Has Duolingo impacted your life? Share your story!
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My favorite part of Duolingo is the people from all over that I have gotten to meet. I have learned so much more than a language. Because I was able to brush up on my French and feel more confident, (confidence being the key), I was able to get a promotion at work. They needed someone to score French assessments and I signed up to try my French and was accepted. I live near Duolingo HQ in beautiful Pittsburgh.
Duolingo brings the world to me
and the word written is shared
languages to be understood
As I stroll in my countryside
Duolingo has definitely impacted my life and will help me learn all the languages I have listed. I want to learn every language but that's not happening, so here are some ones that I'll try to learn and are most desirable for me to learn.
Spanish- It's a very useful language to learn, and it's fairly easy to learn. Along with the useful part many people speak it, so many of the countries that I want to travel to use it. Those include Argentina, Peru, and maybe Spain or Mexico.
Italian- It's similar to Spanish, widely spoken, and a top place that I want to travel.
French- I want to learn it for the same reasons, travel and is useful to know.
Ukrainian- My mom's godmother (I think of her as my grandma.) is from the Ukraine and speaks fluent in it and English. She is Ninety-one years young now and has a great story of coming to America. So I want to learn it for her, she as been a great inspiration that I can learn a second language.
German- I am about half German and have had relatives live there in the past, I think it is challenging but fun to learn.
Croatian- I'm about a quarter Croatian and have some relatives that could help me learn it. Also I don't know much about this side of my family so I could travel to Croatia, and learn more about my ancestors. It's also a beautiful country.
Korean, Japanese, Irish, Portuguese, and Swedish- For these languages I would't necessarily want to become fluent in them, but learn the basics about them.
Korean- I take Tae-Kwon-Do, and our Grand Master passed away about two years ago. (I think it was to cancer.) He thought me a lot so I want to learn a little bit of Korean to honor and give back to him.
Japanese- I find the characters interesting and I may travel there someday.
Irish- I'm about a fifth Irish and want to travel there. I have heard it's called the "Emerald Isle" and I want to see what that's about.
Portuguese- This language is similar to Spanish so I already have a kick start on it. My friends family knows Portuguese and English, so they could help me and they would be impressed that I know it.
Swedish- My friend is Swedish and is moving back to Sweden. So I want to learn it in his honor.
Huff... that was a lot to type. So eleven languages in all, 6 fluent and 5 partially fluent. Hope this inspires you on your language journey, and thank you Duolingo and all the other people I mentioned for making it possible for me to learn these languages and inspiring me.
I have a directory of all my comments on Duolingo, about 650 commets, I would guess. I can clearly see the change in my English proficiency from about a year ago (when I joined) to this point, largely a result of communicating with natives through meaningful discussions and friendly chats.
I've made dear friends here, asked a lot of questions, learned tons of things (language-related and otherwise) and have Duolingo to thank for getting me interested in Irish in the first place.
But for a while now, I've been feeling like we care about Duolingo, but Duolingo doesn't care about us. I do hope I'm proven wrong.
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Edit: I live in Iran, just noticed that part of the post.
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Duo keeps me from online shopping.
Also, for some years now, I've been struggling with staying motivated to do pretty much anything, even things I really find enjoyable. Since childhood I've always been crazy about language learning and I didn't know why I couldn't get myself to sit down and do some German. I discovered Duo some 5 months ago and something about it clicked inside my brain. There's something about it that engages me in a special way I guess.
Since then I've been using other resources along Duo and I study every single day, no problem. It's my much needed hobby. Also, I've noticed myself being more engaged with.. life. My brain is more alert and I feel myself wanting to do more. There's something about having a hobby that's doing wonders with my brain and body.
Hi my name is christian i'm 16 years old I live in Denver. I've really enjoyed using duolingo for the past year and would definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to learn a new language. Duolingo have definitely impacted my life because at such a short age of my life i'm able to speak four almost five languages a fluent level. I speak English , Spanish , Portuguese American sign language and some Italian I grew up bilingual speaking English and Spanish and I started learing sign when I was about 12 or 13 because my brother uses it to hellp him communicate. I firsy started using duolingo because I was going to take Spanish in my freashmen year of high school so I decided to use it because I didn't think I knew enough spanish. I stopped using it to learn french but I lost interest in the language so i switched languages and chose portuguese and fell deeply in love with the language. duolingo was start of a new me. I am person that is able to speak multiples languges and im very proud of it , I never thought I would end up speaking so many languges because I have speech impediment. Having a speech impediment and balance disability has made it hard for me to do certain thing but I find a way to overcome the obstacle and stay optimistic. Duolingo became something really special for me because it taught me that anyone can learn language regardless of the ability to do things I encourage anyone to learn a foreign languagbecause it opens so many opportunities and people to you.
I learned a lot about understanding people using the things I've learned on Duolingo, not only language-wise but also culture-wise. One instance I was able to understand a Spanish woman while travelling by train. When a member of my class asked what was being said, I was able to give an answer. To me, even the little moments wherein I am able to silently brag about it in my mind are worth having. They boost one's confidence.
As I write this I have used Duolingo for 770 days in a row, that is a lot...
In that time I've become interested in languages and what make them, and I'm talking about human psychology. Can we reproduce this process and learn about human nature while we're at it? What stories hide behind the words?
In that time I've been looking for similarities between languages just like I've been looking for similarities between proteinsequences for my education (Bio-Informatics, I have experience in this field). Fun fact for those who have knowledge of this, the process of making languages looks almost like phylogenetic trees. Sometimes there is a thin line between languages and our DNA. It's what makes us human.
In that time I went to see what etymology lies beyond the words, and I love to hear about History. Where does that word come from, and how does it relate to words spoken today? I had to learn some Latin by reading books like Familia Romana (For those who want to learn basic latin, google this) and Old Norse by reading books like the Tattuinardoela-saga.
In that time I also discovered a deep interest in mythology and songs related to other languages (my list 'Songs I like' on Youtube has grown large because of this). Those songs got stuck in my head sometimes and that had me looking up the translation and meaning of the songs. Also, for lovers of Norse mythology and nordic languages I recommend this Youtube channel called Jacob Isenhower. In my opinion he has a good taste in music, poetry and literature.
In that time I've grown fond of Evildea and Esperanto and I regularly watch his videos, to the point that I am able to understand most of what he says (yet sometimes not 'understand', you'll know what I mean). I love the simplicity of Esperanto, and advise people to at least try Esperanto for it's too underrated in my opinion.
In that time I've watched 'The magnificent century' in Turkish with English subtitles. It's lovely to see history from the islamic perspective (I have a western education) too.
In that time I've put some Duolingo Language Certificates on my LinkedIn. You'll never know if that draws some positive attention.
In that time I subscribed to Xidnaf and Langfocus on Youtube. I'd recommend them to all of you.
And at last, in that time language became a hobby and a purpose.
Thanks for reading my full-length comment, or scrolling to read this sentence (in that case, why don't read my whole comment).
Finally and sincerely,
Greetings from the south-eastern part of the Netherlands!