I'm getting made fun of.
My classmates make fun of me for doing Duolingo and I try not to get upset but it has gotten to the extent where they are making accounts to dislike my posts. Any advice? I just posted and already have a DV from them. Thanks You for all the support, especially the lingots. All the support I have gotten has motivated me even more to learn. I have turned the haters into motivators! :)
Teasing someone for being an intellectual is like throwing water on an electrical fire.
No kidding, 65 days wow my highest is 5 XD Give lingots to ThatKazakhGuy quick! INSANE!!!
@ErgonTheChemist You said your highest day streak was 5. Try this if you want to get a higher day streak:
- If you miss your streak, punish yourself and don’t do something you would want to do normally, like sleep in or watch tv or something. And during that time you could do Duolingo (even if you missed your streak)
Also try making Duolingo a priority so that (let’s say you go to school for the purpose of this, I have no idea if you do or not) when you get home from school, make Duolingo as big as a priority as your homework.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t do your homework, but once your done, then put all your focus into Duolingo.
But Zericity, I don’t have a lot of time!
You only have to do 5 lessons at max per day, or whatever you set your goal too.
If you are really busy, then you could set your goal to 5xp a day, then you only have to do one lesson.
But I know some people who say there busy and never would have time to do Duolingo but really, they do, and they just watch TV instead.
I will admit, there have been days that I have had to use a streak freeze or just do some easy lessons just to get my streak, but it works.
So motivate yourself, and happy learning.
Honestly, my streaks only gotten this far is because I fear that Duolingo would kill my family.
It's unhealthy to punish yourself. Reward your self for success, don't punish yourself for failure - just encourage yourself to do better and consider the benefits. (ie. the act gets reframed as a form of getting ahead.) That said, there are ways to remind yourself. An appointment in email or to pop up on your cell phone to remind you, etc. I use physical reminders - ie. If I don't want to leave my house without something I put it in a bag and wrap it around my purse strap. You can use something that you put on your bed and don't take off until you do duo so you can't get in bed without noticing it. It's not a punishment so its healthier. Also, always buy the streak freeze for incase you honestly forget or are too busy. That does make you do duo because you need to add up lingos to buy the streak freeze.
Thanks you SO much Zericity, that really helped, heres a lingot and another follower
ok i totally love this i am going to use it .. And i am home schooled and still forget to do duolingo.
Yeah, I don't respond well to punishment. Better to stay light, have fun, realize that if you just start the practice, you'll want to keep going.
- Always buy a streak freeze.
- Always double or nothing.
- Add an alarm on your phone.
Your intention is to do it every day, so put your lingots where your mouth is! Quickly the lingots start to add up and you'll never break your streak. Especially important when changing time zones... Duo can get very confused.
@EragonTheChemist - 65 days is good! My best advice is to set yourself an alarm on your phone for a time you know you will always (or almost always) be free to spend five minutes on Duolingo. Then, when your alarm goes of DO NOT put it off - if you get distracted, you will absolutely forget about it. If youo know you tend to get distracted, set SEVERAL alarms on your phone. And make it a game. For me, it was about getting to 100 days first. Then about getting to 150. Then suddenly I was creeping up to 200. Now I'm heading towards 275, and then, I'm going for 300. Maybe I'll get a whole year! If you have to, use the streak freezes, or the weekend passes. You won't get a new day added, but it will save you from losing your streak. Always, always keep your streak freeze enabled, just in case - there is nothing so heartbreaking as falling asleep halfway through a lesson and wakinig up just past midnight, or your internet dying...! Good luck!
If people are doing that, you should maybe try changing your name and picture. If they notice that you've changed it, then I don't know what to do. I'm just trying to help.
To tease somebody for being smart is to poke a grizzly bear's stomach, its not gonna end well.
True that, my advice: They can only make fun of you as long as it bothers you. They get their fun by seeing your reaction. So, no reaction, no fun, no more getting picked upon. If you think it helps with your learning, don't bother to be influenced by them and focus on learning more. If it's not something you think you might be able to do easily, just don't talk about it as much and it will blow over in no time. Oh and you might wish to consider a change in who you surround yourself with.:)
Exactly. Anyone who thinks little enough of you to ridicule you for your educational ambitions, is not someone that you want to hang around. Usually, those who are the loudest in voicing their opinions, are not the people whose opinions matter anyway.
‘His ambition must be small Who carves his name on tree or wall’ - I forgot what it’s from!
Unfortunately you can't chose your classmates. At least in any school I've been to :(
Dude, how do you have such a long streak? I literally can't make it past 3 days!
Try turning on reminders, double or nothing for extra motivation, and streak protection (from the shop). I know exactly how you feel; I was in the same situation until I figured out what streak freeze did.
The sheer stupidity of bullies sometimes is ridiculous. Pretend they do not exist, and if they down vote your post, you can upvote yourself to counter it, without even making another account. All in all, bullies and internet trolls are scum who deserve to have their accounts deleted. Thank you for reading.
not only that, but to make accounts and downvote posts really boggles my mind.
Do NOT talk back to them...ever...on here. Other people see what happens and you can be friends with the hundreds or thousands of people who do care about learning and just leave the bullies to wither away.
DO report anything you feel is bullying, inappropriate (not good for children to see in public, etc.) Keep this link handy: https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/requests/new or go to "Help" and ask about "report abuse".
People can't make fun of you if you don't comment on their posts. If they attack you on your post, file the report...IF their post really crosses the line into things DL does not allow (read the guidelines).
DVs are anonymous. There are many people who will DV posts that are not related to languages...like this one, even. It is a legitimate issue but it is one that DL has made very clear ways to deal with. Also, if you ever really feel threatened please talk to your teacher or other adult. I have seen some scary stuff on here just today (and reported it).
Don't get sucked in! It's better to just leave and go do something else if you are feeling bad or threatened or sad because of DL.
You can also change your name and profile picture. Not the best idea, since we won't know you then either, but a last resort if the same people keep bothering you and are not removed. Sadly, you cannot block someone from seeing your posts...that is something that really needs to change, IMO.
Sock accounts are so hard to deal with. Years ago I was hassled on Twitter, Facebook, and a couple of other sites by an ex-boyfriend who just continuously made sock accounts to say things to me (because I kept blocking each account). Sometimes he revealed it was him, other times he thought he was so clever thinking that I couldn't tell it was him. (eyeroll)
Finally I made my own sock account. I made up a guy to be my "new boyfriend" who came to my rescue on those sites. (I even uploaded a profile picture of a guy who I thought was hot.) I had my friends play along that I had a new man. Best sock account ever. :)
It's probably good to alter all of these pictures a slight bit so if someone does a Google image search they won't find anything.
That's so smart, Marlana! You are a true social media master. Have a Lingot, you've earned it
Yes, hence why I needed to get rid of him. The breaking point was pretty bad too. I usually am a pretty good ex-girlfriend. When it's over it's over, you know? I don't get people who need to linger and badger an ex especially if there are no ties to them like children or owning property. It's over. Get lost. It should be that simple. Anything more is just plain old stalking and in some cases, bullying.
BillRuppert, congratulations on your 1000 day streak!!!! that's a great number, well done!
Tell a moderator and they can request a ban for those accounts. Being a duolingo user is not shameful.
Remember, "Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing." -1 Peter 3:9
When I originally started using Duolingo I'd spend hours a day using it and I'd get grief for using it and people would tell me that it's "sad" and that I'm "wasting" my time. Now, a few years later and having matured since, the exact same people are now going "That's amazing! I really wish I'd learned a language!" Just try to ignore them and don't let it stop you from doing what you enjoy :)
Ignore them, I think you are fighting hard away from the bullies, don't care about the DV but care about your learning progress. Duolingo is a awsome website don't feel deppresed never give up!
Ask them why they are making fun. Block them. Talk to your parents, teachers, and principal. Remember, being called a nerd is a compliment!
NERD POWER people try to make fun of me and call me a nerd because i live roleplaying and books, have glasses (big ones, oof) and braces. but eventualy I told them "Nerd is a nother word for smart" and that "being wierd is just a side affect of being awesome"
I mainly get called a nerd because I love video games. But I didn't let them stop me from playing Roblox. Now, my account is starting to be known more and more for being good at the game.
You are one of the few who picked up on the fact that it is his Classmates at school picking on him. Good advice other than the suggestion to ask them why they make fun. (Obviously from jealousy) Asking them anything could open him up to more abuse. unfortunately
Ignore them. Stick to the Spanish. In a year, you'll be speaking fluently and most of them will still be on the absolute basics as they'd've spent their time unproductively and unnecessarily being bullies while you'll've been acquiring an awesome and VERY helpful new skill. Who do you think's better off in the long run?
I made the mistake of being put off doing what I enjoyed because I was being bullied for it when I was about 11-14. Trust me when I say you're gonna be much better off in the long run by ignoring them and continuing on Duolingo :)
Er, I think speaking fluently in a year is optimistic, for any approach to language learning, bar immersion. Especially when using a system that does not provide opportunities for real conversation.
That said, the OP will certainly know more Spanish in a year than their classmates and have a good base in Spanish to work from.
Depends on your definition of fluent. But if they work at it, they'll certainly be conversational and would probably be able to get by in a place like Spain/Mexico without much difficulty. As you say though, much better/more useful than what most of their classmates'll probably acquire. They'll be the jealous ones in a year xD
Look around you, we are the people you want to be, engaged, happy supportive! Let the haters wither on the vine, stay strong and keep learning!
Just annoy the heck outta 'em with responses in Spanish.
They're clearly jealous that you have the willpower to commit to a language.
A show of force could also work (though this is the last resort). Back in middle school, I was teased for acting feminine. They said I couldn't fight or be tough. A quick kick in the shin ended all that.
I have the same thing. Just because my best friend is a girl, I enjoy shopping, I find anything dirty disgusting, and that every thing has to be perfect - does not mean anything related to my gender. I hate spiders. Apparently I act like a child. Next minute, I ace an exam, and suddenly I am a "try hard". If I ignore them, all of a sudden "I'm so grown up".
Be who you are. People shouldn't put labels on things. Just because it's pink, doesn't mean it's for girls. Just because you're smart, don't let people lower that IQ of yours. In only this occasion, ignorance is key.
Be yourself! This is a poem that my mom used to read to me...
"The Man In The Glass"
When get what you want, in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you king for the day
Just go to a mirror and look at yourself
And see what the man has to say
For it isn't your mother or father or friend
Whose judgement upon you must pass
The fellow whose verdict counts must in your life
is the on staring back from the glass...……………..
Those bullies will look at theirselves and see a horrible person while you see an amazing person who stood up for yourself, you have amazing courage... and keep it up!!!
provo to you kind soul i love knowing that people like you are nice enough to post this for someone you do not know :3
Thank you so much Hero_Deku, have a lingot, and I followed you. You seem like a nice person!
I think the amount of support you have from this community says it all.
Jealousy, ignorance and unhappiness materialises in many forms. Don't ever let them dictate your journey. Power comes in knowing your own self worth and knowing that you are doing something wonderful for yourself. Keep plodding on!
Just because I love this phrase (hope it makes you smile): Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate and creators gonna create.
Bruhhh this is crazy. Just ignore them and think about the fact that you will speak multiple languages so you probably will get a better job because languages are always wanted for jobs. And you will be able to communicate with other people in different countries which is pretty cool. Don’t let yourself down for just learning a language! They waste their time on making fake accounts to dislike you well just let them. Who cares?? You spend your time right.
Air them - next second they'll be asking you for help in exams. After all it doesn't matter what they think about you, it's about what you think of yourself ;)
"Quitters never win. Winners never quit" - Dr. Irene C. Kassorla :)
Have a nice Day! :) (or night)
That's really too sad. Bullies usually bully because they don't feel good about themselves so they try to bring others down to redirect their own insecurities. Rise above it! Never resort to responding with more negative remarks. Be kind. I am a firm believer in karma. Stay positive and positive things will happen for you. You have a lot of people on DL who have your back. Good luck!
I don't know how old you are but when i was a kid i got bullied for the dumbest reasons just ignore them
It's all part of a usual hierarchical social group, the one at the top needs some reasons to keep the lower ranking people at the lower ranks.
'In most cases, violence is never the answer... but in others, it's the only option.' - Looney Toons
If they are bullying you for trying to learn another language, then I think that says more about them than you, bud.
Never give them power over you. Keep doing what you're doing and eventually it'll lead to you being able to connect with a whole new area of the world and it's people.
Bullies can feel oppressive during school because you're forced to be around them, but as life goes on it becomes really easy to drop those negative people from your life.
Being able to speak multiple languages, you'll have no problem meeting new positive people to replace them with.
I believe that bullies are only trying to stop you from learning a language because they still want to use you as a metaphorical punching bag.
The sad fact about bullying is that if it's not one petty reason it's another.
The language learning part isn't important to them, it's all about control. They want to discourage people from doing things they enjoy because it gives them power over them and their lives, regardless of what it is.
Bullies in general are weak people behind the scenes who can't handle their own problems, who try to cause problems for vulnerable people around them as a distraction.
It's a very sad way to live, but unfortunately it's something that doesn't seem like it'll ever go away entirely.
As long as there are wicked people, there will be bullying. Stay firm. God will get his vengeance, or what you would say, karma.
Oh my goodness that is the worst!!! They have no right to tease you for trying to learn languages. They are vry obviously jealous that you're gonna end up multi-lingual and MUCH smarter than them. Don't let it get to you, and just know that we're all here to support you if you need help! You don't deserve to be bullied, so take their words with a grain of salt. Or a tablespoon of salt. Or a bucket of salt. Anyway, none of the hurtful things that they say is true. You are smart, funny, sweet, and you deserve better than the treatment that you get!! Don't pay attention to them and have a great time being 100x smarter than them!!
I hate bullies, but be yourself!! Don't care what they think!! Learning a language is cool and being called a nerd is just as cool!!
"Bullies all grow Up to be losers." My idol told me this, true tbh. Also, you can report them to Duolingo IF they are harassing/abusing you too much. do you have the email address??
People that make fun of others for learning languages are some of the most pathetic people around.
I'm sorry. Just try your best to ignore them, and try not to respond to their posts. They obviously know nothing about Duolingo.
Aww, same. I don't understand why though; it doesn't make sense why people would make fun of me for caring about school and learning Spanish/other languages. But we're an awesome community so I'm trying not to care. <3
To whoever gave me the lingots, thank you <3
But on Duolingo, you can't as far as i know, but hey, i just became a teen so...
Pay them no mind they must have a sad life if they are trying to bully you for learning
Close your account, open a new one under a different name and tell no one. Never mention Duolingo again to your classmates.
With all respect, i don't think running from them is the answer... It seems to me that is giving up your freedom a bit.
yeah don't make a new account, you'll ave to start your trees all over again just ignore them and they will stop
That's why I didn't want anyone to know that I'm learning French, not even my parents.
maybe they dont like the french, i mean i got my dad and mum to learn french with me on duolingo, and my dad and mum are keeping their streaks but my dad wont buy the nice brand of jam because its made in france haha
I tend to agree with Tommy Duo. When my parents found out I was learning Irish Gaelic, they never let me hear the end of how useless it is, and how "literally nobody speaks Irish". I told them I quit (which i obviously did NOT), and only then did I hear the end of it.
I feel the same way, sometimes when I go on google they say 'duolingo??' i just gave you 2 lingots btw enjoy them
They are just mad because they don't have the determination to learn a new language. Work Hard, Study Hard, Do Great. Be the best you can be at everything.
Just remember that it is he who laughs last, laughs best. You will definitely have the last laugh so have fun learning and ignore your detractors! They are necessary 'evils' that you should use to motivate yourself.
That is really upsetting to hear! Just ignore them! they are making fun of you because they have their own insecurities they are battling with. Just keep being you!
It seems you can be made fun for anything these days. -_-
What I would do in this situation. I would use your current account for just learning and I would make another one for posts at home so they couldn't identify you.
Anyway, I am glad you got lots of support on this topic. :)
So I don't want to know your age, but unless you are really very young, your bullies are super immature. No normal person would tease someone for learning a language. It's self improvement, it's impressive, and when you are an adult it will make you more marketable. That's like teasing someone for getting a college degree or learning to code.
Ignore them, if you take away their fuel, they can't hurt you (psychologically) anymore! And good job reaching out, trying to stop it before it gets out of hand! ;)
Here's my tip: DON'T LISTEN TO THOSE SAD, SAD PEOPLE. If they are making fun of you for being smart then they are the sad ones. Maybe try changing your account name and photo, and removing them from friends. Make sure they have no idea what your new account is. Again: These sort of people are in it to make you feel this way. If it works, then they win. Don't give in to the pain. (Also, if these people are your "friends" you might need new ones)
Those dudes are just jealous of how cool and intelligent you are by using Duolingo. Don't argue with them, just leave them be and let them miss out on the fun.
One day they’ll learn that it doesn’t help one’s own life to try and ruin others’. I sincerely hope they learn this lesson, but in the meantime, like many are saying, it would do some good to block and report them. You absolutely do not deserve to be cyberbullied, ever. Best of luck to you!
Sounds like they're not making fun of you for doing Duolingo. They're bullying you for being what they deem to be "an easy target" AND using Duolingo as an excuse. If you simply decide to quit Duolingo, they'll find another petty reason to pick on you.
Take it from someone who's been there. Don't give them any leeway. Report the sock accounts. Talk to any adults that can help. Talk to your parents. Don't listen to the whole "just ignore them" advice. If you do that, they will not stop (or they will, but it may take a LONG time, at which point you will probably already have new people bullying you), and that will take a toll on your mental health in the long run. Trust me, you don't want to spend the next few years in therapy because you refused to do something about your bullies.
And last but not least, congratulations on learning a new language. Don't give up!
Agreed. Assuming OP hasn't actually already reported the bullying and/or been dismissed by parents/teachers/school etc (sadly it just made my bullying worse and my school really didn't care) they definitely should report it. Ignoring it or "not letting them bully you" isn't the answer - and anyone who says that you can only be bullied if you let them has clearly never actually BEEN the target of bullying.
Well i do not see any trouble on learning a new language. Tell them to get a life in various languages.
learning any language will be helpful in the future, especially for future employments where they may want bilinguals, or travelling abroad to another country (unfortunately for me, klingon won't help (^-^) ). it shows that you have the capacity to step outside your 'comfort zone' and actually learn something that may be difficult. They probably are jealous that you are actually learning a different language to a better extent than most, if not all, of them. Ignore them, and report these accounts
(BTW nice job on the Spanish level 12 ^-^)
My advice is try and ignore them. They're just jealous because you're learning a new language and their not. It's their loss. Just push the haters away my dude.
I would have to agree with what others have said! Turn the other cheek, and it just won’t be fun for the bullies to make fun of you anymore!
Great job ignoring them, and good luck on your future goals!~KD
"Try to look at your weakness and convert it into your strength. That's success." -Zig Ziglar
Hi braydenburns8, there are a couple of different things you can do. You could do your main lessons in one account, and use another account that your classmates don't know about to engage in discussions in the forums. To get your levels up in the account you use for discussion, first use your other account for solid learning. Then, test out of levels with your discussion account. Just don't use your discussion account at school.
As for the bullying, in some spaces, like Duolingo, the best thing you can do if you know which accounts are bullying you is 1. Report those accounts to Duolingo. 2. Don't interract with those accounts or show any irritation about them. People often refer to this as "not feeding the trolls". Contrary to popular belief, the tactic of ignoring bullies doesn't work in all types of spaces. But, outside of reporting them and ignoring them, other responses often lead to more harassment in online forums.
At school, depending on your administrators and teachers, it might be a good idea to let someone in a position of authority know that you're being bullied, who it is, and how they are going about it. If that person doesn't help you, go to someone else in a position of authority. If you run out of people, go to your guardians if you feel like they will help you.
If you can't go to your guardians, or you do and they won't help you, write to the your city council members. You can usually find out who they are and how to contact them online.
Not everyone in a position of authority is compassionate or understanding. That's why if you are being negatively impacted by bullying and someone who should help you isn't, don't give up. Keep reaching out until you find someone who will help you do so in a responsible way.
Bullying isn't an isolated problem. And people shouldn't have to have their education impacted by it. When I was a mentor for a student, we ended up getting a lawyer because the bullying was so bad and the people who were supposed to help wouldn't. After we got a lawyer, the bullying stopped because the school finally did its job in protecting that student. That person got to finish the last couple of years of school in peace.
Good luck! And hey, don't stop learning languages. In the future, it's going to give you a huge life advantage to know two or more languages. Even if you aren't fluent, just a little bit goes a long way. Meanwhile, those bullies are going to not have that same advantage. You'll probably make more money than they will and might even end up being their boss. :)
PS if they send you email, phone, text, written etc. messages, don't delete or throw away that stuff. Save it. You will want to keep it as evidence! It is possible that, if those people don't stop bullying you, you can sue them and their parents will have to pay to send you to a fancy private school, fancy tutors, or whatever it takes to help you get the education you deserve, bully-free. It's even possible that those students will be forced to go to a new school, instead of you. Whatever makes things better for you. So yeah, save any evidence. We should all take bullying seriously. When we are bullied, it can reduce our life chances. So, I absolutely support people getting resources to stop any bullying they may be experiencing.
If your local governmental structure includes a school board, you might want to contact its members before escalating to your city counselors.
Give us there names and accounts and we'll let them have it.
Of course, I'm kidding, but it was a little fun to think it. Ignore them. Acknowledge only the positive in life.
I think that I can speak for the Duolingo community when I say that we support you. Anyone who bullies you for learning a language shouldn't have a place in the great community that is Duolingo. Best of luck in your Spanish studies!
It's really admirable that you're already interested in language learning and cultural exchange at what I imagine is a young age. I hate to bring up the future as it doesn't really help you deal with what you're going through in the present but trust me, when you start interacting with mature people you will be seen as the really cultured and amazing person for having learned a new language.
Have an upvote and a dozen lingots!
Simply ignore them and they'll get bored. An effective method that worked many times with siblings
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Ghandi Your on the second step ¨ They laugh at you¨ , keep on your chosen path. Your going to get laughed at a lot practicing a new language its a very humbling experience.
I like to thank those who tease and taunt me. I tell them thanks for think of me and trying to help. This really makes them angry.... Duolingo is a great tool, smart people use all the tools available to get their goal.
Hey man, don't let them get to you. Anytime they say anything just think of the reason you started using Duolingo in the first place, and let that fuel you. I've been using Duolingo for around 2 years now and my friends used to also give me a hard time for learning on Duolingo. It might honestly be because they are jealous that you're learning something you're interested in and they're not. Like I said, my friends used to give me a hard time, but now they use Duolingo as well. Don't let what they say get to you and continue to use Duolingo! Also, looking up cute pictures of Duo on the duolingo instagram page. That always cheers me up.
Just totally ignore them and double down on your Duolingo practice. Ignoring idiots as if they didn't exist will tend to piss them off more than anything. Bullies, after all, crave attention--negative or positive. So if you deprive them of that, they'll get frustrated.
Fu*k em . you'll be the one looking cool AF knowing multiple languages. Just ignore them, and keep thinking of a time when you can go to that country and speak their language. what a great feeling that'll be.
Things like this disappoint me. Learning a language is an amazing thing -- it shows dedication and a level of care for other cultures that most don't have nowadays. I'm currently learning Russian (Mainly just because it sounds really cool) and have already learned a lot I wouldn't have learned otherwise. Where I'm going with this is that you shouldn't care what they think; their opinion is worthless. For someone to take that much trouble to shoot you down for trying to broaden your horizons is not only petty, but shows insecurity on that part. To that end, just keep getting at it! Soon you will be a whole language smarter than them, and you'll be happy to see how far you've come despite their efforts to hold you back. Don't make a big deal of it around them, and if all goes well they'll get bored.
Be you, and remember: Hakuna Matata.
Just tell yourself this: Who cares what they think? You should be super proud of yourself your for joining Duolingo and doing this well. I will be cheering for you! Also, maybe report them to your teacher. Have a good day!
JUST IGNORE THEM. have they ever done Duolingo before? Duolingo is great, and teaches you a lot.
If I were u I wouldn't care cuz that's them missing out on learning different language. So when they go somewhere and need something and that person doesn't speak English that's on them for not learning that language I would be proud of myself if I were u ☺️☺️
A question: why are they bullying you? If it is because the graphics make it look like a children’s resource, I sympathise entirely. If it is because you are trying to learn a language, they are halfwits.
And I just made a post bout being bullied check it out it has some things that u could put in your head to make you confident
Learning a language, if anything, is an applaudable thing. I bet they're just in it for the meme, and how you use it unironically. Forget about them. This issue won't really matter to you in a month to a year.
If they do that the posts will still show Up though. Unless a new account is made and this one deleted.
Well i have the same experience as you, but think about you are doing yourself a favour of languages, or just don’t care.
They might as well write how jealous they are on their foreheads. You keep on keeping on. People will envy your progress, but that's not your problem, that's their's.
You could just not post. Just don't fuel the fire, don't try to hide it, but don't shove it in people's faces either. Eventually it will get old, they'll get bored, just stay strong and don't quit for having an interest, you should be proud to try and learn a new language. If they were actually cool, they'd know duolingo is a dead meme and leave it. I get the same for trying to learn Japanese, I get called a weeb, today was actually a pretty bad day, like 20 kids got involved in laughing and pushing me around even tho some of them actually watch quite a bit of anime anyways.
Don't tell them what you are doing. They only know what you tell them. What they don't know won't hurt YOU!
Press through with your language learning, and ignore the bullies. They don't know what they're talking about. If you get conversational in Spanish and can carry on a conversation with a native speaker, you can show them that they were wrong and that you made a very great investment of time.
What? Seriously, that is stupid. Maybe they are just jealous that you are better at Spanish than them. ;) Have you tried maybe changing your username and blocking them? If you change your username so they don't know what it is they can't look you up on the "find friends" thing. Duolingo has millions of users...so they must be finding you on this somehow...
I am sorry that is happening to you! It may help to realize that most bullying is perpetrated by people who feel inferior. Making others feel bad is a way of making them feel better about themselves. Do you best to ignore them, and seek help immediately if it ever makes you feel unsafe.
Don't let anybody tell you that you are wasting your time, bro. I got made fun of every day for learning Irish Gaelic with Duolingo.now that I am nearly fluent in Irish, however, everybody loves to hear me speak it, and will constantly ask me to do so. I see that you are learning Spanish. Keep it up. It is the second most common language in the United States, and is a very useful language regardless of where you live. Don't let them get to you. I know it sucks, but trust me, before long you'll be speaking Spanish like a native speaker.
Well, they must be very pathetic for trying to do those things! When dealing with bullies just try your best to ignore them. Anytime someone does something even the slightest bit out of what others consider normal (especially in a school atmosphere) you will receive some negative feedback from them, but don't let them define you and just be yourself!
At least the bullies are not going to get this post, as of right now you have 142 upvotes (now 143 from me) and 192 lingots given (now 193 from me.) Good luck with your Spanish, and good luck with the bullies.
braydenburns8, I read some of the supportive responses below, and can't do better. I don't know how old you are, so maybe in Jr High or High School? Well I am 54 and let me tell you that being you is WORTH IT. When you get out of school and know 3-4 languages and they know 1 or 2, who is going to get into a better school? Who is going to get a better position to deal with the global marketplace? Who is going to snuggle up to the more awesome partner?
Take it in stride. Do not let your frustration justify their narrow vindictiveness.
Thanks you for the advice, good guess on the age, next year= high school. :)
Then you really are doing great. Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and other billionaires suggest reading every single day. At this age the more you develop the neural pathways to strengthen your language skill, the more likely in HS you will place into AP courses. Make that your goal, IMHO.
Any questions, PM me.
if they're making fun of you for that, then just tell them you're braver than them for risking the Duolingo bird's wrath, or just randomly start speaking Spanish or something to them. its just terrible that they are making fun of you for seeking out oppertunities
I had a similar experience with co-workers. They were making fun of me for learning a new language. I have made new friends through my language learning experience and pay no mind to the haters. Your life is your journey not theirs.
No idea why they would be dissing you for learning a new language, much less using sock accounts to mess w/ you, but keep going man. You do you
If your classmates make fun of you for using Duolingo then they basically take pride in being dumb and uneducated - languages open up whole new worlds and every new language you learn gives you the opportunity to connect with millions of people across the world. The fact that they're also making accounts to dislike your posts on Duolingo itself, which is not even primarily a social network, is disgraceful. They don't have anything else to do in their spare time it seems.
If they make fun of you for being an active learner and taing initiative for your work, they must be sad. I dont even know you but im proud of you for 'turning the haters into motivators' have a lingot for your perservearance!!
I'm probably repeating in a way what others already said here, but I think you can just ignore them - as a more mature person would simply ignore those with infantile behavior. Let them grow up and see the shame of their actions (hopefully). And you - just keep growing and having fun. :)
That's really stupid and pointless to make fun of someone just because they want to learn a language...I say that those who want to learn are smarter than those that don't... If they make fun of you for wanting to learn, they honestly must have problems. I hope they stop making fun of you, and wish you luck with your learning?
Please tell the teacher about these classmates. Bullying shouldn't be tolerated!
they're only teasing you because they know they're probably too stupid to do something like this
Unfortunately we've all been there (well most of us anyway) - getting made fun of.. for whatever stupid unreasonable reason. The thing I always do in these situations is... I agree with them, yeah I agree with the bullies. It sounds weird but it works (from all the things I've tried). Like if someone says "Hey look it's that weirdo nerd insert-another-insult-here again haha" I'll just yell "HEY YEP THAT ME!" in the most exciting I-don't-care-at-all way. Or if they come to me and start saying all the offensive things they usually say like "You're gonna die alone 'cause you're a loser" I'm just like "DAmn right! CAn't wait, will invite you to my funeral" ... like that, sometimes I even try to keep it friendly... if they say "wow you're so ugly' I'll be like "Well, you know me! :D But you look nice, keep it up". I don't know if this is a good advice in your situation, but for me, they just lose interest quickly. I guess it's not fun when we all agree on the same things lol. (also it's kinda therapeutic to adjust your mind not to take those insults so seriously, because that's what the bullies want. If you don't take them seriously eventually they lose interest).
And hey, you're doing amazing, you're learning, you do your thing and take care of yourself, be your own best friend and have a good time. All the other stuff... they don't matter really.
Take Elenor Roseovellt's advice. She said "people can not hurt you with words unless you let them" So think about that and work on it.
They are probably just jealous. If they are not, which could very well be the case, one day they will be.
When you can speak a language and impress everyone they will be sitting in the back and will be sour and like "well, i can make fun of people haha" But everyone will think you are cool.
I got made fun of once and my own teacher came to my defense, so don't give up, the day will come when they will be wishing they had done Duolingo.
Here, have a motivational lingot (:
You know I feel it, I have people around me talking about how I have no life because I do this 10 minutes a day, but in the end I'll know more Chinese and German than them.
Some people live to learn and create. Some people only destroy and hate.
You want to enhance your skills so take great pride in that.
People who want to improve themselves improve the world and make it a better place for all.
Take solace in the fact that you prefer to do something instead of destroying something.
I wouldn't pay much attention to your classmates; they sound very boring and unimportant. Try to ignore them, and keep using Duolingo regardless of their efforts to bring you down.
You know the phrase, keep your friends close, but your enemies closer? I call bull on that. keeping them close will allow them to chip away at your courage. Its true that keeping them close is a way to study why they bully, but if you do not interact with them, there is no need to study the bullies at all. And as for the bullies, "Stop it, get some help" -Michael Jordan
Here's the reality that I've found - when you get educated, there are those who are intimidated by your success. They post meme about how having a college degree "doesn't make you smart," or say equally stupid things. I've heard that from people who were high school dropouts. The truth is that people who can educate themselves do, through college, through Duolingo, through other methods, while those who are not able to put them down because they are jealous of other people's success. It takes work to succeed in anything. I've known multi-millionaires who came from poor families, yet they put themselves through college, often worked as many as 16 hours a day, kept educating themselves through conferences and books, and now they are reaping those rewards from their efforts. By contrast, I've known plenty of people who whine about their life conditions, yet there they sit, watching Jeopardy, doing nothing productive with their lives and they wouldn't bother to ever learn how to invest in stocks, or further their education, or even work a second past their allotted hours, then they wonder why they live in poverty. The difference in success in anything and failure is in our mindset. We chose what our lives will be like.
I mean, while a college degree does add to your skills and knowledge levels, it is true that this does not necessarily make you smarter. Saying this as a high school dropout who often cringes at scientific ignorance or lack of commonsense coming from people with Bachelor's degrees.
Those who care don't matter Those who matter don't care
They are idiots, jealous that you have a better concentration span than them :p
dude!!!! The only reason they make fun of you is because they are jealous of your smarts. I've been in your shoes. Just take it as a compliment and don't let it effect you, that will drive them nuts and make em' back off. You are doing great. One of my favorite quotes is: "You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it" AND YOU ARE!!!!!!
Omg, I feel so bad for you. I'm really sorry that people are bulling you. If it makes you feel better, I liked your post.
I'm so sorry. You could try changing your username and icon. Or if they follow you, can you block them? maybe make a new account? I don't know them, But they're probably upset that you can think about doing something and follow through with it. Keep learning what you like!
Learning new languages can be incredebily important for education! Example, If you want to be an astronaut you need to speak atlease 3 languages. Don't take your classmates seriously. They probably just have nothing better to do with there life!
LIFE HACK: use your new profound spanish skills to call the cartel on 'em. Problem Solved!
Ignore them. They don't see your true talent! If anything being bilingual is super cool! You can talk in secret in front of the haters. Ignore the bullies because they just don't know what they're missing out on!
people who do that chose not to be acculy popular and learn diffrent things
This is a first time I'm hearing this. Where do you live to have apparently so many ignorant people around?!
I have been there on other platforms. Just know that you are clearly the better person here.
Imagine bullying someone for learning a language. Goes to show some people will look for anything to make fun of someone. Don't let them get you down, learn how to call them idiots in the language you want to learn
don't listen to them. They probably just have sad lives because they are mad at you for learning a new language
Do not listen to them, It is so amazing that you are taking the time to learn a different language with a different culture! Teasing you for this is like teasing you for wanting learn about Spain.
Don't listen to them, I get made fun of and get called a Nazi for learning German.
Don't let people bully you! Duolingo is a wonderful thing to be part of, and it gives you the opportunity to get something even money can't buy, being fluent and talking in another language.
hi friend its ok, i am bullied as well for using duolingo. everyone hates me. i need lingoot to be happy again. pls :)
Lol let them try now. Do they think it's cool being a ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ or something? People can be terrible sometimes.
Your being made fun of for trying to be bilingual? That's stupid, they need to realize that being bilingual is awesome! You can understand shows in their original language! They really are just sad. Ignore them and live your best life!
The haters need to back off. Is that really something to make fun of? Really? You're doing great at Spanish and Italian and the haters are just jealous. Just ignore them because they're sad, sad people.
Ignore them, They are jealous that they cant be as smart as you. If this escalates more, eventually tell your local police. They will be getting lectured/yelled at while you are getting smarter.
dude just learn a new language fluently and if they try to make fun of you just speak that language so they feel like the fools and not you.
Dude, I have been through bullying too, Honestly just tell a teacher or just really ignore them, If you ignore them for awhile they will think your not fun to pick on and they will go on with their so called, lifes.
I think they are not bad people, they just missed their daily Spanish lesson. And now they are mad at Duo because Duo killed their dogs.
As my dear departed mom used to say: " Consider the source". They are simply jealous because you are self-motivated.
Don't let them bother you, they are only trying to get a reaction out of you.
I can only agree with the comments saying you should ignore them at the end of the day they are only making fun of you bc they are jealous of you. Don't give up and stay strong!
Don't worry. Just be happy with the fact that you are broadening your knowledge and becoming a more experienced, person with good life skills!
Me too, my friends are all lke "ooo dUolIngO?" but just remember that your above them. Your winning. Your the won learning a language yet they are still simpletons who cant be bothered to take the time to learn a language. Ignore it and keep going because you win big time in the end because think when you get to go to spain or mexico or wherever and you can speak the language! That is awesome. Dont let other people bring you down and keep on learning
Those are some pretty pathetic classmates if you ask me. If I were you I'd actually do some exercises in front of them and pronounce everything very loudly.
it doesn't matter what they say. i get made fun of for stuff to, its part of life but it passes. for now just dont be mean back and one day they will wake up and realize that they where mean.
I was always bullied for being a geek and a nerd. Remember these people feel inferior in your presence. so don't take their comments to heart, talk to someone you can trust and keep learning.
They have nothing better to do than go online to bully someone for learning an awesome, fun, and very useful skill? That's really sad.
Almost everyone in this world thinks learning languages is useless. It sad but I would recommend to not react to them just smile back and they will go insane. My sister used to do it to me. ._. ...........
You're learning new languages. They are probably jealous that you're actually doing something productive with your free time.
oh wow, what a bunch of A-holes. Duolingo is an excellent start to learning any language, especially if you can't afford lessons at the moment. The only thing that's lacking is the chance to practice live, in person, while speaking.
Ignore your classmates, their opinion is worthless.
Your classmates are worthless, I bet they only speak their native language. You should stop caring about them because the Duolingo community is here to help and support you dude, cheers!
keep learning. you will be able to talk to and make friends with all sorts of people and have a widened perspective on the world while they will be forced to either grow up or be stuck with their small little boring minds in their small little boring lives.
Make other accounts to dislike them so you can turn the table
That probably won't work but it's still funny.
Well, they aren't learning a language, are they? Are they become smarter and expanding their horizons, no, they aren't. What language are you learning.
Don't listen to the haters, they are just jealous that they can't speak the language
don't let them get to you :) they must not have a life if they are making their own accounts just to tease you, that is just sad.
Same! But you really can't let them get to you... There is nothing wrong with learning a new language and I don't know why it is frowned upon when you're doing it on Duolingo
Why would someone honestly make fun of you for making the effort to learn a language?
You go. Just the fact that you're making the effort to learn languages is impressive, not to mention how strong you are for dealing with these Dummkopfe. Enjoy your time here. To the aforementioned Dummkopfe: You need a SERIOUS reality check. Teasing someone because you're jealous they're actually doing something with their life? Why don't you contribute to not only society, but also to your own futures, and use those accounts you made to find a language you're interested in. Otherwise, delete your account and let this beautiful, intelligent soul continue with their life.
Unfortunately you will meet idiots at any time in your life.
I will assume you are still a school student, so let me tell you one thing: One day you will all finish school and will start working. When that day come, all the people who mocked at you will probably fail in life (because they prefered spending their time playing than learning). Those people will probably even feel too ashamed to look at you because they will realize how stupid they behaved and how more succesful you became compared to them.
I am into fitness and I've met co-workers trying to make fun of me for counting all my calories intake (because I want to be as shredded as possible). Those people are usually unhealthy and overweight, so I can't even take them seriously.
Never stop doing what makes you happy.
Well I think people who use doulingo are very nice educational and you should not get upset about it they are just jerks don’t get upset keep doing what you are doing
That really is something stupid... I know everyone has already said this, but do what you want! It's not their decision... At least you're smart enough to learn a language instead of sitting around all day playing video games... Ah man, I just came at myself... Anyway! Good luck with those haters! Tell them to kiss your booty!
Enjoy Duo for what it is, a platform to learn a language ( or ten). Time to find some new “friends”. Follow who you want. Keep your posts on Duo to a minimum, only key questions for info you need. The jerks will soon move on.
Well, they are sad, miserable human beings that don't know what to do with their lives. You will become successful one day... and then you can rub it in their faces!
Don't worry about it lol, being multi-lingual is a great life skill, jealousy is not.
Good for you making a positive out of a negative. #1 Don't follow the sentences where you post comments; then you don't have to see the DVs.
Dude, don't let them bring you down. They're just jealous 'cause you're learnin' languages they don't know, and they're either too stupid or too lazy to learn another language. Plus, they like bullying people because they feel bad about themselves, maybe their looks, their jobs, or family issues. Hit 'em where it hurts, and they'll never say another word about you!
It does not matter what they say or think. Learning should be life-long. Good job and keep it up.
I'm really sorry people are doing that to you. I can't believe anyone would waste their time creating account just to hate on someone who wants to learn. It's really pathetic.
I have also been being made fun of for using duolingo. They call me inappropriate names and have been spreading false rumors about me at our school. :(
im in the same boat buddy, one day someone called me a swear word in norwegian that they looked up on google translate like a pleb
And really.... WHAT’S WRONG WITH LEARNING!!!!????? Those nasties need to GO AWAY. Really tho it makes me mad.
I dont see why people should tease you for using a language app. Its fun and exciting to challenge yourself to learn something new and a new language is a great way. Keep doing what you're doing, friend! Don't let this people get under your skin!! Cheers from Canada!
Maybe make a post that lists the bully’s usernames. That will keep others on your side alert to them
@germangurl119, we can't post lists of their usernames. People have done that in the past and people started lying. Then, people started bullying those on the list. And, instead of leading to a decrease in bullying, it lead to an increase. So, now posting people's usernames like that is interpreted as harassment and can get someone in trouble. Best just to report the person.
Just don't care and they will stop. If they see you don't like what they're doing they will keep doing it. There is an underlying reason for their actions, just use Duolingo as you would do normally, forget the dislikes who cares. Just forget about it
They'll be crying when you're able to build relationships they can't, and have opportunities they don't, because you've learned a 2nd language.
I know it's hard but try not to let them put you off. If they're targetting you here, contact Duolingo and report their accounts. I assume you're already dealing wit it at school? I was bullied mercilessly at school and I know how hard (and utterly depressing) it can be but trust me - it won't be forever. And you know what? Twenty years after I left school, one of my bullies found me on Facebook and DM'd me to apologise, explaining that she had been jealous, that my being me instead of slavishly doing what the "cool kids" did, my being comfortable enough (in reality, too socially clueless to do otherwise, thanks undiagosed autism) to be myself instead of faking it made her wildly envious because she didn't feel secure enough to be herself, to admit she was LGBT+, to admit she liked and wanted different things... instead she targetted me - the easy target, the different one, the chronically ill kid. And you know what? That never changes. Bullies target others because they need to bring someone down because they're insecure themselves. They're pitable.
Hang in there and keep studying. Don't let them grind you down.
At least now you can tell them to leave you alone in more than one language, try using your skills learned here to your advantage, keep the motivation up :)
Do what they do to you: they laugh at you, you laugh at them. That's what I do.
That is unacceptable. You should show them your post and all the replies!
If you're having fun and learning, don't sweat the haters. As they say in Ecuador "Que se va a banar" ( They can go take a bath) which is nicer than they curse words I'd use in English lol.
it aint from your heart their mouth draws words
what they say reflects more who they are than anything
Ahh... I'm sorry. Maybe change your user name and don't tell them what it is? Duolingo is just for you, so if they are not interested in that, then you don't need to talk to them about it.
The memes don't help I'm sure. Just say that you are trying to keep Duo happy.
Don't they have anything better to do? Maybe get themselves a life? You keep up with your learning boy, they are the ones staying behind you
Some people just refuse to believe the internet is a good learning source. Yes, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet. However, there are many things you can still learn on the internet.
Ah yes, because people that mock the intelligent always wind up being happy and successful later in life...... (sarcasm obviously) Honestly though knowledge is power and learning is how you get knowledge.
i feel like if their making fun of you for learning a new language, it's because they're jealous they aren't smart enough to do it themselves! studying languages is a great way to spend your time, and if they make fun of you for that; don't listen to them (and then insult them in the language you're learning and they can't understand you haha)
Do people like that really exist ? I feel sad for you, just ignore them because they are not mature and you owe them nothing. Do your life as you want it is. Good luck !
I actually used to put a lot more effort into language learning but my friends and sister would make fun of me for it. Now I've learned to not care, but you should never let anyone stomp on you because you are working to improve yourself.