How do I share my results on LinkedIn? I have completed a course and would love to connect Duolingo to LinkedIn, but I can't find a way to do it.

July 8, 2017


Luckily you cannot share Duolingo's progress anymore, because the Fluency% of Duolingo is not based on an official certificated language test.

I'm sad to not be able to share my new skills in foreign languages on LinkedIN

First, do a search in the forums on this topic, which has been asked and answered dozens of times. Second, don't link the two. Completion of a Duolingo course is, frankly, meaningless - it's not accredited by any body. Therefore, it shouldn't be put on a networking site. I occasionally hire people, and I'd look on someone who crowed about their linguistic ability by citing Duolingo as a candidate with poor judgment.



I hope you are still subscribed to this old thread.

Quote: Therefore, it shouldn't be put on a networking site.

I agree, it only makes sense to give a rough explanation how good your language skills are (e.g basic, good (and in what about the 4 parts), intermediate or advanced, fluent/conversational, etc.

And you should be able to immediately apply your skills in real life for all four parts (listening, reading, writing, speaking) and appropriately respond if someone contacts you.

Quote: I occasionally hire people, and I'd look on someone who crowed about their linguistic ability by citing Duolingo as a candidate with poor judgment.

What do you think putting learning a specific language, which you have been doing for 3+ years, under the "Hobbies" section in a CV?

How could someone rate his skills on a self-learning basis (and not official CEFR / exam tests)? Basic / Beginner?

Does it make any difference if you put it in or leave it out (if it is not asked in a job description)?

Q 1: What is the minimum skill in a language (which you can correctly state or which is expected from companies)?

I may be able to read a bit (depends on the complexity of the text/paragraphs), but listening and speaking is very far on the horizont and I also do not want to blend with any "writing skills" (or any rating) if my only resource has been Duolingo so far.

So I might be interested to further limit the "basic / beginner" skill to each individual part (e.g reading) as they will vary from each other.

Even for English I just make the declaration as "good" with some additional explanation in brackets what parts are better.
But that is with 24+ years of experience (but limited speaking practice).


But if you ask me, that language rating probably only makes sense for speaking and writing; everybody expects from us to be able to read, listen and understand normal/fast spoken sentences, even on the business side.

I am very hesistent in putting terms like fluent/conversational, etc. on a CV, even in my 2nd English language, as it is a night difference between reading/listening and writing (to some level) vs active speaking (full fluency vs broken speaking and running out of vocabulary which you can't directly RECALL successfully or explain a specific situation on a job, project or in your life).

So without any regular / daily usage or having lived abroad it can quickly backfire (especially in job interviews) when your skills simply may "not be enough" to speak fluently and correctly express your thoughts with a good vocabulary and respond to the asked questions, including business stuff.

But still I think it is my interest to somehow be able to show that I have invested 3+ years in a new foreign (Romance) language on a daily basis to express my motivation.

Of course learning Portuguese won't help me immediately for India/Spain/Eastern Europe off-/nearshoring.

And I will not be able to take on French job opportunities without having learned thatlanguage (French) for at least 3-6+ years from scratch.

Anyway...time is that quickly flying by and I do see that 1,0-1,5 years of learning a NEW language (from scratch or from the same language group) is huge step forward (vs not having even started).

But in comparison to 3-7 years (self-study) or 11-24 years of regular practice (all four parts) or maybe a formal linguistic study of 3-5 years and a Bsc/MSc/PhD degree the knowledge you can gain with self-studying will be quite limited without going abroad / living in the country for a longer time.

I am not sure if I can ever push beyond a tourist / hobby knowledge if I compare that to 24+ years of (remote) English learning/practice (+ primary/secondary school) and having lived in US/UK/Australia.

Q 2: How do you feel about your higher languages levels on Duolingo and your completed trees?

Q 3: Do you put them into your CV (with whatever basic/intermediate skills) or not?

The thread is not listed in my follower description (probably because it is too old; I have no idea what the ordering in that list is) but I hope I will be sent received comments to my e-mail.

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