https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou

Who is learning what on Duolingo

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Always wanted to know who is learning what on Duolingo ? What are the most popular languages ? Where are the learners coming from ?

Since I couldn't find this information, I compiled the numbers I found on the different language pages and build the matrix you will find here (numbers are in thousands) :

https://ibb.co/cuRXGa

  • the column title is the source (known) language
  • the row title is the target (learned) language
  • each cell shows how many people speaking the source language are learning the target one (numbers where taken on August 5, 2017)

There are over 637 millions learners ! That's about 10% of the world population ! (Well, of course, some (most) people take more than one language so this affirmation is quite exagerated.)

The top 5 "most sudied languages" are

  1. English (with approximately 50% of the learners)
  2. Spanish
  3. French
  4. German
  5. Italian

The top 5 "source languages" are

  1. English
  2. Spanish
  3. Portugese
  4. French
  5. Russian

Since the biggest part of the matrix is empty we can assume that most people learning a foreign language already speak english.

8/12/2017, 8:21:13 PM

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/lweltin

Some people join Duolingo not to learn a language but just to be cool.

8/12/2017, 9:45:50 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.
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Well, no offense to those people, but that is just stupid. Also, if you are on an education website, it makes you seem nerdy, not cool, unless nerds are cool, IMHO.

8/12/2017, 10:22:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Nerds are pretty cool imo :D

8/13/2017, 4:54:27 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I think there are a lot of abandoned or inactive accounts. Duolingo puts their user numbers at around 200 million. I'm not sure what their criteria is, however. :)

I had no idea Russian was such a prolific source language on here! Wow! How many courses are connected with it?

8/13/2017, 4:54:00 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou
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The figure of 200 millions users is coherent with the matrix. I should have said 637 millions "inscriptions to a new language" and not 637 millions "users". As I noticed in the post most users take several languages. If Duolingo has around 200 millions "unique" users, that would make an average of 3 languages by user, which seems to make sense.

As for russian speaking members, the studied languages are

  1. English
  2. German
  3. French
  4. Spanish
8/13/2017, 8:32:55 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/BenjaminPi280225

Some duolingo people just waste their time on duolingo.

8/13/2017, 3:51:06 PM
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