https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kristinemc

Incubator Stories: Meet FrankySka :)

Introducing a new series in the forum where we share a little about the people behind the Incubator :) The Duolingo Incubator lets bilingual community members passionate about languages volunteer their time to build new Duolingo courses. You can check it out here: http://www.incubator.duolingo.com.

So, let's start! Meet FrankySka who you might already know as a community moderator in the forums. She also volunteers her time to help build the German for Spanish speakers course (which is just about ready to go into beta!). We asked a few questions, and here is what she said :)

Where do you currently call home? New York City

What do you do? Any special hobbies or interests? I'm a researcher studying the neural foundations of memory. I'm also really into hardcore punk.

What languages do you know? German, English, Spanish and French. I learned Latin at school, but let’s just say that did not end well. Hoping to learn Dutch and Irish on Duolingo soon!

What's in your toolkit for translating on the Incubator? Good music or Netflix for background noise. Also, http://www.duden.de, because I keep on forgetting how to spell superlonggermanwords. I don’t envy you German learners!

When do you translate on the Incubator? Pretty much whenever I find time. A few sentences in the morning and during my lunch break, but most of it at night when I should be sleeping.

Anything else you'd like to share with the community? I have come to realize I am addicted to Duolingo. If anyone wants to join me in founding a self-help group, please post on my stream.


To get involved in the Incubator apply here:

http://incubator.duolingo.com/apply

May 9, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankySka
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Thanks for the nice words Kristine! I am honored to be the first one :)

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trang.

You deserve that for all your hardwork and dedication here :D

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WeiDeTaiwan

Hats off to @FrankySka !

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

Thank you for the nice way you instill in all of us

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bboyleok

thanks alot, I dont have words for to thank the big help that people as you give us. I hope that the certification in duoling to come soon. this give opportunities to a lot of people.

July 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexisLinguist

It's a struggle to not get addicted to Duolingo. When I don't have the tab open, it beckons me.

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kat99

Same here! :D

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZheGreatest

exactly! I always have this tab on no matter what, everyday... :)

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chilvence

I have also struggled with the Duolingo addiction. I have found that work is the only thing that can destroy my resolve to use duolingo every day. What I really need is for Duolingo to have some feature where it does my work for me, so that I can do more Duolingo instead. Is this in the pipeline?

May 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexisLinguist

I can see that. Around eleven levels in each language?! :)

May 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chilvence

Jamais genug. Debo... di piu... fazer!

May 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexisLinguist

No entendí...pero yo entiendo debo, jajaja.

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eey91

Lol me too.

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andrewmof

This was a great read! The contributors put so much time into the courses its nice to get to know the people behind them-great idea.

I was wondering if duolingo has ever considered giving the users the ability to donate a coffee or beer to the guys who contribute? I know duolingos core idealology is learning should be free, but it would be nice to give something back to the people who do this work for free... Possibly even a flattr button... just a thought.

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soolrak

"I'm also really into hardcore punk."... and she knows Spanish.

That's enough! <3

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jitengore

Carl0s_ you seem to have learned the "bonus" skills on Duolingo very well ;-)

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soolrak

I'm glad I didn't "waste" my lingots and time learning those new thngs :-D

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankySka
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:-). Any good spanish-speaking HC bands I should know about ;-)?

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soolrak

Fiskales Ad-Hok and Los Miserables (Both are from my country). 2 minutos, Shaila, and I don't remember what else. I will google it up and I will let you know.

Enjoy! :-)

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Evisceratorium

Just so you know (since I saw you say a few weeks ago you were open to corrections), you wouldn't need the word "up" along with "Google" when you use it as a verb. So you "look up something", but you "Google something" with no accompanying preposition. Cheers!

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soolrak

I know it. It is just a funny-spoken expression that some natives use. I found it "funny" and I decided to use it as well, even in gramatically is not correct.

Thanks for the correction anyway :-)

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankySka
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I'll check them out! thanks!

May 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jitengore

Congratulations, FrankySka! Good to know more about you. Talking of addiction, I am suffering from its over dosage and the fault entirely lies with Duolingo - the addicting language-learning-platform :)

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexisLinguist

I stayed on it all day (literally) one day last week...my eyes were so dry. This is unhealthy...Ayudarme. ;)

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZheGreatest

I wish I could help you but I got the sickness too! :)

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexisLinguist

Well, we don't want to be the blind leading the blind, now do we?

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Don't worry, there are many senses to navigate with. ;) (And all will be consumed by Duolingo eventually. MWAHAHAHAAAA!!)

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZheGreatest

warning-- unknown disease needs cure, not contagious but very dangerous ^w^

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

I disagree, I think it's TOTALLY contagious xD

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZheGreatest

you too? :P

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OnesimusUnbound

Descansa. You might burn out if you don't ;-)

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexisLinguist

Ahora puedo descansar porque terminé mi arból (?) de español. :)

May 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZheGreatest

ifelicidades en terminando tu arbol!

May 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kat99

Wow! :D It was so nice to get to know FrankySka better! Thank you for all your help in the incubator and all your moderator help! You are amazing!

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZheGreatest

I couldn't have said it better! :D

May 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yonoleo

Also known by me as my Leaderboard archenemy. ;-)

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankySka
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favorite nemesis, hehe!

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sanne.R

that's our girl ;-) cool article, @FrankySka :)

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankySka
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heeeey :-) Teambuddy!

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Franky!!! Woop woop! High five and hip bump! Alt text

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankySka
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is that a christmas monkey Usagi? ;-) IT IS FINALLY SUMMER!!!!! High five!!!

May 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

;)

May 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SongbirdSandra

A round of applause for FrankySka!   the crowd goes wild
Thank you for your hard word and dedication.  :-)

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/s_owla

Hi FrankySka, it's nice to get to know you better! :) Glad to see another biologist :P And you speak quite a few languages! ;)

Good luck on your course!! :D

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlmogL

Great to know you!

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eey91

It feels nice to know more about the people we owe the courses. It is a very hard job but I know I'm not the only one who would also do it.

May 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pp65

Nice to know more about you, Franky :)

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PopTartTastic

Necesitamos ir rehab, pero hablo no, no, no. Rehab for Duolingo. I think we all need it.

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PopTartTastic

Also, your course is almost finished I've noticed. Good luck with the final stretch!

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/araparseghian

Du bist sehr hübsch

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arthurva

Hi FrankySka, Great this! I have been following you for a good time now and also keep competing with you ... but you are still some 7000 XT ahead of me! I have also been aware of you as a moderator - great ... you are good stuff!

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/raans
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Awesome, you study neurobiology/neuroscience? That is just great among the other things!

Edit: Would be interesting on what kind of level of memory learning we ("you") are dealing here: cellular/molecular level even?

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankySka
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I am doing pattern analysis of fMRI data - very macro!

May 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ulyo

Why not spanish for german speakers?

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankySka
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Will be done as well :-) As far as I know, all courses get reversed at some point, but we need to get this one into beta, and than in phase 3 (or reasonably stable in beta) first!

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jitengore

Rumor has it that it is your special day today. Happy Birthday FrankySka!

And you have another milestone coming up in 15 days :)

June 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Oh o.O??

Perks up and snags my cello. Squeaks out "Happy B-day" and it's sincere but aweful.

June 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Foxgirl459

Wow. How long have you been doing this?

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