What is Duolingo to you?
Duolingo is obviously important in your life because you use it. For some people, it is important for some it is not. What is the reason why you use Duolingo? Is it a tool? Is it another boring website? What purpose does it have in your life? Thank You!
Here's how I feel about duolingo:
This is the best website ever. There are few things I love more than language learning and here I can learn almost any language I want! (With the exceptions of Taiwanese, ASL, Arabic, Catalan, Thai and Corsican.) I love the awesome people I've met here on the forums and I love how the incubator works, and I love how this website is one of the best websites for learning a language yet it is absolutely free, and I love how effective yet fun this is! I can learn so many languages here, from Spanish to Romanian, from French to High Valyrian. Communication is extremely important, extremely crucial, and Duolingo opens that up. I love the people who work here, endlessly working to bring us free education. I've made so many friends here on the forums. I love this website, and I think that despite the 200 million users, this website is very underrated.
Duolingo is a bit like home to me, which probably wouldn't surprise those who have been here a while. I've been here more than 4 years now and have invested a lot of time, energy, and heart into tending the forums. I feel so much affection for the Duolingo dream and the community here.
When I was younger, languages fascinated me. But, I wasn't an "open a book and teach myself a language" sort of learner. And my schools didn't offer any languages until high school. But, "high school" for me consisted of the last 5 years of my (pre+)secondary education condensed into 2 before I headed to university. So my plate was very full with no room for language studies.
Studying language in uni didn't quench my thirst. So, when I found Duolingo, I was excited to be able to continue, for lots of reasons: it's fun and boosts my self-esteem. It's really good for my brain. And, it nourishes my curiosity for cultures other than my own. Meanwhile, the community allows me to apply some of the knowledge I gained from my university studies. I've also been able to meet moderators from around the world both online and even some in person. It has expanded my head and heart by so much! And all combined, Duolingo gives me a way to touch the world and hopefully leave a small (bunny sized) foot print. ^_^
I became heavily interested in languages a little over a year ago. Since then Duolingo has helped me explore so many wonderful languages. It has helped me learn about the ones I like and the ones I am not that into.
I stay with Duolingo because it is more enjoyable to me than all the other language apps and sites I have tried. I came just in time to see a ton of changes from the immersion beta being abandoned to the creation of Clubs, Labs, and alternate apps such as Tiny Cards.
Not only did 3 of the 4 languages I want to be added make it into the incubator and beyond(Mandarin, Japanese, Hindi, Arabic) but I have seen a ton of changes already and I am excited to see what will come next.
In the meantime, I'll explore languages, keep learning, and keep on having fun.
I used to study Spanish through other means, then an NPR show that I like (maybe RadioLab? I don't remember. It was a long time ago.) Talked about Duo. I went on YouTube and watched the TED talk, then signed up. I've stayed on it for years because I've learned Spanish faster on here than any of the other programs. Unfortunately, I've long since finished the Spanish tree and need to move on to get better.
It is a great way to get started with learning i only became interested in language learning when i gave duolingo a shot im trying to find ways to learn without duolingo language learning has become a real hobby for me it has already helped me with a few small things
I spend a few hours a day on duolingo there are times when i spend almost all day but there are also times when i give up after 1 lesson but i can't find many things that are as good as duolingo
This is a very good question!
For me, Duolingo is like a gift that keeps on giving. There's just so much knowledge here and it's beautiful.
I use Duolingo just about everyday for school (Spanish, French), but the rest of the languages I'm learning are for fun. Before Duolingo, I used Rosetta Stone. But now, after a year and a half, I watched a movie in Spanish and was amazed by how much I understood! In my honest opinion, I don't think I would gotten that far with Rosetta Stone. Duolingo is an amazing tool for me, it's opened my mind about different languages and cultures, and helped me connect with people and my friends in real life better.