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Spread the lingot love! It's Lingot Day!

Single, serious, married, hate Valentine's Day? :) We've got hearts for you.

Let's celebrate this awesome language learning community by spreading the lingot love today!

Share your Duolingo story in the comments below, and we'll share our hearts (lingots) :)

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What's your Duolingo story?

Heart,

The Duo team

You'll be gifted 10 lingots for sharing your story with all of us! How did you discover Duolingo? Why do you heart language learning? What has learning another language allowed you to do? Head to the lingot store after: https://www.duolingo.com/show_store

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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I learned about Duolingo when you had not yet opened to us normal users .. So I have been here for a wee while ( June 2012) because I joined as soon as I possibly could ,, quite slow with lessons but I am now determined to finish a tree especially now that Polish is available.

I had a serious Brain injury in Korea and had to relearn English so Duolingo is a true godsend which helps me language and social skills that I have lost ..

Each day for me is a lovely day to praise and be so lucky to be alive.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

Amazing story Jack. You and I seem to share some common things. My dad is Scottish and he was in Korea (But that was in the war - about 50 years ago) Glad to see you have praise in your life.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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Thanks to so many people ... Most people are nice people... whenever you are down you cannot be surprised at how even strangers offer out the hand of helping ... here are some Lingots of the memory that I have of the men like your Father that had went to Korea

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

And here are some back for you. lol

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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it is how it should be .... those Lingots are great wonderful they just keep in circulate which keeps as involved as we can help the younger learners buy the tests also it shows how local currency circulates in small areas that help small business grow and employ more local people.....

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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This text is probably going to be a bit longer, but I think it is worth reading ;-)

I discovered Duolingo in late September 2013 (being a bit unsatisfied with Memrise) and started learning French from English because I am going to be a foreign language correspondent by 2015 (it's something like an office clerk but with languages, in my case German (native speaker), English and French). I wanted to learn the general French on Duolingo because I mostly learn economic French in my vocational training course. So, after the toughest time in my life (struggling with serious illnesses, thus being unemployed, thus having absolutely no money and a few other cruel things), I started learning French from English as a native German speaker and have been progressing fast.

Then I added EvelynK. as a friend without knowing her, but I finally saw someone from Germany learning languages on Duolingo as well. I caught her attention and she wrote something very nice on my activity board. After a very short period of time, we considered the other person as a very interesting one to talk too, exchanged our mail addresses after spamming our boards with interesting stuff, then we wrote very long e-mails, then we exchanged our phone numbers, then we talked and rambled endlessly during the nights about each and everything and everything turned out to be better and better with her. From day one, we have been talking daily and we have been spending so much time getting to know the other person better and better. Notice where we met: On Duolingo! After some weeks, we briefly met in Berlin (German capital and the city I'm living in) and after another three weeks, we met again at the ExpoLingua (it's a famous language fair in Berlin, Germany) because of our interest in languages. I accommodated her that weekend and wooosh, since November 17 we have been a couple!

I'm very much interested in enhancing my skill levels both in English and in French, began to learn some basics in Esperanto next to my vocational training course and some years earlier, I studied Latin (even at an academic level), Ancient Greek and philosophy but lost nearly my whole knowledge due to illnesses. Evelyn is a native German speaker as well, speaks English at a near-native level (working at an international school for 6 years and speaking English every singly day really, really helps), can cope with easier conversations in both Spanish and French, is interested and understand basics in Portuguese and Italian as well and recently started learning Russian. I have the little chance to do an internship in London this year and I will definitely do an internship in France this year and by 2015, I will have accomplished a good C1 level in both general and economic English, B2 in both general and economic French, minimum B2 in Esperanto as well, will start learning Spanish as well and I will have passed some language exams besides my vocational training course. Evelyn will have accomplished a sparkling native skill level in English and wants to converse very well in French, Spanish and Russian (minimum!). Probably she would like to add something more later, because...

...right now she's on the way to me because of Valentine's Day =) We really love each other and despite our huge interest in languages, FIRST MEETING ON DUOLINGO AND BECOMING A COUPLE 6 WEEKS AFTER is really the biggest accomplishment we both could have ever dreamed of an awesome language learning experience as Duolingo.

Thank you SO, SO much and happy Valentine's Day to all of you! :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynK.
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Nothing left to add, I think... :D And I could not have put it into better words... ;) Happy Valentine's Day !!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VStarTraveler
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Great story! Wishing both of you the best and a very happy Valentine's Day!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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Thanks for your kind words, much appreciated! Hope you had a great day, too =)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trang.
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Aw, you two make me feel like this community is not only a learning place but also a "full of love" place

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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Sounds fab and I'm sure that more couples found themselves by using Duolingo... ;-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iustitia
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I really enjoyed your story :) It is nice to hear/read it! So great to meet a person that shares your interest. In fact, I was wondering some time ago, if Duolingo has already any couple that met here for the first time :) And here is the answer.

I wish you both much happiness and much success with language studies!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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Thanks a bunch for you cordial words! Hope you had a fantastic day as well and I am totally sure that we both will succeed with our plans. Have a great time and if you ever have some questions concerning German, please do not hesitate to ask ;-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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You can get the link to work by doing:
[text_here](https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynK.)

And replacing "text_here" with "EvelynK.", I get: EvelynK.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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Thank you so much, I just fixed it with your method. Much appreciated =)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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Don't mention it! Great story, I enjoyed reading it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lilygilder
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That's a lovely story! I wish you all the best in your relationship and with your languages. :)

And if you don't mind me asking: At which school are you doing your training? I finished my degree as a Fremdsprachenkorrespondentin in 2009 at the FLS OSZ in Berlin. ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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TOTAL geil, da mache ich ebenso meine Ausbildung :-D :-D Ich liebe solche Zufälle :-D :-D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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I was a "simple country boy. You might say a cockeyed optimist, who got himself mixed up in the high stakes game of world diplomacy and international intrigue." Somewhere along the way I discovered Duolingo, which led to "love , deception ,greed , lust and.... unbridled enthusiasm". I've been here ever since.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SyxHyTex

Best selling novel, now available in 25 languages!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ricaloca

With more in beta!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ferrobattuto
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I read your story while eating a Macanaw peach, although I couldn't taste it...long story. Anyway, I am glad to hear that your unbridled enthusiasm did not lead to your downfall, like with Billy Mumphrey.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77
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I have a feeling...a strange feeling...that you're all referencing something unknown to the rest of us (at least me :). *narrows eyes in attempt to discover truth*. Then again, I might be wrong.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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https://www.duolingo.com/SD-77
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Thank you! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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:-) Have some lingots! They ease the itching caused by fleas. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ferrobattuto
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Thank you so much. I can use those lingots to pay my bill at The Plaza... long story, but it involves 5 shoe shines and $400.00 worth of snacks.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/snm5678

Did you say Macanaw peaches? Last year they sold out, and I had to suck the pits!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marcocaramori
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It was around july, last year. All of my friends at work were 'playing' something on the internet. After some days (I am not that into games) they said I should join and try it. I found out I already had an account so I logged in, started competing against them, got addicted, started losing weight, couldn't sleep and finally quit my job (just kidding, it wasn't Duolingo's fault). Now I am an active user, logging on a daily basis and learning a lot. Duolingo helped me to be more disciplined and productive. I can't avoid feeling guilty if I don't learn something new everyday with Duolingo.

ps. I hardly use the languages I learn for conversation purposes. My dream is to travel the world someday and be capable of understanding the people I meet on my way.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pfiff
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I have a chronic illness which means I can't be in school much, so sadly I wasn't able to continue German beyond GCSEs. After using a few methods to continue learning and revising German, I stumbled upon Duolingo through the TED talk. This site is great -- I have learned both vocabulary and grammar points I never understood before, and I can usually do something even on days when I cannot stand up or dress. It has renewed my enthusiasm for German enough that I hope to pick it up as an A-Level next year, and I shouldn't be behind at all.

I very much want to go to Germany for a summer because I love the country and the language, but as my illness prevents that at the moment I'm focusing on enjoying German music and theatre. For example, I have translated almost all of Tanz der Vampire into English.

I'm on the very last row of my tree. Wish me luck!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vermist

This. I'm sick, too, and Duo makes me feel like I'm doing something useful when I have to stay home.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProwlingParis
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I first got involved with the web-based language learning biz to teach my wife Turkish and a lil more than a year later this is where I am. Hola at me bilingual households!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/agent001

I must say it wasn't all good from the very beginning. At first I was amazed by the concept and amazing reviews, but soon I get more and more frustrated with duolingo. Due to; frustration with losing at the very end of the lesson, I was like "it is just too hard, are they trying to make me destroy my computer or what?". Then I read some reviews that duolingo teaches you sentences that are absurd and you would never use them in real live interactions and that's why it is bad and I was like" yeah that's how I feel too!". So I divorced duolingo (:)) and choose other means of learning, like pimsleur, Michel Thomas method (which is amazing), I even have a french tutor now :) and those are all valuable experiences. But soon I started to think to myself, if I have such a hard time with French on duolingo and it would be so easy for me If I would be studying English, because I know it very well (I'm Polish), maybe it's not because duolingo is failing to teach me but maybe because there is still a lot that I have to learn, and the mistakes I make is the way in which duolingo says "you need to work on that". Then I discovered that the absurd sentences are also actually valueable, they are here so I would not guess the meaning but just know it, be sure of it, because of exactly the unexpected meaning. So I would do one lesson just for fun, I dusted off my old account, then another one and I thought to myslef again "damn, if not for duolingo I would not have so many opportunities to wirte in target language, conjugate verbs, and it is all so important.!". And I suddenly started to love the website again with more "mature" and stronger love than ever before. But what truly sell me to it, is the fact how the progress is really clearly seen. I read Harry Potter in French and I see how thanks to duolingo I have less and less problems with reading and understanding it, because I know more words and grammar rules (thanks sitesurf), everyday something new! And that's so amazing! I feel more competent every day! I also watch some shows in French and again I get a lot and just year ago or so it would be a bunch of sounds without any meaning for me. Duolingo really push me into fluency and I really love it for that. Thanks duolingo team and helpful, amazing community!

It's never the learner that's wrong, It's always the method. You are method is amazing. Thank you.

P.S. I learn French because; the cuisine, wine and romance. That's obvious ;) And I've heard once that you are as many people as languages you know. Do I have to say anything more?: )

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bill-Roca

My wife and I honeymooned in France 30 years ago and tried to dine at a simple country restaurant with no English menus. We both had taken a semester of high school French many years before but really didn't know much French beyond asking for a hotel room.

She ordered a chicken breast but when it came it looked like no chicken breast I had ever seen, with four tiny legs pointing upward. Eventually we understood ... she asked for 'coq au vin' but got 'un lapin' (a rabbit) :)

Years later we enjoy traveling and dining at fine restaurants, and wanted to try some great restaurants like El Celler de Can Roca in Spain (why I'm Bill-Roca, to remind me), but we knew no Spanish. Enter Duolingo, which I joined about 10 months ago. I struggled through the Spanish tree but finished last summer and when we went to Barcelona and Bilbao last fall we had a great time, with only two minor language mishaps. But no rabbits!

I could read all the signs and menus and express myself in simple pre-planned phrases, especially in restaurants, hotels and travel situations. If the person spoke slowly enough I could generally understand them.

So Spain was a great success, thanks to Duo.

My wife was so impressed she asked me to learn French on Duo and take her back to Provence ... how could I refuse? In 8 days I will be done with my French tree and then I'll practice everything getting ready for a June trip to Aix and Gordes and Avignon and Vence.

My wife is already looking at restaurants in Germany and Italy, asking me "Which language do you want to learn next?"

Maybe Luis should change the name to Trilingo or Quatrolingo?

Happy Valentine's Day everyone. Study hard and enjoy life!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/veronicamortiz

Wow I'm hoping to one day be able to travel as extensively as you! Perhaps when my daughter is grown :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HerrSmo

I discovered Duolingo at the 2012 ACTFL national conference in Philadelphia. I was hungry and they had Hershey kisses. Not wanting to be a hit and run eater at their booth, I talked to Monica (Italian developer) and tried out the brand new app. I was incredibly impressed with how everything fit together and that it was fun. I teach 7th and 8th grade German and the one thing that those beginning learners need is practice with listening and speaking. The fact that my students can tap the turtle and repeat a phrase as much as they needed was a selling point. Fast forward a year and a half or so later and all of my classes do some type of Duolingo assignment. It is the basis for my 7th grade class and I have the French and Spanish teachers on board with their classes. If the Incubator can hatch a Latin-English class soon, all of the languages we offer will "do the Duos."

I heart language learning for the doors that it opens and the people that I have met in my travels and studies in Europe. I tell my students that the best way to understand your own culture is to look at it from a different perspective. And in my mind, learning another language gives you the best ability to think in a different way.

Learning another language has given me a career in teaching and a lifetime of travel adventures and memories. Life is too short to miss out on experiences because you expect everyone to speak your native language. If I could have one superpower, it wouldn't be flight - it would be the ability to speak every language on Earth fluently...Imagine how awesome that would be!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BabyNamePro

"I was hungry and they had Hershey kisses." LOL chocolate always works, right? :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pont
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Duolingo Italian was launched a month before I moved to Italy to start a new job. I arrived with a few skills completed on the Italian tree, and a shiny new Italian book-and-CD self-study course. One year later, my Italian tree is complete, my Italian is pretty good, and the book is... still looking very shiny and new. I think I made it to chapter 2 or thereabouts :D.

(I did find some other useful resources to complement my Duo-study, but Duolingo has definitely formed the backbone of my Italian education.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16
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Those books are great for insomnia.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeMaitre
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I happened to bump into Duolingo in the App Store, when it had come under the 'Best New Apps' section. Since I was really interested in learning French, I downloaded it, without much hope though, as even though it said it was free, I thought it would just be another of those apps which had hidden in-app purchases somewhere or the other. But then I was surprised that there was absolutely no money involved whatsoever. And besides I really liked the concept of learning a language by playing. I continued to use Duo, and I'm so grateful that I downloaded this wonderful app, for if it wasn't Duolingo I would be nowhere near my to fulfil my dream of learning French. Duolingo had also nurtured my love for languages as a whole, and so I started German, Spanish and Portuguese. And also in 1 year, I'm just a mark below compared to my sister who's learning French in college since 2 years, which would never have happened otherwise.

I truly thank Duolingo so much, truly, words will never be able to express my gratitude for Duolingo, which is undoubtedly the best language learning site in the whole world.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Someone on Tumblr told me about this place. I came for Japanese, stayed for Spanish, and fell in love with the community <3

Edit I want to add that when I was a child, I wanted to learn other languages sooo much. But, I didn't have much of a chance. I went to some terrible schools and language wasn't in their budget. I left high school a bit early after standing up for a friend of mine who was being harassed by a teacher's son. The school did nothing and, er, I sorta boycotted it by not returning... So, no foreign language classes for me there either. Instead I spent that last year (I only attended 1 year, but, there were two years before when I was too ill to attend :P) preparing for college, and studying to get into the top 1% of GED earners (woot!). Finally, FINALLY, I was in college and I took Spanish, the only language offered. It wasn't the language I wanted at the time and the course wasn't long enough for me to be able to read books afterwords (by no fault of mi profesora, I assure you). From there I transferred to a university and stayed busy for the next 6 years and forgot all of the Spanish I had learned! Then I took Japanese; but before I had completed the second year, became too ill to finish the course. I barely finished the degree I was working on because I was so ill. Fast forward a couple of years and here I am, at Duolingo and loving everything about it.

So, I want to fill in a detail. I don't learn languages easily. Not even a little. I am redoing my tree and struggling so much!! Yesterday or so a friend asked "If it's so difficult, why do you do it?" So I told her about wanting to learn languages as a child and how I was so desperate to do so that I just started creating my own, using them to code my journals and write stories, etc. (Not that my conlangs were works of art or anything, but they were an outlet for a dream on hold!) I didn't know back then that I would have such a difficult time learning, but regardless, that old desire to learn languages has continued with me to this day. And here I am. And meanwhile I've met so many wonderful people here who have been very encouraging. I won't give up! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Equilibrio99
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You've really made great contributions to the site. Talk about wonderful people! You are certainly one of them :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Aww, thank you! This comment is so going into my "Positive Feedback" folder! :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/Trang.
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I hope this beautiful collection of enthusiastic feedbacks will get you through bad things :P

4 years ago

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@TrangQ I can't drink coffee; so reviewing them makes an excellent alternative way to start my day out right ^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Fulvius

Wow that was so brave of you to stand up for someone! 5 lingots for you my good sir! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

I am only fourteen, and at an age in which most kids don't have relationships yet ._. sorry.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

Hey! It's not about sharing your relationship story. We want to hear how you discovered Duolingo and why you heart language learning. Are you learning for a particular reason? Everyone's Duolingo story will be different :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

I am actually using Duolingo for learning =). It is my Spanish class, and has proven quite useful, too. As you saw in my post thanking a few certain users, Duolingo hasn't only become one of my subjects, but one of my favorite activities!

4 years ago

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Aww! Duolingo is always there in the special days! :D Let's see: I have always searched for good websites to learn languages. So far, before meeting Duolingo, my knowledge of languages was very basic. Because when I wanted to learn, I did it from many pages and at the end of the day, I never stayed with any page. I have learned hiragana, katakana and some Kanjis, then the Hangul, and a few words of japanese. I even read the story of Momotarou. But I have never advanced the way I am doing with my german here in Duolingo. Then, I found a link and it was Duolingo, it looked nice, but I couldn't believe it was free. I knew for sure (silly me) that maybe the free lessons only were a couple and then, they'll ask me to subscribe to a premium account or something like that. Anyway, with doubt I registered, That was in October 2012, (Which is the month of my birthday). But I didn't market it, so I forgot of the page. After that, like in middle of 2013 (I don't quite remember) I looked a page that was recommending a great website to learn languages. I click on the link and it was Duolingo. I inmediately remembered the site, like an "Ah! This website seems familiar, I think I was here before". But it was quite different since 2012. It really changed, but it was way better and It felt so full of people. And I think that's it. Since then I am here every day. I truly love it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Seth_H
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I've always loved learning about other cultures, and, much like how eyes are the windows to the soul, languages, like eyes, are the window to the soul of a culture. And Duolingo, deine Augen sind wie Sterne (and I think I've ridden this analogy as far as I can ;) ). Anyway, a few months back, I was on another forum, and they had a thread for people learning a "fascinating new skill in 2013". This thread also had a corollary thread, "Resources for your fascinating new skill". In that thread, Duolingo was the only thing listed under languages, so I decided to give it a try, and, well, here I am.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BabyNamePro

My dad introduced me to Duolingo; and I love it! I want to be able to speak Spanish so that I can speak to my spanish compassion child, and so that I can go to the DR on my church's next mission trip :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BabyNamePro

Awww, thanks for the lingot; that made me very happy! I'm on my way to unlocking "Idioms"! :D

Edit: Oh My Gosh! Thank you! I just looked at this and saw the 50 lingots! I was so surprised I nearly cried! Thank you! I now have "Idioms" out! Thank you soooo much! What a great Valentines day surprise!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salarmiri

meanwhile , I'm in love with duolingo. The End

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katlearnslangs

I don't remember how exactly I learned about Duolingo, but I started using it sometime in 2012. I decided to learn French, since my school teaches it, but it's not a very good program. I reached level 11, but eventually lost interest after a few months.

I still continued to study other languages, and last month I signed up for something called the Add1Challenge. It's a 90 day project where you "add" 1 language with a community of like-minded learners. Because I know many Brazilians and listen to Brazilian music sometimes as well, I chose Porutugese. I started my challenge on January 11 and haven't missed a day since!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

A Dutch student and I became friends while he was studying in Houston. He was the first friend I know of who used Duolingo. Then a month or so later, another friend posted his progress on FB. That made me curious. And I was hooked right away! I immediately wanted Duolingo to expand its language options to Arabic. About a month later I discovered the Ted talk Luis gave. That impressed me a great deal, especially for how a for-profit model had such a community-empowering core. Then came the incubator.

If there were a theme to my Duolingo story, it would be "O Duolingo how I love thee, let me the count the ways," and the number just grows and grows.

I would never have imagined myself studying French from Spanish. :) Now I can dream of studying Arabic from French or Spanish. :) You want to give me hearts? How much less rich my world if I only knew one language to describe it? That is the greatest gift.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/snm5678

i do it because my dad showed it to me

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scottann

A year ago, I walked into my favorite coffee shop and, as he poured my coffee, my friend shared with me how much fun he was having learning Spanish on his phone with this new cool method called Duolingo. A language teacher myself and designer of online material, I was eager to find out about this miracle method (I must say that all the other methods I had sampled had seriously underwhelmed me) and see if I could pick up some brilliant ideas for my students (of French) on the way. One year later, I can read newspapers and novels in Spanish and revel in magic realism in the original language. I cannot thank you enough for all you do for us learners (even though I kwetch often enough...) I am NOT saying this to get lingots but simply to share how grateful I am. I am telling my own students to use Duolingo to stay in touch with their French.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lpybus
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So I've been learning French since December now, and I've been using Duolingo almost the entire time (55 day streak!). I started, essentially, "from scratch," as it were. I could say a few things: "bonjour," "du vin, s'il vous plaît," "parlez-vous anglais?" "merci," and "au revoir"—but that's about it.

I'm now able to work my way through a normal conversation with French speakers on Skype, and I can listen to French radio and watch French TV now with decent comprehension. I'm nowhere near fluent, but I've made (what I am told is) impressive progress in a very short amount of time. I attribute a lot of my success to Duolingo, because it trains your vocabulary, grammar, listening and speaking all at the same time.

I love French because French culture is so rich. The art, literature, music, not to mention the food… I've discovered a latent francophile within me that I never knew existed. News stories start to stick out that never would have before—like M. Hollande coming to visit Barack and Michelle Obama at the "Maison Blanche." Adopting the language and culture, even for a little while, allows me to view the world through a different perspective, although I haven't even left my home city yet.

I can't wait to fill out my skill tree and earn my trophy. But even more than that, I can't wait to visit a Francophone country and dive in to a culture that would have been completely inaccessible even last Thanksgiving for me. So thanks for everything!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ferrobattuto
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My story begins many years ago with my wife Trudy. It is painful to talk about, but the story involves a parking garage. I worked as an independent consultant for awhile, but eventually that job came to an end. I noticed that the most symmetrically shaped countries were Portuguese speaking, and I began to work on Portuguese. When I saw that 10 lingots were available for this story, I knew this was the place for me. Duolingo is a very symmetrical website, and I have recommended it to 10 friends. A. Monk.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eriklover555

Ahahahaha! I get it! :D

This actually made my day.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ferrobattuto
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Thank you for the even number of lingots. I am glad that the story made your day.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lucas_elder

MANY REASONS TO LOVE A LANGUAGE

I fell in love with Duolingo the moment that we met four months ago at the Apple App Store in the Top Apps sections (#1 might I add) ;) ;)... we've had a beautiful relationship ever since then!!! I love every moment we spend together!!! ;)

I have been studying Spanish simply because I love including myself... which means I loathed not being able to understand people's conversations when I was at college for the last three years in Sydney, Australia with people from 66 other nations... I was around multi-lingual people every moment of every day!! And I have had no previous experience with other languages...

Now, after learning just over half of the "Spanish tree", I can read all of my amazing friend's posts in Spanish on my news feed WITHOUT going to Google Translate LOL!!!

I can read the setup instructions/manuals for anything that I purchase... In Spanish.

I can follow tweets from famous soccer players from South America... and favorite them!

I can understand full conversations in Spanish (I think it's full, but it's probably just the jist, LOL!) when I'm listening to the people sitting around me while having a coffee at Starbucks.

I can laugh at the ridiculous "inside jokes" that English speaking people use when they say small random Spanish phrases.

I can translate literature from Spanish into English. It feels amazing to use Immersion because I've only received "up-votes" on there!! Which means that the people rating me are being way too kind... JK!! :) I fully LOVE the atmosphere of this website!!

I can read stories in ANOTHER LANGUAGE which is an absolute joy for me!!

It has been so much fun for me. I love everything about it and if I had a million dollars I'd put it into Duo Stock if there were such a thing.

There are multitudes of possibilities for my future. And now I will be able to have conversations with MANY people. MORE than ever before. WHEREVER I happen to be on this planet. And I am stoked about that.

I'm pumped for NO LIMITATIONS with language!! :) The future is bright.

Keep up the great work... Much love for Duolingo. :)

Happy Valentines Day <3

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trang.
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My city is like a small global village where I can meet people from all over the world. I also feel like no more limitations left since I stick with Duolingo

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ScarletJean

My brother introduced it to me. He kept on and on about how amazing the app was. I take French classes in college, but I saw that he knew a whole lot of the language himself! I was impressed and joined duolingo too. I love it and it has really helped me improve my French. Hope to learn all the other languages soon too.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seelian
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Brother buy smartphone last yrs Dec 2013, and install Duolingo. I play and found it good. So i came here. xD

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MariannR
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I was searching for websites that could help me learn Italian. I came across Duolingo, but it was a tease; only French, German and Spanish were available. I was tempted to try one of those languages, but I was afraid if I strayed from Italian I may never return to la bella lingua. I bookmarked the site and would occasionally check back until finally the day arrived - Italian was finally available. It was in beta, but what did I have to lose? As it turns out I had a bevy of hearts to lose, but Duo always gave me another chance. Some of the translations were just crazy, oh we laughed, we cried Duo and I. We are still both growing in our language learning and I look forward to what more is to come. I love you Duolingo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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(Lingots aren't necessary. I've got too many already. It's just good enough to share. ;-) )

I was looking for a way to learn German sometime early last year. I'd been looking for a good resource for months. Rosetta Stone was too expensive, and I was almost desperate enough to shell out several hundred dollars for the 5 levels.

In one fateful Google search, I discovered Duolingo. Some people were talking about this new language learning site that was working out really well. I tried it out, and I found out that it worked really well. Unfortunately, Duo and I had a falling out during the summer. I got busy and I forgot about Duo for a while.

In the fall of last year, I got back on to Duolingo and began seriously learning. I started to tackle both German and Spanish. I'm reading in German now (with the help of a dictionary, of course) and I'm well on my way to doing the same with Spanish. Duolingo helped me discover a passion for languages. I love them. I love their ins and outs, their rules and exceptions, and I love their idioms. I recommend Duolingo every time someone says "I'd like to learn Spanish (or any other language)."

It's come so far since I got here and it's been unbelievable seeing how this site has changed and grown. Thanks, Duolingo, for all that you've done.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BenTheGeek

Sounds like you've got some Lingots to burn!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rizar
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I know Duolingo because of my cousin, she is a college student, and her professor introduced this web to her by fb, then I followed her to Duolingo.

Before Duolingo, i used to study english and Japanese through different websites. Smartfm, which i usually go in the past, but after their big changed, I nearly stop visit. And now, I almost spend my time here, I wish I can complete my Spanish tree. I love Duolingo so much!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CarolineMorgan

I heard of DuoLingo from another teacher at my school. We are studying Spanish together. Speaking another language increases communication between teachers and families and helps kids, families, and teachers feel more connected.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra
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About a year ago, I was stumbling around the internet trying to teach myself Spanish. I knew it was possible, but I knew it would be difficult. I'd been teaching myself grammar via the book, Spanish Now. Then, I found Duolingo and realized that I was picking up the grammar and Spanish much faster via Duolingo, so Spanish Now started to gather dust. I just looked at my Spanish Now and realized that I know more Spanish than the book teaches.

I may be slow at learning foreign languages, but it is a great joy to realize that Spanish has opened a whole portion of the world to me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/neksium
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I first heard of Duolingo on the radio during one of those TED talks. Normally I would not pay any attention but something interested me and I decided to check it out. Fortunately it turned out to be better than what I had expected, my only regret is that I did not find about duolingo sooner

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mitchell_MT
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It all started when I was in fifth grade when I started taking Spanish more seriously in Middle School. I loved Spanish, and I was particularly good at it and even more than the other students. Then, after a couple months I realized that the class was going very slow for my pace. My school only offers Spanish 1, so I was there until high school when I can take Spanish 2. Then one day, I watched a video by a channel called vsauce3, and it mentioned Duolingo. I was thinking over the idea if I should download the app. I didn't know I wanted to do Spanish or a different language. So, I decided to do Italian. I loved it, so I did it almost every day. Then, I stopped using Duolingo, I don't know why, I just did. Then one day I was thinking and I thought, why am I not using Duolingo? I started using it again. Then after a week, I decided to maintain a long streak. After about 1 month, I thought maybe I do 2 languages. So I started learning Portuguese. I was learning these two languages, then about a month ago, I started learning German. Now here I am. I'm starting to think into my future and someday, maybe in a month or two, I'll start learning French.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hrelinho

1.5 year ago I went to student exchange in Portugal. Sounds stupid now but I didn't want to know any Portuguese because everyone there had good level of English. I always believed how I'll never need to use Portuguese so I never wanted to study it. But like everything in life, it always happens opposite thing. I met there one Brazilian girl, and we fall in love. We had only 6 months to be together and after that time everyone would need to go back to their country and we would have like 10 000 km separating us (Croatia --- Brazil). Despite everything we determined to success and stay together. We spent lots of time apart and this is how I met Duolingo. In last year, I decided to finish college and learn Portuguese. Duolingo helped me a lot to learn language and to deal with missing my girl. Now, I moved to Brazil, we are getting married soon and I'm still improving my language skills :) Duolingo helped me a lot to get language skills and I'll never be thankful enough to Duolingo and Duolingo's staff that helped me to change my life! Duolingo had big part in our story and I consider Duolingo and it's staff as part in our victory!

Muito obrigado de Dominik e Marcinha

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/evan10s
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I first discovered Duolingo sometime when the private beta was going on. A couple weeks before Duolingo opened to the public, my invite finally came (so long after I initially signed up for an invite that I had forgotten about Duolingo). Back then (June 2012), I wanted to use Duolingo to practice and supplement the French I was learning in school. I didn't really use Duolingo much over that summer, but one day near the fall of that year (maybe in August), I came back to see what was going on on Duolingo, and it had improved greatly over the summer. I think I used Duolingo some more after that, and I was really excited when the Duolingo iOS app was released in November. I continued to practice my French and actually learned new stuff that we hadn't yet gotten to in my French class. In May (2013), I was once again excited as Duolingo released its Android app. Also, it was in May that I decided to start learning Portuguese. I really wanted to see if Duolingo was effective at teaching a language that I really knew nothing about, and two of my teachers at my school could also speak Portuguese (one was a native speaker, I believe), so I thought it would be fun to practice my Portuguese with them and show them what I had learned. My only advantage was the good foundation I had with French, which has made some things easier to figure out. I often recognize when things in Portuguese are similar or different from French. Interestingly, I find myself able to switch between learning or practicing French and Portuguese seamlessly nearly all the time.

I think that in the long run, learning another language will help make me stand out on job applications. However, in the beginning, I signed up for Duolingo because I wanted to practice my French, and I thought it was an interesting idea.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MRMsys
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I think I learned about Duolingo completely at random somewhere on the Internet. I decided to use it as a review of the Portuguese I had learned several years ago. In fact, I just finished the Portuguese tree today! The fun I had inspired me to start on all of the other languages available from English (except Spanish, which I already know). I understand they are in a more complete state than Portuguese. Duolingo certainly cannot be the only tool one uses to learn a language, but it's wonderful for what it is.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

Overwhelmed by all the amazing stories! Thank you so much for sharing them with us and the community. Read them all. You'll also notice that you have ten more lingots now. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alicitamaria
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I'm late! But I'll share anyway. A friend told me about Duolingo conveniently right after I signed up for a study-abroad trip to Italy (I am in my last semester of medical school -- it's elective time!) .

My family is Italian-American, and like most people that are 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation we all speak English, so I did not grow up learning Italian beyond some common phrases that my grandmother said when she was alive. I DID however, become fluent in Spanish by my early 20s, both from an innate love of languages and a lot of exposure to it from friends and coworkers who are native speakers. Learning Spanish took some effort, but it allowed me to form friendships with people I may not have otherwise interacted with, and who I can't imagine not having in my life now! As I am pursuing a career in Medicine, I am also able to speak directly to the Spanish-speaking patients at the hospital, which is much appreciated by both the patients themselves and the providers who are not fluent in Spanish.

As I am leaving for Italy tomorrow (!!!) I am not anticipating I will be able to communicate quite as well in Italian as I can in Spanish, but I am 2/3 through the tree (after just 3 months!) and I know I will at least be able to start a conversation, order my food, tickets and shop for groceries. And maybe make new friends! Why not?

P.S. I watched the TED video of Luis for the first time yesterday - if you haven't seen it yet, watch it!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16
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Best of luck to you in all your endeavors. Of course I know your work will be time consuming and all engrossing but hope you have time to enjoy Italy.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mptmpt
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I have been in Italy twice, and even though I hadn't study Italian at that time, the people were so nice that I had no problem to communicate even with people not speaking English. I even remember the janitor, who only spoke the local Sicilian dialect, he was so expressive, that we could figure out what he was trying to say. Don't worry, after a couple of days the Italian genes will take over, and you will speak like native.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trang.
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I discovered it after reading an article on EducationUSA, in which they compare the pros and cons of 5 top language sites. I tried them all and then sticked with Duolingo since then when the rest did not work out for me

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A51f
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I saw duo lingo as an app on my chrome book. It looked so cool and I could learn French!! I love French! I always wanted to learn it,but my school never offered French. Thank you duo lingo!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/minties

I've been kinda like bored, I mean a good half last year I was taking Japanese (and still do). Then I kinda just got introduced with it by someone. I've wanted kinda get the level of fluency of a language, so I did Spanish. Now, I feel soon I will have many tongues to speak in, and my language learning is competitive and active. I feel like people do overreact of a difficulty of language. Believe me, it is difficult of multiple times losing a lesson on the last answer. However, Duolingo has made it very easy. Thank you

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lyarra
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I was listening to Ted talks and found Luis' talk. I've been hooked ever since! :)

http://www.ted.com/talks/luis_von_ahn_massive_scale_online_collaboration.html

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elae
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I found Duolingo the day after it left private beta, and joined immediately. My wife is German and I've taken a few classes, but I've improved so much more since I started using the site instead.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/volleyballDVM16

I was formally taking French with a tutor, who introduced me to DL. I've been hooked ever since! I am now able to think in Spanish and read books SO MUCH BETTER than I ever could have on my own! In approx. three years, I will be going to college, and I'm very confident that I will test out of my required foreign languages classes! Thank you Duolingo; I love you=D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharityKB

I am a professor and I am taking some students to Geneva. I didn't really know any French, so I figured I should learn a little so that, if necessary, I could make due in a pinch if someone didn't speak English. I really like Duolingo! In fact, once I finish the French tree, I am going to brush up on my Spanish. I also can't wait for Arabic for English speakers!!! Duolingo has made me love learning languages!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_-C1-_
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I've always wanted to learn a foreign language. It's so cool! When I found out that Foreign Language was a required course on the homeschool site I learn on, I was delighted! My mom said I should learn Spanish, as it's a good language to know. EP displayed a long list of language learning sites, but out of them all, I chose the one that stood out to me: Duolingo. It makes language learning extra fun and easy! I've been happily learning with it ever since. ^^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gen912
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I have always had a passion for languages as far as I know, starting with my mother tongue (French), and then English and Spanish at school. I had already tried some applications and softwares for learning more languages on my own during my free time, but I always got tired of them pretty quick... Until a few months ago, when my sister told me about how she had just discovered this app called Duolingo. I instantly subscribed, and after completing the first few lessons, I already knew I had found THE one!

I am learning Portuguese mainly out of personal interest, but if get really good at it, it may actually open doors for me at the professional level (I'm a translator)! Learning new languages is not only good for my brain, it's also very rewarding and stimulating! It's a project that can bring new opportunities to your life as well as broaden your horizons and change your perception of the world. With a new language usually comes a fascinating culture and interesting new people to meet and create friendships with. I think that sums up why I love languages and Duolingo so much, and why I try to spread that love every day! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trang.
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Knowing English did the same thing to me!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annascarlson
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I started with Duolingo just a few weeks ago. A friend gave me the tip that if I want to learn German this is a great place to go. Now I am doing both German and Spanish, maybe I will try French next :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TanteGeorgette

I put my story in the French section! I will copy it here.

I can almost read this which is great. Mon histoire avec Duolingo est courte relativement. Je veux apprendre le Francais parce que, bien sûr, j'ai recontré un homme Français dans le dernière été. Mais maintenant, je suis seule, et je fais le practice avec mon ami Monsieur Duolingo Hibou.

Aussi, j'ai une fracture de la cheville en decembre, et j'ai un grande 'streak' de duolingo depuis. Merci beaucoup. Bonne jour de Valentines!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VStarTraveler
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I took two years of Spanish in high school. As the years passed, I remembered a bit of what I'd learned, but seemingly forgot a lot more than I remembered. Several years ago, I decided to try to learn more Spanish, so I picked up a computer program to study on my own. I used it a few times, but it was so useless, I don't even remember the name of the program. I followed up with a Spanish workbook that ended up being almost as useless as the program.

Then, last year, my family made a brief stop in Mexico. While there, I thought I'd avoided any issues with insects, but somehow I appear to have been infected with the I-really-want-to-learn-Spanish bug, primarily for reading, but also for basic conversation in a pinch. On returning home, I searched for a Spanish language instruction app for my phone, tried one, and was immediately disappointed. It was during the second search that I stumbled across Duolingo, and I've been using it ever since.

I still have a way to go to finish my skill tree and a long way to go before I'm anywhere close to being fluent, but Duolingo has helped me remember my high school Spanish better than I ever imagined, and it has reinforced that recalled knowledge with much more new information! I can now at least understand the gist of many Spanish articles, and with some effort, even read or translate some of them! My effort continues thanks to Duolingo. Many thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yamx
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I found Duolingo via the TED talk, and I was curious. I'm a language teacher, and I love languages, so language learning techniques always interest me. I started learning Spanish simply because I wanted to test Duo with a language I didn't know yet, and of the ones available at the time, it was (to me) the most interesting of those I'd not studied before. Now I'm a good way down the tree, and I'm also using Duo to refresh my French a little.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cazomatic

I have been using Duolingo to brush up on my German and just got to translate an article for the first time today. Appropriate that it's also Valentine's Day, since I am studying this for a future life in Germany with my big German fiancee. Last week I had to translate a power of attorney form so we can register to get married over there this summer! Tomorrow I'm getting on a plane for one more visit before the big move in May! Wunschen Sie mir Gluck! ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BenTheGeek

I learned about Duolingo when I saw my youth group leader using an app on his iPhone. I was learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone, so when I saw him learning Spanish on this app with a weird name, naturally I asked him what he was using. He said Duolingo, and the next day I googled it and signed up! I thought it was really fun, so I got the app on my iPad, which, incidentally, is the first generation. So now I am Level 14 with over 8000 total points. Thanks Duolingo, and your awesome team!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Caversham
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I came across duolingo 124 days ago (see my Streak!) while doing Welsh and Spanish on SaysomethinginWelsh and SaysomethinginSpanish where pen, paper and dictionaries are streng verboten!. I eventually dropped the Welsh, but think SSiS and Duolingo complement each other pretty well.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/phyzelo

In the summer of 2013, I heard about it when Luis was on National Public Radio Ted hour talking about Duolingo.

I heart language learning, because it will allow me in the future to expand my job prospects.

Even closer to my heart, I will be able to converse with non English speaking family members.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian
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I took French for four years in school. Started out really well, got straight A's, until fourth year when the teacher basically stopped teaching and just kept drilling and drilling. I remember one day when she admonished our class because most of the students got C's on a subjunctive quiz. So then I took Spanish for one year, but had to quit due to scheduling conflicts. But in both cases, I felt discouraged that my good grades weren't being reflected in fluent speaking, so I gave up completely. Fast forward about 5 years, and i stumble upon Tim Doner's youtube video of him speaking 20 languages (message me for the link, it's incredible). I decided that's what I wanted to do. Started surfing more around youtube, checked out other polyglots like Richard Simcott, Stanislav Krikun, Benny Lewis, Moses McCormick (people all of you should check out) and listened to their advice for the best way to become fluent. Duolingo has been by far my best resource for language learning, because it's built upon encouragement. And really, I believe encouragement is more important than anything, whether your playing sports, playing a musical instrument, or learning a language. I'm living proof of that. That's why I encourage all of you to take advantage of this amazing app in pursuing your language goals.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writerjisung

I love language learning because I'm massively in love with languages. Out of all of my hobbies and favorite things to do, languages takes the top in my heart. I've been in love with learning languages since I was in sixth grade but I just recently discovered that I want to make a career out of it. I'm currently majoring in linguistics in college and minoring in Korean. ^___^ I want to learn every language of the world and right now, my goal is to be fluent in at least five. I want to use the languages I learn to translate many things and talk to people who know little to no English. I want people to understand the things they read and the things I say. :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Noahtheark
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I learned about Duolingo through ( I actually don't remember how). I think it was one of the video son your channel that I stumbled across (In June) after searching for ways to learn spanish. I had been taking a spanish class already, but it was boring and slow. When I found out about Duolingo I used it a lot.

And then I stopped for some time (school). and then in October I started it again because my new spanish class was still slow. I finished the Spanish tree in December. I wanted to learn spanish right once I entered my first spanish class. Learning Spanish has allowed me to communicate with my family. I am learning Portuguese from here as well, because I amd part portuguese, but mostly mexican. Most of my friends ask me for help in spanish because I always do well in class.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nighteyes

I saw a friend sharing her successes in German on Facebook and I asked her what is the site/app she's using for learning the language as I am always looking for a good platform to learn Spanish/Italian, she told me it's called Duolingo but it's in beta so you need an invite for it. So I signed up at the site and waited for my mail from Duo and as soon as I got it I signed for it, it was on 30th of May 2012 almost 2 years ago.. Since then I'm on-off here mainly because of my studies but I always come back and get updated on what's happening here almost on daily basis even if I don't do lessons. My Spanish improved greatly because of Duolingo and I can read and listen to Spanish and understand a lot of it, I like to listen to Spanish songs and radio. Hopefully I will find the time to get back to the language learning with full power soon.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duolingoje

I found Duolingo by finding the app out of boredom, then using it on the computer.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cardiff4783

I noticed that duolingo had been voted best new app. I am an ESL teacher so had a professional interest in trying this out. Love love this app . It is the perfect way to get kids motivated and to demonstrate language learning tools to others. I am brushing up Spanish and French . I am hearing impaired so sometimes have issues with mic but is totally no threatening way to practice . I may introduce to sp ed classes.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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I discovered Duolingo through a friend on Facebook. I had lived in France for a year and a half almost 20 years ago and loved the people, the country, the culture, the food....ah the food. My one regret while I lived there was that I never really got the language. I tried and most people were kind and helpful, but I was still disappointed in my lack of language skills. I have always had trouble understanding others in whatever new language I was trying to learn. It was also embarassing because people (American friends) would find out that I had lived in France and want to speak French with me and I would always decline because I was so embarassed at how bad my French was. Now I have the confidence to speak with others. I really appreciate Duolingo, because it is fun and challenging. I like the people that I come in contact with here. I like that I can repeat things over and over until I get them. And it feels so good when I finally "get" a concept. I am still embarassed that I have been at it for so long and am not as far along as I would like to be, but most of the sting is taken away, because I do see that I am making progress and am so much further ahead from where I started almost a year ago. Thank you for such a helpful and free site. I love the fact that I can help DL way by translating articles.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/susanstory
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In school I learned French and German. I never did anything with German but I've had a penpal in France since 1973, since I was 17. I was still learning French when I started writing to her. She was 16. She only emails about once a year now, so it's very hard to keep up my French and everything here is English, so I never use French, except to write to her.

From about 1977 to 1981, we stopped writing. I took a Campion Language Studies (linguaphone ) course by correspondence in 1981 in French and did good in that, then wrote to my penpal again. My penpal wrote that she noticed that my French had improved.

Well, they say, "Use it or lose it". My French was okay but I never use it so on Duolingo, I'll be able to brush up. I did the placement test and it put me about 2/3 down the tree but I didn't feel confident, due to being so rusty and was losing so many hearts, that I reset it to start at the very beginning. I still lose as many or more hearts in French, and I knew French. The other Romance languages are new to me.

Now my penpal is a grandmother and recently emailed me some photos of her grandchildren, which she called, "mes petits enfants" in her email.

She doesn't speak English at all. I understand her letters but can't write what I want, like in English. I was trying to use the Google translator and then fix up the errors because it makes lots of mistakes. Then two years ago I thought it'd be better to brush up on my French so I searched online and found Livemocha.

I started doing French on Livemocha. They had a 7 day trial. I was doing the lessons, then started having lots of people interrupting me to help them with English. Then I had computer problems and when I got my computer back, I discovered that Livemocha gave me points for each time I helped people with English and I could use the points to buy language lessons. I ended up only helping people with English on Livemocha and didn't learn French anymore on Livemocha. I enjoyed helping people with English.

Then Livemocha upgraded their website but I didn't like their new website. I'm rated as "Expert" with English there and did lots of reviews of English and earned enough points to buy ALL of their language courses and I tried some French, Portuguese-Brazil, Finnish...

However, I got tired of typing out the English alphabet over and over. It made me feel like I was back in grade one.

I found Duolingo and Memrise from an internet search. I started with Italian on both Memrise and Duolingo back in October. I found Memrise harder and it was too much so I've stopped Memrise and added all the other languages on Duolingo since. I do find that I'm actually learning, because I knew no Spanish, Portuguese, or Italian.
I'm going slow though and doing lots of practise to not get the Romance languages confused because they are very similar.

I don't need other languages for anything because it's all English around here, but I thought, "It's free, so why not?" and I have the time and maybe sometime it'd come in handy.

I heard on the news a couple years ago that there was a motor vehicle accident somewhere in Alberta and when the ambulance came, the people in the vehicle were Spanish-speaking migrant workers and so the ambulance crew couldn't communicate with them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16
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I heard Luis' TED talk and came by to have a look. And here I am and not going anywhere soon. Now I have to set the timer for most of my household chores. There used to be a thread called: "Tickled pink." where we described the moment when you realized you were actually using the new language without analysing "accusative"?, no maybe "dative"? But more than that there is so much to be learned about the world. How, surprised we are by new ideas. How stuck we are to old. What's pleased me most is making mistakes and learning from them-not only by losing hearts either.

Now, reading all these posts is a delight. I wish there was a "ditto" or "me too" option because so many have expressed thoughts here that I couldn't put into words.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/evilmeow

I like languages because I was already bilingual as a child since my parents were immigrants. Later in life I got to experience being an immigrant too, and having to adapt to life in a different language. We have really complicated language interactions in my family, because I speak to my brother in a mix of two languages, and then I speak to my mom in a different mix of languages, and to my grandparents I speak in one language that I only use with them and few other family members! All of that lingual mess made me want to learn a fourth language, somehow. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/snodgrass.bryce
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Read about my DuoFamily :) https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1846964 Happy Valentines Day everyone!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cgergely

I started with Duo Lingo a few months ago because I am desperate to learn Spanish. Unlike many folks here, I really have to learn it as I am now living in a Spanish-speaking country. I have tried a couple of other programs but this is my favorite.

I am still working on my tree but I am finding that I can say most of what I need to on a daily basis. I still need lots of work understanding other people when they talk to me but that too is improving slowly.

Thank you so much Duo for helping me toward my goal of be self-sufficient in Spanish. I appreciate your program more than I am able to express.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyGeek

On Khan Academy, I started a little group with other users in which we backed each other up when any of us needed backing up. We also tried to help other users when we could. One of the users posted a link to Duolingo, and of course I had to go try it out - I had been trying to learn German for quite a long time, but I had never had the resources. I've been using Duolingo ever since.

I'm learning German for three reasons:
1. I can communicate with people using a different language. 2. It'll make me smart; as those many studies have shown, learning a language has more of a benefit than simply being able to communicate. Plus, the practice I get while I'm young will make it easier to learn new languages if I need to when I'm older.
3. It's really cool! When I tell people I'm learning German, I'm pretty sure their opinion of my level of intelligence goes up by about 50% (unless they already knew me pretty well).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gringoj
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My introduction to Duolingo was a Ted talk in 2013. I was watching this guy tell me how those captchit phrases we have to type in to make some purchase on the internet were actualling being used to digitized words that the computer scanning software couldn't recognize... His next project was duolingo... how to get people to translate the web for free... smart idea. I would love to see more newspaper articles for translation and be able to translate from english to spanish. Keep up the good work.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PortugueseHeart

I just joined late last year after looking around for a website that would help me improve my language skills. Originally, I started off with French since I'm taking a class for it, but eventually I thought it would be cool to branch out and try different languages, which is why I started German and Portuguese. One day, I hope to travel the world and visit places such as France, Germany and Brazil to put my skills to the ultimate test. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dr.Manhattan95

When I first heard of duolingo, it was from my cousin. He told me that it was way better than Rosetta Stone, and I was very doubtful at the time since I had been using Rosetta Stone for countless hours to work on my spanish. I was pleasently surprised when I checked this site out though. Because of duolingo, I was able to speak with my relatives in Ecuador for the first time last semester, and we understood eachother very well! I'd say creating an account on this site is the best idea I've ever had.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jarjun1012

I always had a craze for learning a different language and since I am a huge fan of Western spaghettis there was always an innate desire to learn a familiar language ( especially hearing words like amigo , adios , hola etc.) but being mostly preoccupied with sudies I never really took the initiative of doing so . But now as I am currently in my final year of graduation and already placed , studies no longer are a big issue and so i thought of pursuing my long forgotten dream . I went through the youtube but couldnt find any appropriate course . then I contacted some institutes but all of them were charging hefty fees , then one fine day a dear friend of mine told me about a mobile app duolingo which he was using to learn German ( still is) , i searched about it online and hit the jackpot . Thanks a lot Duolingo for making my dream possible . I owe you .

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lynxlynxlynx

Besides being from Europe, where language density is high (and crossunderstanding poor!), I love puzzles and play word. Naturally, vocabulary and etymology from other lands comes very handy in that area (and history).

I found Duolingo when searching for other inovative ways open education is being done. Very happy to have done so, since it made a few high-altitude transactions much easier even with just reinforced minimal knowledge of Italian and Spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/centime
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I discovered the French language 43 years ago when I met a girl in high school who could speak it. I discovered Duolingo shortly after returning from my first vacation requiring a passport. The destination was Paris, of course! Filled with the desire to learn and empowered with Duolingo, I am now fulfilling my dream.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lexiwilson
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I had taken French in high school, but didn't get very far and didn't like it because I dread anything involving public speaking. I still wanted to be able to read French, so I tried studying on my own. It went so slowly, I felt like I knew definitions and conjugations but had to really struggle to recall them and definitely couldn't read anything fluidly. Now I can! And I can speak, and have much more confidence to do so! Thank you Duo (I love you!), now I don't dread speaking and I've discovered a passion for learning languages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoanneMiller

Back in December 2013 I was listening to Essential Pittsburgh on WESA. Luis was interviewed. Before the interview was over, I'd found Duolingo online and signed up. I had three years of Spanish in high school but forgot most of it. I've been wanting to learn a language besides English for a long time - tried Italian (I'm half Italian) and French. Spanish is the only language that I've been able to pronounce and I feel comfortable with it. Besides, it's spoken in so many different countries and in the US also. Duo is the only thing I've stuck with and for the most part I enjoy it. I especially like the discussion when there is a strange sentence :-) I'm also starting a Spanish class next Wednesday and look forward to it. By the way, I'm glad to get the extra Lingots, but for some reason I'm not able to access any of the ones I have. I sent an email to support and hopefully that will be remedied soon.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brandonyu
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I'm not sure how I found Duolingo. It could have been a Facebook ad from a friend. Somewhere on the Internet I found you guys.... I must ponder on this some more. Nobody told me about it in person or directly. But unlike my story, I've highly recommended the website to a few friends of mine and praised it highly. The best part of about it, is the thriving community around Duolingo and the very active moderators. Oh! And once my brain thought of the day it is today, there just sparked some love for people working for Duolingo and their strong spirit for the website and its learners.

Next, I'm thinking about advertising to the Linguistics community at the university here. I would be surprised if they didn't know about it, but then again the professors are in many other worlds!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CecilieO.

I found duolingo in the app store, I think the word italian was in the description...

I started learning italian a few years ago, when I was dating an italian guy. I went with him to italy a few times, and him being from the south... most people knew almost no english. I did learn enough italian to get by in very basic situations, and I got pretty good at understanding what people were talking about...

Looking back, I really wish I had a resource like duolingo at the time, at the time, trying the learn verb conjugation was killing my spirit, now it's not so bad. It's all about drilling it in.

For me, learning the language means independence, the ability to be able to manage on my own the next time I go to explore italy and eat, drink and eat some more. I would probably not be bothering with italian if italian food wasn't so great...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zelah_Meyer

A French friend of mine introduced me to Duolingo. She signed up to learn German and posted about Duo on Facebook. I looked into how it works and thought it was a great idea. :o)

Learning French has always been on my bucket list, and Duo is helping me to slowly get there. I studied French at secondary school, and even spent two months living in France doing an intensive course. My vocabulary is quite good, however, I never got my head around conjugation, grammar, or the whole masculine/feminine thing! Duo forces me to pay attention to the stuff I skipped over or avoided before. So, though I'm making slow progress, I feel I'm building a more stable foundation this time.

I repeat the general practice each day until I manage to complete it with all three hearts, and then I do the same on each section of each skill as I work through. If I note that I'm weak on something in particular, then I'll go back and brush up on that particular word (I'm very much missing the vocabulary page! I hope it returns to us soon. Absence makes the heart grow fonder) :p

As I brush up on my French, I'm gradually understanding more of my French friend's status updates (though she does use a lot of slang!)

The daily practice gives me something constructive that I can do every day. My son has special needs, and sometimes it's hard to get anything done. However, I can always find five minutes to do a practice session or two, and it helps me feel that I'm achieving something, and making progress at learning something I've always wanted to learn.

Thank you Duo. :o)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JLBJr89

I was looking on google for the best apps to have in 2013 and the Duolingo app was on a list I saw. I thought it would be fun to learn a new language, so I gave it a try!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gggggg3
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i saw the app in the play store and i immediately installed it.i wasn't expecting anything descent since i have tried other apps of the same content with mediocre results.so i started my very first italian lesson and i loved it.the rest is history :P i ♥ duolingo!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Candace0

I was wondering what software tools were out there so I did an Internet search. Duolingo was mentioned in different lists, so I decided to give it a try. I had French in school and I have been wanting to get back into it. But for some reason, I have a hard time motivating myself with the traditional classroom format.

I do have a co-worker who speaks French and some who speak German. So language learning has allowed me to get to know people since they help me practice the languages in speaking and typing.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Topolski

I learned about Duolingo towards the beginning of January because it was on the iOS App Store's "New and Noteworthy" category. Its iconic owl logo stood out, and I got it since it was free. It took me about a fortnight to find the website, and I now split my time between mobile app and website. I enjoyed the Immersion section, and now as a Tier 4 translator, I have uploaded and helped translated articles ranging from the Daisy of the Summit to protests in Venezuela to Simpson's Paradox. Before Duolingo, I'd always deeply wanted to be a bilingual but I just couldn't piece it out. Now, I'm incorporating Spanish into my daily life (I recently bought the translation of Dr. Seuss's One Fish Two Fish in Spanish, and while it's difficult, I'm getting through it). ¡Feliz Día de San Valentín!

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4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/schmili
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A friend of mine showed me Duolingo when I told him I was going to do an exchange year in Brazil. He himself was using it to improve his French, but told me that there was a Portuguese course available as well so I gave it a try. I got addicted to it immediately, and can not possibly describe how much Duolingo helped me learn Portuguese before I even arrived in Brazil! Ever since I'm here in Brazil I still frequently use Duolingo to underline the progress I am making in learning the language, and I also recommend Duo to anyone who wants to learn a new language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isabelolivetti

a friend commented on Duolingo. I had been learning Spanish, but Didn't have schedule time to continue it. But now I have Duolingo! I love my spanish courses, and I can spare 20 extra minutes a day to complete a lesson or two. Great!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R

I discovered Duolingo around August 2013 when I was using Instagram I searched for #learnlanguage and I saw this one photo where it includes Duolingo. So i went to the appstore and downloaded it. I was really surprised that it has no in-app purchases, and other premuimship stuff like that. And It was FUN! So now I am really enjoying it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bruce_Wayne_Co

woo spread the love!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/godlessprimate
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I'm fluent in Portuguese and also speak French and Spanish, with a little--very little--German thrown in for good measure. I discovered duolingo when I bought a new laptop for Christmas and saw the app on Google. I decided to strengthen my Portuguese skills and haven't looked back since.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LordTwinkus

I heard about this place from my former high school French teacher when I asked him a few months ago about certain phrases I should know since I will be visiting Paris. I enjoy language learning because knowing multiple languages really opens the door to new, previously unavailable possibilities. I've still not become fluent in another language (still working on it), but it has made me able to grasp basic meanings of sentences, paragraphs, etc. in French, which is rather exciting. I hope what I've learned will help me when I travel out of the country.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cam_31
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I stumbled across Duolingo one day when searching for language learning apps on Google Play. I soon downloaded it and was away laughing.

I actually learnt German as a by-product of a one year univeristy exchange in Germany a few years ago. Since returning to New Zealand, and now living in Australia, I haven't kept my German up and my proficency has slipped big time. As such, I am using Duolingo to stop my German from slipping even further (I am currently learning Korean, so I am putting most of my efforts into that rather than German right now).

Learning another language allows you to interact with people on a whole new level, opening doors that never would have been opened otherwise. Learning German allowed me to sit engineering exams in German and even pass them!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PattiSh
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Two weeks ago I learned of Duolingo on the Lift website. After feeling like a second-language failure for the past 40 years, finally I am finding success in learning Spanish. Soon I'll be traveling to Costa Rica for the second time. Now I'm looking forward to speaking with the lovely folks we will be visiting, instead of trying to communicate with hand signals. In the meantime I'll be eating at the local Mexican restaurant and ordering in Spanish. Thank you so much Duolingo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jkl
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im single, working on getting a girlfriend. duolingo might help me get a girlfriend who knows

i got a pvt email from duolingo asking to join when duolingo first started and was using it since then. polish for english speakers is strongly need cuz i have to communicate with my family members who r mad that i dont know fluent polish. knowing spanish/polish allowed me to make more/new friends, helped at my job, and helped family relations

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JJ-AJ

A friend of mine who is a major world traveler mentioned it on Facebook. I had just finished taking a year of college French and wanted to maintain what I had learned. I haven't learned too many new words, but my spelling is improving by leaps and bounds. I have an 8 month old baby and I like to talk to him in French. I try to translate his board books. I remember trying to do his animals book right after he was born and I had a hard time remembering the words for the different animals and had no idea what gender they were. Today I picked it up and most of the animals came to me easily gender and all!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jvr2

My nephew, who is 16, introduced me to the app on the iPhone. I was home for the holidays and we were at a movie theater waiting to see Lone Survivor when it was in early release in NY and LA. We had gotten there early so we could beat the crowds, about an hour or so, and were just sitting around wasting time.

I noticed that he had his head in his phone and was speaking some things from time to time and I asked him what he was playing. He said he was trying to learn Spanish before he started taking it next marking period in high school so he wouldn't struggle so much. He said he was using an app called DuoLingo.

I'm like..duowhat? He shows me what he is doing on the app and we try some lessons together and I think it's totally cool so I immediately download it. We spent the next 45 minutes learning spanish, outside the theater on some benches, almost forgetting about the movie lol. We had already gone into battle mode; who can complete lessons the fastest, laughing at each others mistakes and so on. I was hooked.

I spent time on the app for a week or so before I even learned there was a website. I use both pretty evenly now. This was a great discovery for me since I had taken Spanish in high school and hadn't learned or retained much but I always wanted to try and learn again but could not find a great tool to help me stick with it. I love Duolingo.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/practicemaestra

wow so many great responses here i'm not sure mine in particular will stand out to anyone but i'll share it anyway despite the fact that it's not the most unique story. I heard about duolingo from a friend and of course I immediately went to go make an account because, of all the things we're meant to do at school, Spanish class is the one thing i get EXCITED about!!! i just think it's so cool how during the course of the world's history there have come to exist so many different languages all from so many different cultures and there have evolved all these different expressions and ways of speaking and i do believe that each language has its own personality. It's so crazy how we're all just making a variation of different sounds at each other but because we've assigned meaning to these noises and words they have such a great impact on us, like words can make us laugh or cry or smile and i wish i could speak all the languages in the world so i could express myself better and talk 2 all different kinds of people. First i want to master Spanish because I've been learning for a few years now in school and think I can become fluent if I keep practicing! Then I would like to learn German because I love the accents. Then Russian and Latin and French and wouldn't it be awesome to go from speaking English to learning something much harder like Cantonese or Arabic with completely different characters that are nothing like english letters and completely different pronunciations when spoken aloud? Well anyway I know I'm getting ahead of myself but i'm very passionate about it. I love duolingo because it has the best methods of teaching; whether you're an auditory learner or a visual learner or u like to reward urself after mastering a skill Duolingo is the best! okay have a good day everyone.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/coffeemomcrafts

For many years I wanted to learn French. It has been my dream for as long as I can remember. Last year one of my wonderful children told me about Duolingo and the rest is history!!! Because of my teaching job and family responsibilities, I get up very early to get my lessons done each day. That early hour with my French is making my dream come true. I wish I could give all of you a lingot. I have learned so much from the duolingo community and I feel a real sense of encouragement and love.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katsushii

Great story, thanks. :) The daily streak is actually turning out to be a good motivational tool for me too. I practice at least a lesson a day on Duolingo. The community here is truly wonderful, plentiful, helpful. Best of luck with your journey, and good on your child for telling you about Duolingo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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As I have already posted on another thread, I accidentally clicked the wrong the link on an RSS feed. I read the story about DL, and basically immediately signed up. I've almost never missed a day, except once, when my (then) little streak vanished.

Learning Spanish, though, I started with listening to "Coffee Break Spanish" during workouts more or less. Following that, I was searching for Spanish resources. I didn't try any platforms before, but the article (DL) I accidentally clicked was too intriguing (I think it was TechCruch). [Congrats, by the way!]

I already felt like learning Spanish. But it has been triggered by a little crush on a person from the Spanish speaking world. The usual ¿Cómo estás? and ¿Qué tal? just seemed too boring. So, I have taken it seriously, including buying grammar books (which are now a bit dusty).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deinanthe
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I have wanted to learn another language for as long as I can remember. But being very introverted and painfully shy, when I took Spanish in high school I did not do well at all. My Spanish teacher was a very grumpy man who liked to slam his book down on your desk while you were studying to startle you(and things of a similar vein). So I came away from the experience with a very negative outlook about learning languages. As the years progressed the desire persisted but I was intimidated by what seemed to be such a daunting task. Finally, having acknowledged to myself that I had not given it my best effort I set out to see what I could learn if I did. I had a software Spanish course given to me and I tried that but it was so boring and I set it down to look for other options. I scoured used book stores (a favorite pastime anyway) looking for dictionaries, readers, grammar books, etc. and started slogging through them the best I could. But what a chore. I felt like I was hammering at this huge stone wall, making no progress. I found some videos on Youtube that made things a little better. I liked watching Paulino from Verbling(But they charge for lessons). He made things fun; joking around, singing and dancing and speaking Spanish almost continually. Then after trying things like that for about two months I was told about Duolingo and sat at my computer for six straight hours the first night I tried it! Now my language learning is so much fun! I have added German and French(and won't stop there!) and am equally addicted to those. I also listen to music in my target languages and watch movies and tv. I am truly amazed by how much I understand! This is my favorite thing to do and I have not missed a day. My confidence grows daily and I no longer feel so shy. I have even shared conversations in Spanish with some very sweet and patient people here in the Duolingo community. I am excited to get to my studying each day and I get such a charge when I'm watching some movie or tv show and some Spanish will be spoken and my boyfriend will look at me and say "What did they say?" And most of the time I know! So if you're out there Mr Vigil I'm doing very well now! ;) As a side benefit, my English spelling and my typing have greatly improved! I could never thank you enough Duolingo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AernJardos
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I love words, and I love languages. I really love etymology and understanding what word comes from where and how it relates to all these other words, and it just is so cool to see how things have changed over thousands of years.

I had a really weird scatter-shot mix of languages as a kid. My folks worked internationally and so it was always kind of a mix of English, German, French, Russian, and Japanese around the house. Especially swear words. Anyways, I had French in school, then Spanish, then Classical Greek, but nothing really stuck. I mean, the words stuck, but it never seemed like the classes -went- anywhere. I had three years back to back of Spanish in High School and by the end of it we STILL had not covered past or future tense verbs, or even the emergency version of the word "help." When I realized they were taking kids down to Mexico, Guatemala, and Venezuela without even teaching them "Aiuto!" [Help!] or even "me duele" [I hurt] I just got kind of sick of it and dropped out. Later, I took two years of Classical Greek in college to help with my work on geology (it really helps when the translation of a rock literally is "the six sided grey rock"). But again, it just didn't -go- anywhere. I just got really tired and worn out by this dirge-style of teaching. But I love languages! I really truly love words, and I find them fascinating. And it bothered me to no end, that there are all these accounts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance where people learned a language on the carriage-ride to whatever country (which would have taken about 2-3 months).

Last week I was on GOG.com's forum, which is a rather international mingling of gamers. The topic of an easy, free, online way to learn second and third languages came up and one of the users posted about Duolingo. I had tried LiveMocha very briefly but didn't really like the set up so I wasn't expecting anything different than the same old, same old. Imagine my complete and utter surprise when I found this absolutely fantastic site instead! And it had Italian! The one language I've truly wanted to learn for -years-. Not only that, it was set up like a game, which hey just earned it a thousand more bonus points. And every single phrase has a dedicated discussion thread associated with it! Just, fantastic! Plus it doesn't slow you down. Yes, the structure is rather similar to school course work, but it does not try to stretch it out over years. In the last seven days I have learned more Italian than I learned in THREE YEARS of Spanish! Not only that, but there is the Incubator and it might actually be possible for me to learn Hindi, or Gaelic, or even Russian! And there are all these other people also learning, with all of these amazing, inspiring stories, and everyone WANTS to be here, and it just is truly phenomenal.

Words cannot express how grateful I am to this site, and this community. Thank you everyone for this spectacular opportunity! I love you all so much. Grazie mille!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SilverMtn
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My Colombian brother in law has invited me to visit his country for more than 30 years. This year I am going. Looked into several of the Spanish programs and I liked Duolingo the best. Happy Valintines Day.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Treppich

I found out about Duolingo on a Youtube video of cool apps you should download (And by golly this sure is a great app!).

All my life I wanted to learn the skills to speak another language and make new friends and I can now say I have :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dalubwika
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I did not come here for Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, or French.

I came here for Japanese! (Lol)

I had this particular day wherein I was in the middle of surfing the App Store, looking for FREE JAPANESE language courses and kept installing Japanese-learning apps. You see, I love the Japanese language :) 日本語大好きです。

After every installment, I keep on surfing for more apps. I saw Duolingo, clicked it, and was fascinated with the description. I think the description went like this: "Learn languages free. Forever." I thought the 'languages' included Japanese, so I installed it immediately! When I opened it, I hurriedly signed up for an account, and jumped in delight.

When I clicked the button for the "Languages Offered" (something like that), my face did a quick frown because there was no Japanese :(

Three days after this incident, my family decided that we're going to Berlin for a 2-month vacation. I was so shocked I did not know anything about German language. I thanked myself for installing Duolingo. My whole family learned German through Duolingo! With that, I reached Lvl 6.

When I was in Berlin, I survived the German community, made friends, and more. And I even met a Brazilian boy of my age. We mostly communicated in English because we both have minimal knowledge of German language. He speaks B.Portuguese. Because of that, I started learning Portuguese here on Duolingo. We became a couple eventually for 1 month and I ended our commitment 3 days before going back to Manila (my hometown).

I started learning Italian out of curiosity. And reached Lvl 8 :D

Thanks for reading. ありがとうございます。

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Boboonski

I discovered duolingo on a dark night when I was just really bored. I typed in 'Learn Italian' and looked at a few of the apps there, all with around 3 star ratings. But there was one that really stood out. Duolingo. It had amazing reviews, all with 5 gleaming yellow stars. I started learning over the summer and fell in love. Such a great app.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Equilibrio99
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I was driving around in my car listening to TED Radio Hour. I was listening to an episode called, “Why do we collaborate?” and there was an audio version of Luis’s TED talk about Captcha, Recaptcha and Duolingo. Since I had been very painfully trying to pick up Spanish on my own with a Scottish podcast (teaching lispy Castillian-style Spanish from Spain) I was very happy and kept muttering “DuoLingo, DuoLingo” all the way home.

That was more than 200 days ago.
I gave a blood sample for a medical appointment this week and I could read and understand every single Spanish poster in the waiting room. (Extracción de sangre ). Thank you DuoLingo!

Here’s a link to the TED talk if anyone is interested. Many of the other speakers were also quite thought provoking. http://www.npr.org/2013/07/13/197986218/why-we-collaborate?showDate=2013-10-04

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tfarcrawow

I am pretty new to Duolingo. I think this is only about one month for me. I found out about Duolingo from a website review. And I was impressed with the thought of making good lessons freely available. I had listened to some audible lessons in the past and enjoyed them. But I really like the combination of reading, writing, speaking, and listening you get with Duolingo. No idea if I will progress fast or slow, but I am trying really hard to at least get in a quick review lesson every day to keep a streak going. And some days I actually do pretty well. I am sure that the lessons are going to get much harder very soon. The audio lessons had taught me quite a few words, but sentence structure and having to actually spell are very new to my experience. I hope to continue to do well, and regardless, I am enjoying the journey. And I even think I did OK translating a sentence or two. At only level 5 in skill.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16
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When my son was in first grade he worried that second grade would be very hard. By the time he got to second grade it didn't seem so hard. So, don't worry about later. Yes, the work is more advanced but the method makes it approachable. Here is a site to find guidelines: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1278938 Good luck and enjoy.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielJamesB

I came here for fun at the beginning of February to learn Spanish and surprise my friends. Growing up I didn't really hang out with people who spoke English as a native language. My friends at school are Hispanic, and speak Spanish, I want to at least be able to converse with them out of respect for their culture. Perhaps doing so will make us better friends, and learning a language will open many doors for me, especially in this area.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/APM2014

I discovered Duolingo a few weeks ago (in early January 2014) when a friend told me she had been learning Spanish online. I joined right away and have LOVED the opportunity to learn Portuguese. It has been so much fun! I am bilingual English - Spanish, and have studied French, German and Italian, and have always been an eager language learner. I've been pacing myself, but I'd like to refresh my other languages at some point (maybe when I finish the Portuguese tree), and I can't wait till you offer Japanese, because that's next on my list. I love language learning because it's a mental workout, and a form of armchair travel. THANK YOU!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/caspinprince

duolingo is really good and it helped me learn french

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s-g-lafollette
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I started Duolingo because I have a passion for linguistics! I am extremely blessed to have found this website. For being a teen with a budget it was amazing to find quality education for not cheap, but FREE!! I am currently learning French, and I am going to study German as well in the spring! (But with French as my main focus.) I love language learning because I can communicate with people of other cultures more effectively, and in today's ever shrinking world it is almost necessary to learn other languages. Thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/someperson12

I discovered duolingo because I wanted to get back to learning German after a long break! I want to travel abroad and would love to be able to speak German when necessary. I think it's a wonderful language that allows you to express yourself much better than other languages, like English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mick1203
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Well I'm not exactly sure where I learned about Duolingo, I think it was Luis' TED Talk, but I know when I started, roughly.

The first "problem" was that courses were only available in the "English to ...." - scheme. So in order to improve my English I learned my mother tongue from English, German in this case, which wasn't a big deal because I speak English in nearly all of my subjects in school. Then I went on to Spanish to improve my grades, which worked very well. Soon after that followed French which I had already learned for about 8 years, but I didn't really get my head around it. And if that wasn't enough I started to learn Italian 2 month ago. So now I use Duolingo on a daily basis, to learn/improve 4 languages at once. Looks good so far, 24 and counting. I also sort of infected my whole family with Duolingo, now my mom learns Italian and English and my father and sister try to improve theirs.

So that's my Duolingo-Story, have a nice day!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TanteGeorgette

Merci pour les lingots!! Les histoires sont très génial. Tout le monde aime Duolingo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mrbryank

I discovered Duolingo because my wife started using it. She is a native Spanish speaker, and I have been failing to learn Spanish for more than 20 years. I have made more progress in less than a month of Duolingo than in decades of self-study. Thanks Duolingo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yugboy1

I discovered this website when I dicided "I should learn a new language. So I went out and Google "Good websites to help learn new languages."Now, I now know what that person is saying and if hes talking bad about me. They still don't know that I know what they are saying.Duolingo has now became a facebook to me. Reading awsome articles. Lastly, I didnt feel like buying a rosetta stone.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/parapluie.

I discovered Duolingo by my French teacher, I "heart" language learning, because I think it is a really fun thing to do and learn. Learning another language allows to me to talk to other people, who don't speak English. Merci Duolingo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

Thanks everyone for sharing your stories! I'm going to close the discussion for comments :) There will be more opportunities in the future. Happy Lingot Day :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cr48laptop

I discovered Duolingo from a blog and I think it was Lifehacker, but I forget. It was near the end of 2012, and there was one article on the site that piqued my interest. It was about learning a language for the new year with Duolingo. I went to the site, signed up, and the rest is history.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salfs
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I started with the iPhone app back in September 2013 and then moved on to the computer, where I now spend most of my time practicing. I love learning new languages because you learn about their culture as well, which is amazing. Besides I am also learning Italian at school, but Duolingo is really good on the side to expand my vocabulary and teach me new sentence structures. My plan is to continue learning Italian even after my big exam in May this year!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tlc505

I think I was searching for IPhone apps to help me learn Spanish. Duolingo was the first to pop up and here I am! Just started but inlove with the app so far!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Slayeb
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Hi, I'm Caleb. I found Duolingo on the Google Play store by chance. Learning another language has allowed me to recognize Latin root words and understand my own language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ldimonaco

My wife and I have been having a great time learning Spanish together with Duolingo. I've been recommending it to everyone I know!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dancerofthestars

At my school we had to do duolingo it was the first time i had heard of it . i learned about it and just started i cant wait to learn spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isabelolivetti

So cool!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eriklover555

I found Duolingo after trying out an online program known as Livemocha. I'd work and work, but that's what it always felt like - work. I figured there had to be a better way, so I did a web search for free language programs. Duolingo was the most recommended result, so I gave it a shot.

The rest, as they say, is history.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StormySeaworthy

My friend loves using duolingo and knew I was trying to learn Spanish because I will be moving to El Paso this summer. Also I homeschool and Spanish is the language I wish for the boys to focus on. I am so glad she told me about this site because it's a lot of fun and a great companion to the audio CDs I also will be using. Thank you for this free resource. So awesome!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katsushii

I only recently signed up for Duolingo to see what the hype is all about. I had had French classes earlier in school, but it has been about 7 years since any lessons, and I've never been able to practice the skills after school. I don't know any other language. I figured, why not check out Duolingo and practice my French?

Learning a language opens my eyes and expands my thought processes. I am hoping to get to the bottom of the tree some day.

One of my college professors is a native French speaker, and she's very nice, and a great teacher (she teaches art technology; my degree is in computer animation). Since joining Duolingo, I've already asked her about the French "R" pronunciation, and she gave me some pointers! xD It really made me happy.

Just the other day, I was reflecting on the "gamification" of education, including Duolingo. It is great for the future generation to have world-wide (Internet available) education ... for free to the public domain. :)

It really makes me happy to learn these things in my own time, at my pace, and without the stress of exams! I hope to connect with others to practice my skills, and to help others with their skills. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/coffeemomcrafts

I like your last paragraph. I also love how I can learn in my own time and own pace. Learning on my own without going to a class has been so good for me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katsushii

Aw, merci beaucoup :’)

Happy Valentine's Day (。・ᴗ・。)ノ♡

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sebastian.tagle

I was drinking beers with a friend and my brother. They talked about a web page where they could learn a language. And I remembered... Yes! I have that invitation in my inbox, and never answered it... So when i went home, i tried Duolingo. I loved it since the very begining! RIght now I can learn a language (Portuguese) and at the same time I practice my english, which is my second language. I hope to have a good level by the world cup :).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zaleskyjohn
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I learned about Duolingo after Christmas of 2013 when a coworker and I were talking about new year's resolutions. The previous year I had set out to learn Portuguese and didn't stick with it. That day I started and have done it ever since. Today I reached 50 days. It has also helped me brush up on my Spanish which has been fading since spending a semester in Ecuador. Now my mother and my friend have been doing it. Duolingo has been a blessing. Thank you so much for this wonderful system!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/inkybaba
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I heard a girl in my class who was speaking german, since she comes from a german speaking household. I thought it was really cool, and one day after school I had a bit of free time so I looked up german learning apps and it brought me to duolingo! I got really hooked, and ended up buying books, videos, etc. to help me learn. I hope to finish the tree by summer, as that it when I travel to Europe! Also, I will be taking French in high school next year so I think duolingo will be my key to a head start!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zahragolnar

Here is great ... I 've gained lots of confidence in less than a week :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RJMCE1
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I joined Duolingo when it was in beta form. I found out because it was on BBC Click. I wanted to be able to talk to the gap student (who is German) at my school. German didn't work out well, so I tried Italian after spending a week there.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoseAMarti2

At some point I noticed my girlfriend was spending so much time with a new phone app (duolingo's). She showed me and in the beginning I didn't understand her passion on this new thing. But then I tried and I couldn't stop. This point competition we have everyday is very healthy and is making us learn a lot. Thanks duonlingo and duolingo comunity!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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I am not really sure how I found Duolingo, but I suspect it had something to do with the TED talk Luis did, because I watch that site religiously. I even watch every video with subtitles in a different language, and thanks to the practice I get from Duolingo and elsewhere, I find I can understand nearly everything.

My family travelled all over the place when I was growing up, and I was in a different country every three years, I've lived in Tunis and Hong Kong and practically everywhere in between, but I had always had the feeling of being unable to learn any foreign language. Not only is the British/American expat school system rubbish with their language policy, when you are 7 you might be the ideal age to learn a language, but by yourself you have no concept of what it actually takes. I had books full of chinese glyphs, I could read and write arabic script, I could speak pidgin french, but still felt very weak in my ability, and I had no concept of the idea that you learn by doing - or in other words, that the real classroom is not in school, but the outside world.

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose, now 20 years later I can read half a dozen languages, speak pidgin french and german, I can write in five different scripts, and being that I am in the south west of england almost everyone local finds all this flabbergasting when they find out, and yet I still feel pretty weak with my abilities... and yet I wouldn't trade my rubbish language abilities for all the tea in China. To me every unlearned language is an uncomfortable barricade, if I see it, I compulsively have to try and jump over it, I'm not happy until I am enjoying it like it was my own.

Languages set you free.

And this is why an unassuming website called Duolingo is something of a revolution. If you wanted to study a language before, you had to read a book (pretty much useless, books don't talk or listen), listen to tapes (much better, but only a select few get it right, and all of them are extortionate), buy software on faith ( being forced to pay unconscionable prices ), or take classes (the most ideal, but only 1 in 10 people have the spare time, money and hardcore motivation to follow that path). Nobody realises it, but Duo has burst the dam, washed away this stagnant festering pond by shoving something into people's hands that both works, and is given away just on good faith. And in that sense, even if you don't think it is the best, you can still thank it for lighting a firecracker under the arse of every other player in the industry! They probably didn't even realise there were a few dozen million more potential customers that they had priced out of the market until now.

So, thanks Duolingo team for sharing the love. You are all my valentine! (yeah, it's getting weird now...let's leave it there ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lars-Erik1

One of my sons told me that he had seen one good site on the internet for learning German and now I have start learning german!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Khymsdragon

I heard about Duolingo on Ravelry. It was suggested to someone who had emigrated to France. I looked into it because my husband has German relatives and we would like to plan a trip to visit them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/christopher.king

A coworker told me about Duolingo several months ago, and I fell in love. I love the way it "game-ifies" learning, and also love the way the lessons are bite-sized -- this works well in my busy schedule. The way older lessons need to be refreshed is a stroke of genius. Duolingo is seriously helping me reach my language goals. Thank you for an amazing resource, and the handy phone app! Love your service!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kalquimarke

I don't remember if I saw an article on Twitter or somewhere else. I heard about Duolingo before it was openly released, three or five years ago. I thought it was an incredible idea but the portal was closed then. Actually, I returned often to see If it was open, until I got tired and forgot the issue.

Later on, last year, I went to an event where Mr. Luis Von Ahn. explained a little of some of his amazing projects: Re-Captcha and Duolingo as well. And I got so impressed of what he said that I couldn't stop to enroll myself immediately in Duolingo.

Sounds crazy, but I've always wanted to learn many languages in order to share what I've learned of my country, sadly I found loads of excuses to avoid it - excuses that I wont write - until I found Duolingo as a suitable way to learn the basics - where I am already - of other languages. It's a great project and I trust it will grow to improve peoples' lifes.

I'm currently learning Portugese, German and French, and It will definitely help me for what I want! I'm surprised that I've found Internet not only as an English-Language network, but a multilanguage and rich source of information where everyone could learn. Now I can read and understand articles in Portugese and French - and German eventually - thanks to Duolingo! So Many Thanks!

I wish I could learn Hindustani or Bengali, Mandarin, Japanese and Russian, after finishing those where I'm enrolled. But I could do that faster with some Huge help such as that Duolingo gives. Thanks again!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottesanbeterin

I found out about Duolingo one morning when my dad made me an account. At first I didn't like it but it became more fun when I started following others. It is like a competition against others in points. Also you can get help with languages by talking in discussions or the activity page while Rosetta Stone on the other hand leaves you all by yourself, alone, to learn the language. People weren't meant to lean without help, one may be weak but the other strong in their learning skills. Duolingo gives the chance to lean together, and that makes the language that your'e learning easier than Rosetta Stone does. Duolingo is free of cost, while Rosetta Stone is expensive. Why learn a language with no help for money when Duolingo offers free, fun, helpful language learning? I am going to Europe soon so I need to learn the language. It will definitely help! Thanks Duolingo! TheLondonEye

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

DL. I'm sorry (but very glad) to say that I only heard about DL from a tiny 30 word article in a British Tabloid. I'd never have known you were out there if it hadn't been for this! I try to tell other people about the program, these days.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/.j.a.s.p.e.r.
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Nice to read your stories people. I am a bit late, but still I'd like to share mine! :)

I found duolingo through a blog post by Benny Lewis the Irish polyglot on his blog Fluent in 3 months. Duolingo was just released to the public that week and I thought I would give it a try. I immediately liked it. At first I did mostly german, because I had it in school and thought it would be nice to actually learn it. I also tried a bit of every other language on duolingo just for fun. While I was reading the novel "for whom the bell tolls" by Hemingway I fell in love with Spanish and I also found that learning spanish on Duolingo was really interesting, so I made the switch.

Now I am still working on Spanish and I have stopped all other language learning till I have got this one - though I am sure that eventually I will pick up another language and I am also pretty sure that I will start learning that language here. I like this way of learning a language because it's fun, social and it's effective! I like following the development of Duolingo itself as well, it's exciting to see how fast things change!

4 years ago