This New Year, give the gift of language to those you love the most
Happy New Year, Duolingo Community!
Nobody understands the importance of learning a language as much as you do.
Every day, we are humbled by your dedication to this community and inspired by your support and stories about how learning a language has transformed your lives. Some of you have found new friends, others have reconnected with family members or their roots, gained the courage to travel or even gotten new jobs through learning a language on Duolingo.
If Duolingo has impacted your life, even slightly, consider sharing that gift with those who matter to you by inspiring them to choose a New Year's resolution that will transform their future. If each of us encouraged even one more person to learn a language, the world would be a better place with more people getting the opportunity to communicate and reach their full potential.
Free language education for the world -- that includes friends and family. I’m giving the gift of language to my cousin who just graduated college and is getting ready for real life.
Share who you’re giving the gift of language to with others (tweet, post, comment), so they are inspired to do the same. Let's make 2016 count. You can make all the difference.
-- Luis (CEO and co-founder)
Looking forward to the year of 2016, when we can bring our Vietnamese course to the Duolingo's community (yikes)
You know, normally when I see something this buttered up I just disregard it immediately as just a company trying to make themselves look good. But Duolingo is different. It's all true. People have gotten jobs and reconnected with family and gotten a chance to open up their minds and see the world through someone else's eyes. (The amount of cheese in this explains my families hereditary issues with dairy) As for myself, I feel like I can learn anything. Language learning has given me a whole new perspective on...just how things really are. And how language learning has changed my way of thinking has really helped me understand how to learn. Math used to be the hardest subject for me, but something happened with the way I think and now it's easy. It's all just formulas. So thank you Duolingo and everyone, you opened a door that I couldn't have otherwise walked through, and it's changed my course just a little. Who knows how big of an impact that will have had by the end.
Thank you Luis for gifting us Duolingo, it's one of the most amazing and helpful sites. :) You guys are right, what people need is the knowledge of languages, to communicate better and get to know more.
Many thanks to you, Luis, for your assistance to me and to the world. Your contribution is making the world a better place through mutual understanding.
Thank you for your great work so far. My wish for Duolingo in 2016: Please allow us a setting whereby we can increase the number of translations to the target language. This would be a dramatic improvement for your most dedicated learners.
If you were to do this, then I would recommend Duolingo far and wide :)
giving is always better than receiving
smiling is always a gift found here
each new course improves upon
and this Polish is a christmas gift
and may this enterprise blossom
peace to all
I discovered Duolingo approximately 1 year ago and the year has been one of the most memorable in my entire life.
I thank everyone, the community, the staff, the people of Duolingo, and everyone who has taken interest in languages. Thank you everyone for making this year so interesting for me and many others. Thank you Luis, for giving us Duolingo, I dont think that any of of could express our gratefulness to you enough. You all are amazing. See you in 2016!
Thank you Luis and the Duolingo staff, course developers, and moderators for creating a wonderful language learning site. Thank you for making it possible to learn a foreign language for free!
2016 is going to be an exciting year, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, and Esperanto will graduate from beta, well get Czech, Hungarian and Vietnamese and Welsh, and possibly Hebrew, Hindi and Romanian.
Some day, hopefully, we'll see Latin, Arabic, Japanese and Chinese for English speakers but that's unlikely to happen in 2016.
I volunteer at an eastern European museum and cultural centre in my neighbourhood and have been telling everyone who comes through about Duolingo's Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish courses! I was surprised when a 70 year old tourist responded this weekend by telling me that he already used it on his phone and computer!! :-D
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you at Duolingo! I'm proudly spreading the word this season!
I discovered Duolingo 97 days ago.
I am that impressed with its effectiveness that I have told all my family about it. Sadly, only one member of my big family has already joined us, but the rest will come soon, I am sure of that. :-)
thanks for making Duolingo. Unlike your previous works like 'reCaptcha' Duolingo can take whole lifetime. Keep up the good work.
I know am lagging in taking advantages from your site but I will certainly use it to full extent. : )
When I joined Duolingo, I just wanted to strengthen my German. Now I am learning Dutch, Spanish and Italian, but also many more outside of the website. Thank you for this opportunity ! :)
I have recommended Duolingo successfully to seven people! They now use it to learn. I think it is awesome that I inspired them!
Thanks a bunch for everything. Luis and the rest of the team, all course contributors, all moderators and all forum members who care and write tons of useful stuff; success stories, new inventions like the incubator and the one goal to make the world a better place, that is Duolingo for me.
I haven't been around here much lately, but Duolingo is still an extremely important platform to me and I'm really grateful that Duolingo exists. Merry Christmas and a good start into the New Year everybody!
I give the gift of language to my ESL students every term - I recommend this program to my students who have internet access and/or smartphones as a really good supplement to the (free) class. (Or maybe the class is a supplement to Duolingo, for those who really like using it) . It's sad, though, how many people in the US can't afford the technology to access things like this - and while the libraries have wifi and computers, the time on the computers is limited, and people need to have the time to go there to work.
I'm looking forward to what will happen to DuoLingo in 2016. Maybe Arab for English speakers? Immersion for new courses? Either way, I'll be busy enough with learning Russian and keeping up my Spanish and German. :)
A massive thanks to the DuoLingo team!
Thank you for the gift of Duolingo! Since I began, December 30, 2013, I've been constantly impressed and excited by the community and the opportunities Duolingo has given me and the world. I can't imagine my life with out Duolingo! Luis, I am a huge cheer leader for you and a huge fan of your amazing good works. With all my heart to you and the team, I promise to zealously spread the word. Best of the winter holidays to all of you, Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo, Danielle