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:
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!
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.)
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.
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)
@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 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 :)
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.