https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kristinemc

Meet Duolingo: Rémy

We thought it was about time we introduced the Duolingo team to all of you.

Meet Rémy - Duolingo’s French Language Expert!

Rémy, tell us about yourself. I am from Paris, France and moved to the United States two years ago to work on Duolingo.

We hear you say "LOL" a lot around the office. Yeah, in France we actually say it as if it were a word and not an acronym! But we should note that the real translation into French would be "Mort de rire" (MDR).

What's an important French phrase to learn that is not on Duolingo yet? To survive, you should probably know "j'ai soif," which means "I'm thirsty." And my favorite French saying is "Il n’y a qu’une seule place, c’est celle de premier", which means "If you are not first, you’re last.”

What is your favorite Duolingo moment so far? Last Halloween, I dressed up as the Duobot! The Duobot gives suggested translations before anyone has translated a phrase in the Immersion view on Duolingo.

What is the one piece of advice you would tell the Duolingo community? When you have a question, go to the discussion forum on the web. It's full of great language tips and explanations. One of the members, Sitesurf (http://duolingo.com/sitesurf), is amazing at giving helpful language tips and advice to French learners. Get to know her.


Follow Rémy on Duolingo (http://duolingo.com/remy) or spot him in the basic lessons as one of the images for ‘the man.’ :)

We’ll be featuring more team members and language learners from the community soon, so stay tuned!

October 24, 2013

61 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tylrmurphy

Best Rémy expression: "The spit of the green frog does not reach the white bird."

He says this whenever you say something insulting to him.. make of it what you will.

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zach1337

Insults do not damage his glory for he is above both the insults and you, the green frog.

That's what I make of it at least.

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lenkvist

Thanks for that pearl of wisdom. Rémy is such a sweet guy :) I hope the expression will end up in the French course one day.

"make of it what you will"

The white frog is touched by the tears of the green bird.

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

@Lenkvist: Want it now? "la bave du crapaud n'atteint pas la blanche colombe"

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yusei

It is not really "his" expression, it is a common french proverb

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adesva

Sounds like a chinese proverb

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bren
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Remy is a blast to work with!

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/severin

He's among the best in foosball :)

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

Hi Rémy, to you, to the team over there, to my 802 Duo friends, to my "colleagues" (great Mods and French speaking commentators) all my thanks for your trust / Mille mercis pour votre confiance !

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isiik

Yay, put your hands up in the air for Rémy and Sitesurf! Thank you so much for your work and ethusiasm! Keep on rocking Duolingo! PS: Love the Duobot :D

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThanKwee

Ah yes, both Rémy and Sitesurf are unfailingly polite. clap clap clap!!!

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Remy
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Salut à tous,

"Merci beaucoup" for your nice messages.

It's a great pleasure and honor for me to help you learning French. I'm glad you enjoy it so much.

Also, thanks to the moderators and the active users for their great help on the French course!

We appreciate your feedback very much, and it's a great help to keep improving the French content.

Have fun on Duolingo!

Rémy

October 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NataliaMcAlister

Merci beaucoup Remy! I live in a small town in Uruguay, Spanish is my mother tongue. I have wanted to learn French since I was a kid and never could cause there are no teachers here. When I found Duolingo it blew my mind! It is so amazing! I have to learn French from English, but it is great anyway! You've made me love the language even more than I already did! You do a wonderful job! Congratulations! And thanks again!

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

Go Rémy! And even Sitesurf got a very deserved shout out!

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alex_olteanu

Remy you are a boss!

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MultiLinguAlex

It is absolutely fantastic that you begin with introducing the Duolingo staff. I'm really interested in reading some personal stuff (at least a little bit) from the others as well. Wonderful idea and keep the outstanding work =)

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/soupcatcher

Both Rémy and sitesurf are a great deal of help. Thank you.

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThanKwee

Jrikhal is also very helpful and works hard to help. Thank you Jrikhal! ☺

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kristinemc

Yes! :)

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/f.formica
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Oh, so that's the guy who answered my tickets :P Pleasure to meet you Rémy!

I love this idea, keep it up!

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CFJWilliamson

Thank you so much for all your great work!

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oskalingo

Indeed this is a good idea to do staff profiles. I look forward to learning about the rest of the staff and also the new course moderators...

Thanks to Rémy for the French course. I have seen a lot of improvement in it since it was first released in beta.

We have a good community at French from English. Good to see the wonderful Sitesurf get a mention. Two other native French speakers who often contribute to the forums to provide helpful advice and clarification are jrikhal and aucunLien. We are lucky to have all three.

p.s. You can see Rémy's dedication to duolingo in the top photo, where even on a beach holiday he is practising his duobot moves... ;)

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThanKwee

Yes indeed. And it would be nice if more people would help with the French from English community!

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThanKwee

What I'm trying to say is that if you appreciate Sitesurf, Jrikhal, Rémy and AucunLien helping us on the English speakers learning French community, it's nice to pay it forward and help out on the French learning English section. It's a challenge because you have to explain yourself in French. I've been trying to do this and as a result I have even more respect for the Frenchies who explain complex things in English!

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

Remy. Hello .. please keep a close eye on the discussion area which is being polluted with lots of hate speech, thats for the work that you do. merci but there is a challenge because the german site has more moderators that help and make learning more fun.. try to get some of your experts more vocal in their habdling of the french language issues. all the best Jack from Ecosse

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kristinemc

Hey Jack! Thanks for the feedback here. We'll take a look. We're going to have some more opportunities to become a mod soon.

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slawophilist

Thanks, Rémy, The Académie Française should make your an honourable member for you efforts to spread knowledge of the French language.

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarshaB.

That is so cool! I'm trying to learn French and seeing the expert is really cool!

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Puddleglum

This is brilliant. I really need to take French just for his comments.

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryan.mbuas

That's so weird! I say LOL so a lot, too.

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xyde

...okay, I just found out that LOL was not meant to be said aloud... lol.

So the photos weren't actually stock images but ones that you guys took yourselves?

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kristinemc

Those photos are 100% real :)

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jobirxoni

vov i did not consider that they are real

October 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALoUSyUseRnaME

But why would anyone put fake photos for an introduction to a staff that should be honoured on Duolingo?

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mptmpt

"Last Halloween, I dressed up as the Duobot! "

This is a preview from the next Ironman movie!

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julika

Remy is the king of jokes! There is not one day where he doesn't crack one. And best of all: if you speak (or learn) multiple languages, you can understand more of them. Relating through languages is one of my favorite lessons learned! For instance, what does this French riddle say? "G a"?

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThanKwee

J'ai un appétit ?

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julika

Almost: G grand, a petit. "j'ai grand appetit". Thanks for trying =)

October 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThanKwee

Oh yes, of course. Thank you for the riddle.

October 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gdlh

Funny :-)

October 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/knsam

"I have"?

October 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zach1337

http://www.duolingo.com/DuoBot for those of you who haven't friended it yet for the "LOL's".:)

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ricaloca

I've never met DuoBot - is he there for everyone? I friended him, looks like he's ready for lolcat translations for sure.

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zach1337

Yeah, everyone can see his translations. Go to a sentence that hasn't been translated by anyone yet and you can see his work.

http://i.imgur.com/hN9wGQX.png

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ricaloca

Thank you for the screenshot. That explains it. I've been going to the Translation tab and working from there. DuoBot is a cutie!

October 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lpacker

Merci beaucoup, Rémy. I, for one, really do appreciate all you do here, and for your "politesse."

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sigmacharding

Merci beaucoup pour tout! J’ai appris tout mon français ici. Je ne suis pas parfait mais équipe duolingo m’a donné le confiance pour faire le bac (leaving certificate) dans ma collège. Merci beaucoup encore!

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rkuprov

Hi, Remi! You seem like a pretty bon homme!

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mariahiqbal3

You guys are simply doing an awesome job. Keep the noble work up!

November 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrandApple

My favorite language expert :)

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kika8103

Thank you for class very much

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vanderleip

Hei! I am following you. That's great, thank you. Merci beaucoup!

October 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbraxunsIllusion

Sweet.

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chodarth

Duolingo doesn't teach you how to say "I'm thirsty" in French? What's up with that?

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

They don't teach it in Spanish either : / ("Tengo sed" for those who want to know)

October 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chodarth

That's crazy. I just spent the past month in France and Italy and pretty much everything I learned/used I didn't get from Duolingo. I'm guessing it's just because their focus is on translating and not using the language to communicate in the real world?

October 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chilvence

Duolingo is good because it is tricking you into understanding how the language actually works and feels, and is giving you a vocabulary beyond just basic needs. You can use a lonely planet phrasebook for that, but if you have gone through the whole Duolingo tree, you will actually be able to use the phrasebook without having to point at it every 5 seconds.

October 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fishysteph

Maybe it's different with the french language but I'm doing spanish and use my spanish daily with my clients. I already knew the basics so it helped me with learning different phrases. I do wish the basic examples were more useful in daily conversations though.

October 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rhythmixed

Oh Remy and his in-depth updates!

August 29, 2014
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