https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from April 5th to April 12th

Greetings from Boston!

I am currently traveling, it is bright and sunny day in Boston. However there are still patches of snow here and there! The landscape is quite in contrast to the drought stricken California.

The DuoWorld continues to wait for the Ukrainian course!
The wait is not going to be much longer because the team has completed all the recordings.

The race to finish
The race continues to be very close between Esperanto and Norwegian with a difference of just one percentage point.

The generous donation
Thanks for the generous donation of lingots last week. These precious treasures will be used very carefully to advance language learning for one and all :)

Thought for the week
What is Klingon?

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

Esperanto for English - 89% | 91% | 94% | 96% (+2)

Norwegian for English - 75% | 82% | 89% | 95% (+6) *

English for Thai  - 89% | 89% | 90% | 90% (+0)

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

Russian for English - 68% | 70% | 72% | 74% (+2)

German for Turkish - 68% | 68% | 68% | 70% (+2)

German for Italian - 67% | 68% | 68% | 69% (+1)

Spanish for German - 61% | 62% | 62% | 64% (+2)

French for Italian - 54% | 56% | 57% | 58% (+1)

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

German for French - 52% | 52% | 53% | 54% (+1)

German for Portuguese - 41% | 41% | 45% | 49% (+4)

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

Swedish for Russian - 38% | 38% | 38% | 39% (+1)

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

Romanian for English - 27% | 28% | 29% | 30% (+1)

Vietnamese for English - 17% | 23% | 25% | 29% (+4)

Polish for English - 16% | 18% | 22% | 27% (+5) *

Greek for English - 7% | 8% | 9% | 9% (+0)

Hebrew for English - (New) 2% | 4% | 7% (+3)

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

Klingon for English - (New) 0% (+0)

Mean - 1.41% | 1.17% | 1.32% | 1.52% (+0.2)
Median - 1% | 1% | 1% | 1% (+0)
Mode - 1% | 0% | 0% | 0% (+0)

* This week's Joint Leaders Extraordinaire
^ The Hungarian team's progress is as per their own calculation.

Progress Visualized:

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

Kippis from Team Japanese wrote 3 days ago:

数字表記の方針を変更します:漢数字からアラビア数字へ / Change of policy : we will use Arabic numerals instead of Chinese

これまで Duolingo の日本語→英語コースでは、訳文を英語→日本語コースでそのまま利用することを想定し、数字を全て漢数字(一、二、三…)で表記する方針をとっていました。

しかしながら、数字の「一」が長音の「ー」と区別出来ない等、視認性を損ねているというご指摘を多くの方からいただきました。皆さまのご意見を元に私どものチームで検討した結果、漢数字優先の方針を改め数字はアラビア数字(1、2、3...)で表記することを原則といたします。もちろん、これは英訳問題における元の和文、および各英文に対する模範的な和訳に対して適用されるポリシーなので、実際に皆さまが回答される際はアラビア数字でも漢数字でも問題ありません(この点は従来と変わりません)。

なお文脈によっては漢数字の方がよい場合もあることなどを踏まえ、変更は順次手動で行います。完全移行にはそれなりの時間を要しますので、漢数字のまま残っている文章があっても広い心で見守っていただければ幸いです。

ご不便に感じられていた方々へお詫びするとともに、ご意見をお寄せくださった皆さまに感謝申し上げます。今後ともよろしくお願いいたします(ただし文章の間違いの指摘はディスカッションボードではなく専用フォームから報告してください!)。

Kippis @ Duolingo 日本語チーム

The Duolingo "English from Japanese" course has been using Chinese numerals (一, 二, 三) for the notation of numbers on the assumption that the same sentences would be used in the reverse course.

However we have received a number of comments that it lacks visibility, as in the case of number one (一) being confusable with the long vowel in Katakana (ー). We considered your opinion and decided to change our policy; from now on numerals shall be displayed in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, ...). Of course, this is only applied to the Japanese sentences to be translated into English, or the model translations for English sentences. You can answer in either Chinese or Arabic numerals, as it has been up to now.

There are a few cases where Chinese numerals are preferred, and we shall manually modify the sentences one by one. It will take time... please don't poke us if you find a Chinese character remaining.

We apologize for those who felt it inconvenient, and express our gratitude to those who gave their opinions. We are eager to listen to your voice (but no abuse, especially on the discussion board, please!).

Best wishes,

Kippis @ Duolingo Japanese team

loghaD from Team Klingon wrote 2 days ago:

Qapla'! tugh tlhIngan Hol ghojchoHlaH Hoch!

That's Klingon for "Success! Soon, anybody can start learning Klingon!"

I'd like to thank all of you for your interest and for the warm welcome. In the past, Klingon has encouraged a lot of people to develop a deeper appreciation for language and linguistics, and it is my sincere hope that the addition of tlhIngan Hol will attract a lot of new users to Duolingo, and that many of them will then feel tempted to add another language or two to their profile!

not yap wa' Hol! (One language is never enough!)

luke51991 from Team Norwegian wrote yesterday:

Soon™

Ladies and gentlemen, we have (Ivona) audio. 95.24% done at the time of this writing.

Wie die Deutschen sagen, es wird spannend!

Below are this week's stats:

Complete all words: 2389/2514 (125 left)

Complete all word images: 331/331

Golden tree ratio: 67 golden skills/8 unfinished skills

Med vennlig hilsen,

det norske laget

amuzulo from Team Esperanto wrote yesterday:

Sentences and Notes and TTS, oh my!

Even though it looks like the course is progressing slowly, it's because that metric solely measures sentences created, but there's a lot more happening behind the scenes than just creating sentences!

We're excited to have flyver back on our team and she's taken responsibility for keeping an overview of all the Esperanto notes. Considering that almost every skill has a note attached to it, this is quite a big job indeed! We've also been working with a technical writer, Karen Halloran (Duolingo: galachef55) to make sure our notes are as polished, easy-to-understand and concise as possible. Since she doesn't speak Esperanto [yet], she's ideal for making sure our concepts will be easily understood by everyone... thanks so much for your help, Karen!

That leaves the often asked question about text-to-speech (TTS). We've already started the ball rolling on this front too. I'm excited to announce that it looks like we're going to have human-recorded voices for the Esperanto course! Pretty cool to have natural voices for an "artificial" language, eh? :)

So hold tight, and even if the percentage isn't moving along as you've grown to expect, please understand that our team is spreading its efforts across all parts of the course, so we can get this to you as soon as possible! :)

SergioRuido from Team Ukrainian wrote 7 hours ago:

Ukrainian course. UPDATE.

This has been a slower week since the team got busy with other things outside DL, but... 100% of the sentences are recorded. Now the files are being edited for noise reduction. That's a time-consuming part. But this coming week there's definitely going to be a speed-up!

Meanwhile, please take time to find other basics resources like this one or this one to help you prepare for the course. Get your Cyrillic layout on keyboard and practice it. Charge up your motivation!

The UKR-ENG will be out one way or another, sooner or later, but it WILL launch!

TL;DR The wait for Ukrainian course continues just as not one but three languages are racing to their beta phases. Polish has earned the "Joint Leaders Extraordinaire" title. That is awesome! Klingon has come to the incubator!

The next update is expected on Sunday, 19th of April at the usual time - 3:00 pm UTC.

Previous Update 29-Mar to 05-Apr

Last updates from the recent months: Mar, Feb, Jan.

April 12, 2015

117 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Delta1212

The number of available courses just feels like it's exploding. I'm simultaneously psyched and freaking out a little because I don't know how I'm supposed to find the time to learn all of these languages.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I resemble this remark 8-o

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Briskrisk

D'accord! Duo, slow down. I need time to finish some of these trees.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97

Please don't, I want አማርኛ (Amharic) on here as soon as possible!

View my Ethiopia/Amharic Posts Directory to see why I think Amharic should be added to Duolingo!

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JanisaChatte

Not quite sure what Amharic is.. where's it spoken?

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97

It's a Semitic language spoken primarily in Ethiopia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amharic

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HappyEvilSlosh

Duo, slow down.

Or offer languages other than English some courses.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I am really hoping to see Russian for German speakers, and more courses for Russian speakers also... oh and French speakers. Ohhh and one day I hope we'll see Russian <-> Hebrew courses...

Not for selfish reasons like me laddering, of course whistles innocently

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator

Thought for the week
What is Klingon?

I really hope this discussion doesn't become yet another thread of people complaining about Klingon.

Anyway, it seems kinda obvious that Norwegian will graduate before Esperanto, especially considering that the Esperanto team still has to record all the audio.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/xeno78

No one can beat the efficient Scandinavians ;)

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Kevinguy19

But don't they still have to do the notes, while, from what I've heard, the Esperanto team has mostly completed the notes for all skills?

It looks to me like we could really have a joint release!

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jjd1123

Yes, two months ago, team Esperanto wrote:

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!

While team Norwegian wrote one week ago:

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.

and three weeks ago:

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.

Both have estimated that there could be a release into beta in mid-May. But we'll see.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator

jjd1123 wrote:


Yes, two months ago, team Esperanto wrote:

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!

While team Norwegian wrote one week ago:

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.

and three weeks ago:

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.

Both have estimated that there could be a release into beta in mid-May. But we'll see.


It depends, strictly speaking tips and notes are not compulsory and unlike the skills in the language tree, as such they can release the course with few or no tips and notes, and gradually add them later.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Kevinguy19

Exactly! They'll probably just do a joint release in a couple of weeks.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza

Maybe we will have a double release ? How cool would it be :D ?

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Very cool indeed :D

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor

I cannot wait to blast through the Esperanto tree and start bugging people to learn it with me and start just speaking it at people. I'm gonna be so annoying, I'm so excited.

For the Esperanto audio, I'm curious if they're going to have just one person record, or multiple people? And what kind of criteria they're looking for in a good voice? A lot of new learners of the language are going to try to absorb whatever accent is in the course, so I'm interested to see how it will sound.

Also, with various courses now that use human voices, I'm kindof surprised they haven't thought to do the same for the original Duo courses. It would improve the original five language trees (Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese) so much to have natural human voices for the audio.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

YES! Our goal in making the Esperanto course is to make the world a more annoying place. Thanks for helping out! :-D

I'm also curious how many people we're going to have recording. :) We're mostly judging it for clarity of pronunciation and a neutral accent (i.e. you can't identify the native language of this person).

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

I think its great that Esperanto is getting on here. I never heard about it before coming to Duolingo and after learning more about it, I was excited as ever to learn it. I really think that Duolingo can help Esperanto reach its goal of becoming an international second language. My research has compelled me to learn Esperanto and I hope that because of the work you and your team has done, that Esperanto will become a more popular language and maybe even as big as English one day. As I have said before, I admire people with passion for something they love.

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Is that goal alongside making us useless to humanity? The Esperanto team have lofty ambitions, I salute you! ;D

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finn.fr

Ugh I can't wait either!!! I'm excited not only b/c of the language's alleged simplicity, but also because I have been searching for a way to participate in the Esperanto community for such a long time, and now it feels as though that moment is almost here :D

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor

Same! Once I've finished the tree and feel comfortable I might look up the nearest Esperanto get-together to meet people and actually use it.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

http://www.eventoj.hu/2015.htm is your friend. :-D

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/finn.fr

Me too!

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Diabeticbuterfly

My sister and i are learning, yesterday while walking i made her play "I spy with my little eye" with me while we were on our way home. I think we did well but on the way out neither of us could remember the word for please... And i am already bugging one friend to learn Esperanto. She is already on here to help keep the spanish skills she has so hopefully it wont be tooooo hard to convince her to try Esperanto.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/yamtarda

You are not the only who is going to be greatly annoying to anyone in earshot/communication range ;) :D

April 12, 2015

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

Komencu! Esperanto estas tre facila, kaj kiam vi parolas al vi mem, aliaj homoj ofte demandas kion vi estas diranta, kiu estas la komenco de bona diskuto! Ofte, ili estas interesita, kaj kiam vi ilin diras, ke ili povas lerni Esperanton rapide kaj facile.

Duolingo povas nur helpi!

April 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor

Mi jam komencis, mi legis "A Complete Grammar of Esperanto" do mi povas kompreni kaj paroli iomete, sed mi bezonas praktiki pli. Kiam Duolingo havas la kurson, mi pensas ke mi havas unu aǔ du amikojn kiuj lernos kun mi, do ni povos praktiki kune. Mi ankaǔ povas paroli la ĉinan, do la facileco de Esperanto vere ŝajnas esti magio. Nur du monatoj de studi Esperanton kaj mi sentas kiel mi jam povas paroli en Esperanto pli bone ol en la lingvoj kiujn mi studis longtempe.

April 19, 2015

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

Vi jam estas komprenebla, do tiu estas komenco, ĉu ne? Esperanto havas iom strangan magion, vi estas prava! Se vi volus, mesaĝu min ĉe skajpo kaj ni povas praktiki skribado kune. Mia skajpnomo estas "travis.black.knight." Ĝis!

April 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Loving the steady progress in Hebrew! Hats off to Mae and Dvir. Can't wait for the course page unveiling!

Well done Polish, 5%! Fantastic :D

I was excited to read that Ukrainian has all now been recorded.

I hope our intrepid Klingon contributor is able to rise above and get that course hatching. Cheering you on!

Hungarian, you're killing me :'( I think there will be street parties when we see progress.

Esperanto! Whoop whoop! Loving that % slowly but steadily rising to 100.

I don't know what Team Norwegian is on but I want some. Amazing progress.

Steady progress in German for French, YAY!

Lovely jubbly. Now all I need is some way to fit more than 24 hours in the day, and a magical energy boost...

Good job all round!

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/t.no-BO.en.1

We're on coffee.

(this is Luke, speaking to you through the test profile)

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/xeno78

That Norwegian flag looks so cool on your flair!

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

I don't know whether or not you guys will see this soon or not, but here it goes. I had not been into language learning for a long time(since January). I obviously got interested in Hebrew and not Norweigan, but as far as I was concerned at the time being(and still am) any language is worth a shot. I've seen how passionate you guys are about this course and this makes me.......want to learn some Norwegian for you guys. I admire people who are passionate for what they care about and you are certainly a person who is passionate about teaching people Norwegian. Thank you for making this course and for making this possible with people that want to learn Norwegian and have Norwegian ancestry, relatives or for any other reason.

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/t.no-BO.en.1

This is the nicest thing anyone has ever told me on this site. I'm so, so glad that my efforts are appreciated in such a way. Just so you're aware, we will be teaching the words "synagogue", "Hebrew", and "Israeli" in the Norwegian course, along with several other houses of worship, languages, and nationalities. I have a special interest in the intersection of Jewish and Norwegian history and culture, and I want that to be at least hinted at in our course. Thank you again for your extraordinarily kind words. I hope our course lives up to all expectations.

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundgeirr

Cool! Do you intend to add some viking vocabulary aswell? Something related to Ásatrú (it's icelandic, I know), Forn sed, Norsk sed, Langskip, Edda, norrøn, blot etc? That'd be awesome :)

Btw congratulations for the awesome work. After learning norwegian for a year and having set it a bit aside, I'll continue learning it as soon as your course is released.

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Will you also teach words for other ethnicities and religions?

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/t.no-BO.en.1

Yes, quite a few!

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

Thanks! Myself, I would've never known about the way Norwegian worked(different languages for writing and talking) without this site. Without your guys's help, it wouldn't be easy to learn Norwegian. I thank you for including words connecting to Jewish culture in your course! That just makes me want to learn some Norwegian even more! I too hope the course lives up because I know how hard it is being worked on. So(if you don't mind me asking), how did you get to know Norwegian(BokmAl). Did/do you live in Norway or do you have relations to someone in Norway or do you just like learning languages for writing purposes?

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/t.no-BO.en.1

I've been teaching myself the language for almost eight years. I've spent a total of two days in Norway, and when my Norwegian was pretty rusty. I learned it because I was really interested in Norwegian politics, but I kept learning it because I thought it was interesting and fun. I don't have any family from Norway whatsoever.

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mwyaren

and now everyone's gonna drool over that nice flag you have... I see what you did there.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/t.he.en.1

I hope that our flag is fine :)

(Dvir is here, speaking to you from our test profile)

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Fimatic

That flag next to your name... I'm really looking forward to Norwegian's release :D

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I feel so special! And I can't believe I didn't see the notification for this earlier.

Also: nice flag has flag envy

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jayway223

I can't wait to have that flag by my name! ^-^

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

dyyyyyying...

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

Ay...it's like I went to sleep and woke up in the future. I didn't realize Norwegian was so close to complete! This changes my plans majorly and I promised myself they wouldn't...

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/julesmGGF

Ah yes, the Scandinavians and their beloved coffee :P

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion

Would you be angry if I were to steal that nice little flag by your name?

Also, I just realized that I can see the Norwegian tree because of a userscript I added. Mind = blown. (Btw, what's future preterite?)

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HakeemEvrenoglu

Nice badge :D

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

I'm on Club Mate.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OneAndOnlyJosh

Thank You Jitengore for taking the time out of your day to post this!! I am so excited to see even more progress for the Polish Course as well as the Hungarian Course (both for English Speakers). Also some progress for the Russian and Esperanto Courses, also both for English Speakers is great to see.

Welcome to the Klingon Course for English Speakers! This is your first Incubator Update =)

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jsprwstr

Look at Polish!! 5 percent progress!

April 12, 2015

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

Good Job, Team Polish. Well done!!!

Team Esperanto, I was the one of the first 1000 person waiting for it. Now I am one of those 17000 waiting.

Ukrainian, Norwegian and Russian, I'm excited for you. Come soon...

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JamieJamJams

There is also an UPDATE FROM THE POLISH TEAM!!!! :D

Hej! It's time for another Progress Update.

The first and probably the most exciting news is that the course has passed the 25% mark. The team is working very hard and we hope that from now on the progress bar will be filling up nicely.

As you may have noticed, three new contributors have joined us. Please give a warm welcome to @alukasiak, @mr00 and @lofix. We are planning to add new contributors in the future.

You are probably wondering how the course is going to look like. The skills are constructed to gradually teach you how grammatical gender works, how adjectives are declined, how verbs are conjugated and so on. Grammatical cases are going to be introduced separately in the course of learning new words. This is to make the learning process easier for users and to avoid overwhelming them with too much new information. One of our goals is to supplement the skills with Tips and Notes which would clearly explain the major concepts.

Right now we are done with introducing almost all grammatical cases, present tense verb conjugation and prepositions. Things are starting to shape up nicely: the vocabulary that we have "taught" so far allows to create some really interesting sentences. Coming up are: verbs in past tense and infinitive forms, adverbs and numerals.

Dziękujemy! Stay tuned.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NathanGrant33

The fact that you tied for the lead this week is equivalent to Christmas coming early.

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PonyDesu

What a great week. I'm can't wait to learn Ukrainian. I've already learned Cyrillic and installed the Ukrainian keyboard on my Linux. It's hard to get used to it (the layout seems ridiculous for me), I hope that I can get used to it, though. It'd be great to start learning Ukrainian in April!

The next language on my list Esperanto and the course is being finished, so good to hear. What's more, it'll have human recordings! So excited about it!

I'm hyped that Polish contributors have made such a huge progress. Go, go, Polish mates, they're waiting to learn our beautiful, yet easy language!

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/somelauw

Here is some advice on typing Russian and Ukrainian that you might want to read about: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7669787 . It includes a link to a phonetic keyboard for Linux.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Latcarf

You can install a phonetic layout instead, it will put the Cyrillic letters which sound like Latin letters at the same place, much easier to get used to if you don’t have the Cyrillic letters printed on your keyboard.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PonyDesu

Amazing! I didn't know about it, thank you! Have a lingot fro me.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

I know about stuff like this, in fact I use one for Mac which coordinates Hebrew letters to the sound of latin letters. I love it! Would you happen to know if there is one like this for mac? Thanks!

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Latcarf

I’ve never used a Mac, but I would expect that such a phonetic keyboard is already installed. Try in the keyboard layout options?

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo

April 12th to April 19th? Not April 5th to April 12th?

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/alexinIreland

Maybe Jitengore can see into the future? :P

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

I wish I could say "True that :)" :(

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Vedun

Indeed, I wouldn't mind news from the future.

April 12, 2015

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

Too bad for me. I missed that. : (

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

Thanks, corrected - traveling and confused :)

I also ended up wishing someone Happy Birthday for the 19th before correcting!

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex

So you were time travelling - awesome ;-)

April 12, 2015

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

いろいろ あった です ね。 いろいろ あった。 :)

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza

Sooo happy for the Polish and Vietnamese course ! And imagine how I was finding out that Ukrainian, Esperanto and Norwegian are hatching in the next few weeks ? I am so excited ! Hungarian and Romanian : Keep the progress, people are waiting for you !

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack

Thanks a lot for the update, Jiten! :D It's great to see Ukrainian almost out of beta! I'm really looking forward to taking this course! :D And Norwegian is getting so close to the %100 mark! Esperanto is only slightly ahead, too. :D We're going to have a busy next few weeks. It's exciting!

I'm also looking forward to watching the Klingon course progress, and taking it eventually.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/julesmGGF

Very exciting to see this progress! Now I'm just waiting with my grandfather, oh so patiently are we waiting, to see the Yiddish course begin and a percentage to appear :') Meanwhile, I'll go and watch more of The Nanny to learn some Yiddish slang haha!

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ricardovan12

Still patiently waiting for any update for the Hungarian course since February.....

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224

Kinda weird to see Polish in one of the leading spots.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Physiker729

I am so psyched for Norwegian! Nothing like adding a third Scandinavian language to my portfolio to make me feel accomplished. Go team Norwegian, beat Esperanto! (Because who doesn't love a friendly competition?) I'm pulling for you guys, but your competitors are fierce! ;) Impressive progress all around, and with Ukraisperantegian likely to come out in the next month or two, I might just have enough languages to hold me over until Vietnamese and Hebrew are released. ;)

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/miacomet

Ukraisperantegian? Seems interesting. I wonder when the Ukraisperantegian<-Itch course will be coming out.

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I had to read Ukraisperantegian about three times before the penny dropped. It's possible that I should have got an earlier night tonight 8-o

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Physiker729

As a portmanteau, Ukraisperantegian leaves something to be desired... Not my best work.

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I kind of love it, tbh - just took me a while to de tangle ;)

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RoderickLy

Any news on Hindi for English, Jitengore?

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

A little more patience please... https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8189813

Perhaps, we will more precise answer then :)

April 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ

Why howdy neighbor, I'm from Nashua, NH so I'm not far from you! Anyways, great to hear about the update. I have friends interested in learning Klingon (she's a big Trekkie) and Greek (my best friend is part Greek). Please keep us posted on what languages are coming up and the progress!

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

It's so exciting so see so much progress! Thanks for the update. I'm excited to see how steadily Vietnamese is progressing, and Norwegian is so incredibly fast... I wonder, will they be breaking an incubator record? And Klingon will be such a fascinating language to explore - looking forward to future updates! ^^

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza

I think Dutch has the record. Not sure about that.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

Dutch has the one week record (32%). These charts show that the completion record from English is 13 weeks by the Danes, from scratch: 11 weeks by the Greeks and with the help of a reverse course: 5 weeks by ES to PT. Norwegian has spent 12 weeks in the Incubator, so it's safe to say it won't break any all-time records.

Edit: It might be worth noting that the reverse trees have rarely been sitting at near completion, whereas the Danes were there for 4 weeks.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

Go0o0o00o0oo00ooooooo team Russian! <kermit flail> 2%!! That's awesome!

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Spanishmakeup

I honestly can't wait for Greek :D I don't know HOW I will live until July 11th though...

Also, what is Klingon? Where is it spoken?

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mwyaren

SPACE.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

THE FINAL FRONTIER.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/voxlashon

Can't wait for Greek either. Will be great to be able to learn Greek and Turkish simultaneously. Ukrainian and Russian are simultaneously in the incubator too. I'd also love Hebrew and Arabic, but the latter is not yet in the system.

Duolingo is making the world a better place!

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RoderickLy

It's from Star Trek.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lingogirl1234

Thanks for posting the incubator stats! Really helpful

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cdub4language

My reactions to seeing Klingon being added:

  1. ...huh?

  2. If they added Klingon, I want Quenya too!!!

  3. But why Klingon and not other languages? (which could be said for pretty much any new language added to the incubator)

  4. Will having Klingon as the only other conlang on duolingo thus far lessen the credibility of the Esperanto course in the eyes of the general public once it's released? I have no issue with fandom languages (see reaction #2 - Tolkien/Lord of the Rings may indeed be the origin of why I'm excited about learning languages today) but I'm also super excited about Esperanto.

I have mixed feelings about Klingon (mostly because of the Esperanto issue), but at the same time I'm curious about it. I've heard that it's lacking vocabulary for common, every-day items/situations, so it'll be interesting to see how the course developers stay focused on Star Trek-related material and how much it parallels typical Duolingo courses.

And (hint hint) pretty much all of my mixed feelings would be satisfied if Duo added Quenya too :-D

Goooooooo Esperanto!!

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42

Is there any reason this is still "under construction?"

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Romanadvoratrel

Polish...Leader Extraordinaire...All my dreams fulfilled... Hey, is that Klingon?

KLINGON??

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sneakybeakybud

[Waiting for Greek intensifies]

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Anna._

Come on English for Thai team you can do it, you're almost there! โชคดีค่ะ!

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/feanarosurion

Not to pick any nits, but is 5 not still less than 6? Because maths? Just saying. Hehe. Is Polish afforded the joint title due to the magnitude of its progress this week?

April 12, 2015

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

There are other things such as amount of 'no. of words', strings, skill done etc that is related to progress. Actual progress can somewhat differ from shown one.

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/voxlashon

Klingon has received a lot of flak recently. And, yes, to be honest I'd really, really like to see Latin and am confused as many others have been about why we have K but not L.

However, currently Klingon is the only artificial language that I'm going to add to my portfolio. I'm going to at least try all the natural languages that come out in the next year.

Is anyone else in a similar boat: committed to the natural languages, but if you're going to try an artificial one, you'll try Klingon over Esperanto?

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

Definitely Esperanto over Klingon. (No offense to anyone) I am not a trekkie at all and personally, I see no use for a language I can't use to speak with other people. Esperanto is also a better artificial language(in my opinion, again no offense to anyone) because it is supposed to be a secondary language which I find completely fascinating.

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OnesimusUnbound

Esperanto. Why? For pragmatic reasons, Esperanto speakers are global, hence I'll be able to meet a more culturally diverse people.

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HappyEvilSlosh

Is anyone else in a similar boat: committed to the natural languages, but if you're going to try an artificial one, you'll try Klingon over Esperanto?

I'm someone who'll try Klingon over Esperanto. My reasons are that I don't think Esperanto has approached its creator's goals of neutrality so I'm not interested in supporting it (via learning it) in becoming and IAL. In addition as it's similar to other languages (grammar to slavic IIRC) rather than doing it explore some new grammar I feel I'd be better off doing those other languages. OTOH I grew up on Star Trek and had The Klingon Dictionary when it first came out (it's probably still kicking around my parent's place somewhere), I also had a black book... (does some searching) Aha! The Klingon Way, which is a collection of proverbs. In addition since the aim of the grammar was to be unlike anything on Earth I'm curious to know more.

April 12, 2015

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

Bonege! Iru, Esperanton!

April 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Konrad127123

The wait is not going to longer

I think you accidentally a word

April 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

Thanks, corrected :)

April 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/iyugov

Can I help with any course if I'm not sure about my language skills and much free time?

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sheldolina

If you want to help with a course, you can apply at http://incubator.duolingo.com/ :)

April 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JackedTortoise

WOW! Look at that vietnamese tree grow! It seems like just last year you were just a tiny seed :D...

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ImJacob

Man, I've been learning Swedish, and I've pretty much understood everything they said in Norwegian. :)

Also, waiting for the Hebrew and Greek course, keep it up and come out ASAP. :)

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AequitasVeritas

Thanks for posting the stats updates! I'm really looking forward to learning Russian! :)

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mjacobsen121

I'm definitely going for Ukrainian and Norwegian.

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Brijsven

:D for Norwegian's Progress -- :( for Hungarian's Progress. I am greatly looking forward to these two courses!

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JrCarCar

Polish as a leader... who'd have thunk it?

April 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cs1991

The first fictional language :) As not much of a star trek fan I would have preferred another but this is still very exciting

April 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_Great_Uniter

Great job as always! :)

April 13, 2015
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