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

10 Fun facts about Duolingo!

Did you know...

  1. Duolingo has over 120 million students!

  2. Just under 3/4 of Duolingo's students are taking the English from Spanish course!

  3. Duolingo has 60 employees!

  4. The ratio of employees to students is 1 to 2,000,000!

  5. Duolingo is written in a language that is not being taught in its own website!

  6. Duolingo was created by two people: Luis Von Ahn and Severin Hacker!

  7. The website was launched on November 30, 2011!

  8. Duolingo has its own headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA!

  9. As of today (October 15, 2016), there are 20 language courses available for English speakers!

  10. In 2013, Apple chose Duolingo as its iPhone App of the Year, the first time this honor had been awarded to an educational application!

October 15, 2016

39 Comments


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

Duolingo has 120 million learners, maybe we should make our own country? XD

October 15, 2016

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

Yeah, Duoland!
Luis will be our president!

October 16, 2016

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

Our national anthem: "Duoland, duoland, duuuooo-land, ljud högt, o dyra ord!"

*salutes to President Luis *

October 16, 2016

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

Oh no. You've got it all wrong, the national anthem is this beautiful piece of art: http://www.nationalanthems.me/more/every-national-anthem-at-once/

EVERY. SINGLE. NATIONAL. ANTHEM. AT. ONCE.

::also salutes to President Luis and Vice President Severin::

November 4, 2016

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

...Wait, how come Swedish? :D

October 17, 2016

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

As flootzavut points out, that is indeed part of the Swedish text of the Finnish national anthem... :-) Originally written in Swedish and also still sung in Swedish by Swedish speaking Finns.

November 4, 2016

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

Huh, see, I had no idea, I just thought Finnish was appropriate because it's such a beloved language here!

November 4, 2016

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

Why not Swedish? XD

October 17, 2016

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

Surely it should be Finnish... ;)

November 4, 2016

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

I thought the Swedish version would work better because 'Vårt land' sounds like 'Duoland'. Okay, so it should be: "Oi maamme, Duoland, Duooland, soi, sana kultainen"

November 5, 2016

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

Well then, Duoland would be in 12th in terms of population. 11th - Japan (127,055,237) 12th - Duoland (120,000,000) 13th - Ethiopia (102,675,041)

November 21, 2018

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

57,75% of duolingo's students are taking the Spanish for English speakers course, that's less than 3/4 (= 75%). Otherwise, fun facts. :)

October 15, 2016

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

Wow! I did it again! I meant the English from Spanish course, not the Spanish from English course!

October 15, 2016

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

I'm only doing that one for my English points because English from my native language isn't available and Spanish is my strongest after those two :P

October 16, 2016

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

Yes, I actually fixed it right before you commented. Thank you!

October 15, 2016

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

Oh okay, didn't see that, sorry!

October 15, 2016

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

A possible 11) Severin Hacker hated the color green, and to annoy him they told their design and development agency Silver Orange to make their mascot a green owl. And thus Duo was born!

When we were getting started, we had hired Silver Orange, an awesome design and development agency, to help us with our design and identity. As we were giving them guidance on what we wanted, our co-founder and CTO Severin Hacker (yes, that’s his real name) said “I don’t much care what you do in terms of style, but please don’t use green. I hate green.” Our mascot is a green owl because we wanted to annoy Severin.

https://www.quora.com/What-are-Luis-Von-Ahns-favorite-stories-from-the-early-days-of-Duolingo

November 4, 2016

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

LOL! That is funny :)

November 4, 2016

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    wow! we'll be celebrating Duo's birthday soon I guess ;)

    October 15, 2016

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

    9, You may want to do a recount. Greek was #20.

    October 15, 2016

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

    Thank you for letting me know! I miscounted on how many languages for English learners are released.

    October 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elizabeth261736

    Severin Hacker is the best name I've ever heard for a computer programmer!

    October 15, 2016

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

    XD

    October 27, 2016

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

    5. Duolingo is written in a language that is not being taught in its own website!

    Do you mean English? There are actually courses teaching English, like the English for Spanish speakers course.

    October 15, 2016

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

    I think programming code was implied.

    October 15, 2016

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

    I guess #5 will always be true because I doubt Duolingo will ever teach programming code.

    October 15, 2016

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

    Correct!

    October 15, 2016

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

    Out of interest, do you know what programming language is used?

    October 15, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John00625
    October 15, 2016

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

    There's gotta be a load of JavaScript as well for all the fancy front-end behaviour

    October 16, 2016

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

    Ah, my mistake. I don't really consider programming code to be a language.

    October 15, 2016

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

    That's really neat. Thanks for sharing:)

    Which course came out today?

    October 15, 2016

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

    None did: I was just saying that there are 19 courses that you can learn today.

    October 15, 2016

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

    Oohh, I see :) You had me for a second there, I thought Romanian had come out :D

    October 15, 2016

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

    It will be soon :)

    October 15, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmperorIguana42

    ❤❤❤❤❤❤, you got my hopes up! I really want Romanian to come out!

    October 15, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cloud789

    I love Duolingo for the opportunities it gives me

    October 17, 2018

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

    lol

    February 9, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

    As of today (October 15, 2016), there are 20 language courses available for English speakers!

    Ans as of today (October 22, 2018), there are 33 language course available for English speakers!

    Hasn't Duolingo grown!!

    November 21, 2018
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