Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from April 12th to April 19th

I am back home after a whirlwind tour of Boston, New York, and Washington DC. In the travel rush, I had forgotten to remove the "Under Construction" scaffold in the last week's post. Apologies!

I see that a lot has happened during the week. Lets get to it right away!

The DuoWorld continues to wait for the Ukrainian course!
Well, now there are three courses in the "final check" phase ... ... ...

The race to finish
... ... ... the question is who is going to finish first?

Thought for the week
Hatching... Hatched? Not just yet!

PHASE 1 Progress:

Ukrainian for English - 100% | 100% | 100% | 100% (+0)

Norwegian for English - 82% | 89% | 95% | 100% (+5) *

Esperanto for English - 91% | 94% | 96% | 98% (+2)

English for Thai  - 89% | 90% | 90% | 91% (+1)

Hungarian for English - 79% | 79% | 79% | 80% (+1) ^

Russian for English - 70% | 72% | 74% | 75% (+1)

German for Turkish - 68% | 68% | 70% | 71% (+1)

German for Italian - 68% | 68% | 69% | 70% (+1)

Spanish for German - 62% | 62% | 64% | 65% (+1)

French for Italian - 56% | 57% | 58% | 60% (+2)

Spanish for Italian - 57% | 57% | 57% | 59% (+2)

German for Portuguese - 41% | 45% | 49% | 55% (+6) *

German for French - 52% | 53% | 54% | 54% (+0)

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

Swedish for Russian - 38% | 38% | 39% | 39% (+0)

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

Romanian for English - 28% | 29% | 30% | 30% (+0)

Vietnamese for English - 23% | 25% | 29% | 29% (+0)

Polish for English - 18% | 22% | 27% | 29% (+2)

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

Hebrew for English - 2% | 4% | 7% | 7% (+0)

Klingon for English - (New) 0% | 2% (+2)

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

Mean - 1.41% | 1.17% | 1.32% | 1.17% (-0.15)
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:

alukasiak from Team Polish wrote 6 days ago:

Progress Update #2

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.

alexinIreland from Team Irish wrote 4 days ago:

Short Update :D

Dia daoibh!

This is just a quick update to bring you up to speed!

  • Audio: We are currently assessing a very promising candidate. I can't really say much more than that, really :)
  • Survey: I have created a survey to get your specific feedback about our course and to find out what you would like to see in the next tree version!

Slán :D

luke51991 from Team Norwegian wrote 3 days ago:

100% Complete (but not really!)

We're done translating sentences. We still have the following steps to perform:

  • Add any additional words that we may have missed and want to include

  • Review the entire course to stamp out as many errors as possible (the hard part)

  • Update our tips & notes (which are mostly completed and can be amended in beta)


Please do not ask any of us when the course will be released! We simply do not know, but we will let you know when we ourselves know. Thank you!

Med vennlig hilsen,

~~ Det Norske Laget ~~

MaeMcA from Team Hebrew wrote 2 days ago:

A stitch in time saves nine...

Hey everyone,

Phrases and Basics are finally done! Hurrah! We're now working on Food and Animals. As you can imagine, there's a lot of food:) In fact, out of all the words we teach in the Letters skills, 27.5% of them are food, and a further 17.5% are food-related. That's 45% of the alphabet taught with words to do with food:D

A lot of the work we are doing doesn't actually appear on our progress. As well as translating sentences, we are writing Tips and Notes for every skill about the new grammar we introduce, and writing long lists of rules about translations and hints as well as going through everything we've done so far and standardizing it. It's really important to set rules about exactly how we translate things now before we get too far, otherwise it'll be a huge amount of work to make it all consistent later (this is part of the reason why we are not adding any new team members just yet (please, please stop asking...:) as it'll just add to the chaos). Once we've agreed on all the rules and set precedents for everything, we're going to have a good think about the overall structure of the course, then we can really get going:)

I can't figure out whether all this writing about food is making me hungry, or whether I'm hungry and therefore subconsciously writing sentences about food....either way, I'm off to find something to eat:)

Have a nice week!

Darktroyd from Team Ukrainian wrote 2 days ago:

Ukrainian Keyboard

For those getting ready for the upcoming course you may get a Ukrainian keyboard download instructions here. There are other keyboard options available so feel free to use those if you would like. Enjoy!

jitengore from Team Hindi wrote an hour ago:

Two AMAs in May, 2015

प्रिय दोस्तों,

हम आपको बताना चाहेंगे कि हमारी टीम ने दो AMA अथवा AUA आयोजित किए हैं।

दोनों AMA का समय होगा: 1:00 PM UTC / 6: 30 PM IST / 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST / 2:00 PM CET/BST

AMA के समय के नज़दीक नई परिचर्चा शुरू की जाएगी, जहाँ आप अपने प्रश्न प्रस्तुत कर सकेंगे।

हिंदी टीम

Dear friends,

Here's a quick note to let you know about the two AMAs/AUAs that we are planning to host.

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 on the Duolingo Subreddit
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, on the Duolingo forum

The time for both these AMAs will be:
1:00 PM UTC / 6:30 PM IST / 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST / 2:00 PM CET/BST

We will create separate threads closer to the AMAs for pre-submission of questions.

- Hindi Team

Nitram. from Team Hungarian wrote a few minutes ago:

Still Alive!

Hi :D

Sorry for the silence, I know it can be killing... I've been busy (and will definitely be busy in the next few weeks or so), so I didn't have the time to work or write updates. However, the rest of the team has been busy, so this is what happened in the meantime:

We've invited SD-77, so yeah - it'll be awesome with him on board. :) And YES this also means faster progress in the future!

Being in the final stage of course building, testing has been progressing too, as well as adding more possible translations to each sentence. Also, some new words have been finished (but not too many, approx. 20 words)


  • PUB (percentage until beta) --> 80% (+1)
  • PUC (percentage until completion) --> 29% (+1)

Thanks for your persistence guys, see you all next time!! ;)

TL;DR Things are chugging along overall. And we have just heard from the Hungarian team! The Polish team continues to work at a good pace, and I am sure you are happy to read their communication too!

The next update is expected on Sunday, 26th of April, 1:00 pm UTC, once again two hours earlier than the usual time.

Previous Update 05-Apr to 12-Apr

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

April 19, 2015


A big thumbs up to all the course contributors!

April 19, 2015

Your Avengers gifs/pics make the world go 'round! :)

April 19, 2015

No, Fat Bottomed Girls make the rockin' world go round... (Queen/Freddie Mercury Pun!) (Nobody here is a Rock and Roller, eh?)

April 22, 2015

The Hungarian team have posted an update!

Also, I know the new contributor, and with him on the team we should start to see some good progress again :)

April 19, 2015

Thanks (and lingots) for the notice, Adam!

Oh! Nitram, an alert would have been be nice, especially if there's an update after a two month gap :)

I will redo the charts in a moment...

April 19, 2015

Oh, sorry I thought you'd notice since I'd posted before you did... :$

April 19, 2015

No worries, I have updated the charts now. Hungarian at 80% and the average at 1.17%

(As you can imagine, there are a lot of things happening at the last minute...)

April 19, 2015

Isn't Polish at 30% and not 29% ? Like they are at 29.6% now.

April 19, 2015

Yes, they were at 29.9% a minute ago when I checked. Here are the two guidelines used for this weekly post:

  1. The progress is as of zero hours, Sunday (UTC). That is when gets updated each day.

  2. The numbers are rounded-down. Even 29.9% is reported as 29% because the 30% line has not been touched yet.

April 19, 2015

Ah, that explains why we are suddenly 75%

April 19, 2015

It's really great to see that you are active again!

April 19, 2015

A little bit of comunication is good for our health :D

April 19, 2015

If only I could be a bit more active...

April 19, 2015

I can only speak for myself, but even the smallest bit of progress is exciting to see, and it's so good to see a report from you guys :D

April 20, 2015

So many courses are almost finished. I don't know which one I will do next after my German Tree! Maybe I'll ladder using the German for Portuguese Speakers Tree, or I'll start the Norwegian Tree or the Esperanto Tree or the Ukranian Tree or the Hungarian Tree or...

Too many choices. Part good, part bad.

April 19, 2015

It's not a Portuguese for German speakers course btw. It's German for Portuguese speakers so you'd practically be learning German again from Portuguese.

April 19, 2015

Thanks. I'll edit it.

April 19, 2015

Great update Jitengore, as always :)

I've got some great news too; there are 5 new Dutch contributors! @JaneEmily, @El2theK, @Susande, @Wicketd and me!

April 19, 2015

Esperanto, Ukrainian and Norwegian are almost hatching ? Too many good news to handle !

Hungarian : Love from Geneva

Romanian : Your the next romance language I will learn after Spanish so watch out ;) <3

April 19, 2015

I can't wait for Romanian.

April 19, 2015

Mult succes! ;)

April 19, 2015

BONEGE pro Norwegion! Nun, Iru, Esperanton! Kuru al la fino! Ni estas plifervoriganta por vi!

April 19, 2015

I'm still wondering whether I should be happy that there are so many courses in finishing phases or in total despair because there is not a single chance that a will find time/abilities to learn all of these (even though I really want to, really!)

Aside the fact that I'm extremely happy to see Norwegian and Ukrainian at 100%, I'm also really happy about the progress of English for Thai, because now I can at least hope that the reverse one will be added to the Incubator in the near future. (Well, dreams are free, right? That's one of mine :D)

I can't help wondering which new languages will be added to the Incubator when Ukrainian, Norwegian and Esperanto go into beta... :)

Thank you for posting!

Now I'm going to dwell on my lack of time and all those things I really should get done... but as a professional procrastinator I moved all of it aside and I've spent some quality time with the Turkish and Irish trees instead... :D

April 19, 2015

professional procrastinator...... I don't think that you will ever be paid for being a procrastinator. But I second your voice, if there would be such a job, then they must be paying. I also share same frustration. It's annoying to be an an incorrigible procrastinator.

April 20, 2015

That would make 13 courses for English speakers! that's amazing.

April 19, 2015

Can anyone say anything about how team Yiddish are getting along?

April 19, 2015

Yeah I'd like to know too. This is puzzling.

April 21, 2015
<h1>The Hungarian team is alive!</h1>

April 20, 2015

Go team Russian! More than 100k people are waiting for your course :D (judging by the number of people who want to be notified once it is ready) Only 1/4 left to go!

April 19, 2015

Today's update is now complete with the course updates from several teams for your reading pleasure :)

April 19, 2015


April 19, 2015

Not an official update, but we did hear from on of the mods of the Greek team, one day ago, in this topic .

He, Dkc_83, said: Hello everyone and thank you a lot for your support and your patience! We are working hard to fit the process in our schedule, so please be patient. Greek is a different and somehow difficult language to structure in Duolingo's standards but I am pretty sure that soon we will be back in full speed. We are doing the best we can to make the course enjoyable, fun and useful to everyone! :)

April 20, 2015

Hmm , I have to quickly finish studding Polish (in fact in "English for Polish speakers" course) to be able to start Esperanto at full speed!

April 19, 2015

Hey, SO GOOD to see news from Team Hungary! Day = made :D

April 20, 2015

Norwegian really finished fast.

April 20, 2015
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