Weekly Incubator Update: Tracking Progress from Jun 21st to Jun 28th

Three leaders this week!
There are three courses who have claimed to become the Leaders extraordinaire spot. However, the average has fallen below 'one'. As expected the median has also fallen to 'zero'. Let's hope to see a more uniform progress this week. The summer is still on. Right? :)

Thought for the week
The Russian course is inching closer. Will we be ready for the 2015-16 school year?

PHASE 1 Progress: Total 23 courses
Russian for English - 88% | 90% | 91% | 91% (+0)

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

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

German for Turkish - 77% | 78% | 79% | 79% (+0)

Spanish for German - 74% | 75% | 77% | 78% (+1)

German for French - 66% | 68% | 71% | 74% (+3) *

German for Portuguese - 66% | 68% | 69% | 71% (+2)

German for Italian - 70% | 70% | 70% | 70% (+0)

French for Italian - 66% | 66% | 66% | 66% (+0)

Spanish for Italian - 61% | 61% | 61% | 61% (+0)

Spanish for Russian - 53% | 56% | 58% | 59% (+1)

Spanish for Chinese - 50% | 51% | 53% | 53% (+0)

Swedish for Russian - 42% | 42% | 43% | 44% (+1)

Vietnamese for English - 38% | 39% | 39% | 42% (+3) *

French for Chinese - 39% | 39% | 39% | 39% (+0)

Romanian for English - 37% | 37% | 38% | 38% (+0)

Polish for English - 32% | 33% | 34% | 34% (+0)

Greek for English - 33% | 33% | 33% | 33% (+0)

Hebrew for English - 16% | 17% | 18% | 21% (+3) *

Hindi for English - (New) 5% | 12% | 14% (+2) ^

Catalan for Spanish - 7% | 9% | 9% | 9% (+0)

Klingon for English - 8% | 8% | 8% | 8% (+0)

Yiddish for English - 5% | 6% | 6% | 8% (+2)

Mean - 1.14% | 1.00% | 1.00% | 0.74% (-0.26)
Median - 1% | 1% | 1% | 0% (-1)

* This week's Leaders Extraordinaire!
^ The Hungarian & Hindi teams' progress is as per their own calculation.

Progress Visualized:

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

MaeMcA from Team Hebrew wrote 6 days ago:

19% and counting...

Hello folks,

Firstly, we're at 19%! Whoo! Not long now till we hit the big 20:) We're also nearing the completion of the second checkpoint, we have a couple of skills to finish and a handful to check over before we get there.

We've also spent the last few weeks combing the applications for new contributors (believe me, I've read every single one and there are ~1000 of them) and we've asked 3 shiny, keen, experienced people to help us continue the course for now and they have all gladly accepted:) We still have 19 other people on our shortlist for later on, so don't despair if you did apply and haven't heard back. I am anticipating great chaos when they finally join us until everything settles down and things get going faster - imagine if we had 1000 people on the team!!

We'll announce them in due course once everything is official, please make them feel welcome:) Contributor or not, all of you are valuable members of the Duolingo Hebrew community and your help and support is much appreciated.

See you on the other side of 20%!


Amgad from Team Arabic wrote yesterday:

رحبوا بالمساهمين الجدد!

طز، لطيف، محمد، وغنوة هم آخر الأعضاء الجدد في فريق اللغة العربية. رحبوا بهم في هذا الموضوع الجديد في المنتدى والذي فُتح خصيصاً لممارسة الكتابة باللغة الإنجليزية>


ملفات المساهمين الجدد الشخصية

Qutuz, Latif, Muhammad, Ghinwaa

كذلك أردنا أن نشارككم مستوى تقدّم المنهج، اقتربنا!

ونريد أن نشكر الـ200 ألف عربي لاستخدامهم المنهج في مرحلة البيتا، تقاريركم تجعل المنهج أقوى، استمروا

doktorkampi from Team CA<-ES wrote 21 hours ago:

A l'estiu, tota cuca viu

Llega el verano y con él, el calor, las vacaciones y un poco de tiempo libre. Así que aprovecharemos estos momentos para seguir avanzando en el curso para que pronto esté disponible. De momento están listas las lecciones básicas (1 y 2), frases más comunes, comida, plurales, animales y posesivos. Seguramente haremos alguna modificación pero de momento le estamos dando vida al esqueleto.

Fins aviat! ¡Hasta pronto!

jitengore from Team Hindi wrote 28 minutes ago:

Week 03: 14% complete, beta launch 23-Nov-2015

Thanks to the several Duolingoers who have expressed interest in alpha testing our course. While we see the importance of early user testing, neither our team nor Duolingo has a formal alpha test program, a program similar to the beta testing done during the beta phase. We have been conducting adhoc alpha tests with a few native English speakers and will soon formulate and communicate our alpha test strategy.

This week even as our progress number shows only 2%, we have made a few major advancements. The predicted beta launch remains at 23rd November, 2015.

Please feel free to follow us on twitter @DuoHindi.

TL;DR Slightly slower progress this week - Average 0.74%, Median 0%.

The next update is expected on Sunday, 5th of July, 3:00 pm UTC.

Previous Update 14-Jun to 21-Jun

Last updates from the recent months: 2015: Jun, May, Apr, Mar, Feb, Jan.

June 28, 2015


There hasn't been a Hungarian update for a while.

June 28, 2015

We're hungry for updates...

June 28, 2015

June 28, 2015

Vietnamese finally makes some more progress :)

June 28, 2015

They have progressed to 45% as of now. The numbers posted on the WIU are as of Sunday zero hours UTC as usual.

June 28, 2015

Good chances to be next week's Leader Extraordinaire already!

June 28, 2015

Trang.. the Hindi team is aware and is watching ;-)

June 28, 2015

We are not going to share our throne with the two other teams like this week anymore :v

June 29, 2015

I'm glad to see Yiddish making so much progress and hoping everything is well with Catalan.

June 28, 2015

Not as much progress overall this week, but a three courses at +3% is still exciting! German for French seems to be the course making the most steady progress this past month. Go, German for French! And, of course, everyone else! Russian is soooooo close!

Thanks, as always, for doing this, jitengore!

June 28, 2015

Could someone please translate the Arabic update? Thanks!

June 28, 2015

Welcome the new contributors

Qutuz, Latif, Mohammad and Ghinwa are the most recent members of the Arabic Team, welcome them here . We've started this discussion to practice writing in English.

The new contributors' profiles: Qutuz , Latif , Mohammad and Ghinwaa .

We also wanted to share with you the progress of the course, we're close!

We also thank the 200 thousand Arabs who are taking this course, your reports strengthen our course! Keep up the good work!

June 28, 2015

Will we see an Arabic for English soon? Jazakallam khair :)

June 28, 2015

As soon as the original course (English from Arabic) is out of Beta, the preparations for the reverse course will start.

June 28, 2015

Do you know if harakat will be used? Or will learners just use the TTS to learn the pronunciation? I don't know how easy it would be, but having the system use the harakat the first 1 or 2 times a learner sees a word and then removing them in all other appearances in the course could be a good technique for learning to read words, could it not? (By "removing the harakat" I just mean replacing the word with harakat with the word without it. Although I guess of course, this would require a lot more work from the team.)

June 29, 2015

I understand, but it's been awfully long. Do you think the beta stage will be over soon?

June 29, 2015

Yes!! This made my day!

شكرا جزيل

June 30, 2015

*شكرا جزيلا!

June 30, 2015

thank god, made my day! ramadan kareem

July 9, 2015

Thanks, sounds good!

June 28, 2015

And I too might need some help with indenting the lines which have both Arabic and non-Arabic characters :)

June 28, 2015

So, what's going on with Klingon? It hasn't progressed for a few weeks now. I know the course is not nearly as much anticipated as some of the others, but I admit I was sort of looking forward to it...

June 28, 2015

loghaD had exams and is out of town currently. I believe he's getting back into it next week. I don't know what the deal with the other guy is but could be a similar situation.

June 28, 2015

Ok, that's good to hear. It's completely understandable that contributors often have more imporant things to do, and it's absolutely wonderful that so many people on Duolingo spend so much of their free time on creating these courses. I'm just relieved the Klingon course hasn't been completely abandoned, and will progress in the future.

Thanks for the info! Qapla'! (I really need to expand my vocabulary beyond that word...)

June 29, 2015

I'm happy for team Vietnamese's progress, great job!

Thank you for your dedication! Cảm ơn bạn đã cống hiến của bạn !

June 28, 2015

Thank you! :)

June 28, 2015

Do you mind if I correct the Vietnamese part :P, it should be Cảm ơn bạn đã cống hiến or Cảm ơn bạn vì sự cống hiến (của bạn - optional but better omitted to avoid repetition)

June 29, 2015

cảm ơn rất nhiều !

June 29, 2015

Does the star in the graphic mean this week's leader? If does, this week's leaders are Vietnamese, Hebrew and German for French, not Hindi.

June 28, 2015

Yes, that was an error on my part. Corrected!

June 28, 2015

Nice try! :-p

June 28, 2015

That was a sloppy carry over from last week. Nothing more to it ;-)

June 28, 2015

Correct, Hindi is not this week's leader.

June 28, 2015

YAAAAY, thanks!

June 28, 2015

When will Hindi be in new courses on Duolingo?

June 28, 2015

We are expecting this to happen in November :)

June 28, 2015

Another well done, jitengore! Have some lingots :)

June 29, 2015

Yay for Asian courses! Speaking of, anybody know when we can expect a Mandarin/Chinese for English course in the incubator? Learning from family members isn't panning out for me...

July 5, 2015

I was expecting a delay...

However, today's WIU is on time. Almost :)

July 5, 2015
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