https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97

Duolingo In The Future

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I've just come back from the future and while I was there I checked out Duolingo - a lot has changed.

Rosetta Stone is now gone - no one even remembers it anymore. And those that do shudder at the thought of paying for language-learning. Why pay for it when Duolingo has 438 languages available to learn from English, and over 10,000 different language pairs?

Spam is a thing of the past, too. Duolingo's intelligent new spam-detector automatically detects through context (whether the comment is related), location (if the person is at school), and grammar (whether the comment is well-written) if a post or comment is spam, and it is removed before it is even posted - and it is 100% accurate.

The discussion boards are a lot cleaner. Since Japanese, Chinese, Finnish, and other languages that people wanted were added years ago, there are very few repeated posts, and no posts demanding languages over and over, either.

Duolingo developed an intelligent conversation partner. You can write and read or speak and listen to an AI which uses advanced software to deliver fully fluent and realistic conversations. So now, even if you don't know anyone you can practice the language with, you can still practice it!

The lingot store is improved, also. You can buy bonus skills and users can create skills about words or themes that they want (which are checked by the spam-detector). You can buy backgrounds for different countries, like flags and famous locations. You can also buy a fluency badge: a 100% accurate representor of how well you know a language. And unlike the inaccurate one of the past, this one really works! Your fluency badged is delivered to you in 1-2 days, so you can show off your language skills to other people!

One impressive feat is the language preservation centre that Duolingo built. A virtual place where speakers of endangered languages can go to log as much in and about their language as they can. Many languages which are now extinct were logged before they reached that stage, preserving the culture and history of the people who spoke them.

Oh, and there's also an Amharic course. The course had been developed and is out of beta. I had a look straight away:

አማርኛ ወደ ዱዎሊንጎ እስኪመጣ ጓጉቻለሁ!

(I can't wait for Amharic to come to Duolingo!)


Ethiopia/Amharic Posts Directory

August 14, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/shelby-gabrielle
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Nice post, Adam! Seriously the downvotes are bugging me. I hope Amharic is added soon, for your sake and for mine! :D

August 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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አመሰግናለሁ!/Thank you! :)

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/IanEvison

I remind myself that I in every situation in life, in every relationship, there is always positive and negative energy. And that it is a sad reality that strong positive energy tends to also draw forth a backwash of negative (my wife's idea that we should go out to dinner brings into focus in my mind how much I don't want to do that). And in any situation I always have a degree of choice about whether I attend to the positive or attend to the negative. So, Adam, thanks for sharing your wonderful a wonderful vision. My own dreams had been more modest--say that by 2020 maybe there will be a translation level for Danish. :-) Thanks.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/alexandrashaye99

I'm disappointed. No total-immersion virtual reality feature? Does the fluency badge now mean something? And one more question...

Wait for it...

Wait for it...

Is Romanian now available on Duo?

The world must know.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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Romanian had just been finished the day before I got there ;)

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

omg

September 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandApple
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Since you're that far into the future, is English still widely spoken? Is French still dominant in Quebec? Is Paris still French speaking or infested with tourists?

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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I wasn't able to find that much out - I only spent a day. If I ever go back, I'll try and find out for you :)

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MaeeSafaee
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... and we're going to celebrate 50M Persian learners tomorrow! :P

August 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/M4rt4a
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50M already? Then obviously I must be fluent by now! :)

August 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MaeeSafaee
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I'll never forget that you helped me understand a poem by Rumi yesterday! :D

August 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/M4rt4a
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Oh, don't even mention it! With my knowledge of the language it's such a piece of cake :D

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/med-ben
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Really good post, i hope minor languages will come to Duolingo, mine is Tamazight spoken all around north africa

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/doktorkampi
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So good to meet a Tamazight speaker! I just love the Tifinagh! Did you apply for the incubator?

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/med-ben
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Thanks, unfortunately i didn't learn how to write it in the school, i'm discovering that now with help of associations

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/doktorkampi
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Good luck! As a Catalan I know the "Casa Amaziga de Catalunya", a NGO that works for Tamazigh in Catalonia.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/med-ben
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Good thanks for the link.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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I'd like to learn that language someday :)

August 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ramadan

Where can you learn Amharic? Looks like an interesting language!!

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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Here's my website, which you can try out:

www.learn-amharic.com

Here is the collection of all my Ethiopia and Amharic posts too, if you're interested:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6898089

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Gruberschmidt
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I myself look forward to the release of Boston English on Duolingo.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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I have just returned from travelling in the year 2047 and I found that no one remembered Duolingo or any other language learning software. Everyone had a little pod implanted in their ear which translated everything anyone said into their native language. It was called Googol Xlator after the all knowing God Googol who was worshipped as the fount of all knowledge.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

I just returned from that year too, but I found something much different. I found that the reason people learned languages was got explore a new culture, so not everyone had one of these devices. In fact, it was steadily becoming outlawed in countries over fear of languages becoming endangered. I personally think that the right choice was made and in 2050 it was completely gone and Duolingo made a comeback with 20,000 language paris and 839 languages for English speakers.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/doktorkampi
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Formerly Google, the future is dominated by the Alphabet Imperium.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.
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Now you mentioned positive conjugation of verb 'to be'. Hindi has similar conjugation for verbs depending upon Gender and Person and Formality.

I hope your Amharic Course come soon. : )

Edit: I think there were some Duolingo celebrities in Future holding a world record in 'Guinness world book of record' for completing every available tree in a single life. :-|

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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That's cool about Hindi! And thank you :)

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/doktorkampi
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I love the post. I really think that Duolingo has a role to play in revitalizing endangered languages.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/doktorkampi
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By the way, if anyone is interested on that matter, there is currently a course on edX called Lang101x Language Revival: Securing the Future of Endangered Languages.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperPhunTime

Why so many down votes??

August 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TheCenterZone

How did you get these screen shots of an Amharic course? Is it currently being created?

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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They're from the future ;)

In Chrome, right-click on any text and press 'Inspect Element', then you can change the text. The table took a bit longer to do, but most of it wasn't too hard.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT
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I heard that Catalan for English was celebrating it's 10th birthday of getting out of beta, and that Romanian for Catalan is in development. Also, Hawaiian, Sanskrit, Ancient Egyptian and many other ancient, extinct or otherwise rarer languages have been saved by their being on Duolingo. Are my guesses correct?

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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They are! There's even Romanian for Polish!

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

Now that's a course I would have been on after I finish the Polish course in the future!

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PyroNewman
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I already heard about all of these new features. And I'm really anticipated about new courses being added to the incubator, including Amharic.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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Many languages which are now extinct were logged before they reached that stage, preserving the culture and history of the people who spoke them.

This part is sad. :( Even though the languages were archived, they're still extinct...which does not suggest good things happening for the people who spoke them and their descendants... :(

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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Unfortunately, yes, speakers of some languages all died before passing their language on. Others chose English over their language. But many people are learning extinct languages to learn about the past!

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

Are there any revived languages, like Hebrew, because of Duolingo?

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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Irish is revived in the sense of it being nationwide again, but none that have been revived from extinction.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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Which means they're not extinct anymore. ;)

Did you see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7992565.stm ? People are learning Dharug IRL to learn about the past, whether their own ancestors' past or their classmates' ancestors' past. :)

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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They're extinct in that no-one actually uses them in day-to-day speech, just to read texts or have a secret language they can use with their friend when they want to say something in secret ;)

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue
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That's sad. :(

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/winter.morning
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Amazing post! I wish that all these changes were made.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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Thank you! :) And who knows, maybe some day...

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Eikoopmit

What of old languages from centuries ago such as Latin, Ancient Greek, Old English and so forth?

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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Those are all there, too (or at least, as much as is known)

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Eikoopmit

What of constructed languages by Tolkien, such as Sindarin and Quenya?

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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All on there!

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CedarPrince

My important question (I have only heard rumors of this): were there Duobots? Little robot owls that you could order to follow you around and tell you the name of objects around you in your target language? More importantly... Were they green?

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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They were in development - and the same green as the Duo of today!

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/miacomet
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Fun post. The language preservation center is actually a fabulous idea! I hope that will really come to pass. Not to mention over 10 000 language pairs.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/compicej

Nice post! I hope we have Greek, Latin, Arabic, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese for Spanish speakers in the future.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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We do, and many more!

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

I hope you were fluent in Amharic before it came to Duolingo. Just like I hope I became fluent in Hebrew before it went into beta.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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I was fairly fluent, but Duolingo helped a lot! :)

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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Your post is great! I wanna Amharic in duolingo too,can you explain the method for learn to write in Amharic?

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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Here are two videos for learning the fidel (Amharic characters):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnMyz_c4G1Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDoKd4zECOI

I'll answer any questions you have! :)

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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Ok,thanks!

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/dharma_bum

Love the comment on "language preservation." Many years ago I took an Anthropology of Language class with a professor who help construct systematic language instruction for First Nations peoples (our term for Indians in Canada) whose languages were endangered. It was a wonderful experience, esp. learning of the positive benefits this made to communities.

Love the humour! Thanks.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AntonGeilo
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