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Hands down, we owe our parents a lot. Not only to some extent for who we are (and that we are passionate about learning new things including languages), but also for the simple fact that.. well.. we are.

The least we can do is to share our interests and joy with them, help them explore the ever so quickly changing and complex world we live in today. Something they have done for us for a considerable part of our lives.

I am not talking about showing them a great app. I am talking about showing them this particular app which - since helping you learn new language(s) and since doing it so effectively - can function as a key. Key to unlock the world of information we live in.

Imagine yourself without the ability to speak one of the vastly represented languages.

If difficult, I might help. It means restricted access to foreign news, difficulties when traveling or rather not traveling at all, hard time at work, maybe even hindrance to promotion and social mobility or just having no clue what a song is about. Basically, it means limited access to every resource there is.

Which goes hand in hand with limited access to understanding each other and one might even argue the whole world would simply be a better off.

Plus, who knows, maybe one day they will take you to Brazil or Cambodia when visiting their pen pals :)

I am pleased to say both my parents are into it as well as my grandmother.

Thanks for reading through, Filip

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16
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I introduced my children and grandchildren. Here's a lingot for being so thoughtful.

4 years ago

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Haha, yeah that is from a different point of view! Good thing you did. Would be nice to have something like Duolingo back then. And thanks for the lingot. Appreciated.

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Don't understand the "back then" reference.

4 years ago

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What I meant was that I wouldn't mind having something like Duolingo at hand when I started to learn another languages as, thanks to you, your grandchildren now have )

4 years ago

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Well it was we oldies who pushed all this progress ahead. Enjoy.

4 years ago

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True

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RenataTalvik

My mom and I love songs, we love singing along , and most songs we listen are in English so even though she only had a few English classes in school 40 years ago she can understand some English. So I just had to send her the app, she loved it.

We also love watching series and movies, always subtitled, never dubbed. So we learn having loads of fun. XD

Today when I looked the top week she had 230 XP (since its Monday, that's what she did today). She called me saying that she forgot to do everything in the house 'cuz she was playing with it the whole morning, she's already lvl 5 :D

And my dad already had it in his phone, I just don't know if he uses it (he doesn't show in my friends list).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gggggg3
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i've already told my parents about duolingo.they love the whole idea and they eagerly await the greek to english course.

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That's the spirit! Exactly what I am talking about )

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16
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Ah, ha have we a Greek English Duo learner here? Are you bilingual? Have you applied to volunteer for the Greek incubator? If you have time etc. Get your parents to apply also. http://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/en/el/status

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yes sir i have applied.my parents will probably help in the beta testing.their english skills are low.

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I can communicate well in Greek, even read but writing ugh! NAE and EFL teacher of English. I'm hoping I can eventually contribute. At this point I'm urging every Greek sounding person to volunteer. We'll have to be patient be it will come. Sending a lingot.

4 years ago

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Also applied to the incubator. In my case Czech-English. However I had to type 'Czech' manually as it was missing from the roll out menu, so there is probably a long way to go.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Grumpycat1
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please, do the Czech-English, my mum would really appreciate that. želám všetko dobré, milý/á kickup!

to the topic: my schoolmates were like ,meh´ when I told them about Duo....their bad

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https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16
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That is so great to hear. When it's time they'll have a keyboard for Czech we'll have to be patient.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

Wow I would love to learn Greek because one day I want to go Greece for a few weeks. There is some much history there. But I want to learn the language first so I can speak to anyone who doesn't speak English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian
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Tried to introduce Duolingo to my mother for Spanish, but she never has the time to keep up with it. Can't blame her though, she already speaks English, French, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rigzy14

Same

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mirifis
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Last week I introduced Duolingo to my dad, who is retired and likes to learn a few words of English now and then. He enjoys to show this little knowledge, but has always been reluctant to try a real method and really work on it. He is retired so school is over :) Unlike my generation, his had not the chance to learn other languages as much and he did not live surrounded by English (he never watches series or movies in English).

Well, I am very happy to note that it is the 3rd day now he calls me to ask one or two question about the features of Duolingo or why he made this mistake or this mistake. Although he would have dropped every other method after 20 minutes, he is sticking at his work with Duolingo because it is fun and very progressive !

Thank you Duolingo :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JackedTortoise

I'm learning spanish with my mom. I'm a little ahead of her so I test her frequently. It's good bonding time, even though sometimes it is a bit exasperating when she confuses ''nuestro'' with ''nosotros'' for the 9th time...

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Yeah, but I bet there were a few times you were exasperating for her when you were growing up. :-) Seriously, it's great to hear you are learning together.

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https://www.duolingo.com/JackedTortoise

Haha that is true!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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Yes, poor dears, they couldn't possibly be expected to keep up with the changing and complex world we live in today - or indeed be way ahead of us with all those decades of extra experience and education.

4 years ago

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Haha, sure they can. But there is always a limitation to the resources we all have at disposal and one of the main limitating factors is language as others such as distance fade away. I admit this is country specific but at least in some countries it is much more likely that this will concern predominantly earlier generations. I am sorry if I wasn't clear about that and thanks for pointing that out!

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