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

Duolingo Team Stories: Meet Kai!

We'd like to introduce the newest member of the Duolingo Team. Kai is an experienced product manager who will be helping us on various projects, including localization and Incubator improvements. Hope you're as excited as we are to welcome him aboard!

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Where are you from?

I am from Singapore.

What languages do you speak?

English and Chinese. I also know some Japanese and pretend to speak some Arabic (I studied it in college, but forgot most of it)

Why do you love language learning?

It’s fun. I love that learning new words opens up new glimpses into different cultures. I feel like trying and valiantly failing to communicate in the language of the country I’m visiting also somehow endears me more to the locals when I’m traveling.

What do you have on your desk? What are your tools?

A big monitor and a laptop. These are the tools of my trade. Otherwise I try to keep my desk as empty as possible.

Do you have a language learning tip you'd like to share with the community?

Don’t be afraid to start speaking in a new language even though you’re not that great at it -- even if you literally just started learning it yesterday.

What's your favorite part about working for Duolingo?

Being surrounded by some of the most passionate people I’ve ever met.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Hiking, camping and traveling. I like exploring both the great outdoors and interesting cities.

What are some common language errors you still make?

I really like using Chinese idioms, but I’m not that good at them so I tend to embarrass myself from time to time by using idioms inappropriately.

What is your favorite show in any other languages you speak?

1リットルの涙 (it’s a pretty old Japanese TV series) because it’s very touching and reminds me to live each day to the fullest. Also I never get sick of FRIENDS re-runs.

What do you want to say to the community?

You guys are probably the most awesome part of duolingo, and I can’t wait to get to know you and soak up all your enthusiasm!


Did you miss previous team stories? Catch up below :)

Meet Long & André, Meet Gina & Chenxi, Meet David & Hideki, Meet Vivian & Shawn, Meet David & Beth, Meet Bren & Pam, Meet Monica & Karin, Meet Kerley & Myra, Meet Rémy.

October 16, 2015

43 Comments


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

Hi Kai :)

October 16, 2015

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

Hi Kai!
Nice to meet you!
(Already) thank you for making our course building/maintenance work in the incubator easier! :)

The languages you know are also really cool!
I'm truly envious. ^^

October 17, 2015

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

spreading cultural smiles

promoting happiness

translating

learning

access to all of us

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tamuna10

Welcome Kai! :)

October 17, 2015

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

Welcome Kai!
I watched 1 litre of tears years ago and it was very touching. It was also one of my favourite show after I Gave My First Love To You, Koizora and Atashinchi no Danshi.

October 17, 2015

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

Welcome Kai.

When you say you speak Chinese do you mean Mandarin? I ask because there are a number of Chinese dialects (or languages) spoken in Singapore, although Mandarin has become much more prevalent of late.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Singapore#Chinese

Would you care to comment on the language situation in Singapore? From the outside it looks quite interesting and also rapidly changing...

October 17, 2015

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

Hi oskalingo,

Yes, I mean Mandarin. Although I can also speak another dialect in Singapore which is probably 95% similar to Taiwanese. There's still a hodgepodge of languages being spoken in Singapore, but the most common is English (we call our variant/accent Singlish).

October 17, 2015

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

Although I can also speak another dialect in Singapore which is probably 95% similar to Taiwanese.

I presume you mean Hokkien.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singaporean_Hokkien

(Linking to the article because we're a community of language nerds.)

Thanks for your reply and for the work you do at duolingo. Thanks also to Myra for another team story.

October 17, 2015

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

Welcome Kai! I hope you'll enjoy it here! :)

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusannaEDavis420

Hello! Good to meet you!

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/moneyman21

im new to :)

October 17, 2015

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

Welcome!

October 17, 2015

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

Welcome! Nice to meet you!

October 17, 2015

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

Welcome! :D

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eey91

Welcome!!! It's always nice to see new people joining the team.

October 17, 2015

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

Welcome :)

October 16, 2015

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

Welcome Kai! Nice to meet you! :D <3 Have fun with both learning and helping us!

October 17, 2015

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

Hi! We're so excited to have you, your knowledge, and enthusiasm!

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Welcome aboard! :D

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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Hi there, welcome to the family :D
Bienvenue à bord !
I agree - this is such an AMAZING place.
And it is especially a pleasure to meet you. welcome hug - kiss on both cheeks ;P

October 17, 2015

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

I love this, and I'll check the other team stories as well. It's great to meet the handful of people who make the massive undertaking that is Duolingo possible. I have a lot of respect for you guys! Keep doing such important, amazing work!

October 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/moneyman21

hola como esta

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/moneyman21

I'm new to dulling

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/moneyman21

hello ;)

October 17, 2015

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

你好kai

October 17, 2015

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

Welcome! I think I've only been here for about a month and a half. So is English spoken in Singapore?

October 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/renee-senpai

It is the official language

October 17, 2015

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

Okay, thanks.

October 17, 2015

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

Thanks folks for your kind comments and welcome, it's good to join this community!

October 17, 2015

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

Welcome to the incubator team Kai :) Happy to see one more professional to join this amazing team :D

October 17, 2015

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

Welcome Kai !! :)

October 18, 2015

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

Piacere di conoscerti, Kai

October 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/renee-senpai

Welcome aboard!!

October 17, 2015

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

Hallo, Hello

October 17, 2015

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

G'day,, Welcome aboard. :-)

October 18, 2015

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

Hi Kai! I'm Kai too

October 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlejandroC150367

Welcome friend !!

October 19, 2015

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

Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 18, 2016

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

I love you Kai

July 26, 2019

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    Ximopanolti Kai!

    October 16, 2015

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

    wow , العربية رائعة AND ME .I LIKE ARABIC LANGUAGE

    October 17, 2015

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

    So the question is: Is this guy going to help get something going with Japanese or Chinese?

    October 17, 2015
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