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

Thank you Duolingo

This is my first post; forgive me if it's in the wrong spot, but I want to give a shoutout to this wonderful program.

I've been on Duolingo for almost 2 years (as of this posting, I'm at a 592 day streak). I've been able to work with a few refugees that I tutor in French, talk with coworkers and customers in Spanish, and joke around with friends in German (all very basic and broken). It's been a great joy of mine to be a part of this site.

This isn't about my whole story (I know there's a proper forum for that). I wanted to thank Duolingo for something else in particular.

My Mom died yesterday, unexpectedly. I'm still fairly young, and I wasn't ready for it at all. I still got online yesterday and today, and plan to keep it going, because it's so normal for me. She was proud of my language learning journey, and it's one of the few things that's keeping me grounded right now. Even if I'm not spending as much time as I usually do on it, it makes me feel normal again, and I am so thankful for that.

So thank you, Duolingo, from the bottom of my heart. To all the staff, admin, and users that I may not interact with often, I truly appreciate you for making this site a community.

January 20, 2017

30 Comments


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

Thank you for sharing this story with us, and I'm very sorry to hear about your mother. I'm personally terrified of losing mine.

January 22, 2017

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

Hello. I understand somewhat of your feelings. Unexpectedly my only Grandpa passed away on January 14th, 2017. He greatly encouraged me to pursue me on my language journey and I told him all about Duolingo. He was a great imitator of accents, could do just about any accent to perfection, he was taking the task on of learning the beautiful language of Greek. Particularly Biblical Greek. He was so proud of himself for doing it. To honor him, I want to learn that language. I don't know quite when I'll be ready to do that but I want to share in the joy he had of learning it.

I understand, I think, a lot of what you're feeling. I'm sure your Mom would be proud of your continued language learning, as my Grandpa would be of my continued language learning. God bless you.

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

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Some Lingots

What can I say

an incredible story

go in Peace

January 20, 2017

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

I'm so, so sorry. And I agree with you, Duolingo is great!

January 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria487

I am very sorry for your loss, my friend. I pray she finds peace in embrace of the God.

Duolingo is helping yet another person with real-life difficulties. It's one thing I love about this platform.

January 20, 2017

[deactivated user]

    Amen

    January 21, 2017

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

    I'm very sorry for your loss, you have my sincere condolences.

    January 20, 2017

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

    I'm really sorry about your loss. I lost my grandfather a few years ago, and I couldn't get over it for months. Duolingo also helped me get through it both as a distraction, and also because my grandfather always wanted me to learn Czech. If you ever need some help with language learning or just a friend, I'd be delighted to help you... ;)

    January 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tara668

    I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, but glad you're getting some sense of groundedness by continuing to come here. And very glad to hear that she was proud of your language learning. I hope you can carry that with you - it sounds like a wonderful source of warmth in a indescribably difficult time. I don't know you but ((hugs)) and take care!

    January 20, 2017

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

    Im so sorry for the loss of your mother... I that you have a great life ahead of you :)

    January 21, 2017

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

    I am really sorry about your mother! I hope your doing okay :(

    January 20, 2017

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

    I'm really sorry for you, here are some lingots (all I can give you,regretfully)

    January 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

    I am sorry for you loss. I know it is very hard, my mother died a long time ago and it was really difficult. You are doing the right thing, taking one day at a time and honoring her memory.

    January 21, 2017

    [deactivated user]

      I am terribly sorry about your mom. :( I will pray for you my friend. :)

      January 21, 2017

      [deactivated user]

        I have not had to deal with loss of family yet. But this year has been very tough for me. So I feel for you . Don't give up! :D

        January 21, 2017

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

        So sorry to hear about your mother, ewilsonsd. I hope you find peace in remembering her and passion from your memories of her encouraging you to continue learning languages. You ARE an inspiration.

        January 21, 2017

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

        I'm very sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family as you go through this. I'm sure your mother is very proud of your language studies, keep up the awesome work. :)

        January 22, 2017

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

        Me uno a tu agradecimiento a Duolingo y , al mismo tiempo, quiero expresar mi más profunda pena por la muerte de tu madre. Sé lo que eso significa y lo doloroso que es. Me gustaría estar en tu lugar para tratar de aliviar tu pena de alguna manera. Conserva el cariño de tu madre, que, aunque sea muy doloroso para ti, creo que es lo que te dará paz, y procura que desde el cielo te vea feliz a ti en la tierra.

        Tengo que decir que Duolingo es la única plataforma que no hace aburrido el aprendizaje de un idioma y que, al mismo tiempo, nos ha permitido conocer a muchas personas de distintos países que han puesto su mejor voluntad para hacer de profesores nativos en sus respectivos idiomas para todos aquellos que querían aprenderlos. A todos ellos muchas gracias.

        Pero, como han dicho otros, a mí al menos, me ha servido para mejorar en mi idioma nativo, el español.

        Sinceramente, no sé si volverá Inmersión o no, o si lo hará bajo otra forma o en cualquier otra plataforma, para mi ha sido algo maravilloso que me gustaría recuperar, pero, vuelva o no, tengo que decir que nunca agradeceré lo suficiente a Duolingo la oportunidad que me ha dado.

        January 22, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/estudianteMTI3

        I'm very sorry for your loss, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

        January 22, 2017

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

        Thanks for sharing it with us!
        And I'm truely sorry for your loss...
        Ten days ago, one of my grandma's sister also died, I had to travel to another city, It also kept my daily streak on though. Because I really like practicing, studying and learning over here.
        So, She'd be really glad 'cuz you're keeping one of the things she probably admired of you.

        January 22, 2017

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

        I'm so sorry. I don't think anyone is ever ready to lose a parent proffers internet hugs

        January 22, 2017

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

        I have been a caregiver to my mother with Alzheimer and I was desperately lost when I discovered Duolingo. For two years, it worked as a therapy for me, it prevented me from getting out of my witts. Just let me send you some hugs from a stranger who can understand what you are passing through at this very moment. Be strong!

        January 22, 2017

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

        I... I'm sorry... I can only wish you the very best in life.

        January 22, 2017

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

        I'm sorry about your mother, and I will be praying for you:~)

        January 22, 2017

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

        you are very brave.i also have been using duolingo for 2 years plus.my life is quite difficult and having some interaction with people via translating and learning has been v helpful for me away from my problems and something that can be done from home.i feel v upset over the loss almost like losing friend you might have in close circle by your side in these personally difficult times.

        January 22, 2017

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

        Thanks for expressing your loss and your love of learning so well. Through all the hardships of life, our passions, especially ones that keep us connected, like language learning, help us see the beauty in life and move ahead. Your post reminds me of this in the best way.

        January 22, 2017

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

        Will be thinking of you and your family, may your mother be at peace in rest. Congratulations on the streak and stay strong.

        January 22, 2017

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

        That's so sad =(

        January 22, 2017

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

        how sad!!!!!

        January 22, 2017

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

        I'm verry sorry for you :(

        January 28, 2017
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