Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from March 15th to March 22nd

More upcoming graduations!
\1. Hopefully, I am not the first person :) to disclose to you that Turkish course is scheduled to launch its beta phase tomorrow!

\2. And the Ukrainian team too has reached 100% completion. So their beta launch too should not be far behind.

The Duo world is buzzing with excitement!

Incubator stories
Very happy to see the reinstatement of the lovely incubator stories. I hope to see more of them leading up to the first Incubator summit next month and beyond!

Incubator average progress
When some of the teams updates (such as the Ukrainian this week) share their chart from their Incubator page, you also get a glimpse at how all the course teams are progressing. It is evident from the chart below that the teams have been completing around 500 plus sentences & UI strings each week since August of 2014 - follow the green line on the chart that is part of the Ukrainian update.

500 days!
On the personal front, with the streak at 499 days today, I am excited to become eligible for the gold membership at the SHOF - Streak hof tomorrow!

Also exiting is to hear that the GOHOF now has more than 500 members!

Another opportunity to thank Duolingo for bringing so many languages in their full color and flavor to our lives!

Addition to the visualized progress chart
There are new green lines that show the progress made by each team for that week.

Thought for the week
It is now time for learning Turkish!

PHASE 1 Progress:

Turkish for English - 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% (+0) ^

Ukrainian for English - 91% | 92% | 94% | 100% (+6)

English for Thai  - 86% | 87% | 88% | 89% (+1)

Esperanto for English - 82% | 83% | 86% | 89% (+3)

Hungarian for English - 79% | 79% | 79% | 79% (+0) ^

Norwegian for English - 56% | 63% | 68% | 75% (+7)

German for Turkish - 65% | 67% | 67% | 68% (+1)

Russian for English - 61% | 64% | 66% | 68% (+2) ^

German for Italian - 66% | 67% | 67% | 67% (+0)

Spanish for German - 54% | 58% | 59% | 61% (+2)

Spanish for Italian - 56% | 56% | 57% | 57% (+0)

French for Italian - 50% | 51% | 53% | 54% (+1)

German for French - 47% | 49% | 50% | 52% (+2)

Spanish for Chinese - 43% | 43% | 44% | 44% (+0)

German for Portuguese - 34% | 38% | 39% | 41% (+2)

Swedish for Russian - 36% | 37% | 38% | 38% (+0)

French for Chinese - 37% | 37% | 38% | 38% (+0)

Romanian for English - 27% | 27% | 27% | 27% (+0)

Vietnamese for English - 12% | 14% | 15% | 17% (+2)

Polish for English - 15% | 16% | 16% | 16% (+0)

Greek for English - 2% | 3% | 5% | 7% (+2)

Yiddish for English - 0% | 0% | 0% | 0% (+0)

Mean - 2.91% | 1.26% | 1.22% | 1.41% (+0.19)
Median - 1% | 1% | 1% | 1% (+0)
Mode - 0% | 1% | 1% | 0% (-1)

* This week's Joint Leaders 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:

SergioRuido from Team Ukrainian write 2 days ago:

Almost there. UPDATE.

100% of all skills completed. 3 Bonus skills (Everyday Colloquial, Holidays, and Idioms) completed. The voice of the Ukrainian course is selected. Next week to-do: recording the audio, double-checking sentence translations, working on Tips

Dear 7720 subscribers, we’re almost there!

Ask-Me-Anything with Ukrainian contributors will be on Thursday, March 26th. 07:00 – 24.00 EET(for Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Greece). Please, convert to your time zone. A little show-off at the end of the Highway Phase 1:

Bruno_de_Brito from Team FR<-PT wrote 23 hours ago:

Estou contente em ter na nossa equipe mais um contribuidor, ele é o Patrick com nacionalidade Brasileiro-Francês e está aqui para nos ajudar na nossa nova missão: Aperfeiçoar o curso rumo à fase 3 ! Let's rock !!! :D

amuzulo from Team Esperanto wrote 22 hours ago:

All words (mostly) already in the course!

We've reached a major milestone today: almost all the most important words are now in the course! All we have to do now is add a few more common missing words, make sentences for each word, proofread and revise the Notes. The finish line doesn't feel too far away!

luke51991 from Team Norwegian wrote 14 hours ago:

3/4 Milestone

Three quarters down, one to go!

Complete all words: 1920/2567

We have made it past World War I, and we are venturing into the modern age. 647 words stand between us and the completion of our tree.

Complete all word images: 304/304

This was one of our real victories this week. Not only did we find the missing image, but we nearly doubled the image count. More pictures means more fun! ...I hope.

Golden tree ratio: 48 golden skills/27 unfinished skills

We have written/edited well over a thousand sentences this week. Thus far, our team has worked on over 12,700 sentences in the time since the course hit the Incubator. This means we'll have a lot to go through when we do finish up, meaning that 100% by no means equates to instaBeta™. We'll be in alpha several weeks after nominal completion, as nearly all of our predecessors have been.

That said, it is a great feeling to have finished 3/4ths of this course. We're very excited to release it, when the time comes. In the meantime, we have Turkish and then Ukrainian to begin learning!

Med vennlig hilsen,

Andreas, Aleksander og

Luke > (who will see you folks in Berlin)

The Norwegian Team

Oesterreich7 from **Team Russian wrote on Sunday:

2/3 finished, one more to go! (22/03/15)


First of all, we would like to thank all of you for your anticipation concerning this course. We have reached yet another important milestone. In fact, aside from reaching the 66% mark about a week ago, we have almost reached the 4th checkpoint. There have been three new additions(Helgi-Darn, JanisaChatte and Nyankittie) to the team since we posted our last update. The following are a few thoughts on contributing from one of our new contributors, JanisaChatte.

Hello everyone. Quite recently, I was added to the incubator. I am a native Russian and English speaker, and my job here is to add text exercises to skills that are not yet completed, or require more attention. Like all of you, I am anticipating the release of this course later this year and I hope that it will be a huge success.

I also decided to write a short paragraph concerning course testing: As for the testing side of things, it has been going quite well. We have fixed lots of mistakes and have even moved some skills around. I am certain that this course will be the best Russian course out there and that you guys will enjoy it very much!!! :)

<h1>Course Stats!!!</h1>

Next up is a short statistics section we created for you. We hope you like it:

  • 1472/TBD words completed
  • ~950/TBD real/actual words completed
  • 155/TBD word images completed
  • 2160 words is the magic number we use to calculate our progress for the time being
  • 46/TBD number of skills completed
  • 5 skills under construction at the moment
  • These statistics were taken 1 week after the screenshots were taken!!!

We also noticed that our potential Russian learners have lots of questions about our course which is why we decided to cover a few FAQ’s.

  • How do you type Cyrillic? Well, it's good that we live in the 21st century ^_^. Just install Russian on you OS. You can learn to touch type in Russian OR install a phonetic or a ЙЦУКЕН keyboard(Phonetic is easier if you don't have Cyrillic keyboard stickers). Checkout this one here: Russian keyboard
  • NOTE: Mac has one right there in the installation package. As for your devices, there is no need to use anything other than ЙЦУКЕН on a tablet or a phone.
  • The tree. As we've said countless times before, we are creating the course from scratch, so any resemblance to the English course is rather a rare coincidence than a plan.
  • Grammar. We do focus on grammar topics in certain skills; in total, we try to teach every major topic there is to know, so you have a good start on your Russian. This being said, we are not too hard on topics that you are going to make mistakes on for a long ways into the tree. Alphabet skill. Only the first skill is focused on introducing the alphabet; however, you could look at the whole course as being Cyrillic practice. Again, it will be much easier if you get somewhat familiar with Cyrillic beforehand (being a slow reader is painful). Still, learning the alphabet does not deserve the attention in enjoys.
  • Skill types. We use broadly defined thematic vocabulary lessons, as well as some grammar-driven skills (which are also convenient because you don’t have to find an excuse to include a certain word if you need them there).
  • Culture lesson. As of now, we don’t have a lesson on culture. Maybe we’ll leave it for bonus skills. The thing is, Duolingo is not particularly good at teaching words that do not translate well or mean things you don’t know in the first place.
  • Proverbs. However, we’re making a list of different proverbs in case we want to make a skill on that. We’ll try to include the ones which tie into the vocabulary we teach. On the other hand, we will probably not include proverbs that require many words you are unlikely to know anytime soon.
  • Math. We’d love having a maths bonus skill, as well. You never learn these words properly in foreign language classes. I generally see bonus skills as a useful tool to give you a bit more than you can usually have, and to show what the language has to offer beyond the extent of a basic course.

As always, we would like to thank you for taking your time to read our update and thank you, Jitengore for kindly including it in your Weekly Incubator Report. To finish off this update, we have also decided to include some teasers Shady_arc prepared for you guys!!! :)


We had to re-size the first screenshot. Here is the original.

Wow, that was a detailed update! Thanks!

Dear Duolingoers, please do not over use the click button to "Press here to make the Russian course". I know you all want to press that button right away! :)

TL;DR Turkish course is starting beta tomorrow and Ukrainian has reached the 100% mark.

The next update is expected on Sunday, 29th of March at 3:00 pm UTC.

Previous Update 08-Mar to 15-Mar

Last updates from the recent months: Feb, Jan.

March 22, 2015


Tomorrow, Selcen, Alex, and all the others...tomorrow you won't have to hear that question -anymore-. ...instead you'll just get a ton of grammar questions, but I feel like that will be a welcome change. :-P

March 22, 2015

Türkçe! Türkçe! Türkçe! At these moments I hate living in Europe, courses are always released around midnight... It'll be Tuesday for me :)

Ukrainian really flew through those last skills! Hopefully they don't have too many bugs to be fixed! Excited for the AUA!

I'm wondering how Team Norsk will explain the year 2567 :)

Any news from team Yiddish? They are a little... silent...

And Team Greek, Vietnamese, Russian and Esperanto, I'd say keep going! You're awesome!

Hungarian! Polish! Romanian! You can do it! The Turkish, Ukrainian, and all other Romance language teams did, so you can do it too!
March 22, 2015

we all live in Europe, so it won't be midnight ;)

March 23, 2015

This course is AWESOME! Congratulations again! Tebrikler!

March 23, 2015

I know here in Australia its worst, we have to wait a whole day :(

The Yiddish team is are a bit quiet but we're all different...

2567? That's worse than Polish's former completion date. But they are trying their best

March 22, 2015

I was sitting here all day in Australia refreshing the page just hoping it would be up at 12am in Europe or some other time zone.

March 23, 2015

If past courses are anything to go by (Dutch and Irish) it'll be released about midday Tuesday. Don't think you'll be waking up to it.

Edit: Colour me wrong. It was released ~7:30a.m. NZST.

March 23, 2015

lol so was I!

March 23, 2015

I'm in Australia too, I can't wait to wake up tomorrow morning. Well I have an hour class and need to do some groceries but then it will be time for Turkish

March 23, 2015

I know, I can't wait for tomorrow either :)

March 23, 2015

I know here in Australia its worst, we have to wait a whole day :(

I feel you! The joys of GMT+12. :( (Although I guess for you it'll be between GMT+8 and GMT+10 depending on where in Aus you are).

March 23, 2015

Yeah, finally someone is showing compassion! Do you live in Sydney?

March 23, 2015

Dunedin, New Zealand; I'm 2 hours worse off than anywhere Australian. ;P

March 23, 2015

Wow do I feel sorry for you!

March 23, 2015

I am holding out for the Russian course - GO TEAM RUSSIAN! - but I'm sorely tempted to try Turkish.

March 22, 2015

Sziasztok Magyarországcsapat,

Halott vagytok? :P

Just write a tiny update please =) We understand you have your lives and that but write a small piece of info every certain time so that we can continue living ours. Thanks for your amazing efforts, I'm looking so forward to the course!

March 22, 2015

I wonder what the Yiddish team is doing.

March 22, 2015

Everytime I work on the Incubator, somebody of the Yiddish team is online. I suspect that they have to wait for the Duo Dev team to implement the tools for them in order to be able to provide a fantastic Yiddish course. Remember that you write Yiddish from right to left - maybe that's why they cannot start the course...

March 23, 2015

Maybe Duo will add more right to left languages once Yiddish starts then :)

March 23, 2015

Hopefully one of those languages would be Hebrew!

March 23, 2015

I'm sure Hebrew is coming soon given all the interest and the fact they have Yiddish. I'm hoping for both Hebrew and Arabic personally, but meanwhile Turkish will be fun to learn.

March 24, 2015

Farsi or Arabic should definitely be added then :)

March 25, 2015

Oh my goodness! I cannot wait for the Turkish course to be completed. Norwegian and Ukrainian are going ahead by leaps and bounds! Unfortunately, Romanian hasn't had any progress for over a month now. =( And it is such a beautiful language!

March 22, 2015

With spaces about to be freed up, I wonder what will fill them? Of course, I'm hoping for a language that starts with "Am" and ends with "haric" (Hint: Amharic!)... I can't wait for Türkçe!

March 22, 2015

Persian, I would hope. And Hindi for English.

March 22, 2015

I think it'd be time to add Finnish, now that the first agglutinative language (Turkish) is done.

March 22, 2015

I also wonder why finnish is not in the incubator yet ! hehehe

March 23, 2015

I really wanna learn Icelandic... It's so cool, but there are barely any resources to use to learn it online...

March 22, 2015

While we wait, is very helpful, if you haven't already checked it out :)

March 23, 2015

Thanks! ;)

March 24, 2015

Danish and swedish are available and Norwegian is almost there, I think icelandic would be a good idea as next course ! :D

March 23, 2015

I just hope it's a non-european language personally, we need more of them.

March 23, 2015

I agree, I am also almost sure that there will be more now that the first non Indo-European language has launched.

March 23, 2015

YAY!!!!! :D It's so wonderful to see Turkish finally coming!!!! A huge thank you to Selcen, Alex and the rest of the Turkish team for their very hard work!! :D

And it's wonderful to see Ukrainian so close as well! :D Wow, so many courses are nearing completion! Norwegian and Esperanto will be wonderful. Thank you, everyone! :D

And thank you, Jiten, for posting! :D

March 22, 2015

GeniusJack, are you going to finish all the language trees? That would be cool.

March 22, 2015

I plan on finishing quite a few! :) I won't be able to complete all of them. And I do have to maintain these languages too, I can only handle so many :)

March 22, 2015

What's up with Polish? I feel like contributors completely abandoned their course. :(

March 22, 2015

+1% today)

March 23, 2015

For those wondering; here's what Bruno_de_Brito said:

I'm glad to have one more contributor on our team, he's Patrick with Brazilian-French nationality and is here to help us in our mission: Getting the course to Phase 3! Let's rock! :D

Excited for Ukrainian and Turkish! :D

March 22, 2015

So excited for Turkish!! I can't wait for tomorrow! Congrats to both the Ukrainian and Turkish teams for reaching 100%, and congrats to the Norwegian and Esperanto teams for hitting major milestones.

March 22, 2015

I predict Esperanto and Norwegian will be joint released. They look on track to be done around the same time.

March 22, 2015

They have approximately the same release date, but according to the updates Esperanto has been doing a lot of note-writing/reviewing as they go whereas the Norwegian team is getting all the words in first (and they have a lot more of them!!) before going back to work on the notes. So, they will sit at the 100% mark for a lot longer than Esperanto, as they said. Of course they are a super fast-moving team so you never know... My heart is hoping for Esperanto but I wouldn't be surprised if Norwegian pulled ahead!

March 22, 2015

I predict they won't be joint released. ;)

March 23, 2015

Your getting us super excited here. Hooray for the Esperanto team! :)

March 23, 2015

So excited for Turkish! The first agglutinative language we'll learn! :) I'm also excited for Ukrainian and Vietnamese! I wonder when we'll get any notices about Yiddish...

March 22, 2015

Keep going Team VIETNAMESE :)

March 22, 2015

:) we will

March 23, 2015

uhhuuuu! So excited to try your course, Trang! :) (Vietnamese looks veeery dificult)

March 23, 2015

What an exciting week! Way to go team Ukrainian, and I can't wait to check out the Turkish course TOMORROW!

As always, thanks for taking the time to put this report together!

March 22, 2015

Jitengore, these tiny little green lines in your graph look awesome. Please keep them =) Thanks again for this nice update! =)

March 23, 2015

Will do :)

March 24, 2015

What do they signify?

March 24, 2015

It's the course process per week. Have a look of Norwegian: 7 % is this week's leader and it has the longest green line in the graph.

March 24, 2015

Please let this week be the week Romanian starts moving again!

March 23, 2015


By the way I think that we are all going to wake up really excited tomorrow :P

March 22, 2015

I can't wait to wake up on Tuesday :) I'm in Australia

March 23, 2015

I don't see myself studying Turkish by now, but that looks great (i read about this language after playing some Bil ve Fethet on Facebook)... maybe someday I'll try it.

Ukrainian? Maybe I'll check this, but I still want Russian... @_@

Thank you for the update, jitengore =]

March 22, 2015

I don't see myself studying Turkish

I am glad you have given it a second thought (based on the Turkish flag against your name) :) I too am taking a look at the Turkish course and the team seems to have prepared an awesome course for us.

And they are keeping up very well with the sentence discussions even as they are inundated with questions from the eager learners!

March 24, 2015

I couldn't resist to curiosity HAHAHAHAHA and yeah, this course looks great!

By now I am focused in finishing the Spanish tree, since I have a lack of grammar basis and most words I know are borrowed from Portuguese (I "learned" it by writing to some latin guys and adapting Portuguese hehe). Seriously I don't know which course I'll choose to tackle later, in April, since I can't go straight for Russian, which I have studied a little bit. But I am feeling tempted to give a chance to Turkish (by being "exotic") or to the French from Portuguese course, with a "third place" for German. 8D

PS: Congratz on your 500 days streak. :D

March 24, 2015

Thanks :)

March 24, 2015

Hopefully with all the room being freed up, Hebrew for English speakers will be next!

March 22, 2015

I think that hebrew should come to the incubator before Yiddish! :/

March 23, 2015

Why did you get dowvoted? This downvoting is becoming ridiculous!

March 24, 2015

So excited for Turkish!!! I'll be spending three weeks in Turkey starting in May and I'm so happy to be able to start this course before I go!

March 22, 2015

And now the Turkish course is in beta!

March 23, 2015

While you all are absorbing the news that Hebrew has entered the incubator, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the op now includes the Russian team's update.

This update was posted a little after I had complied the WIU. I was informed by them. However the notification from Oesterreich7 to me got overlooked. My bad!

In case you miss this, I am going to include the Russian update once again next week.

March 27, 2015

That button is terribly tempting.

March 27, 2015

Congratulations and thanks to all the teams for all their hard work! I'm so excited to see progress in Russian! GOOOOOOO team Russian!

March 24, 2015

Wait? There is a Spanish for Chinese native speakers course in development? If that is possible, then it should also be possible to make a course that TEACHES Mandarin Chinese to natives of languages with an alphabet, right? Fingers crossed there will be a Mandarin for English speakers soon!! :)

March 23, 2015

not really. It is not a big problem to teach languages to speakers of Chinese (English for Chinese was added long time ago). It is very difficult (or maybe not possible at all) to teach character based languages with the current system.

March 23, 2015

N-not ... possible? Oh ;_; Right in the feels.

March 23, 2015

I don't know if it is not possible, I said maybe :)

but I believe the developers/staff said that they would need to update the incubator before adding a character based languages

March 23, 2015

But they could do it using pinyin only.

March 23, 2015

^ This! We could tap latin letters in pinyin system and then choose the chinese character.

March 23, 2015

I don't know how Mandarin Keyboards work but my built-in Japanese keyboard works fine, and is easy to type with and to understand (provided you know what you're typing). ¬Мастер баранины

March 24, 2015
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