Duolingo helped get me a job
EDIT: I edited the title because I felt like it was over-embellished
I work as a paramedic (AEMT level with Tactical Combat Casualty Care certifications, for the few interested) for American Medical Response, but lately I've been trying to go into something easier, such as a nursing home. So on Friday, I had an interview for this one place, and the guy really loved me. I could tell, because in between questions, we were having casual conversations about things, and he seemed to genuinely enjoy my presence.
Eventually, he asked me what my long term goals were for school. I told him "Get my BSN and afterwards, get a bachelors in linguistics, because I love languages. I study Russian and French, and just recently started out learning Japanese and Chinese."
"Oh, really?" he said, "That must be a lot of college."
"Nah, I actually self educate myself. I've never spent a dime on learning any of these languages."
Intrigued, he raises his eyebrow, and smiles "Oh, really?"
"yep. I go on these two apps called Duolingo and Lingq.' Duolingo is 100% free, and you can learn thousands of words in a language with just Duolingo."
So he asked me if I could take my phone out and show him the apps, I show him duolingo's Russian course and he's super interested.
"Y'know, my kids have always wanted to learn Japanese. I'll show them this app."
Yesterday, he called me and told me I got the job. He also wants to learn more about these apps from me
I figured this would have been an interesting story to share. =)
Yay! Although I am sure you’re other qualifications are not bad, either!
As an employer, I would always prefer someone with a strong interest in learning and increasing one’s skills, self-discipline to do it on their own, long-term goal oriented instead of looking for instant gratification, not afraid to tackle difficult tasks, the self-confidence that one will be able to achieve the goals, etc. All of which you obviously displayed!
Please share LingoDeer with him as well, I love Duolingo but LD's Asian Courses are really amazing.
I don't know anything about Lingodeer but another mentioned it, so I'll have to check it out myself =)
Great story! Since I still have a few years until I go to a new employer Ill probably be able to show some language skills by that time too :D Hopefully It'll get me another point in the interview haha
So far I always talked exclusivly about private stuff, like sports, games i play or other stuff like that, never had to experience those 'though interviews' where you get your skills tested or whatever happens there... I guess im pretty lucky ^^' All my employers so far have been about wether or not the new employee fits into the team than anything else :v
Pretty cool what duo can do for us though <3 really motivated to keep going all the way throug :)
We need more stories like these here
Thank you for sharing your story! But, IMHO I prefer LingoDeer a lot for learning Japanese than DuoLingo. I use DuoLingo for only strengthening it. LingoDeer is completely free too.
Oh yeah? I've never heard of it. What does Lingo do better, if I may ask? =)
Almost everything. You can get brief explanation (Notes) about what you about to learn which DuoLingo app doesn't have, the voice is more crisp, the course is more challenging, it teach you to read Kanji (with optional Furigana on top) in every course, and you can switch to offline mode for free. For me, LingoDeer is superior compared to DuoLingo except its lacks of Discussion and only available on mobile app. You definitely have to give it a try. And sorry if my English is still bad, I still learning. :)
Your English is great! I wish my Russian was as good as your English is :) Thank you so much!
wow i did not know that. I just started learning Japanese and after I'm done with all the level i'll head that way for more challenge. I guess Duolingo is baby steps for learning.
That's amazing! I'll have to try to bring up learning languages in my next job interview. ;)
Great story - congratulations on the job.
I'm intrigued that you are simultaneously learning Japanese and Chinese. That sounds difficult!
I (started to) learn Russian years ago so I think I may revisit it once I've got some more Welsh under my belt. I can just about remember the alphabet. Does duo lingo transliterate those languages with different alphabets at all, or does it always start with having to learn the new characters?
I have just been attempting to give you five lingots. Unfortunately I can't work out how to do it!! What an idiot! Oh well, the thought was there!!
Maybe you are trying to give lingot from a mobile phone. It's easier if you do it on a laptop as it gives you the option to give lingot.
I was on a laptop though I had problems posting the message. In the end I had to copy the comment, refresh the page and repost. I'm going to attempt it again with you for taking the trouble to reply - here goes...
Oh, that was straightforward! There must have been some other problem going on earlier...
Congratulations! That's cool. Yes, being a polyglot will always make you more useful in the workplace and is an important part of one's qualifications. I always use my languages at work. A polyglot can help people other workers can't and attracts clients that would otherwise go to other businesses. I learn them because every country, language, and culture, has a lot to offer one would miss out on otherwise, but it's great to be able to help people other people can't help at work.
Once again, congratulations on your new job. I hope you enjoy it.
I actually don't like LingQ paywall :/ Memrise, Duo, Lingvist are good (although Lingvist is limited to French, German, Spanish :/ )
I haven't paid for Lingq yet. However, I have found that the app/website is still usable as a F2P user as you still have unlimited access to all their manuscripts. You just can't get your Lingqs in, which to me, isn't important.
I mostly use it to strengthen my listening comprehension anyways.
very interesting tbh. i wish i can have that much motivation to add spanish and japanese or french into my studies, but learning one is already so hard while on top of that me still wrapped up in high school. i do wanna atleast start soon with any of these since some data says that learning a new language on an older age would be harder.
But what self-learning foreign languages tells people is that you've developed several skills: time management skills, delayed gratification ,wanting to improve yourself, nd so on. I probably over embellished the title, too be honest.
Well, maybe you seriously got the job because showing him the apps as this could have been the cherry on the cake for him to hire you. (You know, you've met all requirements, but maybe he was searching for something special, something extra and this was exactly what you provided.) Anyhow... Congrats!
Good Job! You have explained a really good story! I hope he has a fun time learning about Duolingo because Duolingo is a wonderful language website for people to come and give an awesome comment about how it really looks like. But I can't believe that you got a job from Duolingo! Like I so want to do that as well! Anyways, I hope you have fun on your job and make him surprised about Duolingo!