Good Bye 2013, Happy 2014!
Thanks to your support, 2013 has been an amazing year for Duolingo.
We went from 1 million users to over 20 million. And over the last month more than one new person per second has started learning a language for free with us.
We had the first marriage proposal on Duolingo :) http://blog.duolingo.com/post/53207277316/a-duolingo-proposal
We launched our long-awaited Android app ...and we quickly became the #1 education app in both Google Play and iTunes.
We went from 20 to 32 employees. Here's the team at our retreat in Cancun in April:
We passed Rosetta Stone in Google search volume, despite us not spending any money on advertisement and them spending more than US$100 million a year.
Both CNN and BuzzFeed started translating all their content through the Duolingo community.
We launched the Language Incubator...and so far 3 courses entirely made by the community have been launched in beta.
And of course, both Google and Apple gave Duolingo the top honor in their respective app stores.
I'll end the year with a huge thank you from us at Duolingo, and pasting the email our co-founder and CTO Severin Hacker just sent to everybody in our team:
I hope everybody is enjoying their well-deserved winter break with their friends and families. I just wanted to remind everybody, that this year each one of you helped millions of people around the world learn languages and improve their lives. You all should be proud.
At the same time let's not forget that this endeavor was built on the premise that a world with free education is a better world. Every line of code you write, every sentence you compose and every minute you invest towards this goal, counts.
Happy New Year (and hasta la victoria siempre!)
You guys really reached great results; now we would like to hear about Duolingo's resolutions for the New Year. We are eager to get to know about Duolingo team's next goals. :)
Happy New Year, everyone! :)
They have done so much. Everyone from the Duolingo team deserves a pat on the back! :)
The Duo-birds are disrupting the language learning industry to the benefit of millions of learners. Rosetta Stone is already a thing of the past. Thank you and applause.
The Nobel committee all too often hands out awards to people who have done absolutely nothing to deserve it (a certain American politician comes to mind...) Luis, with the impact you are having on language education around the world, I am convinced that you actually deserve it. I'm from the US and despite being the richest nation in history, education is still out of reach for many. Even one human being denied free education is a crime in my world.
Bonne Année !
I fully agree. Luis, Severin, and everyone else who's worked on Duolingo deserves a Nobel Prize. Now, what category?
If (or should I say: when) in 2025, hundreds of millions of people all around the globe learn each others languages, this will greatly increase communication and interaction between the people. Cooperation between the big nations often benefits tremendously from inhabitants trading, interacting, visiting, talking to each other. At that point the Nobel Peace Prize Committee will have no option but to nominate the Duo staff.
The happiness I felt while reading through this filled my whole day with joy. Here is to the Duolingo team's ceaseless effort, endless patience, inspiring creativity, imagination, and vision. Here is to their difficult days as individual people when they came to work anyway, or when they did important self-care and stayed at home. Here is to dreams all over the world that you bring that much closer to our realization.
With all I have to thank you (you and all the Ms) for you've just given me one more. You've expressed so much that I have not been able to put into words. There is a post, that I know will fill your heart with joy and in some way repay all your tireless efforts, by a young person who says that he finished HS hating school but after his experience on Duo his desire for education has resurfaced. I'll try to find it. Until then Thank you again. Ok here it is: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1409364
Sounds kind of incongruous for Duolingo employees to go to the one part of Mexico that consists mostly of English-speaking Americans.
I just read the proposal and I just sat there smiling like a right idiot. That was so sweet!
I and many others can only hope that new languages from English will become available next year :)
They will be. Turkish from English and Hungarian from English are set to begin beta towards the beginning of the year.
Bring on 2014, I think Duolingo could rise to 60 million and over 20 new languages will be available to use
I bet there will be more new languages than that! The Incubator has only been out for a couple of months, and there are already 3 completed (or at least Beta) courses. Since they're starting off slow and then adding a lot more courses to the Incubator once they're sure it works, I wouldn't be surprised to see 50 or so new courses next year! Especially since once they allow languages from English in the Incubator, There are 3 that are already completed the other way around, so they could probably be finished in a week or so.
Feliz ano novo pra todos! Thank you Duolingo for giving me opportunity to learn my girlfriend's native language!
I hope that in a year I will be able to write this wish in more languages :-)
This is amazing! Thanks so much, team. I wish you maximum productivity and minimum sleepless nights in the coming year.
Happy new year Luis and to all at Duolingo, Staff and all as wee people.
Bringing cultural exchange throughout the world
Happiness and fun through language learning
Thank you so much! I am so proud to be part of Duolingo's story, you've been changing people's life for better, congratulations and happy new year!
I love the site and what it does to the community! The way that the languages are taught is efficient and free! Why would anyone pass on that?! Happy new year everyone.
It's now 2014 here. Fireworks and music. Τhank you Duo for revolutionizing language learning. It's fun and it works!! Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone.
Happy New Year 2014 and thanks to the Duolingo staff and to all the huge community of users. A special one goes to the moderators, and the new creators of the new languages who volunteer their time. Also Happy new Year 2014 to both thoses who participate in the discussions and the native speakers, who lead us in the right direction. Abrazos!
Thank you very much to the Duolingo team. This is a gift I do not deserve, but for which I am very grateful. Thank you for facilitating my learning. And I cannot thank you enough that you do it for free. This is Nobel Peace prize stuff right here. You guys rock!
Happy New year duolingo! Hope 2014 brings many new things to duo and I hope to finish three languages by the end of 2014 :D
I bet you the main reason we gained so many users this year is because Duolingo was featured in Google Play and the App Store.
Happy new year to Duolingo and it's community! Keep it free, that's how education should always be. Long live to you all!
Thanks for making learning a new language one step more accessible than previous apps. I hope that next year will only bring you the luck and recognition that you guys deserve!
Happy New Year!
Setting new and obliterating old standards in not only free language education but EDUCATION across the planet in general! Onwards and upwards :) Feliz año nuevo! Fintan.
Than you so much Duolingo! With Duo the owl living on my ipad I am 1 step closer to becoming fluent in German. :)
I just did my German unit, and one of the sentences to translate was "New friends for a new year"! Haha! I learned French through Duolingo, and now I'm progressing through German (although I have less time because of school.) I learned more French in the last six months than I learned in a year and a half of Spanish at my school! I love you, Duolingo!!! <3
Love this thread. Best way to start the New Year. Upvoted everything (even my own shamelessly). Even the languages I don't know 'cause I figured how could anybody be snarky here. The photo is great already feel like we're friends from all your kindnesses. You all look happy and proud which you should be for all you've accomplished.
A ver, como decirlo... duolingo es lo mas! Que groso que es DL! Felliz Ano Nuevo! Happy New Year! Szczęśliwego Nowego roku! Feliz Ano novo! Felice Anno Nuovo!
When I read the bit about advertising, I cracked up. +1 for word of mouth, -1 for the hard sell ;) . I've always been disgusted with the unconscionable prices set on software, when I've known all along you can sell something for 99c or even pennies and still become a millionaire.
Thank you Duolingo team for your great work. On to an even better 2014!
Happy New Year! And I hope Duolingo in 2014 will be twice as better than 2013!
Gracias DL por la oportunidad aprender más español gratis. Uds. tienen una programa fabulosa. Buen hecho. ¡Buenas suerte en 2014!
Congratulations Luis, You and your staff deserve it
Happy new year Duolingoers!
Duolingo has certainly accomplished heaps in 2013!!! Lets hope 2014 will be just as good! :D
That's really amazing!!! Congratulations to you both! Happy new year everyone :) Also want to add a thank you and well done to everyone at Duolingo. Helps me so much!
You guys provide a great free service to millions of people around the world and have created a great community of language learners. It's something that I would never have thought of as possible if I hadn't seen it. Happy New Year to all of you! 2014 will be a better year because of what you all do. :) Einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!!
Happy New Year! You guys have really outdone yourselves. Duolingo is the best! Excellent material, and always improving. Keep it up!
Thanks to Duolingo for letting me learn so much more and gain so many more opportunities! Happy New Year!!
Delighted to have just found DuoLingo. Am sharing with others. Italian course is great.
Happy new year to everybody. 2013 was an interesting year. May 2014 be even more interesting and productive!
What a feat! Yes, when I first started, I was sure that this was one quality app and I'm going to invest some real effort into it! :D
Selamat tahun baru! :D
Bless you guys, and thanks for all your efforts and everything!!! Buena vibra para todos y Feliz 2014!
Thanks a million Duolingo! You've helped people around the world learn more languages, incredible effort! Happy new year, you all deserve it!
I really really appropriate and love what you have done. I tried to learn French with other programs and books and learnt already a bit. But with duolingo i'm learning much faster and - that's important - its really fun to learn!
Bonne année! J'espere cette nouvelle annêe apporte beaucoup plus de bonnes choses.
I used to study on several sites but since I knew this site, I have been sticking with it only. Thanks Duolingo
Goodbye 2013 indeed!! I'm so excited to further my learning with duolingo in french in 2014!! I hope everyone has a wonderful year!! Congrats to duolingo for being so awesome!!
Indeed an awesome year :). I've often been excited about things that happened with Duolingo! Great to see that it is going so well! 2014 will be great if it would become just as good as 2013!
Happy new year everyone!
Thank you Duolingo !!! it's been a great year with you! :) I looove, looove, looove the site and am looking forward to more languages to come! :D
Here's wishing a happy and of course healthy (!) New Year 2014 to everybody!! :D
2013 was already a good year, 2014 will even be better...especially with my new boyfriend whom I met on Duolingo! ;) Yep, you heard me right! I 'met' him on Duolingo! :D (longer story, might post it soon lol) ;)
Happy New Year, everyone!!
"longer story, might post it soon lol"... I'm watching you very carefully right now :-D
I see in the the incubator graphic above Klingonese is hatching. Fascinating majQa'
Wish you all the year full of successful projects like this one. Happy New Year 2014!
Happy new years my duolingo family!!!!! ♥♡♥ ... why can't I see the dicsuss sentence button anymore? Did I do something wrong ? :( 2014 is here!!
Congrats and thanks, guys! Happy New Year!
Also, the Klingon egg in the background of the incubator picture is rather amusing. If/when you get this one going, I think you should see if Michael Dorn and/or Roxann Dawson would help with the audio.
I hope 2014 will be a happy and a good year for us
I want to greet Duolingo's team because of their great efforts ..... thank you
That's incredible. I'm so glad I found this site. I've always wanted to learn italian but the classes i took for French and Japanese in school made me almost never want to learn another language. I hope to see Russian up here soon though. Happy New Year and glad everything has been such a success
You guys are awesome - if you went from 1 M to 20 M in one year, how much further will you grow in 2014?!! This is an amazing site and an amazing set of language courses. You deserve to be the top!
Feliz ano nuevo!
Congratulations! Duolingo is wonderful- thanks for all the free language lessons!
Happy new year everyone at Duolingo - your program is the best!! Feliz ano nuevo! En het beste voor het niewe jaar!
I installed the android app after I saw it as one of the best application for 2013 just to try it. Since I know English and Tagalog, my logical choice is Spanish. Slowly I got hooked with the app and I've enjoyed learning Spanish through Duolingo.
Thank you for making Duolingo site and the its app free for every one to use.
Maligayang Bagong Taon (Happy New Year in Tagalog)
Thank you, Duolingo staff, for all your effort and everything you've done for us! Thank you, Duolingo German users, for making the experience of learning German such an amazing and fulfilling one.
Happy New Year everyone! ¡Feliz año nuevo! Glückliches neues jahr!
Great results for a year. So curious to know what you'll prepare for us in 2014.
Felice Anno Nuovo! (¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Bonne Année!) Congratulations on the well-deserved accolades! Looking forward to another great year with Duo.
I love Duolingo so much!!! I'm Home-schooled and this is what we use to learn different languages. It is so easy to use. We have used so many other things but it was to hard. I love how it is free and I have been telling a lot of people about Duolingo. Thank you Duolingo team!!! You guys rock!
Camarada! Hasta la victoria siempre! Thanks for great job to create one of the best FREE FOR EVERYONE things on our times! Keep going!
Thank you for all the wonderful work you do. You improve people's lives- it's true! You've improved mine by helping me reach my goals and stretching my brain! Thank you!
You have done something fantastic both for individuals and the world. I can't thank you enough for creating something so wonderful which is intentionally free. I am happy to translate articles for practice and feel good contributing to the dissemination of information world-wide. I congratulate you and all the staff for a year of great successes and wish you all health, happiness, prosperity and another totally awesome year in 2014.
You (and us the students) have reached really great goals. Lets hope 2014 is even better. I hope Duolingo starts more languages so we can study more XD.
I am a newcomer -- I just started in December. I love the site and I particularly love the Android app. There is no way I could have maintained a steady streak without the app. Keep up the good work!
Thanks to all of you. You turned learning a language into a very addictive game, and I am having a good time. Happy New Year!
I'm very happy for your success guys. It helped me too much and I'm encouraging all my family to use it and learn English. There's a strong marketing opportunity this year for you here in Brazil: The FIFAs World Cup. Invest some time thinking in us, some social media surprise, I think you can be surprised too. Brazil loves you. Thank you very much. A happy and successfull new year for you.
I think Duolingo is easily and hands down my favorite for-profit enterprise on earth. Interestingly, I just realized as I was typing these words that my next favorite for-profit entity is also in the business of teaching languages. And they also have a global audience. But as long as their business model requires students to pay, they will never be as egalitarian as your team has been from its inception.
Some of my fellow students from those courses are here on Duolingo. I hope they all benefit as much as I have and even more.
And I hope that more for-profit companies, including my second-favorite, will be inspired by Duolingo to think out of the box and make world-improving services available in more egalitarian business models.
And finally I pray you do not rest on your laurels. May you find more ways to deserve standing ovations in the years to come.
Bravo Duolingo! Bravo!