https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

Thank you for an amazing year on Duolingo

I never could have predicted what a difference a little green owl could make in my life. A year ago, searching for free resources to revive my Spanish, I discovered Duolingo. My expectations were low, since as much as I had enjoyed Spanish in school, and had no shortage of resources given that my father speaks Spanish, I could never find the self-discipline to continue with it regularly on my own. Yet Duolingo drew me back day after day and before I knew it my reading level surpassed what it had ever been. The regular study encouraged by Duolingo became a habit, and the Duolingo community gave me the enthusiasm to continue. Even when I had outgrown the tree, I had no difficulty incorporating Spanish into my life.

Duolingo didn't just help me to brush up my Spanish. Along the way, I appear to have improved my French and added a few additional languages into my life. Each has opened new worlds to me and I am now able to read some of my favorite books in the original (with an ever-declining need for a dictionary).

But unexpectedly the best thing Duolingo has done for me isn't even in the realm of language study. Some months before I discovered Duolingo, I had a running injury that made walking and other simple things a challenge. I was discouraged, frustrated, and very, very restless. It was Duolingo that helped me to come to terms with running not being a significant part of my life any more. It reminded me of something I have always loved doing - learning languages - and it gave me a way to actually stick with it. I cannot thank Duolingo enough for that.

September 6, 2015

27 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/heathermagoo

Three cheers for miyavmiauwpurr!!! You're always inspiring!!! I love your new avatar on the Farsi Memrise course. In your honor, I googled famous people and cats. Settled on Mark Twain.

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Don't know the name of this one on his shoulder, but he had umpteen cats that are said to include: Sour Mash, Golden Rod, Appollinaris, Stray Kit, Abner, Motley, Morning Glory, Fraeulein, Lazy, Buffalo Bill, Soapy Sall, Cleveland, Tammary, Zoraster, Bambino, Blatherkite, and Beelzebub.

September 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

Aww, thank you! Everyone needs a kitten on their shoulder!! ^_^ You've been really inspiring too!

What a wonderful list of cat names. Of course one of my favorites will always be meamhmeamhcrónáncait. :)

September 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ver3ndo

Congratulations, and <^..^>!

I came across Duolingo about a year and a half ago. It is by far the best resource I've ever had for Spanish. I live in a city where about half of the people speak Spanish, so there are plenty of opportunities for me to use my Spanish skills. In 6 years of on and off Spanish in school, I never learned a single grammar rule. But with Duolingo, not only did I learn some of the grammar rules in Spanish, I picked up the basics in German as well in just a month. It is a really amazing tool.

However, I have never been fully able to take advantage of it until about a week ago. I have several other hobbies, too, such as crochet, guitar, programming, and video games, and I have traveled out of state since I started using it. I have never been able to maintain a very long streak like you guys. However, now that I am in the swing of things and using Duolingo constantly, I think I might be able to finally manage a streak.

I have always loved language, too, and have made a language-code hybrid myself. Your story is really inspiring, and I hope that I will be able to pick up bits and bobs of several more languages like you.

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

Miao! Thank you ! ^_^ It's amazing how far Duolingo can take you with reading comprehension in just a short period of time. And one of the best things about Duolingo for me was that it didn't feel like a chore. Before, I studied Spanish because I felt guilty not studying it, but that was never enough to keep me going.

Have fun with your studies!

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ver3ndo

You have fun, too! And I hope that you live in a place where there are plenty of Spanish speakers for you to practice with!

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MaeeSafaee

تبریک میگویم! :)

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

خیلی ممنون!

Without Duolingo, I never would have discovered your course and fallen in love with Farsi!

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/txstbobcat

Congratulations!!!!!!

September 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

Thank you! Congrats to you on 1 year as well. :)

September 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_ava_a24

Felicidades y muy bien!

September 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

¡Gracias!

September 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Aveolina

You have so many levels... 0-0 you`re good

September 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

Thanks! A year ago I had no clue I'd be learning so many languages now :D

September 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_ava_a24

Yeah how do you do that? I cant look at those without getting a headache and i cant even keep german and spanish straight!

September 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

Just give it time, and don't be afraid to make mistakes. :) Try translating simple things from Spanish to German or the other way around. It might sound confusing at first, but it will help your brain reinforce which language is which.

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lillyflowercat

Wow. Just wow. In a really really good way.

Wow!

September 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

Miaou ! Thanks! ^_^

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_ava_a24

Wowowowowowowowow!

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_ava_a24

Wow wow!

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/buenotc

Great job!!! You're my hero.

BTW, lovely cat.

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

Aww, thanks! >^..^< I never would have made it to a year if not for all the inspiring people I have encountered on Duolingo.

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jayway223

Miyav! ^_^ I'm happy that I was your friend through this year. :)))

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

Miyaav! Me too! Thank you for helping make Duolingo a fun place to study!

September 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LuChiManh1

A inspiring story. Very cool !!

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ollieclip

a year is a long time! and that's a lot of languages too

September 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr

yes, it is! and two years later I am still here. :) Good luck with your French!

September 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DeliaFidelia

wow...thank you for sharing your story...truly uplifting!

December 9, 2017
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