https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

How did we get here? Interesting Duolingo background information,

After exploring most of the features here, and seeing the reactions to changes, I thought it interesting to find out how Duolingo evolved and is still evolving. This article goes back to the beginning and works it's way year by year to the present and a peek into the future.

https://producthabits.com/duolingo-built-700-million-company-without-charging-users/

April 29, 2019

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Cleanthe3

Thanks for the link, un long chemin parcouru en effet .

Did I see clearly ? There is a "screenshot" of the incubator (from a long time ago) saying : learn Elvish from English ... ??!! Euh, what ? ;)

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jzsuzsi

I am pretty sure that was just a made-up photo to show how the incubator looks like.

First, all 4 languages have the same percent of completion (not likely).

In 2013, Spanish and French were already available, and Chinese entered the Incubator much later.

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielVanD18

Oh ok, I thought they just didn’t complete it.

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielVanD18

I saw that, that’s fascinating! They must have abandoned it. It would have been the first made-up language, and way back then!

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ausir

Tolkien's Elvish languages (Quenya and Sindarin) wouldn't really be feasible, because what canon information we have is incomplete, contradictory notes by Tolkien made over many decades, without a complete grammar. There are various fanmade versions of Neo-Elvish based on these, but neither is officially endorsed by Tolkien Estate, and all contradict each other.

This is in contrast with Klingon and High Valyrian, the creators of which are both alive and able to create new canon parts of the languages, which have pretty much complete grammar available and are being mostly expanded in terms of vocabulary nowadays.

So I guess they had this idea at first but then realized the problems with it.

May 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TysonClassicist

Thanks for sharing. I joined in 2013 and it was fun to go back to the way things were and see how far the company has come.

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jzsuzsi

I saw the TED talk of Luis from 2011. It was very interesting, even more knowing that we don’t have Immersion anymore.

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Songve. This is fascinating. Thank you. I started August 2016, a very good year! I'm coming up for my 1000th day incl. Internet blip) and I'm amazed at the changes experienced. And yet, without realising it, one just carries on and adapts. Great knowing you, particularly.

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AndresGarner

Songve, Thanks for the link It is very interesting. I joined back in 2015 so I have never seen some of the things in this post before, I really thought the chart of Duolingo vs Rosetta Stone was fascinating.

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ausir

Especially that Rosetta Stone is not just the company, but also the historical artefact it was named after.

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/belstar128

I wish i started using duolingo in 2011 i started in February 2017 back in 2011 i thought language learning was too hard i learned english between 2001 and 2004 and it was really hard.

I also tried learning French between 1999 and 2009 but i failed because of the boring methods and there was not much motivation before youtube became a thing.

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/shelleyskydoe

pretty cool man

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Chartreux

I've used Duolingo since 2013. I'm very happy with today's product. In 2013 the audio/microphone constantly went out. I lost a 793 day streak because the system froze. I'm on the latest tree and love everything about it and have nothing to say to the complainers. The chatbots (Stories) are very educational and should not be missed by anyone learning French. There are still lots of things I would like to see but time and AI will see to those. I do wish more native speakers would volunteer for some of the other languages (Turkish for example).

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KonigderSprachen

I myself am glad that Duolingo is the site it is. It is very interesting to learn various languages, which I plan to learn all the languages available. And for anyone with the same passion, I recommend to take notes on the languages your learning as you go. I also recommend to listen to music in the languages, as well as reading or any other way you can learn.

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Seattle_scott

Very interesting article. I find it interesting that the test center is still there. I never knew about it. It would be great if it was available for more than just English testing.

April 30, 2019
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