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!
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.
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.
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.
@Lenkvist: Want it now? "la bave du crapaud n'atteint pas la blanche colombe"
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 !
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
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!
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!
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 =)
Oh, so that's the guy who answered my tickets :P Pleasure to meet you Rémy!
I love this idea, keep it up!
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... ;)
Yes indeed. And it would be nice if more people would help with the French from English community!
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!
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
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.
That is so cool! I'm trying to learn French and seeing the expert is really cool!
...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?
But why would anyone put fake photos for an introduction to a staff that should be honoured on Duolingo?
"Last Halloween, I dressed up as the Duobot! "
This is a preview from the next Ironman movie!
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"?
I've never met DuoBot - is he there for everyone? I friended him, looks like he's ready for lolcat translations for sure.
Thank you for the screenshot. That explains it. I've been going to the Translation tab and working from there. DuoBot is a cutie!
Merci beaucoup, Rémy. I, for one, really do appreciate all you do here, and for your "politesse."
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!
Duolingo doesn't teach you how to say "I'm thirsty" in French? What's up with that?
They don't teach it in Spanish either : / ("Tengo sed" for those who want to know)
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?
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.
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.