about Duolingo and langauges, you have solid Korean/English knowledge, you know Korean perfectly and you are willing to spend sufficient time weekly in the Incubator to make this project a success, then please apply. Share with us your reason for applying, the level you have in each of the two languages and for how much time you would be available. It is a bonus in case you have attended or you are attending a university and took/are taking a course on the Korean/English language or if you have some experience in teaching Korean/English to foreigners. The key words here: experience and fluency.
If you want to become a contributor, you will have to write two essays, one in Korean and one in English, explaining your intentions on why you would like to be a contributor. If you want to increase your chances of becoming a contributor make sure your application has ZERO grammatical errors. We are not only looking to see if you have the passion and time to contribute but we also want to see how good your language skills really are. Before you apply, keep in mind the requirements for being a contributor: Bilingual. You have to be fluent in both languages to contribute accurate learning content. Committed. It takes hours of work each week to make real progress on a course. Passionate about languages and helping the world. This is what will keep you going. In addition to these official, minimum requirements, having certain additional qualifications, such as a background in language education or computer science can help. Do you speak Korean and English fluently? Are you a Duolingo community member? Do you have a passion for Duolingo and Korean/English? Interested in spreading free language education to the world? Then apply to be a contributor for Korean today through the Incubator Page
This is great news!
But seriously, could this happen with Romanian too? And possibly Polish? They've barely moved at all in the past 5 months, and Esperanto has been here for a short time and is over a third of the way there. 2 of the contributors are never active for Romanian, and the other two's lives probably have made them hard to participate too often on the course... We don't want stalled courses floating around the incubator, blocking up spaces for new ones!
Polish is looking pretty good at the moment. Few weeks ago they started to make slow progress and now they've done 1.1% in the last two days.
I agree they need to look into doing this with other languages, but Luis said they've maintained contact with the course teams, so if they know what's going on, then I'm sure it'll work out. Also, I feel like people are comparing the Esperanto team a lot, and although the Esperanto team is amazing and kicking butt, I think it's worth repeating that Esperanto was designed to be easy to learn.
Well, another example other than Esperanto is Ukrainian, which is still making good progress even though their reverse course is still in Beta...
The Ukrainian course is being built by the Peace Corps, so it's not that surprising that they move faster than a lot of the other courses.
I think I just had déjà vu. I'm pretty sure I heard you say that a long time ago.
I don't recall that because I just learned this information recently. I think your brain is just playing tricks on you.
However, I AM SO UPSET! I qualify all of the requirements except the last one-"I must confirm that I am over 13 years old." If only there were exceptions. :(
If you have a social network outside of Duolingo (Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, etc.) please spread the word and link to this discussion to help spread the word beyond Duolingo! We can do it! Good luck Team Korean and thank you Myra and ParkTheBus! :D
(PS Have tweeted!)
I'm very interested about this news as a Korean. I really want to give my whole support, but I am poor English speaker... Oh
I am really glad to see another call for applicants being put out as Korean is the language that I want to learn the most by far. I actually asked Luis about the Korean course in his AMA yesterday, though I only asked him about the employee situation. I was really sad to see progress completely grind to a halt on English for Korean speakers a while ago as the original contributors seemed to have mostly or completely abandoned the course (I have nothing against them as they did a lot of work, just stating facts.) though luckily you guys got some new contributors recently. Hopefully soon you will be able to start development on the Korean for English speakers course.:) I started to learn Korean recently and while I am making some progress, this initial stage is quite the unfun grind without Duolingo. There are lots of "koreaboos" nowadays, thanks to the Hallyu, and we have quite a presence and active fanbase on the internet, so I think a Duolingo course for learning Korean would be a big hit. I understand that this call for applicants is for English for Korean speakers, but that is an important prerequisite for the opposite course becoming a reality.:)
This is excellent news. I know that there will be many people who will appreciate seeing proof that Duolingo is willing to step in and get additional resources for a course when needed.
From a personal point of view, as a student of a Korean martial art, I am looking forward to a time when I can learn the language as well. No need to rush though, I have to get through French first, then Dutch, then...
Remember folks, it is English for Korean, not Korean for English... we can't see Korean for English applications yet! Also, writing your essays from 1000 to 2000 characters won't hurt. ;)
Of course, however, English for Korean is a path that must be taken on the journey to a Korean for English speakers course, so I'm still excited.
Well, I'm a Korean, trying to learn English. I think I can give some help for you guys. I'll do it. :)