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:
Sweet! We annexed Cuba, Jamaica, and Hispaniola. I wonder what happened to Hawai'i?
Perhaps this tinycards course might be of interest to the maps graphic creator ;)
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.
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;))
Goodness gracious alive! Are there any more languages out there that you know?!
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...)
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.
Maybe the opposite is true for Florida...low rates being due to lethargy from heat in the summer...I would know!
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.
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!
Cool. Very interesting. I'd like to see one done for Canadian provinces and countries of the world.
it's funny that north Dakota is the lowest for people on Duolingo but have the longest streaks!
Accounts > People. Which will also raise the question of % trash and puppet accounts.
Duolingo has 150 million users: I'm betting that 50 million of those users are spam accounts.
I would guess even more - at least half of the accounts have tried it once and forgotten about it after the first time.
This isn't keeping track of amount of accounts, this is keeping track of length of streaks
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.
Many North Dakotans have ancestors from the Scandinavian countries and Germany, so maybe they are really interested in the language of their forefathers?
And there's a tremendous amount of Scandinavians living in a neiǥboring state, Minnesota, and most Scandinavian languages are derived from German (they're Germanic languages), and there's a very low unemployment rate in N. Dakota, so there's a possibility that people from Minnesota are moving to N. Dakota looking for a good job, and bringing their language interests with them. I know it's a really kind of roundabout way to think of it, but it could be true. Just my guess.
This shows that the dedication of few people could make a huge difference.
Read the article and it seems like they accidentally used the Caribbean to represent Hawaii. Oops
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.)
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?
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.
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.
Interesting. Would be interesting to see the same analysis made for Europe.
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)
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!
And then there's the 0.0000000000000001% with over 1000. That is true dedication.
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
I would like to know how many of the 57.8 million U.S. users are active on , at least, a weekly basis.
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.
All the colder states have more users (where my Mainers at?), all we do when it's snowing is go online haha
Learning Spanish in California is great because it's right next to Mexico, and has many native Spanish speakers that live there
North Dakota - The Duolingo State
the map is good. Hawaii is as per google maps. The Irish course is excellent.
@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.)
It's weird North Dakota has the most duolingo users. Maybe they are all learning Norwegian?