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

It has been another week with over 1% overall progress, however after last week's long list of team updates, it is relatively quiet this week. It did take me a long time to look for updates only to find that there were only two. And the Irish team (Phase 3) had theirs as well making it to three!

Another team claims the throne!
And.... it is the Polish team. Well done! It is indeed music when action follows words! The Hebrew team is a close "second" and the "German for French" team "third".

The next course for Phase 2!
Based on the pace they have produced for the last few weeks, the "German for French" might become the next course entering Phase 2!

Thought for the week
Polish team leads the weekly chart!

PHASE 1 Progress: Total 24 courses

Russian for English - 91% | 92% | 95% | 94% (-1)

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

German for French - 74% | 77% | 86% | 90% (+4)

German for Turkish - 79% | 81% | 81% | 81% (+0)

Spanish for German - 78% | 79% | 80% | 81% (+1)

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

German for Portuguese - 71% | 75% | 76% | 78% (+2)

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

French for Italian - 66% | 67% | 67% | 68% (+1)

Spanish for Russian - 59% | 60% | 63% | 66% (+3)

Spanish for Italian - 61% | 61% | 61% | 62% (+1)

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

Vietnamese for English - 42% | 49% | 51% | 52% (+1)

Polish for English - 34% | 34% | 40% | 46% (+6) *

Swedish for Russian - 44% | 44% | 44% | 46% (+2)

French for Chinese - 39% | 40% | 40% | 40% (+0)

Romanian for English - 38% | 39% | 39% | 39% (+0)

Greek for English - 33% | 34% | 34% | 34% (+0)

Hebrew for English - 21% | 21% | 25% | 30% (+5)

Hindi for English - 14% | 15% | 16% | 16% (+0) ^

Catalan for Spanish - 9% | 10% | 10% | 10% (+0)

Klingon for English - 8% | 8% | 9% | 10% (+1)

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

Czech for English - (New) 1% | 1% (+0) ^

Mean - 0.74% | 1.13% | 1.33% | 1.08% (-0.25)
Median - 0% | 1% | 0% | 0% (+0)

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

Progress Visualized:

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

alexinIreland from Team Irish wrote 5 days ago:

What's new?

Dia daoibh!

Wow, it's been 3 months since our last update! I think it's about time we let you know what's been going on :D

  • Reports: The tree has just been completely cleared of reports! Hundreds and hundreds of new alternative translations have been added and several problem sentences have been deleted. Obviously this doesn't mean the course is perfect, but it's one step closer ;) This is a good thing for all our users! It means you should be able to progress through the tree easier due to more accepted answers, and anytime you send a report, it should be easier to find rather than being buried in a pile of 300 reports :P
  • Audio: The audio is currently being recorded! After it is completely recorded, we will assess every recording, each recording will be assigned to its sentence and then the new voice will be live to our users (i.e. you)!
  • Bonus skills: We are currently working on 7 bonus skills. We chose these seven based on what was most popular in the survey and what was easy to implement! Do you want a sneak peak? Well, here you go! It really isn't much to go by, but we want to keep it a surprise :D It is the icon for our first bonus skill, which will be released very Soon™

Slán :D

Elladus from Team Korean wrote 4 days ago:

New Member

Hello fellow Duolingoers! Please welcome @oree94 to the team :D

jitengore from Team Hindi wrote just now:

Week 06: 16% complete, beta launch 30-Nov-2015

Oops! No progress made this week!

Never mind, we will soon catch up! :)

TL;DR Overall Phase 1 progress stands at 1.08% this week with the Polish team leading the chart.

The next update is expected on Sunday, 26 of July at 3:00 pm UTC.

Previous Update 5-Jul to 12-Jul

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

July 19, 2015



July 19, 2015


July 19, 2015

The more I see them do, the more excited I get! I seriously don't know what I'll do when the course comes out.

July 20, 2015

It better happen during the summer, or I don't think I'll be able to pass any of my university courses with the amount of time I'll be spending on polish...

July 20, 2015

Great JOB team Polish! MTFBWYA

July 19, 2015

Don't forget the news about a Mayan language! :D

The article also makes me curious about the Incubator. It includes

..."Vamos a empezar a trabajar en el maya. Para mí es un idioma muy importante porque soy de Guatemala, pero queremos hacer otros idiomas pequeños. Si nos va bien con los voluntarios que tenemos, va a salir en los próximos ocho meses", dijo a El Economista el cofundador y director de Duoling, Luis von Ahn...

In English this seems to be

..."We are going to begin to work on Maya. For me it's a very important language because I'm from Guatemala, but we want to do other small languages. If it goes well for us with the volunteers that we have, it is going to go out in the next eight months," the cofounder and director of Duolingo Luis von Ahn said to El Economista [not to be confused with the English-language magazine The Economist]...

The Mayan cultural flag has already been in the Duolingo system for a while: . lists the status of different languages in Guatemala and has information on K'iche' but I don't know if that's the Mayan language Duolingo has chosen. has good information on how Mayan languages were written in the past and on how native speakers of the Mayan languages write and type them today. is the homepage for the Academia de Lenguas Mayas de Guatemala (Academy of the Mayan Languages of Guatemala). This isn't a school, it's an organization like the Real Academia Española (Royal Spanish Academy, ) and the Académie française (French Academy, ) that maintains standards for a language (or in the ALMG's case, more than one language). English doesn't have a counterpart of these.

Wouldn't it be great if Duolingo and the current volunteers reached out to the ALMG to team up with them for this course? Maybe they already did and I just haven't heard about it? :)

July 19, 2015

What! That's crazy cool. I'm spending my summer in an indigenous majority area of Guatemala (although currently on a break in... an indigenous majority area of Mexico), so this is very much up my alley. I have learned approximately 5 words of Tz'utujil. Grammatically the languages are pretty cool (no prepositions!) and phonologically pretty different as well. Somewhat reminiscent of Semitic languages.

As the language "Maya" doesn't exist (Guatemala alone having I believe 23 recognized Mayan languages), this would most likely be K'iche' as it has the most speakers. Although anyone hoping to use Duolingo to learn Mayan hieroglyphics will be out of luck...

I suppose von Ahn's Guatemalan background makes this less surprising than it should be that K'iche' would come before a more popular choice like Nahuatl or Quechua.

And I suppose this will be for Spanish speakers rather than English ones. One more reason to improve my Spanish, just like the Catalan course...

July 19, 2015

I’m happy to see Polish moving! I’m currently learning Polish with the reverse tree and various other ressources, so I’m curious to see what my level of Polish will be when the forward tree will be released :D

July 19, 2015

Am I the only one excited for the updated Irish course?? :D The bonus skills will be a great addition (was that a dialect or conversational skill?) but I can't wait for the new voice recordings, cause for real, the current one is awful :/ Will all the sentences have a voice recording instead of a few?

July 19, 2015
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I'm guessing they still won't all have recordings, since they have to pay a real person, but we'll see. At the very least I'd like recordings of each word (in one form or another) for the hover-over bit.

Does anyone know which dialect the speaker uses?

July 19, 2015

Updated Irish is good. It currently seems to be my hardest course.

July 22, 2015
<h1>Dibs on the first thank you tho hehe</h1>

Edit: Good job Polish team :)

July 19, 2015

Even though Vietnamese didn't make as much progress I'm still super excited for this course to enter Beta good job Team Vietnamese.

July 19, 2015

No matter How soon I land here, there is always somebody before me.

July 19, 2015

Russian for English! So close but yet so far... waiting (im)patiently <3

German for French? Gimme! French from German is a bit dull from the French side and too hard for me on the German side. German from French, though, that'll work! :D

Polish for English wild applause


And Hebrew <3

July 19, 2015

Yeah, me too...I wish the Russian team would be a little more communicative so we would know what's going on with the three steps forward, two steps back pattern they've got going on. I would be more patient with more communication. ;-)

July 19, 2015

We all know the course is coming soon. I'd rather the team keeps building it instead of waisting precious time talking to us. They can communicate with us later when there is more to talk about once it is finished.

I have been using the Russian reverse course in the meantime and made it to the 1st checkpoint, but since then I got stuck because I am bombarded with too much new grammar at once. Really looking forward to making more progress with the proper course. GO TEAM RUSSIA!!!

July 20, 2015

I totally agree! We know it's almost done. What more is there to say? They've already done several AMAs. I bet at this point they're just finishing up technical stuff that we wouldn't even understand.

July 20, 2015

Sorry to spam, but I can't get it to let me edit the previous comment. On the upside, I noticed that the Russian team has recovered their "lost" progress and is now back to 95%.

July 19, 2015

All the languages slow down near the end, because the % complete doesn't reflect the whole picture. The Russian team has actually had remarkably steady progress (relatively) for quite a while.

Based on other teams, here's what's going to happen: Their % will slow down as they approach the end, and might even go backwards (which we're already seeing). Then they'll sit at 99-100% for about a month. Then we'll have the Russian course in August or September!

That's just my prediction, and I have no connection to the Russian team or any others. What's cool is that this is the same prediction I made months ago. (No, I didn't publish it.)

I do like it when they post updates, too. But enough languages have been through the incubator that the result is somewhat predictable, at least for a team as steady as the Russian team has been for a while.

July 20, 2015

I've been thinking the same thing. It's so wonderful to see them up at the top, though, after such a long and steady haul. Хорошо! (I say in my completely limited knowledge of Russian, which will start to be corrected in another month or so. :)

July 21, 2015

Polish and Hebrew making fast progress and Vietnamese making good progress, this is a good week.

פולנית ועברית – – מהר ו– – – טוב, השבוע הזה הטובה.

July 19, 2015

Wow, great update! It will be so wonderful to go through the Irish tree again with the new voice. And 7 bonus skills to look forward to - it's almost too good to be true! Thank you for your hard work, Team Irish!

July 19, 2015

Yes, yes, yes! Cannot wait for Polish! Keep it up guys!!

July 19, 2015

Woohoo! Go Team Polish and Team Hebrew!

July 19, 2015

The graph shows the leader extrordinaire star next to the wrong team.

July 19, 2015

Thanks, corrected!

July 19, 2015

Polish! The one course I am anxiously waiting for. I'm happy to see Polish moving again!

July 20, 2015

7 bonus skills in development? Great job Irish team, can't wait to try them!

July 20, 2015

Go CZECH team!!!

July 21, 2015

I can't wait for Russian!!!

July 21, 2015

By the way - how do you make the script bigger? :-)

July 19, 2015

By using # before the text. You can see it on my stream... ...until I remove the "under construction" tag.

July 19, 2015


July 19, 2015

Please keep up the amazing work team Hebrew.

July 20, 2015
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