15 million users :)
We've quickly grown into an amazing community of 15 million language learners, with 5 million people joining us over the past 2 months alone! All this through the power of word of mouth...
...and that's just the beginning of this movement.
Congratulations and greetings from Thimphu, Bhutan in the East Himalayas. That is an incredible, but very well deserved accomplishment. Luis and all the rest of you Duolingo creators and developers should be extremely proud of yourselves. It is always so encouraging seeing a group of young people engaging in such pioneering and constructive activities that help to make the world a closer and better place!!
We are doing our small bit to help you out. Bird Explorers has about 10,000 followers/friends/subscribers on Facebook, Twitter and other social media who follow our adventures photographing the world's wildlife, and we promote Duolingo constantly to them as we really love it. I would guess some 100+ of our fiends have come over to Duolingo as well this year. We have been Duolingoing from 5,000 m in the Nepali HImalayas to -100 m in the desert lakes of South Australia across six continents. It is now our favourite things to do in all our countless taxi rides and long drives in the late night and early morning hours out to remote wildlife destinations, now that strong mobile signals are so prevalent around the globe even in remote wilderness areas.
Let's raise a toast to what will likely be an exponential increase in 2014 especially with the incubator!!!!
You sound like wonderful people leading a wonderful life!
Can I ask, out of all the owls you have photographed so far, do you have a favourite one?
As a bird photographer, I have always been most pleased that Duo the owl was the Duolingo champion. It is very fitting for a bird to be the leader of such a great endeavour as Duolingo. All owls are totally cool, but the the Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) of the high north is one of my favourites. He is the old, grey wise man of the cold northern forests. But the massive tropical fish owls of the rain forests are equally amazing as well, especially if you see them fishing.
It's the incubator! I returned to duolingo after a few days of traveling (sadly I lost my streak :'( ) And I was very pleased with the results in the incubator! Each course has grown a lot! Especially Turkish and Russian.
I also lost my streak because we had family over and I forgot to do Spanish one day :( but its great that so many people are using duolingo.
Rosetta Stone's move is probably to spend twice as much on advertising and redesign their interface again.
To be fair, 15 million inactive users is still an accomplishment. Coming from someone that owns and operates some large websites of my own, I understand how difficult it can be just to get the word out about your site. 15 million registered users shows a tremendous amount of growth. Regardless of whether or not they are active, the community was appealing enough to make them register. In my opinion, that is an big accomplishment. Even if half of the users barely made it past lesson 1, that means that 7.5 million people use this site on a regular to semi-regular basis. Considering learning languages is difficult, time consuming, and requires a decent amount of motivation, finding 7.5 million people that are willing to put in the time and effort is definitely deserving of an award in my book.
Good job Duolingo. This shows how good you actually are. I hope you keep up the good work. Now just wait and see how many users you get when more languages are added (hint hint). :P Congratulations nonetheless.
Congrats, Duolingo!!! You are right Luis, that's just a beginning! Because there aren't many websites better than this one, in my opinion. And the word about great websites travels fast :).
can i suggest adding a branch on the tree for suave pick up lines, hey if I'm going to visit a spanish speaking country I think I should know how to hit on the cute boys! kidding, but seriously gracias duolingo, mi español es cada vez mejor :)
Good point. Actually the site did teach me "mi cama o tu cama" so I guess that's enough haha
Are they active members? Out of those 15 million, how many actually reached a decent level on the tree? How many of those members are maintaining a streak?
According to this interview half are active on a monthly basis http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2013/11/13/language-app-duolingo-to-translate-more-sites-after-buzzfeed-and-cnn/
My own statistics: out of 950 followers, 86.7% have not visited Duo this month (zero lessons, zero translations). I can give you fresh numbers when this month is over.
Hi Sitesurf, are you including languages other than French in your stats? I have been a bit "slack" (Aussie term?) with French lately, but I am doing lots of Italian translations...
I imagine Sitesurf made her statistics with her leaderboard so yes it includes all languages (since total skill point is not interface dependent).
super article. also, click under the photo of the founders for a previous Forbes article. both interesting
How many has reached the end of one tree? How many has logged on the last month? How many are ten times counted because there are using ten courses like me? Do you count the double accounts of students who only disturb DL? DL is a beautiful thing, but let us a little realistic. DL should show the real users of the courses and how many are reached the end of a tree.
I know that DL has an economic background and they need translations. How is the vision for the future, when should they have a break even?
It is a reality that a new member, learning a new language, will not be usefull for any economic translation in the first year of learning. Only experts or bilingual learners are effective after one month.
Maybe a little more transparancy should be fine.
These are in fact good questions although asked a little harshly. It would be interesting to know how many users completed a tree (two trees? three trees? etc.), how many users passed the first checkpoint, etc. How many users there are if we don't count those who never did lessons or who did a few lessons and then never touched Duolingo, say, for a week.
Why should it matter whether users have reached the end of a tree? I haven't, and I'm still learning from Duolingo.
I'm sure they are counting usernames, not counting users multiple times for each language they are learning. That wouldn't make sense.
Reaching the end of the tree is not even that important for me. I want to really get down what I learned so after a lesson I do several strengthen skills sessions before moving onto the next new one.
I think if you want to learn the language, then reaching the end is important to you... because if you never reach the end, you probably haven't learned very much. But I see what you're saying, and that's exactly how I feel about it. I practice, practice, practice before moving on.
I haven't reached the end of the tree yet, but keep on striving and learning.
"How many are ten times counted because there are using ten courses like me?" ???
Since you talk about multiple accounts just after I guess you're not saying that you have 10 accounts, I'm wondering what you're talking about... There is 9+1 (the "+1" is the English for german speaker course) courses, so I guess you're referring to the fact that you're doing the 10 courses but you do it under only one account (well I hope... ;) ) so your are counted only once.
there are 9 (10?) courses? O.O How do I find them? I only have 5 in my list? (the old ones)
I think they mean both direction of courses, so not only French for English speaker as well as English for French speakers. So if you have 5 languages courses just multiply it with two for English course in this language :)
So you haven't missed anything.
Indeed, that's what I meant. Duo is not only for English native speakers. ;) ;)
Come on ziggKogg...that's the beauty of Duolingo! You can work at your own pace, so if you only make it to level one or have only a two day streak, you're still a part of the Duolingo family! We should all be glad those 15 million people gave it a try. Even if they only learned one word, it's one word they didn't know yesterday. So, to those who gave a new language a chance, even if for only one day: Gracias, merci, obrigado, danke, grazie, thank you!!! ; )
But you can't tell me you consider spammers part of the Duolingo family... Unless they are like the crazy cousins that sit in the corner and yelp out profanity. They sign up just to abuse the discussion boards, eventually forget their ridiculous username, create a new account and repeat the cycle. Every new spam account is added to the total.
OK. I'll give you that one. The lizard link is hopefully the exception to the rule. Even if there are one million of those, I am still thrilled for the other 14 million who are giving another language a try. Especially those giving it an honest effort. And no, I suppose spammers wouldn't count as part of the family, although we all probably have a few of those crazy cousins somewhere in our family tree, and they're counted at the family reunion. LOL :D
Holy crap, and here I still had a number like 3 million in my head. Congratulations!
Its true that my number of friends on DL has grown, however, not one of them has been active in the last week.
Have I told you how happy I am to have found you Duolingo? Thank you so much for providing such a great language program!
Hi Luis..I joined Duolingo this October and I am already so thankful for this platform in helping me pursue my passion of learning new language. I got to know about Duolingo from an article published in The Times of India-A renowned English newspaper of India.
It's really great to hear that! Well done to Duolingo team! P.S. I get that by "word of mouth" you mean no intentional advertisements but when the app gets reviewed on CNET or other major websites it would attract a huge number of users, although I'm aware that other things make people willing to stay and continue using Duolingo. That's why you've done a great job.
WOW! Congratulations, Duolingo. Way to go! There's no stopping this great movement now!
amazing... but it feels like I'm so alone here... needs a chat room for each skill level so we can interact a bit
I hear you. I am very advanced in French and seeking clubs that are very advanced.
I started over the summer and I've been loving Duolingo. You guys are doing a great job. I've gotten my kids doing it as well along with a colleague of mine.
Duolingo is getting better every second! This is the best site ever :D
Great accomplishment. I´ve used the site a lot, lately, having returned to it after the mobile app was released, which lured me back to the site proper too. I would like to hear if there are plans to flesh out the trees a bit. Something to draw people who´ve completed a tree back in. Some of the lessons near the end only have one or two excercizes. I´d love to see, and would participate in more. Great job.
Me and my mother are among those five millions :) Still trying to convince my brother.... I'm working on it :)
Congrats! Duo is such a wonderful product. I hope it is most successful and lucrative.
I am new to Duolingo, but grateful for refreshing my german (and english, I am from Croatia) for free and in the time that works for me. Good work Duolingo team. And it really doesn't matter if people don't get to the end of the tree, it only matters that they all had the opportunity to try...
I believe duolingo is the best language-teaching website in the net . let's keep moving on!
Yay! Go Duolingo team, and congrats on getting so many members who are interested in learning languages! J'aime Duolingo!
Muchas gracias Luis por haber creado Duolingo. ¡Es excelente! Saludos desde el país de la eterna primavera, ¡Guatemala! (Thank you so much Luis for creating Duolingo. It is amazing! Greetings to you from the country of the eternal spring, Guatemala!).
I heard of this place because somebody on Lernu let the other users there know that we could try making an Esperanto course.
Yes! I joined before those 5 million, and helped bring 5 people to this as part of the 5m! proud of you duo!
Unbelievable! Have 15 million people ever united on one project before since the dawn of humanity? Or is this a first?
I started a duolingo group at my company, and we have seven active members now, and meet each Monday for a "Duolingo Standup". Keep up the great work!