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Language learners' interview project: can anyone help me out, please?

Hi, Duolingo users! I'm a high school student doing a project with some colleagues on language learning, and we'd like to understand the specific reasons on why each person learns a language, from fun to someone who seeks a job or even a refugee who's trying to adapt in a foreign country.

Obviously, in extreme cases as the last one mentioned, the person probably won't have access to Duolingo, so if you know anyone who couldn't directly reply us but agrees with you interviewing — so that we can raise awareness on language-related issues (people who are victims of prejudice due to their native language/their speaking etc., and may be excluded from society)— we'd appreciate that.

Also, if you know good resources that could improve this project, let us know (we're already researching, but more help is never a bad thing).

You can fill the Google form here, in English, regardless your reasons for language learning (we want to translate it to other languages*, since automatic translation isn't that accurate! If you're able to help us out on that, as well, it'd be outstanding): https://goo.gl/forms/12z8ZJz0Komu2TVm1

Spread this form if you can!

*For those who can help in translation, post a comment indicating the language you're translating the form to, the translation itself and the corresponding text in English. Thank you!

April 1, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael.Lubetsky

Just finished the form; good luck with the project! Perhaps you'll share your findings here in Duolingo?

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamsFonseca5544

Yes, I will! Also, I'm glad people are helping out giving suggestions and participating answering the form.

Could you tell me here: where are you from/which country you're in right now? I forgot to add this in the research and would be important data.

April 2, 2017

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

I'm doing the form right now!

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vc120

Cool!

April 1, 2017

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

Quick comment on the form: on the education level section, those really need to be checkboxes and not radio buttons as I can't unselect an option after I make a mistake (I chose the wrong education level).

Second, you might want to differentiate the higher education levels below graduate studies more. There is still a significant difference between some college (incomplete), a two-year degree, and a bachelors (as well as degrees and certificates from vocational institutions).

Good luck on this project!

P.S. There were some grammar issues with the questions on the second page if you want to look into that.

April 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamsFonseca5544

Thank you for the feedback! Sure, I'm going to look into what you said. :) (on the higher education levels, I'm fixing it now. I had added more before, but I think I accidentally deleted)

April 2, 2017

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

Only "four" times minimum wage? Where I live in the US, that means one makes, at best, $32.60 an hour. I make more than that, and I suspect that many others who use Duolingo do as well. I don't think you're getting good information there...

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamsFonseca5544

There are more options, though, up to "more than seven times the minimum wage". Aren't they showing up?

April 2, 2017

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

They weren't when I did the survey last night. Couldn't say if they area now.

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamsFonseca5544

That's weird... because they were since the very beginning, but mobile users have to scroll left so that the other options appear.

April 2, 2017

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

I used an iMac - I'm generally not using mobile. I do remember quite a few different options there, though.

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamsFonseca5544

Some things were improved due to what people suggested me, to avoid data problems, but not the minimum wage options.

April 3, 2017

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

Submitted mine! I'm not a refugee, but I am an immigrant so you have an immigrant's perspective on language learning!

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamsFonseca5544

That's great! The more perpectives we have, the better :)

April 2, 2017

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

The question about education is linked to minimum wage. What does the minimum wage thing mean? In the country that I work, I get about 10 times the minimum wage for that country. It compares to less than the minimum wage for my job in my home country and more than the minimum wage for my job in the last country I worked. I was unable to answer the question about education for that reason.

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamsFonseca5544

Thank you for the observation, can I use it when presenting the project?

I thought some people might find some issues answering due to that, but I was unsure about the best way to write that question. I thought I could write in dollars, but I also think some people wouldn't be able to answer.

I guess if I also asked which country people come from/which one they're right now, then, the minimum wage would make sense, because I could research how much it is... because yes, for example, 5 minimum wages in country x might not correspond to even one in a y country, as you said, and then we might get into wrong conclusions.

Could you specify which countries you've been that have this minimum wage difference?

April 2, 2017

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

I don't think that you should link wages to education in your questionnaire. It makes it too complicated. It's better to have different questions and then make the correlation between the two yourself.

An English teacher in Oman makes a minimum of 10 times the salary of the lowest paid workers. Some teaching jobs pay about 20 times the minimum, almost double what I get (sigh). In Australia, I would earn somewhat more as an ESL teacher, but would lose that benefit in tax and a higher cost of living. I also worked in Japan where I earned about the same as here, but had to pay taxes and had a much higher cost of living. The pay for English teachers has dropped dramatically in Japan recently, and the Yen has lost value, so my experience doesn't count for much, especially as that was before I got my MA. Does that help? It's all quite complicated.

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamsFonseca5544

Yes, it's complicated... but I added the "country/current country specification" option right after a few people had answered, so I can know what their minimum wage is exactly like according to where they are etc.

April 2, 2017

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

Submitted, I hope my answer can help. :-)

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamsFonseca5544

I'm pretty sure it will, if you've filled everything honestly!

Oh, could you tell me here: where are you from/which country you're in right now? I forgot to add this in the research.

April 2, 2017

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

Sure. I'm from Australia. :-)

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alex518185

Just answered

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamsFonseca5544

Thank you!

Could you tell me here: where are you from/which country you're in right now? I forgot to add this in the research.

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/poa-alpina1

I just submitted mine. I wasn't quite sure what you meant with "fluent", maybe you should define that more clearly. I took it to mean level B2.

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamsFonseca5544

I meant someone who has its reading, writing, speaking and listening skills similar to a native person, as if you could live in one's country without going through "language barriers", but I'll specify that. Thanks!

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/redrose44444

I just took the survey. I hope it helps you and your colleagues. I like seeing why people learn languages.

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vc120

I don't have a Google account though.

April 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CamsFonseca5544

You don't have to have a Google account to fill the form (only to translate the document, but I don't know whether you wanted to translate or answer it, or both)

April 2, 2017

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

I did a form thing

April 2, 2017
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