Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from May 3rd to May 10th

Back to the waiting game
Between now and June, the three courses should be out in beta. That calls for a bit of wait. And when that happens, the Russian course might well be at 90%.

Thought for the week
Bollywood coming to Duolingo soon!

PHASE 1 Progress:

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

Norwegian for English - 100% | 100% | 99% | 100% (+1)

Esperanto for English - 98% | 98% | 99% | 100% (+1)

English for Thai  - 91% | 91% | 90% | 90% (+0)

Russian for English - 75% | 77% | 81% | 82% (+1)

Hungarian for English - 80% | 80% | 80% | 80% (+0) ^

German for Turkish - 71% | 71% | 71% | 72% (+1)

German for Italian - 70% | 71% | 71% | 70% (-1)

Spanish for German - 65% | 66% | 66% | 68% (+2)

French for Italian - 60% | 60% | 61% | 63% (+2)

German for Portuguese - 55% | 59% | 60% | 62% (+2)

Spanish for Italian - 59% | 60% | 60% | 60% (+0)

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

Spanish for Chinese - 44% | 48% | 48% | 48% (+0)

Spanish for Russian - (New) 39% | 43% (+4) *

Swedish for Russian - 39% | 39% | 39% | 40% (+1)

French for Chinese - 38% | 38% | 38% | 39% (+1)

Romanian for English - 30% | 31% | 33% | 33% (+0)

Polish for English - 29% | 31% | 32% | 32% (+0)

Vietnamese for English - 29% | 31% | 31% | 32% (+1)

Greek for English - 9% | 10% | 18% | 21% (+3)

Hebrew for English - 7% | 10% | 11% | 13% (+2)

Klingon for English - 2% | 4% | 7% | 8% (+1)

Yiddish for English - 0% | 0% | 1% | 3% (+2)

Mean - 1.17% | 1.17% | 0.92% | 1.04% (+0.12)
Median - 1% | 1% | 1% | 1% (+0)
Mode - 0% | 0% | 0% | 0% (+0)

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

Progress Visualized:

Here's what the contributing teams have said during the last week:

Kai_E. from Team Dutch wrote 2 weeks ago: (Yes, this didn't get picked up last time...)

Team Dutch welcomes 5 new contributors!

Hello! Hoi!

About a week back you may have seen this post fierljep to the top of your discussion stream.

A huge thanks to all who applied!

There were many great applicants, but we only had so many spots on our team. It was a tough decision, but we scoured the applications and found 5 new contributors who turned the application dos into application dids and are set to be great new additions to our team.

Please welcome in no particular order: Susande, El2theK, JaneEmily, davidvdb and wicketd to the Dutch team!

This does not mean that this is the end, because contributors will always be necessary and so there's always another chance in the future!

- Team Dutch

Selcen_Ozturk from Team Turkish wrote 6 days ago:

We receive many great applications, thank you and sorry that we cannot invite anyone very soon. To increase your chances of being invited, we highly encourage you to answer questions in the Tr-En forums :)

Bruno_de_Brito from Team FR<-PT wrote 5 days ago:

Como estamos indo

Ultimamente nossa equipe anda um pouco ocupada, mas mesmo assim os erros já baixaram bem e estão oscilando nessa média apresentada pelo gráfico:

MaeMcA from Team Hebrew wrote 5 days ago:

A quick update to say... We Have Abraham's Camel. I repeat, We Have Abraham's Camel.

*That's a code phrase meaning "We've now finished the first row of the second checkpoint and are well under way with the second row. Hurrah!"

asya.000 from Team Yiddish wrote 4 days ago:


Just wanted to share with you all that our first skill is now complete! :)

!זײַט געזונט

luke51991 from Team Norwegian wrote 3 days ago:

In Norwegen Nichts Neues

Finally back from Germany! It was such a pleasure to meet you all, and I'm humbled by the fanbase the course has attracted. Volunteering for Duolingo is simply a delight, and I was reminded of that every day this week. You all keep us motivated!

We've reached 2,700 words, and our work is gradually winding down. As I wrote in our previous post, we will likely be finished with the alpha phase within a couple of weeks. That is our goal, not our promise!

Norwegian speakers! This is your opportunity to write on my wall, Luke51991, a word or phrase you believe should be taught in our course (remember, it is a beginner's course, and I may let you know if we already have it). While I likely won't be able to respond to every posting, I would like to hear your input as the course inches closer to beta.

In the calm before the storm, I picked up an Icelandic book in Berlin. Hopefully I can make it through it in time for the Duolingo Icelandic course, which will hopefully be in alpha within the short-to-medium future. Icelandic is like Norwegian but with vocabulary and grammar that is over a thousand years old. It's so much fun to learn!

Med vennlig hilsen,

det norske laget

jitengore from Team Hindi wrote yesterday:

Reverse Course coming in May

We just concluded our first AMA/AUA. Enjoy!

And yes, Hindi for English speakers is coming to the incubator in the last week of May, 2015 :)

luke51991 from Team Norwegian added 17 hours ago:

Weekend Update back on schedule!

I've decided to get back on track with regular Saturday updates, as they had gotten off schedule for a couple of weeks.

I would like to firmly emphasize that no one on our team has any knowledge of a potential Icelandic course in the wings. It is merely our collective hope and dream :)

Thank you to all you Norwegian speakers who submitted some great ideas for new words and phrases! We had quite a few of your suggestions already, accepted a few more, but unfortunately, we don't have time to add all of them before we hit beta.

Thanks for the birthday wishes as well! I had a blast at my Norwegian speakers' group playing Scrabble (from Norway, complete with all the Æs Ås and Øs). I didn't win, but I came in second.

We have decided as a team to hold off on new word creation (unless something truly pressing arises). This means our course will hit beta with roughly 2,730 words! :) , almost as many as the Italian and Portuguese courses for English speakers.

The team is continuing to read through and edit our acceptable translations and edit > Norwegian sentences to make them sound as natural as possible. This is important and necessary work before beta, in part because we want all of our students exposed to the most authentic patterns in the language from the get-go. We are a small team with a giant course, so this effort does take a significant amount of time.

Our new aim is to release the course sometime in May (likely in the final week or so). We appreciate the strong willingness on the part of the community to have access to the course content, but we must balance that with the desire to release a course that's as high a quality as the other Duolingo courses in beta.

Working hardt ;)

~~ Det Norske Laget ~~

AlexinTurkey from Team Turkish added 5 hours ago:


We have some great news. First, we have a new course contributor, Ektoraskan. He has been a great resource in our forum, and he has even been more useful in the Incubator. Please feel free to welcome him to our awesome team!

We also have been having fewer and fewer reports. We have been below 3 reports per 100 for 5 days now. This is awesome news. We are starting to reach stability. Check out our nifty chart! This being said, we want to make sure that you all make reports when they are needed. They help us make our course even better. A few days ago, Selcen ingeniously made a chart that spells out exactly when you should report and when you should be going to the sentence discussion. Please look it over and use it carefully. I am sure other courses have a similar philosophy when it comes to reports as well! Best,

Alex, Selcen, and the entire Turkish Team

TL;DR The progress is back to normal. Sort of! Which of the three eggs will hatch first?

The next update is expected on Sunday, 17th of May, 3:00 pm UTC.

Previous Update 26-Apr to 03-May

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

May 10, 2015


So much good news!

Esperanto, Norwegian and Ukrainian: We're waiting for you on the other side! I can't wait to try all of these languages :D

Polish: Keep up the good work! Almost 1/3 of the way there!

Hindi: Oh. My. God. :D

May 10, 2015

Yeah ! Hindi coming soon ! I am happy for all the people waiting for this course ! And I will never say it enough : Hungarian and Romanian, I am excited to see you available !

May 10, 2015

I can't wait for Hindi!! Go Hindi Contributors!

May 10, 2015

I need a Ukrainian course in my life so bad. Please Duo, release it this week!

May 10, 2015

I need Esperanto.

May 10, 2015

I can totally see it be release this Monday !

May 10, 2015

I hope so ..

May 10, 2015

According to the Duolingo subreddit: May 10. :D

May 10, 2015

Where did you read that?

May 10, 2015

@moreyouseemor It's in the Duolingo subreddit

May 11, 2015

Link please

May 11, 2015


May 11, 2015

It was an estimate. :)

Here are the estimates (not from the Incubator but from reddit) 1. Ukrainian - May 10 2. Norwegian - May 17 3. Esperanto - June 10

I wish I could give you the link but I can't find it

May 11, 2015

I wonder what's going on with Polish atm. They've been slow but steady for a while but they've been at a dead stop recently. I hope they're just figuring out where to go with the tree from here this isn't the start of another 6+ month long absence * crosses fingers *

And I realllly can't wait for spanish>german, the reverse just isn't the same

May 10, 2015

I miss a mentioning of the fact, that English for Czech speakers got out of beta :-)

May 10, 2015

You are absolutely right! Thanks (and lingots) for the mention.

Congratulations to the Czech team (and the Duo team) for getting there!

(With the duoinc page not working today, I was likely to miss something :)

May 10, 2015

Thanks for all your hard work on Hindi! I've been wondering for a while, how did you get to know Hindi?

May 11, 2015

I grew up in a place where Hindi was the first language and I stdudied it thru K-12.

Thanks for the compliment. You're most welcme :)

May 11, 2015

does anyone have an idea why duoinc is down and when / if it will be up again?

May 12, 2015

Začnete brzy pracovat na český kurz pro anglické mluvčí? :D

May 13, 2015

Vzhledem k tomu, že česká verze anglického kurzu už je v plné verzi, tak bych předpokládal, že se někdy v dohledné době objeví. Jak dlouho ale potom bude trvat, než se podaří ho zprovoznit už záleží jenom na lidech, kteří ho vytvářejí.

May 13, 2015

Kurz je v plánu, ale nevím zatím o žádném termínu kdy by se mělo začít s jeho tvorbou. Ono je ještě hodně práce i v kurzu CZ -> EN, např. chybí kompletně gramatické tipy k lekcím...

May 13, 2015

I'm looking forward to all those new German courses as well as the new ones from English. So many to choose from. What could be better!

May 10, 2015
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Yes, loads of new owls on the horizon!!! :-D

May 10, 2015

Gratulon, Esperanto! Mi ne povas atendi por vi!

May 10, 2015

Thanks for the update :D I had been hoping for the Russian course 80% update, but the news about Hindi is making up for it!

May 10, 2015

When oh when o when will their be swahili? someone please start swahili!

May 10, 2015


May 10, 2015

will there ever be a WELSH program?

May 12, 2015

So pumped for Greek.

May 11, 2015

whats going on with Arabic? I would like to learn it I'm excited that Russian is almost ready - going to learn it!

May 11, 2015

Hindi is good, but when will we have a Sanskrit course? Anxiously waiting for Esperanto, Norwegian and Russian. Ukranian can wait... ; )

May 10, 2015

I don't think that Sanskrit course will be launched on Duo for many years, because Sanskrit is a dead language and Duo people are interested to launch only spoken languages (I want Latin course on Dou though). Plus Sanskrit is a very very tough language and even scholars find it difficult to manage to speak it fluently.

May 13, 2015

I know Sanscrit is a dead language, but I don´t think this should be a problem for having it in Duolingo. The same for latin. There are people who speak them and teach them, and they are key to understanding many other languages. I studied one semester of Sanskrit at the university, and at least the basics are not thaaaaat difficult. I still vote for its inclusion here.

May 13, 2015

I'M SO HAPPY ABOUT HINDI! Thank you so much, Jiten!

in other news: Selcen roxmysox....what a great chart

May 12, 2015

She is the best! I love that chart so much!

May 12, 2015

Yep & thanks again for all your hard work, too! :D

May 14, 2015

ALSO sposibo bolshoi to the Russian team! WAY TO GO. Gotta love consistent effort.

May 14, 2015

So excited for all the upcoming beta releases!

May 13, 2015
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Can't wait for so many of these... thanks to all the teams!!!

May 12, 2015

Go Esperanto!

And yay for Hindi!

May 12, 2015
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