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Photos of real people using Duolingo

Hi Everybody,

Millions of people from every country in the world use Duolingo to learn a language every day. I'm interested in capturing the diversity of our community with inspiring photographs like this one:

If you have any pictures of you or a loved one using Duolingo, please send them to us at: userphotos@duolingo.com

We won't use these pictures anywhere without specifically asking for your permission.


--Luis (CEO of Duolingo)

December 28, 2017



This is a photo of me when I realized Immersion was really gone.


Were you cheering, or gritting your teeth with rage?


What language were you translating there?


I like this idea. I was going to give this a lingot. Then, I realized this is from the CEO of Duolingo. He don't need no lingots.


If we give Luis lingots, he might have to create something to actually spend them on to get rid of them. :P


No but he needs something to get this course off beta!


Hi folks!

I want to encourage people if you plan to share a photo, to please send the photos via email and not post them to the forum here. As this is specifically asking for photos of yourself, I am concerned that kids will post photos of themselves, linking to their username. Right now, if someone has a photo of a kid as their profile picture, it is ambiguous. Is the person a kid or does the person have kids? Let's keep that ambiguity in tact here in the forums where we ask people not to share their ages and school grades.

Thanks everyone! :)


Love this photo!


How sweet!

I would use a picture of myself, but I'm not the prettiest human alive. Plus, I just don't want my face out there. Though, I will think about it...

Unfortunately, no one else uses Duolingo in my family, besides me, of course. So, I can't take pictures of them. That could change if I actually told them about Duolingo, but they are all busy people with their own goals. I only know friends who use it.


You could always wear a Duo costume in the photo... come to think of it don't do that because it sounds fun and I want to do it instead. (JK ;)


Mmm... After reading this, I might not hate selfies that much :)


Soolrak you know basically every language. Not that you need it, but here. Take my lingot.


You're welcome to the picture and video of my two dogs. They are better looking than I am.

BTW, this summer Amber will be 6 and Skippy will be 10. They used to play like that all the time, but don't play much anymore because Skippy is starting to get old. She was one in the video and he was 5. She had a sore on her neck for awhile from where he was always chewing on her neck. It's since healed up. I always used to tell her, "Don't let him treat you like that."

Amber knows the word "cat". If I say "cat" she gets very excited and starts running around, barking. The only reason the people who had her before gave her away was because she is not good with cats.

I think if Amber knows the word "cat" and she's a dog, there is no reason anybody on Duolingo who is learning English can't learn "cat", because Amber is only a dog, not a human, and she knows the word "cat". If I say "cat" she immediately gets extremely excited and starts running around, barking, and looking around for the cat.


My dogs have a wide vocabulary of: Treat, biscuit, sausage, sleep, time, hungry, sit, paw, food, squirrel


Love the story. I feel like my cat understands every word I say, but in actuality, she likely just knows her name. :)

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Buena idea!!


Interesting. I personally don't have any photos, but I'm interested in seeing those of others. Out of curiosity, what language is the person learning in that photo?


I love this idea.


It's Luis's way of recovering from the trauma this video has given him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsF7enQY8uI

(For context, Luis is the creator of reCAPTCHA)


To continue the series of old people photos . . . morning calisthenics, and then Duolingo:


Great idea! I’ll send a photo. I really enjoy using your website.


This is a good idea!


A man learning Klingon.


I see he uses an Android.


I just saw what Luis wrote in his intro "Personalized education. Everyone learns in different ways."

How true! Some of us have to learn by cutting and pasting wrong answers into a lesson in order to pass through it. And then it comes back again to strengthen us with the same old wrong answer, so it's important to keep a log of wrong answers. Now that's a different way of learning.

Sorry, Luis, you have a really brilliant idea here but how about reducing the number of languages and making the ones you focus on actually work. I have been a language teacher. We need good audio. We need correct vocabulary that builds naturally and gets used in subsequent lessons. We don't really need wrong hints, or hints at all if the words are being introduced in sequence and practiced until they become natural. We need to listen and speak before we read and write. We need immersion.

Do we really need Klingon?


Some excellent points, clearly articulated. These are all issues that can and should be addressed to improve Duolingo as a language learning resource. The male voice in German for English speakers and the female voice in English for Spanish speakers get my votes for the worst audio award (inaudible and unpleasant).


Cool! I can't wait to see everyone's photos :)

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    I'm taking a picture now for this.


    Here is a picture of some learners using the Welsh course (I wasn't able to insert the picture here, maybe someone can edit this post?) https://www.dropbox.com/s/fpiwygver3m5xle/duolingo%20Cymraeg.jpg?dl=0

    Here is the video :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkgGfHji-G0t=5s


    Before they asked for haikus... Still not a response.


    i found it useful


    Here's an old picture of me, feel free to use it


    Were we pen pals? I like your gear.


    Love the equipment! I mean the computers, of course.


    thank you, i'm just a girl who loves to have the newest technology


    that's not right, you ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ the grandmother.


    I like the idea, but I can't imagine asking a friend to take photos of me doing DuoLingo exercises; it would feel vain. Maybe if there's ever a situation in which taking a photo feels natural?

    Oh, I suppose I could take a selfie captioning something in another language.


    "Millions of people from every country in the world use Duolingo...?" A number of countries don't have millions of people. Officially, there are are 196 recognized countries in the world (per U.S. State Department's list). I'd like to know how you know people in each of these countries use Duolingo? What about North Korea?


    It’s talking about millions of people worldwide. Not millions from particular countries.

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