https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Photos of real people using Duolingo

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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.

Thanks!

--Luis (CEO of Duolingo)

December 28, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/BelgianStr
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This is a photo of me when I realized Immersion was really gone.

December 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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Were you cheering, or gritting your teeth with rage?

December 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BelgianStr
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I was gritting.

December 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/KyraMenezes

how old are you?

December 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Hi KyraMeneze, please remember not to ask or share your age/school grade on Duolingo. It helps keep everyone safer. :)

December 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Corinnebelle
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What language were you translating there?

December 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/linsang10
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Here's an old picture of me, feel free to use it

December 29, 2017

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Why are you naked?

December 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BelgianStr
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Were we pen pals? I like your gear.

December 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LittleAmberSweet

kawaiii <3

December 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zsuzsi97194

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

December 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/linsang10
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thank you, i'm just a girl who loves to have the newest technology

December 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/trfhktyk

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.

December 28, 2017

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agreed haaha

December 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SriTanviGo1

TRUEE lol

December 30, 2017

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

December 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zsuzsi97194

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

December 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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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! :)

December 30, 2017

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Love this photo!

December 28, 2017

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

December 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/KaieQ

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

December 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

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.

December 28, 2017

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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 ;)

December 31, 2017

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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.

December 29, 2017

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

December 29, 2017

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

December 30, 2017

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Buena idea!!

December 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LasCicatrices

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?

December 28, 2017

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I love this idea.

December 28, 2017

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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)

December 29, 2017

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OMG OMG OMG AHAHAHA

December 30, 2017

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

December 28, 2017

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This is a good idea!

December 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zsuzsi97194

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?

December 31, 2017

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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).

December 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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To continue the series of old people photos . . . morning calisthenics, and then Duolingo:

January 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/P-Code
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Cool! I can't wait to see everyone's photos :)

December 28, 2017

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    I'm taking a picture now for this.

    December 29, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/d6jy7syw

    i found it useful

    December 28, 2017

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

    December 29, 2017

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    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

    December 29, 2017

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    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.

    December 30, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/alokhmutov
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    Before they asked for haikus... Still not a response.

    December 30, 2017

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    Wow

    December 30, 2017

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    D:

    December 30, 2017

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    A man learning Klingon.

    December 30, 2017

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    I see he uses an Android.

    December 30, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/TheCuteMangle

    lol

    December 30, 2017

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    Anyone else noticed that the picture posted by Luis is based on the misconception that old people are too dumb to use technological devices? Sad. Some people want to seem politically correct at any cost.

    (This comment complies with the right to speech established in the first amendment).

    December 29, 2017

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    "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?

    December 30, 2017

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

    December 31, 2017
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