https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from March 29th to April 5th

The DuoWorld waits for the Ukrainian course!
Please remain quiet! The red light in front of the UK<-EN recording room has been on and they are now almost 90% done! You can expect their beta launch in a couple of weeks. And Esperanto and Norwegian are following close behind.

I always look forward to seeing the spirit of competition among the course teams. And... Luke has suggested a Norweranto or Espegian race to beta. Whos is going to get there first? :)

30 Phase-3 Courses
Portuguese for Spanish speakers course has graduated out of beta. Congratulations both to the course team and to Team Duo. With this, we now have as many as 30 courses in Phase 3!

The title of today's post
You ask, why was ITCH part of the title of today's post initially? Well, the story is long, but here's the shorter version:
Trust me, it is not easy to gain the contributorship of a Duolingo course. One has got to do whatever it takes to get there.

Thought for the week
Countdown to the 1st Incubator Summit: 25 days remaining

PHASE 1 Progress:
Ukrainian for English - 94% | 100% | 100% | 100% (+0)

Esperanto for English - 86% | 89% | 91% | 94% (+3)

English for Thai - 88% | 89% | 89% | 90% (+1)

Norwegian for English - 68% | 75% | 82% | 89% (+7) *

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

Russian for English - 66% | 68% | 70% | 72% (+2) ^

German for Italian - 67% | 67% | 68% | 68% (+0)

German for Turkish - 67% | 68% | 68% | 68% (+0)

Spanish for German - 59% | 61% | 62% | 62% (+0)

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

French for Italian - 53% | 54% | 56% | 57% (+1)

German for French - 50% | 52% | 52% | 53% (+1)

German for Portuguese - 39% | 41% | 41% | 45% (+4)

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

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

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

Romanian for English - 27% | 27% | 28% | 29% (+1)

Vietnamese for English - 15% | 17% | 23% | 25% (+2)

Polish for English - 16% | 16% | 18% | 22% (+4)

Greek for English - 5% | 7% | 8% | 9% (+1)

Hebrew for English - (New) 2% | 4% (+2)

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

Mean - 1.22% | 1.41% | 1.17% | 1.32% (+0.15)
Median - 1% | 1% | 1% | 1% (+0)
Mode - 1% | 1% | 0% | 0% (+0)

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

The Russian team is now okay with the officially posted progress number. So beginning next week, we will discontinue the manually reported number for them.

Progress Visualized:

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

Kippis from Team Japanese wrote 4 days ago:

新年度もよろしくお願いいたします / Greetings for the new school year

Duolingo 日本語チームの一員として、年度始めの挨拶を申し上げます。

外国語のスキルは学業においても仕事においても欠かせないものです。皆さまの中には進級された方や新たにご就職された方も大勢いらっしゃるかと存じます(おめでとうございます)し、これをきっかけに Duolingo を始めたかたも多いかもしれません。

私 Kippis も1月末に Duolingo の Contributor(貢献者)になったばかりなので、気分は新人です。

Duolingo 日→英コースそのものも、3月3日にβ(ベータ)開始一周年、3月15日にユーザー数100万人突破という節目を迎えました。

目下、私たちにとって最大の目標はこのコースをβ版から卒業させることです。その目安となるのが不具合の報告数(パソコンではレッスン中の画面左下のボタン、Android では旗マークにタップすると報告できます)でして、学習者100人につき3件を下回った状態が長い間続けば「一人前のコース」と認められて正式運用が始まります。一年前は報告数が20〜30件/100人あったそうですが、私がチームに加わった時点で8〜9件まで減っており、3月には約4件まで下がりました。3月下旬は私が本業が忙しくほとんどこちらでの作業ができなかったせいもあったのか、現在は6件くらいまで「リバウンド」していますが、今月からは再び継続的に修正作業に取り組んでいきたいと思います。

もちろん報告数を減らすこと自体が目的なのではなく、皆さまがより快適に Duolingo で学習できるようにするのが私たちの仕事です。ですからどうか少しでも気づいたことやおかしいと思われたことがございましたらご報告ください。

なお、ディスカッション(掲示板)で「回答が受理されなかった」と報告される方が多いのですが、本来ここは間違いを指摘する場所ではなく文法などに関する疑問を解消するための場所です。しばしばそうした質問が、ただの問題報告の間に埋もれてしまっていることがあります。原則としてはディスカッションでの指摘を正式なルートからのご報告より優先することはできませんし、何よりディスカッションでは「本人が気づいていないところでタイプミスなどを犯していた」「正解判定システムに障害などがあった」等のケースを判別できません。

また、手書き入力を使っている方が多いのか、「夕方」だと思ったらカタカナの「タ」になっていたり、カタカナの「ト」の代わりに占いの「卜(ぼく)」を入力していたり、長音の「ー」ではなく「-(マイナス)」や「一(いち)」にしたりしてしまったのに気づかずに報告されている方が目立ちます。今一度ご確認ください!

Duolingo が皆さまの学習の支えとなることを心から願っております。どうぞ今年度もよろしくお願いいたします。

Kippis @ Duolingo 日本語チーム

The new school year & fiscal year in Japan commences in April. We would like to send you some words on this occasion.

Many fresh(wo)men in Japan will enter a new environment where skills in foreign language are very important. I, Kippis, having just joined the JP-EN team in late January, feel like a newcomer too.

This course also passed some important milestones recently. March 3rd was the first anniversary since entering beta and our millionth user joined the course on the 15th.

Our goal for the moment is to graduate from beta, which is to be achieved if we maintain the number of reports per 100 active users lower than 3 for some period. I heard that there were 20 to 30 reports a year ago, which had decreased to 8 or 9 when I joined the team, and in March it dropped to about 4. I had been occupied with my main job outside Duolingo for the past fortnight and I found the number rebound to 6, but we'll carry on with our modifications and corrections.

Of course our purpose is not to decrease the reports themselves, but to reduce your stress for a better experience in Duolingo. Please report anything you notice.

By the way we often see people trying to report on the discussion board, but please leave that place for people who purely want to ask questions. You can report troubles from the button appearing at the left bottom when you answer a question (for computers) or when you tap the flag mark (for Androids). Points in discussions have no priority over regular reports, and moreover we can't see whether you just unconciously made a mistake or whether there was some glitch in the judging system if you write it on the discussion.

And please be careful even when you're reporting it. First we do not accept "romaji (alphabetical substitution for hiraganas and kanjis)". If you're using handwriting input beware that some characters are alike. 夕 in 夕方 (evening) looks very much like the katakana タ, for the katakana ト there's a doppelgänger 卜 (boku, Chinese character meaning prophecy), and ー for long vowels are often confused with −(minus) or 一 (one).

We hope Duolingo helps your studies. (And personally I hope that our work is contributing for the realization of a "Japanese for English speakers course", which still seems to be so far away...)

Best wishes, Kippis @ Duolingo Japanese team

DvirBartov from Team Hebrew wrote 3 days ago:

Alphabet lessons are almost done!

Shalom! Hello everyone!

As we get closer to Passover(a Jewish holiday), it would be nice to have an update so you will know where are we standing.

So as Mae said in the last update, we've decided to create some special skills that teach the Hebrew alphabet. We are petty much done creating these skills and right now we just add some final improvements.

I would give a spoiler and tell you that there are 3 skills for the alphabet(Letters 1-3), teaching all you need to begin learning Hebrew. We have already begun working on the usual skills and right now our progress is pretty good! (yay :D).

This is our update for now! Stay tuned!

Team Hebrew :D

SergioRuido from Team Ukrainian wrote 2 days ago:

Ukrainian course. UPDATE.

This one is a one-liner. 88% recorded. Thanks.

AlejandroC150367 from Team ES<-PT wrote yesterday:

Modulos com mas reportes en este curso al 3 de abril de 2015.

  • Ser/Estar 14605
  • Determin 6947
  • V. Pres1 6528
  • Lugares 5669
  • Fut Inm. 5198
  • Adjetivos 4536
  • V. Inf. 1 4413
  • Tempo 4348
  • Casa 4034
  • V. Pres2 3984
  • V. Passado 3664
  • Prep. 3607
  • Adverbios 3226
  • Familia 3136
  • Profissoes 2846
  • V. Pres 3 2357
  • Objetos 2312
  • V. Inf. 2 2145
  • Comida 2124
  • Perguntas 2022

luke51991 from Team Norwegian wrote 19 hours ago::

ಠ_ಠ

The course is closing in on 90%, but we will have our work cut out for us when it reaches 100%. Tips, tricks, notes, revisions, additions, TTS, etc. Please do not expect the course to be in beta by April. Hopefully it can be released around Norway's national holiday (May 17), or maybe even my birthday (May 8), but even that's a stretch. It's anyone's guess!

Below are the stats:

Complete all words: 2248/2542 (294 left)

Complete all word images: 330/331 (something funky happened again...)

Golden tree ratio: 59 golden skills/16 unfinished skills

We have our eyes on the prize. Will we beat Esperanto to beta? Only time will tell...

Soon ಠ_ಠ

MVH, TNT

DvirBartov from Team Hebrew added 4 hours ago:

Our progress!

שלום לכולם!

Shalom Le'Kulam! Hello everyone!

As the holiday is over, we are going back to our track.

Right now we have already finished more than 100 words(out of many!) and more than 700 sentences. But It's just the beginning!!

We have also finished the alphabet lessons and "Common Phrases" and "Basics" are almost done.

That's all for now! Stay tuned!!

Have a nice week.

Trang. from Team Vietnamese wrote long after the bell :):

VI-EN Weekly Update

Xin chào

Thank you all of you for your interest in our course ^_^. I am so glad to announce that we have reached another milestone (25%)

Complete all words 383/1502
Complete all word images 74/100 Second checkpoint: done

Also, I am glad to let you know that there will be an AMA session next week with us! Date and time to be announced soon. Join our facebook group here to get further infomation :).

TL;DR Ukrainian, Esperanto, Norwegian. OR would that be Ukrainian, Norwegian, Esperanto? And Thai, you can always surprise us :)

The next update is expected on Sunday, 12th of April at 1:00 pm UTC. (Two hours earlier than usual - will be traveling)

Previous Update 22-Mar to 29-Mar

Last updates from the recent months: Feb, Jan.

April 5, 2015

96 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/m.tastic

My reaction to the Ukrainian course:

My reaction to the Norwegian course:

My reaction to the Yiddish course:

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Neco_Coneco

WWWWW, the last panel made my day !

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.

I couldn't agree more with that.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ItayKoM2

1025 lingots ;o

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/m.tastic

It's crazy! Now I'm hoarding more than I could ever use. Here, take some.

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty

Lol, there is people with 18(plenty of lingots)³³

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Whoever gave you those 1026 lingots must have visited their Physical Therapist within an hour complaining of "Give-Lingot-itis".

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/m.tastic

Wow, thanks for all the lingots!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

lol love it!

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EvgenFirst

Polish and Romanian are alive!!!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NathanGrant33

In my excitement I imagined that being said in a Dr. Frankenstein manner... "IT'S ALIIIIVE!!!" I still check the Polish progress daily and I'm not about to stop now that they're picking up steam! WOOHOO.

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ckhadung

A quick update for anyone interested in and waiting for the Vietnamese course: the course is going pretty well! In fact, thanks to Duolingo system, this is going to be the most unique Vietnamese course out there ;)

After spending a while researching other sources of learning Vietnamese, I realized one thing they have in common: all decide to approach the language through pronunciations (!). For instance, they spend a pretty huge amount of time to teach the Vietnamese alphabet and all other tonal marks... I do not agree with this approach. I think it only makes the language more complicated and confusing. Remember when you have to spend time learning French or Spanish alphabet? Neither do I. Instead, why don't we go straight into vocabulary and grammar?

With helps from some linguistic professors from University of Washington, I have been able to draft the lessons as well as grammar notes to be the future best approachable resources to learn Vietnamese. So, will you give the first language course from Southeast Asia a try? :)

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lumpydumpling

That's wonderful! I'm so excited! :D

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/m.tastic

Vietnamese is my third-most awaited language in the incubator. (Behind Russian and Esperanto.)

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Dr._Riccardo

Team Hungary, please check in! I am so looking forward to beginning Hungarian and hope all is well.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

Thanks, Jiten! Another great update! Congrats to the Port for Span team for exiting beta! Everyone is beyond ready for Ukrainian and Norwegian. :)

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jackmchugh12

And esperanto too!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jess_fcs

Oh thank you Jiten! I am REALLY looking forward to beginning Esperanto, I've been looking obsessively the percentages (like 200 times every day).

And, as a Contributor for PT ⇄ ES Team, I would like to thank my team and all the persons who patiently waited for one entire year to see our course graduated out of Beta. We have worked like crazy during the last weeks and it's such a good thing this sense of accomplishment.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

Happy for you! Please enjoy the lingots for your hard work!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Physiker729

Thanks Jiten! I'm amazed at the rate of progress that the Norwegian team is making! I can't wait to have my next Scandinavian language under my belt. Also, I'm really excited for Hebrew, and Ukrainian, and eventually Hungarian, and basically Duolingo is making me feel like a kid in a candy shop. Does anyone else have that problem/feeling?

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EvgenFirst

Candy shop. Exactly. Take a lingot)

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.

Yup, like a candy. No matter when you will really finish them but you always want them all.

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.

I am the same one. That feeling is not problem. I agree that so much eagerness do feels like problem.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

With you all the way!

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CheetahCurtis

Go Hebrew, Hebrew, Hebrew, Hebrew! Give me a "H"...

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty

Maybe an ע? xD

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Oh, Ukranian! When willst thou be finished? Your European brother Norwegian is hot on your track!

I am hard pressed to decide whether I am more excited to see some Polish progress, or for the Esperanto course. I think I am leaning towards Polish as a good portion of my blood is from that country.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

I also can't decide if I'm more excited for Esperanto or Polish... and I'm one of the Esperanto mods! Go Polish! :-D

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/zim_ek

Go Esperanto! ;)

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.Knight

La Esperanto kurso min ekcitas pli ol la pola, sed mi volas komenci ambaŭ! Dankon por via laborado!

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.

Many good news this week. (One of them is that, "It seems that those prayers for Polish are being heard." ) : )

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/susanstory

In one of the "Duo Goes" posts, I forget which country he went to, but there was a picture of Duo at a religious site, praying about Polish. It was so cute. He's quite an owl.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.

Thanks for remembering. Well, the thing is that I was the author of that "Duo Goes" post and I had written the prayer for Duo.

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

Link? :)

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I somehow mised that before! That was a lovely touch, Pratyush :D

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

Yes, your prayers do seem to have worked :)

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/yamtarda

... I hate to say this, but on the course page it seems to indicate that Esperanto is at 93% not 94%. :(

Come on, Esperanto! Hurry! Don't let the Norwegian team beat you!

Come on, Norwegian! Don't let the Esperanto team's 'slowly does it' win the day! Get caught napping and they'll win!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/yamtarda

P.S. Esperanto is definitely 94% today :D

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lingophilic

So eager to learn Russian and try out Esperanto.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.Knight

Ankaŭ mi!

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lingophilic

Mi ne povas atendi!

I hope I said that right :( I haven't dabbled in Esperanto that much.

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cdub4language

Looks right to me!!

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lingophilic

Yay! Thank you :)

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Azure_Waters

Norwegian, Hungarian, and Romanian! :)

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/UntakenName

I'm so anxious for Russian and Hungarian. I'm trying to be patient (I won't have time for either of them until ATLEAST mid-summer) but I just am so excited for the courses- and also so thankful for the contributors who are making these languages available learn for the masses in Duolingo's great format. Keep up the great work guys!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cdub4language

My bets are on Esperanto!!

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tvistnek

Vietnamese team posted a new update:

VI-EN Weekly Update

Xin chào

Thank you all of you for your interest in our course ^_^. I am so glad to announce that we have reached another milestone (25%)

Complete all words 383/1502 Complete all word images 74/100 Second checkpoint: done

Also, I am glad to let you know that there will be an AMA session next week with us! Date and time to be announced soon. Join our facebook group here to get further infomation :).

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/EvgenFirst

26%! I check only 100 times a day....

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TakizawaHideaki

Anyone have any news from Hungarian? Would love to know the course is still moving along.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KateM303

The Norwegian team has been killing it this past week, great work! I am super excited to see Polish making progress too!!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty

OMG I never get so excited except when I see that the Esperanto course is really about to be finished (although amuzulo argues that it will be available in mid-may). All the best for the Esperanto team! (lol, I cheer every week....) (And for the other teams too ;) )

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Neco_Coneco

OMG OMG OMG !!!!! WE WANT UKRAINIAN !!!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_Great_Uniter

Thank you for the great update!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Maisie07

Great to see Polish moving again !

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JamieJamJams

CHEERING ON TEAM POLISH!!! :D

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lavinae

Dear Jiten,

Thanks for fulfilling our 'Change The Weekly Update Title-request'.
We will take this into consideration when reviewing your Itch application.

Best wishes,

Lavinae
On behalf of the 'Itch for English* (edit: Vietnamese) Speakers' course

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

Dear Lavinae,

Thanks for your kind response. This has definitely raised my hopes. I am slightly concerned though because I had applied for Itch for Vietnamese and not Itch for English course. I have a stronger itch for the former but can happily settle for the latter. ;)

For those who missed the entry for Itch<-VI in today's post, here's a recap!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.

Surely it was just a gl-ITCH, Jiten!

:D

All time record indeed! Suck it Norwegian team! (not really, I do want to learn your language)

You honored the deal Jiten, so yeah, look out for an invite ;)

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

Nice word play there, Kai!

Yay! Dreams do come true! Can't be happier :)

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lavinae

Haha, oops!
That's what happens when I multitask...

Yes yes, that's what I meant... no other Itch courses in the making... no no, not yet >.>

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R

Wait.... what WAS the all time record???

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rajuncajun09

The alltime record was Spanish for Portuguese. Here are the top three:

Sorry Itch, not quite the record :D To be fair though, some of these might have had some help from the duo team in the beginning.

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.

Well, It can be all time record in a sense as there is no Itch for English and Vietnamese for English has not even hatched, while those mentioned ones had help of one or two trees from before. So, The Itch Team is record breaking on ground of working from scratch. (But seriously I don't know what had been the previous on scratch record.)

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza

34% or 32% By the Dutch Team I think

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

Polish's estimated completion date dropped by over a year since last week!!

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Germaron

Yeah, from 2019 to 2018...

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Romanadvoratrel

Kocham cię, Polish course! Brawo! You've made my week, and in fact the next few weeks by moving so much! :D

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Alternia

I'm glad I finally have news about the Japanese course. It's been in beta for a long time and I'm glad to hear its going to graduate soon. Hopefully this means the reverse course will be added to the incubator late 2015 or in 2016.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/chroniko

GO NORWEGIAN!!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

4 percent on Polish?!?!! 2 Percent on Hebrew! I can't wait!

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/juliecaesar

Thanks for the great update!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JackedTortoise

Congratulations on the Vietnmaese team for reaching a quarter of the way!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Brina431719

Thanks, jitengore! Great to see three of the four languages I want to learn making steady progress (Polish, Russian and Hebrew) and I know Yiddish will happen in due course, but I'm happy to wait for that whilst I continue working on German. Well done to all language teams at whatever stage they might be - keep up the great work!!

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LeIouch

Russian for English...moving slowly but surely, looking forward to it :D

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Germaron

Any plans for Baltic languages?

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Zois

Go Greek, come on Greek. You're going to be great. A first message to us excited peoples would be awesome ^^.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tvistnek

Why is the Yiddish course even being documented when it's just sitting on 0%?

I can think of a few languages which deserve that spot and where there are contributors who would actually do something.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_5.1991

The contributors are employees of Duolingo who are planning the course before they begin translating sentences. They aren't "taking up the spot" of any other language. Why are you so interested in seeing Yiddish progress anyway? Forgive me, but it does not sound like you're at all interested in learning it.

For those of us who are, patience is a virtue.

Edit: I don't normally speak out on these kinds of things, but any comment that describes my ancestral language as "undeserving" deserves such a response.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tvistnek

I did not call your language undeserving, I implied that the course was not progressing at all (and I did not know why, I was being curious and you are being hostile) and as such there was no point to it being there. I am sorry if you interpreted it as calling Yiddish undeserving (it's not, at least it's spoken, unlike, say, Quenya or Klingon, and some people want those too), but it was just very strange to me that the course was stagnant at 0%.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_5.1991

I'm sorry for my tone, if I came across as uncivil, but you have to give these contributors a break. They're expected to build a course in addition to their full-time jobs, like all of us, without any additional compensation. Things will progress when they're meant to progress.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tvistnek

Eh, it's no problem, I was being a bit of an ass anyways.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

This is what I really like about this community. The communication shows great maturity on the part of those who write in the forum. More often than not, we see quick peaceful resolutions to any differences of opinion.

  • The question in the first place was well justified because imho, any stagnancy accompanied by lack of communication should prompt questions from the community. Nothing wrong in it.

  • Secondly, we have seen this before - languages have a strong emotional connection with humans. Even though no aspersion was intended on the said languages, it was easily interpreted as such!

  • All is well that ends well :)

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza

Am I the only one to think that Yiddish is secretly doing progress and then one day, BOOM 100% just to have a world record ? No ? Just me ? Ok then...

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bknckn

Haha, me too! Every time I check it I secretly hope it'll have shot up like 50% ;)

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R

I think Yiddish deserves her spot. One of the Incubator's goal is to help the endangered languages live/survive by teaching it to the people. :D

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tvistnek

Actually, yeah, Irish is a good example.

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/crlight

AHHH! I forgot to look for this post yesterday! Oh well, one day late won't kill me.

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FayeL1

HEBREW?!?! YES!!!! dances Hebrew-style

I cheer out loud every time I see Russian has gone up a percent. :D

April 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnni0

Japanese so close to beta :D almost time for the reverse course then.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kiookii

Just so that you know. Read the first comment -- info on the reverse course:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7862207

I am also looking forward to the Japanese for English course. ;-)

April 8, 2015
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