Apply to Team Korean!

  • Are you a (language) nerd?

  • Are you interested in making an impact?

  • Are you interested in working with a team of talented individuals across the world?

Then you'll fit right in the Duolingo Korean Team

The team is currently building Tree 2 (At least attempting to). However, as people may know, life brings unexpected tolls and the team (including me) isn't that active as it used to be. Hense, we are looking for one to two contributors who are willing to help bring the team back to speed. If you think you are the person that can rejuvenate the team, please apply.

However, be aware of these points before applying.

1. Ability to make a time commitment without pay.

I have to admit this is the toughest part these days personally, but if you are passionate about language learning, maybe you should give it a shot.

2. Actually be interested in the Korean language itself

I'll be brutally honest. Yes, this means you aren't doing this for "national pride" (I can rant about this for an hour but I want to save you guys some time). You aren't doing it for BTS (whatever that is) or the next big K-Pop band. None of the above constitutes a legitimate reason. You're doing this for your own interest in the Korean language and intellectual growth.

Anyways, I look forward to reading all of your applications. Happy learning!

Apply at

(Also, professional-level of command in the language is expected)

February 9, 2019


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    (Also, professional-level of command in the language is expected)

    Duolingo is a for-profit company with a partnership with Pearson. They need to start paying people for creating content for them that helps bring in revenue, especially when they expect applicants to have professional-level expertise.

    Duolingo is up against some tough competition in the IT field with apps aimed at learners of Asian languages like Korean. If they want to compete, they need to start hiring qualified contributors.

    February 10, 2019

    I somewhat agree, but what I meant by professional is at least be able to work speaking Korean, not a professional Korean translation experience

    February 10, 2019
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    There is a core team of somewhere a bit over possibly 100 people who operate Duolingo as staff. In the various jobs that a company such as Duolingo requires. Which is also more than just language development professionals. Though very highly skilled language development professionals do work for Duolingo.
    And as January 2019, the language-learning website and app offer 85 different language courses in 24 languages.

    Do the maths. Of spreading a bit over 100 paid professionals across a platform that wide. With new products being constantly produced. ( ie. check out : and for instance )

    And that is barely touching the tip of the iceberg of so many projects and iterations of content in multiple versions that are occurring across 85 different language courses in 24 languages.

    Yes - you are correct - it is a for-profit company.

    That has been developing, delivering and operating since 30 November 2011. Not a flash in the pan. And providing and striving for continued quality of the language learning products it is makes available at no cost for learners. Including access to forums about language such as this.

    Duolingo is aware, from my opinion, of the value of the asset and platform it is creating and continuing to strive to excellence for its learning potential and engagement. Not just to be an life changer to an individual, but to the world we share.

    Yes. It is a for-profit company.
    Yet its wealth and potential and applicability to the world is due the great wealth of the gift that its volunteers contribute to the future. An individuals future, and the future of us all.

    Check out
    Especially the orange section about "Universally accessible."

    We created Duolingo so that everyone could have a chance. Free language education – no hidden fees, no premium content, just free.

    And from my involvement as a volunteer with them since 2013, they have stayed true to this.

    And yes - I am a volunteer. And I am speaking here in my opinion.

    Do you want to be the one that stones someone, by comments such as above ? Or do you want to be part of dynamic team that IS changing the world in fundamental way ?

    edited above and deeply apologizing for my inappropriate comment.

    For the individual, and for all of us. And for those that will come after us.

    February 10, 2019

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      Do you want to be the one that stones someone, by comments such as above

      Duolingo ne estas homo, sed firmo.

      Duolingo isn't a person, it's a company.

      February 10, 2019

      Well technically a company is considered a legal person...

      February 10, 2019

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        Malfeliĉe tio ĉi veras.

        Sadly, this is true

        February 11, 2019

        I would love to apply.....but I do not speak Korean.

        February 9, 2019

        Me neither, maybe if I was better at it I would honestly. Good luck though soedori in finding contributors!!

        February 9, 2019

        Would love to help out, but my Korean is only at a TOPIK level 2.

        February 10, 2019

        I would love to apply but my Korean is limited... not to mention I'm in my school's show choir, musical, and preparing for my auditions to an ent. company but if that proves to be too difficult I'll be preparing for my highschool show choir auditions

        February 11, 2019
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