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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

94 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/DerGoldmann

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

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo

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

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ingochris

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

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/magic10101

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

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SilverRoses3880

Wow, those USA flashcards are sweet!

October 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

October 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DerGoldmann

Looks like they just fixed it.

October 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/magic10101

oops!

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/g.mikkelsen

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;))

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahLambert06

I gave a lingot too! That is very impressive!

October 30, 2017

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

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

October 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NateTC23

Zo, u weet ❤❤❤ aanspreker nederlands?

November 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Gianpaolo688419

Pirates of Hawaii: Macadamia Sparrow

October 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jarcher77

Hahaha. I noticed that right away.

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Anthonytim12

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

October 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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...)

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahK7174

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

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

October 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/leonlagrey

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

October 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Katred2

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

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou

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

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lilyflower231

This is super interesting; thanks for sharing!

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Scarlett_Lucian

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

October 13, 2017

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

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

October 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/seoulless

That would be wonderful!

October 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PandaSakuraTea

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

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nueby

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

October 12, 2017

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

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

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lizsue

Those aren't spam accounts...

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/rydudecoolkid

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

October 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hgelbourg

Many North Dakotans have ancestors from the Scandinavian countries and Germany, so maybe they are really interested in the language of their forefathers?

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Mindy789121

I think that is a pretty good theory.

October 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBlockhead

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.

October 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/websurfer.sa

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

October 13, 2017

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

Thanks Vivisaurus! Very interesting! Awesome!

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Xefjord

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

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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.)

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ErinAndW

Wouldn't Illinois have more too, then?

October 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

October 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonkobu

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

November 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

October 16, 2017

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

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

October 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/idkhbtfm

Nice job North Dakota!

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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)

October 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ExSquaredOver2

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

October 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Gianpaolo688419

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

October 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Gjthomas1990

Interesting, thanks

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Colton655307

Farts

October 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mattoleriver

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

October 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

October 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/zarianxrea

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

October 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/KatyBeeM

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

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MykeDeWolf

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

October 14, 2017

[deactivated user]

    North Dakota - The Duolingo State

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/PiflePafle

    awesome

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DaltonWilc1

    Wow what happened to Georgia?

    October 16, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/BeastYT

    Pretty cool

    October 16, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Francis27103

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

    October 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DavidBeckm1

    Fascinating.

    October 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Judy_Blue_Eyes

    Interesting!

    October 17, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lars200

    Please, make a similar one for Latin America!

    October 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/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.)

    October 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/hgosch

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

    October 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/TheRealKurtz

    PENNSYLVANIA!

    October 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/SophiaDeLa16

    super cool!

    October 25, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Sophedell

    cool! Thanks for sharing this!

    October 26, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/craaash80

    Interesting! Thanks

    October 28, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/SilverRoses3880

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

    October 28, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Rff1979

    Cool map.

    October 29, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Gianpaolo688419

    67 lingots and counting

    October 29, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/sahil46

    wow this is amazing this helps to increase knowledge

    October 29, 2017

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

    Never heard of a streak map before.

    October 30, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/allredmir

    cool

    October 30, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/TrentTompk1

    what

    October 31, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/STARTPAR014

    hi

    October 31, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/xxxdabdabxxx

    im homo

    November 1, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DrainGang

    Looks like I'm the only one doing Japanese xD

    November 2, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianS56290

    it would be crazy if it was at 100%

    November 2, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/mavissathe

    this is festinating

    November 2, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/siciIy

    tryhard north dakota lol

    November 2, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/CameronFie5

    WOW!

    November 2, 2017

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

    Maybe there should be one for Canada!

    November 2, 2017

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

    what is that supposed to prove ?

    November 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/KennyFromDenmark

    it rigardu eksteren

    November 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Frida168215

    Hey

    November 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/NormanCruz9

    What about you guys joining in a WhatsApp group here https://chat.whatsapp.com/Dz5KlKSYLxNF8NlP4ZK6oV

    November 3, 2017
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