Spanish in a Crisis
I have a friend who I met because of Duolingo. A few days ago they ended up in the hospital in a Spanish speaking part of the world. In my journey to find them, I called four different hospitals and various departments in each. I became very adept at asking "alguien habla ingles?" And then in some instances cobbling together some English and Spanish. My friend's family doesn't speak English, save a few words here and there. They were cautious when a stranger called them and not eager to give out information. This is where Duolingo came in most handy, my ability to speak and listen to Spanish is very low. However, I was able to switch to texting with them in Spanish. It wasn't perfect, but, it was enough. And, that bridged the divide. This morning, I was finally able to gather all of the information I needed, and was able to talk to my friend in hospital.
It has been a very emotional few days for me. Thank you Duolingo. I couldn't have done this without you.
Edit: I have begun keeping a repository of my more exciting and/or harrowing language experiences, like when I got put in jail and the time I rallied our community to help find a blood transfusion for the mother of a former Duolingo staffer. You can read all of them here.
Without the part "una recuperación rápida" that could be very awkward...
Thank you :) I am not religious. This event happened quite a while back. However, generally, I don't mind if people pray for me. So long as they don't pray at me or send bits of scriptures and such. (I've read the Bible 3 or so times. I was once planning to be a missionary. So, I am pretty well acquainted ^_~). Like I said though, I don't mind prayer. Mindful compassion can bring about a lot of positive things for the world, whether or not I believe any god(esses) exist. :)
I wish your friend Mejórate pronto. Get well quickly.
The kindness you show to so many continues to inspire me.
We are all made better by our ability to know you.
Thank you for being such an inspiration to so many of us.
Including showing us some of the great advantages learning to communicate in other languages can bring us. To help us connect, and also have the ability to show kindness and create a richer world that is more rewarding to be part of - for each of us.
Please wish your friend for us: Aliviate pronto de todos nosotros.
@rileyparke7, it's amazing how helpful even just a little bit can be. So, while I'm not aiming for fluency, I review the Spanish course every year, alongside learning a little of a few other languages. PS, I've edited the link in the main post up above to connect to a repository of my language experiences if you're interested in reading about any more stories like this one.