Duolingo has helped me with Anxiety
Anxiety effected my childhood. I remember in middle school, having to do a presentation and just started crying and crying. I would fear school, talking. I would be afraid to speak.
Then I found Duolingo.
I could speak in Swedish around people just fine, I decided I would be a transfer student to Sweden. As soon as I got to Sweden I was fine. I felt like I belonged, I moved to Sweden 2 years later. I have a daughter and her first language is Swedish.
This is my story of Anxiety, Share yours.
I don't necessarily have anxiety, however, Duolingo has helped me with my stress and social awkwardness. I've talked about this before, so I won't go into detail, though I always call Duolingo "therapeutic" because whenever I face a tragedy or a personal struggle, it clears my mind and helps me get focus in life. My social awkwardness is still with me
and may never leave me but I'm fine with that.
I'm glad Duolingo has helped with your anxiety!
Yes, I totally feel you! I am bullied in middle school for being fat, and Duolingo, and this community has helped me get past that. Keep going!
I remember people talking behind my back because of my weight. Middle school is just one of those time periods where kids are crueler than they ought to be. Never let them win by succumbing to their bullying. How you rise from those experiences is what matters. Though, I know it won't be easy. I am glad that Duolingo has helped you in some way, and I hope your future becomes brighter!
I feel the same way, I have crippling anxiety but learning languages helps me to release that anxiousness and do something productive. Now I'm learning 3 foreign languages (Spanish is already my proficiency boast) and the others are fun as well!
I discovered Duolingo, and it reignited my will to live. Duolingo is very helpful for mental illness.
I don't have much anxiety, but when I get some bad news, plugging away at Duolingo for all of my free time really helps - learning eases my brain, and when there's a great community to go along with it, well then there's nothing better I could ask for!
That is very cool, but wow, how long has Duo been around? I didn't know it had been around long enough for you to have used it to learn Swedish, visit the country, move to Sweden two years later, have a kid, and now she speaks Swedish. I'm getting at least 6-7 years for that scenario. I thought it had only been around for like 4 years.
My thing about Duo and social anxiety is people's responses when they find out I'm learning new languages, they immediately ask when I'm going to speak them with someone. Maybe I'm a weirdo, but I actually don't feel any need to actually speak the languages with anyone. Other people seem surprised by this. I'm not doing this to speak to people, I'm doing it because I think the language itself is interesting. I am learning Danish because I'm going there this summer, but honestly I probably won't be brave enough to try to speak it much. But I'm still glad I'm learning it.
Duolingo was launched as a private beta in November 2011 see wiki. So it actually has been around for 6-7 years^^
And I don't think wanting to learn languages without planning to speak them makes you weird.
Personally I like speaking Swedish with natives (and being corrected). Since I have less time to decide on the words, my brain has to work faster than in writing...