Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from January 25th to February 1st

New Records
As per my memory, this is the first time we have as many as 17 courses in Phase 1 and as many as 27 courses in Phase 3. In all we have 57 courses!

German for Portuguese got added to the incubator last week. We welcome them!

Graduated from Beta:
The French for German course graduated from the beta phase and into Phase 3! Congratulations to the FR<-DE team, to team Duo, and to the learning community for all the hard work in helping this courses reach this milestone.

If you would like to start laddering your languages, you already have so many laddering paths.

It would be fair to expect a few more graduations in the coming week or two.

Hope you like the enhancement made this week. Feedback is always welcome!

PHASE 1 Progress:

French for Portuguese - 74% | 76% | 81% | 84% (+3)

English for Thai - 79% | 81% | 81% | 83% (+2)

Hungarian for English - 67% | 73% | 75% | 76% (+1) ^

Esperanto for English - 67% | 69% | 72% | 73% (+1)

Turkish for English - 59% | 60% | 64% | 66% (+2) ^

Ukrainian for English - 47% | 56% | 62% | 62% (+0)

German for Italian - 57% | 59% | 60% | 62% (+2)

German for Turkish - 53% | 55% | 57% | 59% (+2)

Russian for English - 52% | 54% | 56% | 57% (+1) ^

Spanish for Italian - 48% | 49% | 49% | 51% (+2)

French for Italian - 41% | 42% | 42% | 43% (+1)

Spanish for German - 23% | 29% | 32% | 39% (+7)

Romanian for English - 12% | 16% | 21% | 25% (+4)

Norwegian for English - (New) 10% | 21% (+11) *

Polish for English - 10% | 12% | 12% | 13% (+1)

Vietnamese for English - 1% | 1% | 4% | 4% (+0)

German for Portuguese - (New) 1% (+1)

Average Weekly Progress: + 1.69% | 2.13% | 2.80% | 2.41%

* This week's Leader Extraordinaire
^ The Turkish, the Hungarian, & the Russian teams' progress is as per their own calculation.

Progress Visualized:

Here's what the contributing teams shared during the last week:

hideki from Team Japanese wrote a week ago:

Call for Contributors

The EN<-JA team has finally started looking for new contributors to make the course even better! See details here. We are looking forward to your application. どうぞよろしくお願いします :)

I guess I had not picked this update cleanly last week :)

Although Hideki San had added a reference in the comments, I am repeating it this week for the sake of completeness. Also the repetition would not hurt when one is looking for contributors :)

SebastianMolin from Team Romanian wrote 5 days ago:

Quarter Progress Update!

Salut la toți!
I am Sebastian, one of the newest contributor to this course and after the strong work ethic of the team the last couple of weeks, we've decided it was time to do a progress update!
I would like to start out by saying this: I want to raise attention and applaud two of the best Moderators that I know, Fantomitzah and Dan_gloriosul. I don't know if I could ever stay and verify that every sentence written by others, are 100%, and when I see how they strive to verify all the sentences I write are correct, I simply cannot wish for a better team to work with. This course would be NOTHING without the amazing moderators we've got! AndrewMasa is also a new contributor to the course as I am, and after working together for about 2 weeks, we have discovered that we have tons of things in common, but most importantly, we both want YOU to have the opportunity to learn Romanian through the Duolingo educational system. We work as a team, together we strive to give you the best Romanian course out there.
Progress is going great! We are adding new skills, new words, and new sentences every day, and our plan is to keep going at it! We've got passed the first checkpoint, but we have a ton left to do. I wouldn't hold my breath for too long, because the course is still in its early stages, and we want to make sure that everything is explained to you. Romanian grammar is somewhat on the harder scale, and sometimes it even gives natives trouble! But that's not a problem for the Romanian team here on Duolingo. :)
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the team, if you would like to contact me, I'm always available by duo, or by email -

Bună! Eu sunt Sebastian, unul dintre cei mai noi contributori la acest curs și după munca puternică al echipei în ultimele săptămâni, am decis că este timpul de a face un update!
Aș dori să încep cu acest lucru: vreau să ridic atenție și aplaude către doi dintre cei mai buni Moderatori pe care îi cunosc, Fantomitzah și Dan_gloriosul. Nu știu dacă aș putea sta vreodată, să verific că fiecare propoziție scrisă de altul, este 100% și când văd cum se străduiesc să verifice că toate propozițiile scrise de mine sunt corecte, eu pur și simplu nu pot spera pentru o echipa mai bună. Acest curs ar fi nimic fară ei! AndrewMasa este de asemenea, un contribuitor la acest curs cum sunt și eu, și după ce am lucrat împreună timp de aproximativ două săptămâni, am descoperit că avem foarte multe în comun! Dar cel mai important, ne-am dori să aveți posibilitatea de a învăța română prin sistemul educațional Duolingo. Lucrăm ca o echipă, împreună ne străduim pentru a vă oferi cel mai bun curs românesc. Progresul crește! Adăugăm capitole noi, cuvinte noi, și propoziții noi în fiecare zi, iar planul nostru este de a menține acest progres! Am trecut de primul checkpoint, dar încă avem o grămada de făcut. Nu mi-aș ține respirația pentru prea mult timp, deoarece cursul este încă în primele faze și vrem să ne asigurăm că totul este explicat. Gramatica română este mai grea, și uneori grea pentru nativi! Dar asta nu este o problemă pentru echipa română de pe Duolingo. :)
Dacă mai aveți întrebări, nu ezitați să ne contactați, dacă doriți să mă contactați pe mine, eu sunt mereu la dispoziție pe Duo, sau prin e-mail -

FrankySka from Team ES<-DE** wrote 5 days ago:

Gute Nachrichten!

Seit ein paar Tagen können wir CarstenPeters und galletarodeanda zu unserem Team zählen!


Iorua from Team Norwegian wrote 4 days ago

Week 1


It has now been a week and we feel that we should give you a small update on what we have done so far. We have had a flying start and we have managed to complete about ten per cent of the tree so far. We expect to keep the pace, but do not trust the computed completion date. – It is far too optimistic.

Norwegian allows you to write in a variety of ways. There are many ways to express oneself without being wrong. To make it easy to learn a language, the course needs to be consistent. We have chosen to follow the norm used by NTB (a press agency). This is a moderate form of Bokmål. We will, however, always accept all valid variations of grammar and words, even weird mixes of moderate and radical Bokmål.

We use the Swedish tree as a template, but it looks like the end result will be a little different. In case anyone is wondering: Nynorsk will not be a part of this course.

Be patient with us! If you have any questions, feel free to ask us in the discussion forums.

<h1>New team member wanted</h1>

We have received a large number of applications and we are happy to see such a great interest in wanting to contribute! We have decided to add one new member to our team at the moment: We are looking for a native English speaker who can help us ensure accurate and consistent translations, understandable help pages and a sensibly organised language tree.

The member should have a good grasp of Norwegian, probably at a C1 or C2 level. We will consider both existing applications as well as new ones, and we hope to make a decision in about one week.

We will consider adding additional contributors later. – Both moderators that can create course material and "alpha testers" that test what we have created so far.

amuzulo from Team Esperanto wrote 21 hours ago:

No news is good news from us :)

As you may have noticed, there hasn't been any news in quite a while and that's because, there hasn't really been any news. The course keeps progressing, but nothing really newsworthy to report.

Dejo has been doing a great job proofreading every sentence in our course. He's finished that task and has already started writing sentences. We wanted to proofread everything while still working on it to make sure we can publish it even faster when we hit 100% instead of proofreading it all at the end.

We've also been putting a lot of effort into writing detailed grammar and usage notes. You'll be delighted to hear that most of our modules have extensive notes!

In any case, paŝo post paŝo, post longa laboro, we're getting there! :)

jitengore from Team Hindi wrote 8 hours ago:

प्रिय दोस्तों,

54 सप्ताहों की निरंतर सूचनाओं के बाद, अब इस प्रवाह को हम थामेंगे। हमारे पाठ्यक्रम ने हाल ही में 26-जनवरी-2015 को बीटा चरण पूरा किया है। इसके आगे आप हमसे यदा-कदा ही सुनेंगे। हम सूचना तभी लिखेंगे, जब आपके सम्मुख कुछ महत्वपूर्ण बात लानी रहेगी। लेकिन, हमारी टीम आपकी रपटों को लगातार संबोधित करती रहेगी। बीटा चरण पूर्ण करने हेतु आपके द्वारा भेजी गई रपटें बहुत मूल्यवान रही हैं। इस समय आई हुई सारी रपटों का समाधान किया जा चुका है।

इस अवसर पर हम कई लोगों का आभार मानना चाहते हैं:

1. टीम डुओ: बेहतरीन टीम डुओ के हम आभारी हैं, इन्होंने हमें वह मंच दिया है जिसके जरिये हमारे पाठ्यक्रम से 3 लाख से अधिक हिंदी भाषी लाभांवित हो सके हैं। आपने हमारे अनुरोधों, प्रतिपुष्टियों, और सुझावों को सहर्ष स्वीकार कर हमें सहयोग देकर यहाँ तक पहुँचने में मदद प्रदान की है। हम मोनिका, चेनक्सी, और लुईस को अप्रतिम सहयोग देने हेतु धन्यवाद देना चाहेंगे। साथ ही इनक्यूबेटर की अद्वितीय टीम, डुओलिंगो समुदाय की टीम, तथा संपूर्ण डुओलिंगो टीम का हार्दिक धन्यवाद्।

2. पुराने टीम सदस्य: हमारी टीम के दो सदस्य हाल ही में अपना काम संपन्न कर हमसे बिदा ले चुकें हैं। अंकित और जॉर्ज, दोनों इस टीम का अभिन्न हिस्सा रहे हैं। उनकी सेवा का आभार मानते हुए हमारी ओर से उन्हें शुभ कामनाएँ। जब भी वे पुनः टीम में शामिल होना चाहेंगे, उनके लिए द्वार सदा खुले रहेंगे।

3. इनक्यूबेटर के मित्र: इनक्यूबेटर के अनेक भाषाओँ के मित्रों के प्रति हम आभारी हैं। इनक्यूबेटर से हमारा संबंध घर जैसा रहा है। हमने इन मित्रों से कई बातें सीखी हैं और इस तरह आपने भी हमारी सफलता में योगदान दिया है।

4. डुओलिंगो समुदाय: हमारे उपयोगकर्ताओं द्वारा भेजी गई रपटें बड़ी महत्वपूर्ण रही हैं। अभी भी, लगभग 10% रपटें स्वीकार की जाती हैं। इन रपटों के बिना हमारे पाठ्यक्रम को सुद्रढ़ और सक्षम बनाना बहुत कठिन रहा होता।

लेकिन पिछले कुछ महीनों से आई हुई नुक्ते के अनुपयुक्त प्रयोग संबंधित कुछ रपटें सही नहीं हैं। कृपया आगे ऐसी रपटें न भेजें। "ज़ूता", "ज़ैसे", "क़रना" इत्यादि की सही वर्तनी "जूता", "जैसे", "करना" है। कृपया अपना और हमारा समय व्यर्थ ना होने दें। ऐसी अशुद्ध वर्तनी को हम मान्य नहीं करेंगे।

अंत में हम आपको कुछ आँकड़े तथा घटनाक्रम दिखाना चाहेंगे।

  1. पाठ्यक्रम में पढ़ाये गए शब्द: 1952
    \2. पाठ्यक्रम के शब्द चित्र: 301
    \3. प्रथम चरण: 12 सप्ताह
    \4. द्वितीय चरण: 40 सप्ताह
    \5. विद्यार्थी (जनवरी 2015): 3 लाख
    \6. औसतन रपटें प्रति 100 विद्यार्थी (पिछले 30 दिन): 2.73
    \7. औसतन रपटें प्रति 100 विद्यार्थी (पिछले 20 दिन): 2.45
    \8. टीम: 5 सदस्य


Dear friends,

After 54 weeks of continuous weekly updates, we will now take a break. Our course has just graduated from beta on 26-Jan-2015. Henceforth, the updates will be sporadic. We will write an update only when there is something significant to share with you. However, we will continue to address the user reports. The user reports have been very valuable for us to take the course reach the recent milestone. As of now all the incoming reports have been addressed.

We would like to take a moment to acknowledge the contributions from various folks:

1. Team Duo: We are very thankful to the awesome Duo Team that has provided our Hindi team the platform to build a course for English that has benefited over 302,000 Hindi speakers so far. You have taken our requests, feedback, and suggestions and collaborated wonderfully with us to help us reach here. We would like to call out Monica, Chenxi, and Luis for their invaluable help. Also thanks to the incredible Incubator Dev team, the community team, and the entire Team Duo.

2. Ex-teammates: We would like to thank our two teammates who have recently chosen to move on to different things in their lives. Both Ankit and George have been part and parcel of our team for a long time. We wish them success and also would like to remind that our doors are always open if and when they decide to rejoin.

3. Incubator friends: We have enjoyed working with incubator contributors for the several courses. Logging into the incubator has always felt like a home. We have learned a lot from you and you have contributed to our course's success.

4. The Duolingo community: Our course takers have provided us with invaluable feedback. Even now, our user report acceptance rate is about 10%. It would have been highly impossible to refine our course content without your suggested reports.

At the same time, there have been a few reports, more so in the recent few months, with unacceptable use of the nukta (bottom dot). Please do not send us reports with incorrect use of the nuktas such as - ज़ूता (shoe), ज़ैसे (like), क़रना (to do), etc. The correct words are without the nuktas - जूता, जैसे, करना. Please do not waste your time and our time! We will NOT accept such incorrect spellings.

We will leave you with some statistics and the timeline of our enjoyable journey.

  1. Total words taught in our course: 1952
    \2. Total words images in our course: 301
    \3. Number of weeks in Phase 1: 12
    \4. Number of weeks in Phase 2: 40
    \5. Number of learners as of January, 2015: Over 300,000
    \6. Average report count last 30 days: 2.73 reports per 100 users
    \7. Average report count last 20 days: 2.45 reports per 100 users
    \8. Number of team members: 5

Best Regards.

For those of you eagerly awaiting the reverse course (Hindi from English), I would like to say that we too are waiting to get the nod from Team Duo soon!

AlexinTurkey from Team Turkish wrote an hours ago:

So Much (Good) News

Merhabalar! Hey guys!

We have so much good news! Really.

Please join us in inviting gamzebilsen to our team. She is going to help us finish the course and has been great so far. We also have invited two other people to participate in our course development, Derya and Aslan. They are going to help us finish writing Tips and Notes, which is going to be really important for our course since Turkish grammar is a challenge for native English speakers. This is going to help speed everything up as well.

On top of all of this, we have already been testing out TTS for the course. We are struggling to find a satisfactory program, so please be patient in this regard. Get ready. Turkish is coming!

The Turkish Team

Nitram. from Team Hungarian wrote a little after the bell :)

Progress Update 2015/01/25 -> 2015/02/01


Not much to tell this week. Progress is made, albeit slowly.

Number of completed words: 1837. Currently working on Chapter 9 (out of 10 chapters).


  • PUB (percentage until beta) --> 76% (+1)
  • PUC (percentage until completion) --> 27% (+0)

(In case you don't understand what PUB and PUC is, please read our previous updates -- for those reading this in jitengore's post: you can find our previous updates here (scroll down).)

That's all for now, see you next week! :)

TL;DR It seems that it was only yesterday that we had 50 courses on Duolingo and now we have 57! More graduations to come in the coming weeks. The French from German course graduated from beta and the German from Portuguese has come to the incubator.

The next update is expected on Sunday, 8th of February at 4:00 pm UTC.

Previous Update 18-Jan to 25-Jan

February 1, 2015


Yay! Polish moved by +1%! C'mon Team Polish! We're all shouting for you :D

February 1, 2015

I think the polish course would be of great interest to all us irish considering the amount of polish people in ireland! :)

February 1, 2015

At this rate, we're only 1 year and a half away from the polish course lol

February 2, 2015

Wow - Norwegian is moving really fast! Keep it up!

February 1, 2015

Team Norwegian need a drugs test.

February 1, 2015

They are definitely getting DADA (Duolingo Anti Doping Agency) interested. DADA has been silent ever since it examined closely the fierce competition between the Dutch and the Irish teams in June 2014.

February 1, 2015

Haha brilliant! Keep up the good work on the updates by the way, I look forward to reading them every week :)

February 1, 2015

Thanks for the update, Jiten! :D It's a little slower than last week, but still, lots of progress! Norwegian is going so fast! :D I applied to be an alpha-tester, that would be great!

February 1, 2015

Your willingness to do so much over here is truly inspiring, Jack!

February 1, 2015

Thank you very much, Jiten! You're the same! :)

February 2, 2015

What is an alpha-tester?

February 5, 2015

How does one apply to be an alpha tester on a given course?

February 3, 2015

Thank you, as always, for these excellent updates!

February 1, 2015

Exciting stuff! Thanks for the updates, you're a star.

February 1, 2015

Thanks for being so kind and generous :)

February 1, 2015

Hopefully Amharic will be a part of the progress list soon!

February 1, 2015

Come on French for Portuguese! Really want to start this, would be perfect practice!

February 1, 2015

Wow, is that some double laddering you're talking about doing? Impressive!

February 2, 2015

Indeed, my L3 -> L4. :)

February 2, 2015

Thank you so much for the update, I look forward to these every week!

Is there a typo in the progress list, though? It says "Turkish for English - 59% | 60% | 64% | 66% (+0) ^" - that should be (+2), I assume? Or is the course still at 64 %?

Anyway, I can't wait for Norwegian and it's amazing how fast team Norwegian is making progress! :-)

February 1, 2015

Yes, that was an omission on the % delta. Although, the 2% was already accounted for in the overall progress number of 2.41%. Lingots for you in gratitude!

Yes, The Norwegian team is flying :)

February 1, 2015

I'm quite sure hideki (Team Japanese) didn't post that... You seem to have swapped it with the Romanian Team's update. Regardless, thanks for your work :) And congrats to Team Hindi!!

February 1, 2015

I am working with a bug there...

EDIT: Incubator contributors, please include the hyphen when you write the language pair in your updates. EN<-JA is good, if you miss the hyphen -, that creates issues.

February 1, 2015

Great job everyone! I am so excited for Turkish! Wish it could have been before my next trip there, but that's okay, it just means I'll have to go again and again! :)

February 1, 2015

when is your next trip? :)

February 1, 2015

This April! :) Kusadasi this time. Hoping to also take a boat ride over to a Greek island for a day or even get over to Pamukkale. It's okay. :) I ended up learning a bit of Italian while I've been waiting for Turkish. :) I should work on my Turkish on other sites while I'm waiting, but this method is so easy to jump right into and see a lot of progress and I'm sure the course here will be just great! :) Thank you again for your efforts!!!! So generous of you!!!

February 1, 2015

maybe you can still try the course before your trip ;)

February 1, 2015

That would be super!!! :)

February 1, 2015


February 3, 2015

Gooo team Russian!

February 2, 2015

Thanks for the support!

February 2, 2015

Another cheer from over here (hey, that rhymed!!) - I wish my Russian was current enough to apply to help!

February 3, 2015

Thanks for the support. We are certainly getting closer everyday to the release(not that it is that close). Don't worry, our course is coming. ;)

February 3, 2015
  • 1997

Namaste Hindi!

February 1, 2015

नमस्ते, फ़िल :)

आपने यहाँ बड़ी लंबी पारी खेली है। (You have played a very long innings over here)!

February 1, 2015
  • 1997

Yes, I would like to learn to play Cricket, too!

February 1, 2015

It is so minor I didn't want to start a new thread, so I thought I would ask here: What is the flag between the Norwegian flag and the blue flag with an egg on the flag sprite? I was looking at the sprite and it doesn't seem familiar and I don't remember seeing it before (which probably just indicates how fallible my memory is).

Here is the flag sprite link.

Edit: Found it.

February 3, 2015

The German -> French course also had an update posted, which is missing above.

February 4, 2015

Oh! Great. I will add it next week. Here's the link:

A Friendly reminder: All phase 3 course contributors, please let me know when you post an update. I look at only Phase 1 & Phase 2 courses for updates each Sunday morning (PST).

February 4, 2015

Super excited for Eo!

February 5, 2015

Team Russia!!! I am excited

February 10, 2015
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