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The United States of Languages

Happy Thursday everyone!

The megastar MichaelaKron just posted an interesting Making Duolingo blog post titled:
"The United States of Languages: An analysis of Duolingo usage state-by-state".
It shares interesting tidbits Duolingo was able to gather about different US states. Let us know what you found interesting about it, or share what you have noticed about learning languages in your region! ;]

I liked the streak graphs:

October 12, 2017

157 Comments


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

Sweet! We annexed Cuba, Jamaica, and Hispaniola. I wonder what happened to Hawai'i?


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

Perhaps this tinycards course might be of interest to the maps graphic creator ;)


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

Looks like we'll have to open a tinycards PR ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/magic10101

yup :) although I only use the web...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Libragio22

Wow, those USA flashcards are sweet!


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

I've read your comment and looked at the map about 50 times now, but I really don't understand what you mean? Hawaii looks like Hawaii to me, not the Carribean.


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

Looks like they just fixed it.


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

WOW!! You're gonna break the world record for most languages learned of all times! Keep up the good work! p.s. I gave you a lingot;))


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarahLambert06

I gave a lingot too! That is very impressive!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CheyenneC.2

Goodness gracious alive! Are there any more languages out there that you know?!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NateTC23

Zo, u weet ❤❤❤ aanspreker nederlands?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gianpaolo688419

Pirates of Hawaii: Macadamia Sparrow


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jarcher77

Hahaha. I noticed that right away.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anthonytim12

I felt bad you had -1 I will give a lingot


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

I'd say it's most likely due to the weather. States like North Dakota must get so cold during winter, there is nothing better to do than Duolingo!

(I got a bit excited because I thought Duolingo was adding an Indigenous Language based on the title. The wait continues...)


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

As a person hailing from (and residing in) one of the coldest northern states, I can say that's probably an accurate theory. Seeing as I just did like 10 straight Japanese lessons while curled up in a blanket and it's not even "cold" out yet.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ian.Worthington

As a person who once spent 18 months working at the southern end of Lake Michigan I can say winters like those are why God gave us strip clubs.

Clearly though this was before the days of God 2.0 giving us DL.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarahK7174

Maybe the opposite is true for Florida...low rates being due to lethargy from heat in the summer...I would know!


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

Except that North Dakota ranks third lowest, and Florida fifth highest. It looks like people are enjoying the cold outdoors while escaping the heat with Duolingo.


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

Besides more outdoor activities.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ellis930361

I like your profile picture


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

Like to find out how many people speaks the Siouan language still?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
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Ikuusi, I noticed the same thing!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

This is awesome! :D

If y'all do another thing like this in the future, I'd love to see the wave of user activity as it moves across the US over 24 hours. I don't know if that shifts in any interesting ways throughout the week, but, that would be cool to see as well.

Thanks for sharing these cool tidbits with us!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Katred2

I’d love to see this too! I love these sorts of stats


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2LearnAndLive

That would be kool to see.


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

Very interesting paper. I wonder what such a study would give in Europe.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lilyflower231

This is super interesting; thanks for sharing!


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

Cool. Very interesting. I'd like to see one done for Canadian provinces and countries of the world.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2LearnAndLive

That would be awesome to see a comparison of the world!


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

That would be wonderful!


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

it's funny that north Dakota is the lowest for people on Duolingo but have the longest streaks!


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

Accounts > People. Which will also raise the question of % trash and puppet accounts.


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

Duolingo has 150 million users: I'm betting that 50 million of those users are spam accounts.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S0S_90

I would guess even more - at least half of the accounts have tried it once and forgotten about it after the first time.


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

Those aren't spam accounts...


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

This isn't keeping track of amount of accounts, this is keeping track of length of streaks


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

I'd be interested in seeing a graph of just streak lengths vs how many accounts have a streak of that length. (maybe starting at one day so the inactive accounts don't make the rest of the graph ridiculously tiny...)


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

Um... Amount of people does not equal streaks. I think the graphic was measuring the longest streaks on Duolingo and their frequency per state, not the amount of users/profiles. It is funny, though.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iris.S.A

This shows that the dedication of few people could make a huge difference.


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

Thanks Vivisaurus! Very interesting! Awesome!


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

Read the article and it seems like they accidentally used the Caribbean to represent Hawaii. Oops


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

Thank you, vivsaurus! :D

This article was very interesting and awesome to read, and I was actually pretty shocked by the statistics for the percentage of state populations using Duolingo in the past year:

It's good to know that a bunch of people in my home state are also using Duolingo. (5.96% of the population, according to the original article.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ian.Worthington

This looks -- at first glance anyway -- that the more non-English language speakers a state has, the higher its percentage of DL users? (FL, NY (bet that's biased by NYC), NJ, CA). Not sure what gives with Utah & Colorado: why would they have more than AZ and NM?


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

Wouldn't Illinois have more too, then?


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

I'm not sure.... I live here and foreign language seems to be rather low in terms of interest. None of people I know like to or even want to study languages. I only found one person who used Duolingo. In addition, most people who speak a foreign language here seem to be only immigrants who learned it at home.


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

Yeah, whats up with Illinois? It does not even have a color!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BillSun7

What did you say?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jared8675309

ianworthington0, I would imagine Utah is high because there are many Mormons there that learn another language when going around the world as missionaries. Also the university there has one of the highest, if not the highest percentage of students that are bi-lingual. That would be my guess.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kuba.in.Prague

Interesting. Would be interesting to see the same analysis made for Europe.


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

Nice job North Dakota!


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

Since I always see the advice for the question "What do I do now that I've completed my tree?" includes "You should do the reverse tree!", I wonder if this study is able to differentiate between someone learning a language with their own language as the baseline, versus reviewing by setting the baseline to the newly-learned language to do the tree in primary language (so, many of the English from Spanish users might really be English-speakers increasing their Spanish skills)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mathso2

Thank you to the Duolingo team for making this! I find statistics like these interesting – it'd be even more interesting if there was a similar map for other regions such as European countries, Australian states or Canadian provinces!


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

Agreed. I want to know what those places are learning!


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

I would like to know how many of the 57.8 million U.S. users are active on , at least, a weekly basis.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ExSquaredOver2

I wonder what percentage of users have a streak of zero days. 98%?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gianpaolo688419

And then there's the 0.0000000000000001% with over 1000. That is true dedication.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gjthomas1990

Interesting, thanks


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

I can see my state (West Virginia) doesn't really do short streaks, and that means something in a state where speaking a second language isn't really needed, as most of the population is a monolingual population! lol


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gianpaolo688419

Yo dawg I heard you like learning english

So I got you an english duolingo english class in english so you can learn english while learning english in england.


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

This is so cool, how did you get the numbers of each state?


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

All the colder states have more users (where my Mainers at?), all we do when it's snowing is go online haha


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

Learning Spanish in California is great because it's right next to Mexico, and has many native Spanish speakers that live there


[deactivated user]

    North Dakota - The Duolingo State


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaltonWilc1

    Wow what happened to Georgia?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Francis27103

    the map is good. Hawaii is as per google maps. The Irish course is excellent.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lars200

    Please, make a similar one for Latin America!


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

    @MichaelaKron "For instance, are you adamant that it’s “pop”, not “soda”? And does your New Yorker friend make fun of your Texan friend for saying “y’all” rather than “you guys”?"

    Why are both of these examples from the perspective of a northerner judging southern linguistics? Like, if you're going to provide two examples, as a professional writer, it would be more typical and more equitable to provide one example from the perspective of one region and the other example from another region.

    (And why is y'all always associated with Texas? Texas is barely southern. Not quite Florida-barely, but still pretty tenuous.)


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

    It's weird North Dakota has the most duolingo users. Maybe they are all learning Norwegian?


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

    cool! Thanks for sharing this!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/craaash80

    Interesting! Thanks


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Libragio22

    This is very cool. I love the animation you use!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gianpaolo688419

    67 lingots and counting


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sahil46

    wow this is amazing this helps to increase knowledge


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CheyenneC.2

    Never heard of a streak map before.


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

    Looks like I'm the only one doing Japanese xD


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SebastianS56290

    it would be crazy if it was at 100%


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

    this is festinating


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

    tryhard north dakota lol


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Multicultural-

    Maybe there should be one for Canada!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sebastian.29.

    what is that supposed to prove ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/---...___o

    I'm from Missouri. Looks like my states doing alright. Not the best but we have some good activity there!


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

    'Sup Missouri, it's your buddy Kansas here.


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

    this is awesome!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Patsy517022

    why is southern California in light blue People there do not use Duolingo?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SophiaDeLa16

    I know a lot of people in southern California that use Duolingo also me.


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

    Thanks thats a very nice stats, It would be great to have the whole map though, I would love to see the same awesome stats of my country compare with other countries (not necessary in such great details, but if I can have some general stats it'll be great).

    Very nice work!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Daniel745677

    coloradans do not do much duolingo, unlike me:)


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

    It makes sense that German is the third most studied language in the Midwest--most people around here can trace at least some chunk of their genealogy back to Germans who immigrated to the Midwest within the last 100-150 years, and nearly everyone seems to take pride in the fact :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erika_Marie_03

    HaHa!! I just realized that


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SEBASTIAN950064

    duolingo it very good app


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stephenie_9

    its really interesting knowing streaks of different states i love it


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

    *Sigh.... Why Mississippi gotta be like this!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/overwatchplayer9

    i have know idea what is going on


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alive45

    looks cool how could someone use it


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

    wow........................................................................... :D


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robwith1

    It is important to learn Spanish in the Eastern Caribbean since we have people from Cuba, Venezuela and Santo Domingo living here. It is good to understand what they are saying about you, especially when they do not know that you understand Spanish. I experience this all the time.


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

    anybody giving free lingots


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HannahHash3

    hey people you suck 0


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HomayounPo1

    All the best to you , too


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patrick264086

    hello jskdhakhdhffsdhfjkshkfhjkdfhkjkjjkahfjkhjfhajkhq asfhkdfh sad d d d d d d d d d

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

    your really cool I absolutely love you


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

    welsh is my sempie


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

    welsh is my sempie


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

    Maps interest me a lot and I was interested to see this map. What about a map of all the countries in the world and show their population of duolingo users?


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

    this is a good topic ;0

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