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2 years, 2 million Learners

The Irish course on Duolingo was released to beta two years ago this week,. on August 25th, 2014.

The total number of Duolingo accounts that have at least signed up for the Irish course is just about to reach 2 million.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/LuchairF
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Is there data available on how many finished the tree?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi
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Duolingo has that data, but it's not usually released publicly unless Duolingo or the contributors share it with us.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ladyofthecorn

I have... you could possibly get a modest guestimate by doing a poll.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

A poll on the web is, by it's nature, only going to be seen by, and responded to by, those users that are most interested in the topic. You have no way of reaching the people who signed up with Duolingo and gave up after a few days or weeks, and no way of estimating what proportion of the total active userbase on Duolingo is actually responding to your poll.

Duolingo already knows how many people have "signed up" for Irish out of simple curiosity, and only did one or two lessons, how many have gone further into the tree before dropping out, how many have completed the tree and stopped there, how many have made Irish the main focus of their language learning versus one of a number of languages.

I assume (and I don't think I'm the only one) that it hasn't released any of this more detailed data because the drop-out rate would be a bit embarrassing (even more embarrassing than relying on obviously overblown headline numbers, apparently). But while I'm curious about these numbers, I don't actually care about them - if Duolingo considers them to be "commercially sensitive information" then so be it. While the exercises on Duolingo are useful in themselves, the single most important thing that I've learned from Duolingo is that making learning a daily habit is what really works.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ladyofthecorn

I can't see how it could be embarrassing, I mean people give up goals all the time or only do x, y, z for a few days/weeks before petering out and giving up. Like with diets where most people give up in next to no time on any given diet. Or phone games where most people who download them don't use them beyond the first try. People are simply like that, myself included. Can't tell you how many apps I've dumped in no time at all, including most of the Irish learning apps I've downloaded. Duolingo however, has stuck and I've come so far since I did my first lesson a little over two months ago (or however long ago it was). I'm now able to understand a bit of TG4 and like a rock gathering moss as it speeds down a hill, duolingo has given me the tools to pick up speed with learning Irish and retain more and more from novels and books with each day. I'd had a beginners guide to Irish sitting on my shelf for the last three years just collecting dust and without duolingo I wouldn't have found the motivation to sit down and learn another lanuage simply because as a mother to four children, my days are so hectic that reading a boring old grammar book simply won't cut it any more.

I love duolingo and habit is definitely an important part of being on here, hence why the Streak makes me come back even if I'm bone tired and can barely keep my eyes open to complete the strengthen exercises.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Windsaw

In the Duolingo Incubator it shows 1.00M. Bug?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grekhovki
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I see it the same way

Irish 1M

Irish 1M

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Russian also flipped from 1.99 Million yesterday to 1.00 Million today. It must be some odd bug, rather than something that is just affecting the counts for Irish.

Here's a link to the thread from 11 months ago that announced that Irish had reached 1 Million learners.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Interesting. The 1.99M screenshot was from the Incubator this morning, and Irish passed the 1 million mark last September.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jmaddoxII

Include me in those totals because once I become comfortable with German I will be taking up Irish.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WraythRose
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if it surpasses the population of ireland itself I will laugh XD

...at the moment, that's probably more that are in secondary school, I'd imagine.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

The 2 million total is (more than) a little misleading - only a tiny fraction of that number has ever done more than a couple of exercises. But Duolingo only releases that headline number.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WraythRose
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makes sense. I have a bunch of languages I've only done a couple of exercises on, just as a taster sort-of thing :D

...508?!? on on earth has something real life related not messed that up yet XD (internet outages, holiday, sickness, busy-ness) lol Congrats on it!

1 year ago