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Recent Spanish Interview with Luis Von Ahn

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Practice your Spanish and find out what a Guatemalan accent sounds like by watching this interesting 25 minute interview. It shouldn't be too difficult to understand. I actually find that he rolls his R's where they technically shouldn't be rolled. I wonder if this is common in Guatemala. This interview was done during Luis' visit to Madrid. Give it a try!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0vpQ57bBSY

Here's an article (in Spanish) about the interview:

http://www.xataka.com/otros/las-certificaciones-y-las-conversaciones-llegaran-pronto-luis-von-ahn-de-duolingo

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Yoel.
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The interview is fantastic, it gave me a lot of insights into what Duolingo is and the direction it's going in.

Some highlights for me:

Duolingo runs hundreds of experiments on us. They can do this because they have so many users. So to find out if it's better to teach adjectives before verbs or vice versa, they might give 50000 people the adjectives first, another group the same size verbs first, and compare which learns them better. Traditional instruction could never dream of doing this.

A new certification program is coming out. It will be an exam through your smart phone. Your camera will be on so a human can check it's really you and that you aren't cheating - for that reason we will have to pay 20 dollars to take the exam.

The incubator gives people a framework that they fill in as they go. Some invented languages like Klingon and Elvish are more popular requests than some real languages like Norweigian!

They currently have 12 million users, and have the goal of having 100 million, becoming the first option for people who want to start learning a foreign language.

In general he is really down-to-earth and relaxed, which is a good sign.

Edit: Thanks for the lingots!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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Great overview!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sommerlied
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Thanks to Duolingo I am able to watch and understand this :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
Samsta
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Same here. Some times it seems like comprehension isn't going anywhere, but it really does get better. I feel so much more confident now, which is perfect, since I'll be speaking Spanish most of next week!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aliciaftw

The weird part is, I often question if I'm learning anything.. and then I'll watch an interview like this, or understand a song maybe, and I'm like.. yeah, I guess I'm learning. =P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlRynn
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I must say watching this video made me very proud of myself, but much more - grateful for Duolingo and thankful to Luis for such awesome application/site! Not only I understood 80-85% of the words, I also got the whole meaning of what was being said in the interview. I studied Spanish (on and off though sadly) since I was 15 and in 15 years I could not achieve the result that I have now after less than a year of studying with Duolingo! Amazing! Thank you very much Duo team! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaleFavier
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:-) the books say that a single 'r' is flapped, not rolled, but actually you can roll an 'r' anywhere you like, and people do, all over the place.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VictorRivasG

I am a Guatemalan and in this interview he doesn't sound like a Guatemalan at all, maybe it is because he lives most of the time in USA.

We Guatemalans tend to roll our R's when we talk and speak really, really fast. He spoke really slow in this interview.

As a native Spanish speaker, I think our Spanish is really good to understand and learn because we don't have a strong accent, like people from Cuba, Argentina, Chile etc.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eggplantbren

"He spoke really slow in this interview."

Oh god.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MystyrNile
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I can hardly articulate words in my native English much faster than that. O.O

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nathanbash

LOL. They get more requests for Klingon than norwegian. They'e gotten 20,000 incubator applications of people wanting to create language courses. Imagine how many 'My answer should be accepted' reports they've gotten.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tomigaoka

it seems like Guatemaltecos are the easiest to understand when speaking spanish... and im not sure, in this interview, it seems like Luis just use most of the the verbs/words learned from Duolingo (when learning Spanish). Lol

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eggplantbren

"It shouldn't be too difficult to understand."

Sounds like it was a good comprehensive interview but I could hardly understand any of it. :-(

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aliciaftw

" I actually find that he rolls his R's where they technically shouldn't be rolled."

... lol.

EDIT: I'd pay for that Duolingo shirt.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
Samsta
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As in "mejorr," "hacerr," "jugarr," "entrrarr." I don't see what's so funny.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MystyrNile
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Come to think of it, since the distinction only appears intervocalically, it hardly matters how it is pronounced at the end of a syllable.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aliciaftw

I can hear where they're rolled. It was funny to hear someone say it was wrong.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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I never said it was "wrong." And by the way, you can buy that shirt: http://gear.duolingo.com/products/gray-owl-t-shirt-1

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aliciaftw

I can't find anything on the feature when googling. I guess most of the phonological and Spanish dialect variation papers are in Spanish but I'm not sure what terms to look up for that yet..

Never mind, here it is: https://bora.uib.no/bitstream/handle/1956/2641/Masterthesis_Utgaard.pdf?sequence=1

There's this on Wiki: " En ciertas áreas de Guatemala, el alófono /rr/ es la variante fricativa [ɹ]: es decir, la “erre” tiene semejanza a la [ɹ] del norte de España tales como Navarra, la Rioja, el País Vasco y zonas de Aragón o del interior de Ecuador y Perú y casi toda Bolivia." http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espa%C3%B1ol_centroamericano#Aspectos_fonol.C3.B3gicos

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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I had no idea we could get Duo gear. This is the bomb: http://gear.duolingo.com/products/bear-t-shirt

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AryT
AryT
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Am I the only one who barely understood half of what he said?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/egfinn
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I think it needs a turtle button!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eggplantbren

Definitely not. It's quite a challenge to understand a native speaker speaking continuously and fairly quickly for half an hour. Don't feel bad if you only pick up a few bits here and there. Just keep plugging away. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AryT
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Thanks! That's quite reassuring. ((:

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperSwipe
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Wooh learn about duolingo and practice my spanish! Awesome :D

4 years ago