Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from February 1st to February 8th

Another graduation and another entry
The Danish course has graduated out of beta! Congratulations to all involved for their hard work! That was quick indeed!

And German for French has entered the incubator! Welcome to the team. This team has started with a bang. They already show 26% progress, however I have discounted their initial boost of 13% upon entry. With an effective progress of 13%, they are the Leader Extraordinaire this week.

Well, we continue to have as many as 18 courses making progress in Phase 1 and the overall progress number is 3.33%. It has been several weeks since we saw this number above 3%.

Great job, all teams!

Welcoming new contributors
You will find several welcome messages in various course updates below. I really like to see these. They continue to remind us that the incubator community is a very well-knit one and is growing and is playing a key role in Duo's success!

PHASE 1 Progress:

French for Portuguese - 76% | 81% | 84% | 87% (+3)

English for Thai - 81% | 81% | 83% | 83% (+0)

Hungarian for English - 73% | 75% | 76% | 77% (+1) ^

Esperanto for English - 69% | 72% | 73% | 76% (+3)

Turkish for English - 60% | 64% | 66% | 70% (+4) ^

Ukrainian for English - 56% | 62% | 62% | 66% (+4)

German for Italian - 59% | 60% | 62% | 63% (+1)

German for Turkish - 55% | 57% | 59% | 62% (+3)

Russian for English - 54% | 56% | 57% | 59% (+2) ^

Spanish for Italian - 49% | 49% | 51% | 52% (+1)

French for Italian - 42% | 42% | 43% | 46% (+3)

Spanish for German - 29% | 32% | 39% | 45% (+6)

Norwegian for English - (New) 10% | 21% | 28% (+7)

German for French - (New) 26% (+13) *

Romanian for English - 16% | 21% | 25% | 26% (+1)

Polish for English - 12% | 12% | 13% | 13% (+0)

German for Portuguese - (New) 1% | 9% (+8)

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

Average Weekly Progress: + 2.80% | 2.88% | 2.41% | 3.33%

* 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:

Benschop from Team FR<-DE wrote one week ago:

Mission accomplie : nous sommes sortis de la phase Beta !

Nach viel Arbeitsschweiß, unzähligen Stunden Arbeit im Incubator (vielen Dank für Eure Satzvorschläge) und regem Austausch in unserer "équipe franco-allemande" dürfen wir Euch nun feierlich verkünden, dass wir die Betaphase hinter uns haben und im Kreis der stabilen Kurse bei Duolingo sind!

Dabei arbeiten wir weiterhin an Euren Verbesserungsvorschlägen und wollen den Kurs weiter vorantreiben. Mit knapp 300.000 Kursteilnehmern kommen viele wertvolle Vorschläge von Eurer Seite!

Wir arbeiten momentan nicht nur an der schrittweisen Integration der bereits angekündigten Grammatikhinweise für weitere Lektionen, sondern wollen in naher Zukunt ebenfalls den Kurs "Deutsch für Französischsprachige" in Angriff nehmen.

Wir halten Euch auf dem Laufenden,

Eure équipe franco-allemande

Iorua from Team Norwegian wrote 5 days ago:

Say hei to Luke!

Today our team got our first new member: luke51991. Give him a warm welcome!

Vennlig hilsen Andreas, Aleksander og Luke

vivisaurus from Team FR<-IT wrote 2 days ago:

Welcome MariaSofia1994!

We're glad to have you here and know you'll be a great addition to our French course. =]

Bruno_de_Brito from Team FR<-PT wrote 2 days ago:

We have new members !

I want to introduce Sidrane and Sofia, the first girls in our team! I'm excited to see their work here !!!

d.batta from Team IT<-FR wrote yesterday:

L'équipe FR-IT cherche des collaborateurs !

Bonjour à tous les francophones et les italophones !

Nous cherchons des collaborateurs pour notre cours de Français/Italien. Si tu parles les deux langues, nous aimerions que tu poses ta candidature. Si tu aimes les languages et Duolingo et tu as envie d'aider les autres personnes à apprendre et à communiquer, vas dans l'Incubateur et écris pourquoi tu voudrais collaborer avec nous. Nous avons hâte de lire ta candidature! Tu peux cliquer ici pour aller directement au formulaire de candidature.

hideki from Team Japanese wrote eight hours ago:

New Contributors

Please welcome the new contributors to the Japanese team: @Kippis, @lmsuzuki, @ryosuke1975, @snakehunter, @yyamauch0926

Nitram. from Team Hungarian wrote three hours ago:

Progress Update 2015/02/01 -> 2015/02/08

Hi everybody :)

Team Hungary here. Progress was slow this week too, especially as boringtomi was accidentally kicked from the team by the system... Now we are trying to get him back. :P

Number of completed words: 1843. Still working on Chapter 9 (out of 10).


  • PUB (percentage until beta) --> 77% (+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).)

Thanks for your anticipation, and please bear with us!

See you all next Sunday! :)

TL;DR Several courses in Phase 1 making great progress. Overall progress was 3.33% last week.

The next update is expected on Sunday, 15th of February at 4:00 pm UTC.

Previous Update 25-Jan to 01-Feb

February 8, 2015


Go, Team Turkish!!!!

February 8, 2015

We are trying to rush along....not to much longer. I know you and GeniusJack have been waiting! :D

February 9, 2015

and me! :P

February 9, 2015

Me too! I'm confused about the progress: 95% or 70% ?!

February 9, 2015

Never trust the calculator until either Selcen or I say it is time to trust it! That may be a while. :D

February 9, 2015

70% :) Don't trust the calculator!

February 9, 2015
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and me ! :-D

February 9, 2015

This is the course I'm the most excited for!! :D It's going to be so amazing!! :D

February 8, 2015

Can you even imagine the elation and joy on the part of the users waiting, and the elation and joy on the part of Selcen, Alex, et al (from not having to explain it for the nth time) when Turkish is -actually- at 95%? I think people might explode from excitement.

February 9, 2015

This is my favorite post I have ever read about the Turkish course ever. ;)

February 9, 2015

Glad to see Eo is climbing steadily!

February 8, 2015

Me too! I wish I had the ability to help them go faster cause I reeeeally want to get stuck in.

February 8, 2015

Don't worry, we should have some really exciting news about the Esperanto course this week! ;)

February 9, 2015

Oh, fantastic! I shall keep an eye out: consider me officially excited :D

February 9, 2015

I love the sound of that. :) I am trying to get as much head start as I can while I have been somewhat patiently waiting for the EO course.

February 10, 2015

Mi estas tre ekscitita por la proksima semajno! Mi ne povis atendi, kaj mi estas studado kun la komputilan programo, "Kurso de Esperanto," ĝis via kurso sur Duolingo estas preta!

February 10, 2015

A free lesson (I hope you don't mind the correction):

Mi estas tre ekscitita por la venonta semajno! Mi ne povas atendi, kaj mi studas per la komputila programo, "Kurso de Esperanto", ĝis kiam via kurso ĉe Duolingo estas preta!

Bonege... bonan studadon kaj mi esperas, ke miaj korektoj helpas vin! :)

February 10, 2015

Viaj korektoj helpas min ankaŭ! Dankon :)

Also, wow, serious progress already the last couple of days, Team Esperanto! :-o

February 10, 2015

"venonta" = coming, "proksima" = nearby (physical location)

"mi estas studado" = I am the act of studying. It's usually best to just simply say the simple "Mi studas." If you really want to emphasize that you're currently studying, then you can stay "Mi estas studanta." or more simply "Mi studantas."

The only way I could think of using "estas studado" would be like, "Estas studado en la biblioteko." = "There is studying in the library." but even that's a bit of a stretch. :)

February 11, 2015

Pardonu min, sed kial "venonta?'' Kaj, kial ne "studado?" Mi kredas, kial "per" kaj "ĉe." Sed la aliaj? Se mi estas lerni, mi devas kompreni.

Dankon kaj ĝis!

February 11, 2015

Go Hungarian! and also Turkish! and Russian! and Polish! and Esperanto! and Norwegian!

Edit: And also all the other ones, but those are the ones I plan to do

February 8, 2015

Dedication is difficult ;) I am rooting for the same teams as well!

February 9, 2015

FYI there was an AMA on reddit a few days ago for one of the guys building the Norwegian course. I don't know the link to it though.

February 8, 2015
February 8, 2015

From the AMA, check out what he said about Turkish:

February 9, 2015

I was traveling this weekend in the amazing town of Bursa, so I didn't see this until Selcen sent it to me. Get ready!!!! We have a (hopefully) good course ahead of us!

February 9, 2015

Oh, good!! We are ready!!! :D I'm sure it will be amazing!!!

February 9, 2015

Most intriguing :D

February 9, 2015

JP>EN course got four new contributors. They might graduate from beta soon (yet I think it will still take months).

February 8, 2015

Thanks (and lingots) for the reminder. Earlier, I had missed to include the Japanese update. Thanks also to Oesterreich7!

There are even more "Welcome" messages for the contributors now!

February 8, 2015

Thanks AGEQUODAGIS & jitengore!!

February 8, 2015




February 8, 2015


February 11, 2015

Thank you for the update!

February 8, 2015

I hope the Vietnamese course has not run into any major troubles :-|

Also from my part much appreciation to jitengore for these regular updates. They are something I very much look forward to every week.

February 8, 2015

We're doing our best! :) There are several difficulty in planning the course but it shouldn't be a permanent issue.

February 9, 2015

Looks like their progress today had a nice bump, after this report, to 5.6%.

February 9, 2015

So many languages...

There are so many!

February 8, 2015

Polish course still with zero progress, really sad to see it as a Polish.

February 8, 2015

One of my co-workers is Polish and is interested. He has recently joined (as in started) Duolingo and might be in a position to help the Polish team.

Disclaimer: I have a selfish interest in this course as part of my team is in Poland :)

February 8, 2015

Yeah, I was also applying for the course creating but it seems that my qualifications are not enough (just a high school student, I understand it).

February 9, 2015

Yeah, I wish it would be due for sooner. I know some Polish people who are bilingual, so maybe I can see if they would be interested. I really want to learn Polish because it is such a beautiful country.

February 8, 2015

I really want to learn Polish too. I do have a friend who I think is pretty much bilingual in Polish and English so I might see if she's interested in helping the team out.

February 8, 2015

Yes, yes, yes. The main language I'm studying now is Polish and it's so frustrating not being able to use Duolingo for it. :( Proof:

February 9, 2015

If you or anyone else have any learning questions you can ask me here on Duolingo, I'll do my best to help you and perhaps reasonable would be creating in the discussion section a topic with questions & answers for learners of Polish.

February 10, 2015


February 8, 2015

Good to see team Romanian making steady progress, I know they were stuck for a while :)

February 8, 2015

Oh man, so many great languages coming up. After finishing my Spanish tree now I want to do all of them. Every last one of them.

February 8, 2015

Jitengore, could you edit the FR-PT update?I have added Sofia also! Thanks :)

February 9, 2015

Added your new edits, Bruno_de_Brito.

February 9, 2015

Thanks bro!!! :D

February 9, 2015

Thank you so much for the update! Very exciting to see the teams's progress, as every week.

February 8, 2015

Great update as always, thanks jitengore!

February 8, 2015

Go team Russia!!!

February 10, 2015

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    Go Team Russia! I'm glad to see progress.

    February 11, 2015

    Ukrainian all the way !! Good job guys.

    February 11, 2015

    So proud to see Vietnamese up there. It's the first Asian language for English speakers started here! So exciting! I am really hoping Korean follows shortly!!!

    February 8, 2015

    Yeah Korean! That's the only language I might actually be in a position to contribute. :) Also it would be cool to see some of the other big ones, like Chinese and Japanese (I'd really look forward to that). Although there are already quite a number of languages here already, and some that are planned to enter the incubator soon.

    So anyway, if you have a basic question about Korean I'd be happy to try and answer it for you.

    February 9, 2015

    Wow, Norwegian and Esperanto are both powering on, significant progress just in the last two days!

    February 10, 2015

    One question, though. I met a Norwegian woman a month ago who told me Swedish was almost the same language entirely as Norwegian. How close are the languages? Are they as close as say, Spanish and Portuguese, or even more similar?

    February 8, 2015

    You can make an argument that Swedish, Norwegian and Danish are dialects of one language. Wikipedia has an interesting section on it here.

    February 9, 2015

    Team Turkish for the win.

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