Bye bye Beta!
After approximately two months of being in Beta, the Swedish course has graduated to become a proper member of the Duolingo family.
We are incredibly happy and proud to have reached this point and I would particularly like to thank our present contributors; Anders91, Blehg, Lundgren8 & Zmrzlina who have done a great job and been very active in the forums. And also a warm thank you to our previous contributors; Cpwetterqv, Gealach24 & Sholeh
I would also like to thank all of you who have taken the course and sent invaluable reports to us. We would not have gotten this far, this quick, without you.
But most importantly I would like to thank my co-moderator Arnauti who has been an excellent companion on this journey. Thank you so much! I am looking forward to continue working with you on improving this tree and building new ones. Hopefully, we’ll soon get to start working on the reverse tree!
Last but not least, as many of already have noticed, the Swedish special letters å, ä & ö have finally arrived! Not a minute too early… This means that the Swedish tree will become a lot less lenient since å, ä & ö aren’t just modifications of A & O, they are individual letters. If you write “Lara” instead of “Lära” This will be regarded just as wrong as if you had written “Ltra”. In this case you would of course get a typo warning.
Don’t think that we will stop working on the course just because it is out of Beta! Our mission and dedication remains the same!
Congratulations/Grattis Team Swedish! I cannot properly express how proud I am of you. You've put your hearts and souls into this course through thick and thin and I'm just so impressed. This became more than just a course with anonymous people building it to me when a struggling family member received a beautiful post card from Sweden, offering them hope and encouragement. It meant the world to us. And even beyond that, this course means so much to me personally. Thank you so much for the course, for everything. :'D
Just a guess - there are 9 million Swedes and generally, they are very good at speaking English. In fact, they have been ranked the best country in the world for learning English as a foreign language: http://www.thelocal.se/20131107/swedes-ranked-again-best-world-english. So I would think there are more folks around the world that want to learn Swedish than the other way around.
Yes I am aware of that. I was wondering because typically Duolingo seems to do the X→English course rather than vice versa. The reason usually being given that there are already many X→English courses that can be modified to build the tree so it's the supposedly easier direction to start with. I was actually half expecting not to see a Swedish→English course.
The point is that that wouldn't be as useful or as popular as a course to learn Swedish, and in fact it would be just another course teaching English, as opposed to a new one teaching a new language. If duolingo had adopted that approach there would likely only be one new language tree (Dutch).
As for the reverse course, it'll still be useful, for young swedes who haven't yet mastered the language.
Well done for leaving beta so quickly. I am not completely surprised as you really impressed me with how quickly you responded to reports.
I loved the course, and am still enjoying working on the tree to get it nice and shiny. Thankyou for making it and for working so hard to get it right.
For some reason even though I have strengthened my skills on time and family, they will not go gold. This is through the app on windows phone, android and on pc. Not sure if I'm reporting this in the right place lol. Congratulations on all you have achieved, I'm very greatful for the course :-)
Nice to hear that it has graduated from beta, but I think you still have some work left, at least with these ones (and maybe with others too, I didn't go trough all of them): https://www.duolingo.com/skill/sv/Verbs:-Conditional https://www.duolingo.com/skill/sv/Active-Participles https://www.duolingo.com/skill/sv/Passive-Participles https://www.duolingo.com/skill/sv/Directions
Yes of course! We are aware of that and we will continue working on everything. We actually never really got a choice whether we wanted to exit the Beta phase or not. If we had, then maybe it would have taken longer since we know that there still are some issues. But then again I guess we'll never feel 100% ready. There will always be areas to improve.
Our main issue remains the TTS and we are probably going to try out a new one quite soon.
It seems to be really hard for the course developers to see their course as done, because of the nature of Duolingo courses continuously requiring new translations and corrections. This is unlike a book or a compiled piece of software.
So sometimes it makes sense for Duolingo to push out courses out of Beta status when they are good enough because the beta status may make people believe that it still hasn't been tested thoroughly. For example, how many people would consider being a passenger on an experimental plane that is in "beta" status ?
As for the TTS, I really think the course developers should push for Duolingo to allow embedding of audio files in the sentence discussion, although a downside could be people linking to audio files containing inappropriate content. Though this already happens with images.
Not necessarily, compiled software cannot be changed. What software developers do is create a new file and simply replace the older one. Although I do agree with you that some things are never finished.
One can never truly stop learning a language, and as a result a language course can never truly be complete.
But a beta label is meant to signify that products " generally have many more bugs in it than completed software, as well as speed/performance issues and may still cause crashes or data loss.".
While I don't know how lingot would exactly be translated from English to Finnish in this context, I would guess kristalliharkko (crystal bar/ignot) could be a close one. Other way around it's much easier: Lingot (pl. of linko) means slings, centrifuges, or older (by design) washing machines.
But they are different letters, the dots and circles are NOT just accents. ÅÄÖ have their own place in the Swedish alphabet as distinct letters. In fact they come at the end of the alphabet. Ä is not even next to A in alphabetic order.
So it is definitely a typo if you type "a" instead of "ä," because it is the completely wrong letter. It is like thinking you can type Q instead of O in English just because they look the same.
I'd love to see the double-blind study that established this fact. ;-)
What we have is a different perspective. Actually a 'q' really is an 'o' with special marks added to make it represent the sound k. Just as the letter 'll' is two letters. These are appropriate paradigms, even if not accepted by the authorities.
The difference, you understand, isn't between hitting [a] or [å], it's between a or [alt]+---. That's the fast way of typing it, unless I want to give up all my punctuation.
It's not a huge issue. The current Duolingo solution is better than the Memrise solution (where they ignore diacritics and accents unless you put some but not all.)
P.S. Taking me to task for not getting them right, admittedly IS a good thing. Hated when I got no notice. I would have to check closely how it treats me on the "almost" which would mean failing my time-session.
Yes, that may be the origin of the letters, but if you go around thinking that you can type o instead of q, you are going to look very silly and maybe be misunderstood. And the same if you use a/o instead of åäö. In the thread about åäö buttons being added, someone has good examples of words that completely have their meaning changed by substituting a/o instead of the actual letters.
If you are serious about learning Swedish, you should probably look into a better way of typing the åäö than the alt-numbers. You can switch your keyboard layout, for instance, there's a lot of help for that around.
Anyway, my original point was just that an error message saying "Pay attention to the accents" would be absolutely incorrect and misleading. Because even if accents are the origin of the letters, today they are letters in their own right as acknowledged by the Swedish alphabet.
Actually, é is not a distinct letter in Swedish, so in that case "Pay attention to the accents" would be fine to say.
I really think there needs to be a lesson or some reading about the alphabet and åäö. (Ugh, I think it would actually be easier if the letters looked nothing like a and o, because then there wouldn't be so many people trying to convince themselves that the dots are just unnecessary decoration)
@glitterkitty: Forlåt. Jag vill inte gör problemet. Jag pluggar på svenska i en timme varje dag, med Memrise och Duolingo. Jag använda å, ö och ä nar jag skriver, med alt+299 eller värför räkneörd jag behöver. Men, jag behöver att lara räkneörder för min stor bokstaver. Det är lått, använda WINDOWS svenska tangentbord, med duolingo. Vi behöver inte citationstecken eller annan stecken, på duolingo. När jag skriver förverkligen, i livet, det är inte bra, darför att jag behöver alla stecken.
Men jag förstår värför ni sagar jag skulle gor det med tångentborden. På en uppgift, det kan att arbeta.
Förlåt om jag skriver det dåligt Jag gör det bara ifrån minne.
Jag vill att lara mormors språket utantill, och pratar flytande. Kommer det på frågan? Jag måste att förtsätta att arbeta allvarlig.
Forgive me. I don't want to make the problem. I study Swedish for an hour everyday, with Memrise and Duolingo. I use å, ä and ö when I write, with alt+299 or whatever figure I need. But, I do need to learn the codes for my capital letters. It's easy, using windows Swedish keyboard for duolingo. We don't need quotation marks or anything, IN DUOLINGO. When I write in life, it's not good, because I need all the marks.
But I understand why y'all say I should do that with the keyboard. For an exercise, it can work.
Sorry, if I write badly. I did this only from memory.
I want to learn Grandma's language by heart, and speak fluently. Will that come into the question? I must continue to work seriously.
I know that I'm a bit hard headed, but it's so easy to get taken wrong on the internet...
Here, have a lingot for taking the language seriously enough to adapt to a new keyboard layout for awhile. :) Many people don't seem to be willing to put any effort into that, which makes me wonder if they ever intend to actually use the language outside of Duolingo, or what.
Wooooo! Noticed the Swedish special letters appeared and figured that it meant that the course was finally out of the beta phase! Awesome work team!
And can't wait for the reverse tree! I'm sure you guys will make it as fantastic as this one is, I'm really looking forward to it... Once I've done this one (if I ever get to the end of it!)
I'm actually wondering whether you'll translate the Swedish tree into English, or translate Duo's English tree into Swedish, although there are bound to be many inconsistencies created by translating the English tree into Swedish (different skills/words. This seems like an interesting conundrum for Duolingo.
Also perhaps the Scandinavian incubator teams could collaboratively a common bonus skill related to their courses (maybe something related to Scandinavia or vikings).
Grattis och tack så mycket ni alla! The Swedish team, course builders and moderators, along with some sympathetic native speakers and smart foreigners at high levels, have done a great job not only building the course but in responding to comments in the discussions and changing things when warranted. I've really appreciated the flexibility in accepting typos as well as very fluent English translations (rather than the stiffly literal ones that are necessary to use in other courses). You guys have really made an excellent course.