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Regarding the new LinkedIn certifications

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First I'd like to apologize beforehand if this has already been discussed, but I (and many others I assume) would like to know if it would be a good idea to post your language acquisition achievements from Duolingo on LinkedIn. It's not a certified, official certificate and the level of stated achievement isn't totally accurate. For instance, I completed the Spanish and German trees and reviewed those respective languages afterwards, though I can't confidently say that my level would actually be considered "advanced". Maybe I'm mistaking and being a little too humble? LOL. Thoughts?

PS I'm not bashing this LinkedIn certification. In fact, I think it's a great idea! I just wanted clarification and some input to perhaps improve it.

3 years ago

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/turbofred
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Honestly, I think that adding one's Duolingo progress to LinkedIn is a bad idea. Though LinkedIn claims to be a social network and as such is not necessarily formal, lots of people do take it seriously and professionally. Duolingo, on the other hand, is more of a casual, relaxed, and enjoyable website.

Imagine you're a headhunter and search for someone who speaks English. Would you prefer someone who claims he's level 25 on Duolingo or someone who has a TOEFL certificate? Or...imagine you said to those serious folks in suits at the job interview you finished your Spanish tree on Duolingo.

But I'm not saying Duolingo is bad. Far from it. It's actually great. It's just that one's Duolingo progress isn't something to brag about in the professional world.

So, practically, you're right about the accuracy.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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The thing about social media is that if you start linking accounts, people can start selling information about you without your knowledge. Besides which, I wouldn't trust Duolingo's fluctuating means of quantifying what you know. Can you control what is displayed and is it going to show 'fluency' levels going down?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline
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I should think the measure is static and will retain the initial value with which it was added. Not tested this though.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_5.1991
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I realized that one can easily change the certification to say "advanced" instead of "basic" or "intermediate." This needs to be looked at.

3 years ago