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

Teaser: First Holiday Surprise

December 10, 2013

87 Comments


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

Wow, here comes the whistle! New timed practice? Competitions with friends?

December 10, 2013

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

I think your expectations will come true. ;3

December 11, 2013

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

Coach duolingo.

December 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/francoise3

How did you know? I just updated my iPhone app (@8:30pm EST) and it has a new feature—Duolingo Coach!

December 12, 2013

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

that is unfair, why do some people have it and some don't. I've checked google store, there is no update :(

December 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/francoise3

Hi Larisa! I updated my iPhone app through the App Store (iTunes). I don't know what google store is.

December 12, 2013

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

Google store is for those who have Android :))))

December 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/francoise3

Okay well keep checking. I went to the App Store looking for something else and noticed an update was available for Duolingo but I had to try a few times to download it because it would kind of disappear when I clicked on it. I restarted the App Store app a couple times before I was able to download it. I don't know why I had to attempt so many times…it never happened before with any app. Perhaps, it wasn't meant to be downloaded yet. Well, I got it! And I suggest you keep trying :)

December 12, 2013

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

Luis said it's not on the play store yet, but there are going to be some other surprises :-D

December 12, 2013

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

So I assume this new feature does not effect those of us who don't/can't use the app?

December 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/francoise3

Hi Princess-GLG! I suppose although, I do think the Duolingo Coach feature will be added to the website eventually. The title of this thread indicates that this is just the first surprise for the holidays

December 12, 2013

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

Well I hope it gets added soon, it sounds like a really cool feature!

December 12, 2013

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

No inside information. Just a guess based on the items in the picture matching the stereotypical portrayal of a coach. Many other guesses in this thread also thought it was something to do with training.

December 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/francoise3

Good guess! :)

December 12, 2013

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

Wow!

(rushes to App Store for an update)

December 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/francoise3

Hehe! Go get it! :D

December 12, 2013

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

I am curious as to what the chart represents. Perhaps more statistics on our progress.

December 10, 2013

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

There are already some stats in Android app, so I guess it is coming to website also :)

December 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samy1979

I have the same stats on the android app as one the web page..

December 11, 2013

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

Well, it would seem it has something to do with training. . .I can't wait to find out!

December 10, 2013

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

It looks a bit like those 80's sweaters which showed your tummy. Does it have anything to do with that?

December 10, 2013

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

Sure hoping that Duolingo does not decide to require tummy pics before participating!

December 11, 2013

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

I read something about being able to compete in timed practice with someone on our friends list...I immediately thought that would be so cool and hoping thats what this means!!!

December 10, 2013

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

I would love if it were some sort of more mobile, less-hands-intensive mode suited for use while at the gym.

December 10, 2013

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

New challenge / practice mode… awww yeah!

December 10, 2013

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

Statistics ?

December 10, 2013

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

Customizable owls. You get to choose colours, features and outfits. This is one of the costumes you can dress your owl of. I kid

December 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/francoise3

Hey! I just updated my iPhone app and there's a new feature—outfits for Duo owl! I kid not!! :D

December 12, 2013

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

Hmm... Are you sure? Or are you just joking about all this? :)

June 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/francoise3

Yes I'm sure! It was the iPhone update that came out last Christmas. Two outfits: formal attire and champagne track suit. If you have the iPhone app, check out the Lingot store (in the app). That's where you'll see them. :)

June 9, 2014

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

Well, that's cool! I don't have the app, but I'm sure others will enjoy it.

June 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samy1979

I would like to have some games. Some fun in learning a language :-)

December 11, 2013

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

I miss being able to use the app to strengthen my skills. I seriously dislike the new IOS update.

December 12, 2013

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

When this update will come to pc

December 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wonderboy6

Really hoping it is improvements to the current timed speed practise ^^

December 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/francoise3

I can hardly wait to know what it is. I'm sure whatever it is, I will love it! Hurry up Thursday!! :D

December 10, 2013

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

Is it timed practice on the app? that'd be pretty sweet!

December 10, 2013

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

sooo looking forward! I love surprises! Can't wait! :)

December 11, 2013

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

Yeah! We're getting lockers in which to store all of our stacks of unspent lingots! ;-)

Seriously, hoping it's better long-term, searchable stats on our progress.

December 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rainyboy2037

What time exactly will the surprise be revealed? 12.12.2013 00:00 GMT?

December 11, 2013

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

It is almost 9am here... :(

December 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rainyboy2037

6:24 here now, hopefully the update is released when I come back from school. :3

December 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiki121

training something about training

December 10, 2013

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

So excited!

December 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/earth8847

It has something to do with graphs.

December 11, 2013

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

Nice

December 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/checkm8

Finally stats. Awesome!

December 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seby1607

In the Android & Apple apps there are already stats.

December 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/checkm8

I hope for something more elaborate, like time spent, 10 day average performance, etc.

December 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samy1979

Which stats? On Android i just have Streak, Words, XP, and Level. Same on the website. Maby the Apple app has more stats.

Here a screenshot of my android stats (german translation of the app): http://www7.pic-upload.de/11.12.13/6kanjmlygle.png

Do you have more stats?

December 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/checkm8

Exactly the same on the iPhone!

December 11, 2013

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

Lol, it's the 12th here but in America it's still the 11th :) so I have to wait till tomorrow till the surprise :(

December 11, 2013

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

Has this been released yet?

December 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samy1979

What's the surprise?

December 12, 2013

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

sooo.... it's Thursday...and nothing... the 1st box was an early April Fools joke? lol, really funny guys

December 12, 2013

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

I wonder why always iOS has priority over all... I am a little bit disappointed because the last place for the innovations is the PC platform, so I came to my PC to see the new improvement and just... nothing :(

December 12, 2013

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

I wonder why always iOS has priority over all...

In the case of Duolingo, I would beg to differ. This is the first time ever we've had a feature on iOS first. We always start with the Web.

December 12, 2013

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

I think it is not about web vs app, it is Android vs iPhone. There are more Android users in the world than iOS users.

December 12, 2013

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

First of all I must say that I appreciate a lot this incredible concept of free languages learning and I really thank you because I've been using it for personal learning and also as a fundamental tool for my job: teaching teenagers. However to be sincere I was quite excited about this first gift and I just felt very disappointed because I do not own any Apple's device, that's it. Anyways, thank you and I will feel happy when you give us the gift for Android.

PD Please, specify what kind of devices will have the improvement every time you tease us! ;0)

Thanks a lot, Professor von Ahn

December 13, 2013

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

The next gift is for people with all platforms :)

December 13, 2013

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

I feel your pain, I've been translating the Coach related strings for a week or so already, and I was really looking forward to see it. And now what? It is very dissappointing.

December 13, 2013

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

I think you erred, it is Professor von Ahn . Mr is a title reserved for those (like myself) who don't possess a Doctorate degree or a Medical degree(in some countries).

Also, I just realized, that Philosophical Doctor Luis von Ahn , shares the same middle name as the Philosophical Doctor Victor von Doom, the genius mastermind and arch-enemy of the Fantastic Four. I guess at least the "von" name is reserved for geniuses. Hmm, I wonder if there are more von Ahn geniuses in the family.

:)

December 14, 2013

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

While you're right that it is rather Doctor von Ahn, von is not a name by itself. Here is a quote from Wikipedia: "In German, von [fɔn] is a preposition which approximately means of or from. When it is used as a part of a German family name, it indicates almost always a noble patriarchal lineage. "Von" is usually a nobiliary particle, like de in French." My guess, is that Luis's preposition is of similar origin. I also would guess, that Luis would prefer to be called just Luis, and not Doctor von Ahn on Duolingo :)

December 14, 2013

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

My favorite discussion of this was a professor who, when asked at a conference how he preferred to be addressed, facetiously said, "You must call me Professor Doctor van Compernolle, PhD. Or Adam is fine too."

December 14, 2013

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

@ Larisa_L - I think this is a cultural issue, but I agree with you.

@ revdolphin - on a lighter note, a Professor once told me about the time he went to a hospital, and was annoyed at someone calling him Mr (E.g. Mr John). He told the person that he is not a Mr but a Professor, and the next time the person encountered him, he called him Mr Professor John!

:)

December 14, 2013

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

Thanks, I didn't realize that, I'm guessing this exists in quite a lot of languages. In Portuguese we have Luis de Camoes, in Spanish, Juan Ponce de Leon, in French, Jehanne d'Arc, and so on.

About Luis' title, I was merely correcting the previous user, if he/she has to use a title preceding the Professor's name, the norm is that should generally be the correct one (not Mr). In this scenario where some people don't know Luis' title, it is better to just refer to him by the username I guess.

I recall an episode where I communicated to a person by email in my university, and I kept addressing the individual as Mr/Ms, even though their signature denoted a feminine name. Eventually the person changed the signature to explicitly denote "Ms".

Also, I personally know some Professors/Doctors that explicitly dislike being addressed as Mr/Ms, especially if you address them as Doctor when their rank is really Professor, and some find it disrespectful.

So in my experience it is better to avoid using titles or using the right ones if you know them.

December 14, 2013

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

It is all correct for official mail and emails, but for informal discussions like here, it is better not to use any of those formal things. And as at least half of my friends have PhD.s I can tell, thath many of them find it funny when people adress them as Dr. Only arrogant people care about it. But again, if you're writing something formal and official, you're better to know the person's title.

PS (about d'Ark, it is the same as de, it just contracts in front of a vowl)

December 14, 2013

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

I think this is a cultural issue

@Dessamator: It is indeed. In fact, being Russian, I smile when I read this discussion because we don't use any titles to address people. All you can do to address people with respect in Russian is use the person's name and patronymic, whether this person is your colleague (not close enough to be addressed just by name), an elderly person, a boss, a doctor, or a president :-)

December 14, 2013

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

@VorpalBlade: I'm not sure what you are talking about. I've never had to use any titles in my life.

December 15, 2013

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

@olimo ну как же? сейчас же начали говорить, господин такой-то. Но это все равно редкость, конечно.

December 15, 2013

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

@Larisa_L: Дикая редкость. И все-таки больше в упоминаниях, типа "Господин Иванов подчеркнул, ...", чем при обращении к человеку. Ну, за исключением всяких "товарищ прапорщик" и "господин судья" :-)

December 15, 2013

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

Oooh, so it is a special practise? I'm excited!

December 10, 2013

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

Ahhh can't wait

December 10, 2013

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

Well, maybe it has something to do with the holidays as well? Since it's a holiday surprise? :D

December 11, 2013

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

Exercise time limitation becomes soooo long!LOL

December 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_-C1-_

Something about timed practice!

December 11, 2013

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

Cool. :) I'd say competition with others as well.

December 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dragonrider11167

The others seem fairly straightforward, but I wonder what the sweatband represents. I guess we'll find out tomorrow...

December 11, 2013

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

Das ist viele gut!

December 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/francoise3

Thursday's almost here!—in the EST zone anyway. :D What time will the surprise be revealed?

December 11, 2013

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

Can we open one present tonight, and the rest in the morning, pleeeease!

December 12, 2013

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

It's Thursday.

December 12, 2013

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

Thats crazy it doesn't even say what it is!!!!!!!!!!

December 12, 2013

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

WHAT IS IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 12, 2013

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

If I switch from streak to coach can I switch back and maintain my concurrent days streak?

December 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaby14lee

I think you should have a surprise for people with-out I-pods

December 16, 2013

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

There will be more of those.

December 16, 2013
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