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

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!)

December 31, 2013

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

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! :)

December 31, 2013

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

They have done so much. Everyone from the Duolingo team deserves a pat on the back! :)

December 31, 2013

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

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.

January 1, 2014

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

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 !

December 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/856pm

I fully agree. Luis, Severin, and everyone else who's worked on Duolingo deserves a Nobel Prize. Now, what category?

January 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lebdref1

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.

January 1, 2014

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

Since when is the US the richest nation?

January 3, 2014

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

collectively it is. distribution is another story.

January 3, 2014

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

They definitely deserve it. :)

January 2, 2014

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

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. Alt text

January 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

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

January 1, 2014

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

Happy New Year everybody! Thank you Duolingo for bringing us all together ^_^

December 31, 2013

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

Company retreat in Cancun? So, uh, how do I sign up???

December 31, 2013

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

you need 100,000 lingots

January 1, 2014

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

Sounds kind of incongruous for Duolingo employees to go to the one part of Mexico that consists mostly of English-speaking Americans.

January 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rukshia.s

I just read the proposal and I just sat there smiling like a right idiot. That was so sweet!

December 31, 2013

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

I and many others can only hope that new languages from English will become available next year :)

December 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/856pm

They will be. Turkish from English and Hungarian from English are set to begin beta towards the beginning of the year.

December 31, 2013

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

Congrats. Human ingenuity and good will FTW

December 31, 2013

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

On to the new year! Keep on learning!

December 31, 2013

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

is that luigi as a ghost???????????

April 16, 2014

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

Bring on 2014, I think Duolingo could rise to 60 million and over 20 new languages will be available to use

December 31, 2013

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

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.

December 31, 2013

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

Feliz ano novo pra todos! Thank you Duolingo for giving me opportunity to learn my girlfriend's native language!

December 31, 2013

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

Viel Glück!

I hope that in a year I will be able to write this wish in more languages :-)

December 31, 2013

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

This is amazing! Thanks so much, team. I wish you maximum productivity and minimum sleepless nights in the coming year.

December 31, 2013

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

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

December 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CapK9

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!

December 31, 2013

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

Happy New Year! S Novim Godom!

December 31, 2013

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

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.

January 1, 2014

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

My resolution is to finish the German course. Keep it simple!

December 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

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.

December 31, 2013

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

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!

December 31, 2013

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

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!

January 1, 2014

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

I do agree with BallsMcChin

January 1, 2014

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

Awesome results. Happy new year to everyone!

January 1, 2014

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

Duolingo > Penicillin

January 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rukshia.s

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

December 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/856pm

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.

December 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankySka
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Happy New Year and Gut'n Rutsch!

December 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fredcriss22

Happy new year to Duolingo and it's community! Keep it free, that's how education should always be. Long live to you all!

December 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.Orduna

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!

December 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sian560

Happy new year. Really enjoying learning with duolingo. ThanksX

December 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/samara3037

happy new year

December 31, 2013

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

Your are awesome. Happy 2014!

December 31, 2013

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

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.

December 31, 2013

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

♫♫♫♫♫ Happy New Year!! - and Thank You! ♫♫♫♫♫

December 31, 2013

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

Feliz Ano Novo und an guata Rutsch ins neua Joor!

December 31, 2013

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

Than you so much Duolingo! With Duo the owl living on my ipad I am 1 step closer to becoming fluent in German. :)

December 31, 2013

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

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

January 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

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.

January 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Noe010101

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!

December 31, 2013

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

Happy new year! Frohes neues Jahr! Sretna nova godina!

December 31, 2013

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

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.

December 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/charlotte_12

Thank you Duolingo team for your great work. On to an even better 2014!

Gelukkig Nieuwjaar

December 31, 2013

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

Happy New Year! And I hope Duolingo in 2014 will be twice as better than 2013!

December 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lefos99

Καλή χρονιά σε όλους!

December 31, 2013

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

guys thanks for the support, i learn so much here :) and i love duolingo

December 31, 2013

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

Gracias DL por la oportunidad aprender más español gratis. Uds. tienen una programa fabulosa. Buen hecho. ¡Buenas suerte en 2014!

December 31, 2013

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

Congratulations Luis, You and your staff deserve it

Happy new year Duolingoers!

December 31, 2013

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

Duolingo has certainly accomplished heaps in 2013!!! Lets hope 2014 will be just as good! :D

December 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jkl1992

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!

December 31, 2013

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

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!!

December 31, 2013

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

Happy New Year! You guys have really outdone yourselves. Duolingo is the best! Excellent material, and always improving. Keep it up!

January 1, 2014

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

Thanks for everything this year :´)

January 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/davidwjohnston13

Thanks to Duolingo for letting me learn so much more and gain so many more opportunities! Happy New Year!!

January 1, 2014

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

Delighted to have just found DuoLingo. Am sharing with others. Italian course is great.

January 1, 2014

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

Happy new year to everybody. 2013 was an interesting year. May 2014 be even more interesting and productive!

January 1, 2014

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

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

January 1, 2014

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

Bless you guys, and thanks for all your efforts and everything!!! Buena vibra para todos y Feliz 2014!

January 1, 2014

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

Thanks a million Duolingo! You've helped people around the world learn more languages, incredible effort! Happy new year, you all deserve it!

January 1, 2014

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

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!

Je t'adore

January 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duttagupta35504

Bonne année! J'espere cette nouvelle annêe apporte beaucoup plus de bonnes choses.

January 1, 2014

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

I used to study on several sites but since I knew this site, I have been sticking with it only. Thanks Duolingo

January 1, 2014

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

You are the best guys! Happy New Year - Feliz año :)

January 1, 2014

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

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!!

January 1, 2014

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

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!

January 1, 2014

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

great work , continue to improve more on the different sections of the site !

January 1, 2014

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

Happy New Year Everyone !!

January 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.T.s_Son

I'm HONORED to be a part of this GREAT INVENTION! When I get old I can tell my grandkids (in a foreign language of course) that their grandfather was a part of the Duolingo Movement

January 1, 2014

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

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!!

January 1, 2014

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

"longer story, might post it soon lol"... I'm watching you very carefully right now :-D

January 2, 2014

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

lol... hihi, I guess I should say WE'LL post it soon!?! ;)

January 2, 2014

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

I see in the the incubator graphic above Klingonese is hatching. Fascinating majQa'

January 1, 2014

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

Looking forward to additional languages (if possible, Asian ones too)!

January 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danette1

Wish you all the year full of successful projects like this one. Happy New Year 2014!

January 1, 2014

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

Happy new years my duolingo family!!!!! ♥♡♥ ... why can't I see the dicsuss sentence button anymore? Did I do something wrong ? :( 2014 is here!!

January 1, 2014

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

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.

January 1, 2014

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

Happy new year everyone!

January 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/foglia71

You are a real inspiration for many. You must be proud of yourselves...

January 1, 2014

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

Thanks for helping me achieve my New Year's Resolution for 2013!!! <3

January 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melissaf262

This site is so awesome. They do deserve all this.

January 2, 2014

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

Bravissimo. Duolingo has been perfect for me. Thank you.

January 2, 2014

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

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

January 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DianaBlue2323

COOL

January 2, 2014

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

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

January 3, 2014

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

Nice :)

January 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/qaa2

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!

January 3, 2014

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

Congratulations! Duolingo is wonderful- thanks for all the free language lessons!

January 3, 2014

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

Happy new year everyone at Duolingo - your program is the best!! Feliz ano nuevo! En het beste voor het niewe jaar!

January 3, 2014

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

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)

January 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/reject86

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!

January 3, 2014

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

Great results for a year. So curious to know what you'll prepare for us in 2014.

January 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AhmedRefaat101

You're The Best :') Wish you a more successful year

January 3, 2014

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

Congratulations for all of your work! Your service is fantastic, and I'm absolutely loving the Android app. I've promoted your program to my friends, and am very impressed with your work with the incubator. Keep up the great work and Happy New Year!

January 3, 2014

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

Felice Anno Nuovo! (¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Bonne Année!) Congratulations on the well-deserved accolades! Looking forward to another great year with Duo.

January 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Music4Ever15

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!

January 4, 2014

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

Camarada! Hasta la victoria siempre! Thanks for great job to create one of the best FREE FOR EVERYONE things on our times! Keep going!

January 13, 2014

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

you should do the duo bird in a Dj table table and put 200,000,000 users

April 16, 2014

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

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!

January 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drplasma64

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.

January 2, 2014

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

Thanks so much for your continued efforts. You guys rock.

January 2, 2014

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

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.

January 2, 2014

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

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!

January 2, 2014

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

Bravo duolingo!! Happy New Year ~ Bonne année et bonne santé!

January 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/905mmgo

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!

January 2, 2014

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

great guys!

January 2, 2014

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

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.

January 2, 2014

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

Greetings!

January 2, 2014

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

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!

January 2, 2014

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

Feliz año nuevo! Bon Anneé! Y Felicitaciones por todos los muchos logros!

January 2, 2014
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