https://www.duolingo.com/braydenburns8

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! :)

May 6, 2019

368 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/kkkkkkaterina

They must have really sad lives to be making fun of someone for that

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NarimanTheKazakh

Teasing someone for being an intellectual is like throwing water on an electrical fire.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

Nice simile!! :)

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NarimanTheKazakh

Thanks mate!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dragonhawk3

dude what...your language streaks are insane! Take a lingot m8, keep it up

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NarimanTheKazakh

You're too kind, really. Have some in return!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elithenia

the amount of languages tho... <3

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

No kidding, 65 days wow my highest is 5 XD Give lingots to ThatKazakhGuy quick! INSANE!!!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zericity

@ErgonTheChemist You said your highest day streak was 5. Try this if you want to get a higher day streak:

  1. 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.

+++Zericity

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nove_Grace

Honestly, my streaks only gotten this far is because I fear that Duolingo would kill my family.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Seattle_USA

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.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BillRuppert

Good advice. Works for me.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elithenia

1000 day streak?? wow

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

Thanks you SO much Zericity, that really helped, heres a lingot and another follower

-Eragon X.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elithenia

I usually reply that they spend more time staring into a wall at the toilet per day than to do one lesson of a language they so really want to learn.

Great post, and I wholeheartedly agree

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lizzie828517

ok i totally love this i am going to use it .. And i am home schooled and still forget to do duolingo.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jonf3n

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.

Also...

  1. Always buy a streak freeze.
  2. Always double or nothing.
  3. 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.

Good luck!

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zericity

Good job on your streak!

+++lingot

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

No problem, by the way, I followed you :)

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JABL-BCL

@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!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Hero_Deku

that is exactly right

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PangurBan2019

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nayt502827

WHOA nice streak here's a lingot

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

To tease somebody for being smart is to poke a grizzly bear's stomach, its not gonna end well.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SeanGreene15

Cheers mate!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GGWacky

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.:)

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

So very true

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RaySparkl

Very wonderfully said!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mafatu

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.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielVanD18

‘His ambition must be small Who carves his name on tree or wall’ - I forgot what it’s from!

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/olivergroovster

oui oui to that! or ci ci for my spanish amigos

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/vidi71

*Si (with the accent, but I don't have it on my keyboard)

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Marc41177

Unfortunately you can't chose your classmates. At least in any school I've been to :(

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GGWacky

That is true, but you may always choose with whom to speak with.;)

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/san_yong43

Dude, how do you have such a long streak? I literally can't make it past 3 days!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dorothy1234

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.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lightning_11

True, but difficult!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/7ga4Ktv4

not only that, but to make accounts and downvote posts really boggles my mind.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MiaVira

You are right

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SandraStea1

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.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HeyMarlana

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. :)

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/braydenburns8

That is genius, your IQ is probably high!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/S.A.Debre

200IQ Marlana.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

I agree

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/S.A.Debre

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DimensionalCat

this is a sighn of a high IQ person good on you!!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LeocadiaRoles

I thought I had previously commented on this because of the profile picture, lol

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

Mock accounts can also be turned against you though, do do be careful

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RaySparkl

That's so smart, Marlana! You are a true social media master. Have a Lingot, you've earned it

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/olivergroovster

ha imagine the look on his face

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HeyMarlana

I remember what his tantrums were like. I'm sure he had one. :)

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lex.is.prettyodd

Dang, that's a red flag fo shizzle

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HeyMarlana

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BillRuppert

Great idea. Love that story.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

BillRuppert, congratulations on your 1000 day streak!!!! that's a great number, well done!

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Karisa593027

Relatable. that's awesome girl.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/braydenburns8

Thanks for the advice, You people are very helpful and kind!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/FRENCHCHEF9

Tell a moderator and they can request a ban for those accounts. Being a duolingo user is not shameful.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JonnyLikesDaniel

They can get IP banned so they can not get on the site anymore.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

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

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KensleyDelk

love that verse!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

good job hunter nice job on finding a bible verse

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/germangurl119

YASSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. GO JESUS...yeet!!!!!!

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/sarahjoyce333

you're so right! also woah your streak is insane take a lingot

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EmperorIguana42

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 :)

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HeyMarlana

Do they not see what awesome company you are in with us? ;)

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/joseph798977

I agree!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

Agreed

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/joseph798977

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!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Ignore them. Duo will deal with the spam.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/_ClaireAnna_

Ask them why they are making fun. Block them. Talk to your parents, teachers, and principal. Remember, being called a nerd is a compliment!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Hero_Deku

i agree

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DimensionalCat

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"

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SeanGreene15

Truer words have never been spoken

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulPallaz

You deserve an extra lingot for that classy response :)

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

Me in a nutshell

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mrBOBcook

Yess

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

Being called a nerd is just being called a person with a high IQ tally.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

You talk about IQ a lot, talk about your Harry Potter house :)

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

Agreed again

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LylatheFangirl

So true!!!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KatrinaSta19

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

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Maximoford

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 :)

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/b05aplmun.ca

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Maximoford

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

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DimensionalCat

exactly. Bully's never do good in school

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Gail262233

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!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NarimanTheKazakh

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.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ChevyBarnes05

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Remlapneb

Or maybe just grow up?

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ChevyBarnes05

Who gave you all of those lingots??? Gracias for your comment!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

don't grow up too much

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LylatheFangirl

Oh my gosh yessss

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

And also whip out the bible. Moral-ity.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

Lingot 2 U

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

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!!!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Hero_Deku

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

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

Thank you so much Hero_Deku, have a lingot, and I followed you. You seem like a nice person!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Latee3

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.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Pidgin6

conclusion: get out there and potate!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ramon.1208

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.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SASSYandsisters.

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)

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TONYHARSH

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!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GlennGoeting

If they bully someone for learning languages, their opinion should not be given any weight. There are nice people too, look for them, and ignore these insecure people. Just don't respond, and they won't think it's any fun to continue.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/betarage

I don't know how old you are but when i was a kid i got bullied for the dumbest reasons just ignore them

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NarimanTheKazakh

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.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/kohoutseks

I got bulled too, still do. Just ignore em, it's what I do.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NarimanTheKazakh

'In most cases, violence is never the answer... but in others, it's the only option.' - Looney Toons

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

you have some wisdom

May 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/olivergroovster

yes oui oui also have a lingot your streak is incredible

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

Take a lingot.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RichardMk94

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.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RichardMk94

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

As long as there are wicked people, there will be bullying. Stay firm. God will get his vengeance, or what you would say, karma.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zericity

✝️✝️✝️

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LylatheFangirl

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!!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

Take it with a planet of salt.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/kohoutseks

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??

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/S.A.Debre

People that make fun of others for learning languages are some of the most pathetic people around.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/sophiawain2

I'm sorry. Just try your best to ignore them, and try not to respond to their posts. They obviously know nothing about Duolingo.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RachelF12345

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

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Reginald522902

Block them.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EragonTheChemist

Exactly :)

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

But on Duolingo, you can't as far as i know, but hey, i just became a teen so...

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Hero_Deku

yes block them

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/sophiawain2

U r so right. That's the best thing to do.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Spookybeverage

Pay them no mind they must have a sad life if they are trying to bully you for learning

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MichelBlai4

Close your account, open a new one under a different name and tell no one. Never mention Duolingo again to your classmates.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/nyoko292

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/olivergroovster

yeah don't make a new account, you'll ave to start your trees all over again just ignore them and they will stop

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TommyDuo

That's why I didn't want anyone to know that I'm learning French, not even my parents.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/kohoutseks

Same with me and Indonesian. Only my boyfriend and online friends know.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/takoniku

Why wouldn't your parents accept you learning French?

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/olivergroovster

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

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Cat5STORM

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.

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/polyglogasm

Atleast you can now course their soul in 20 different languages ;p

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/tttheteagirl

I feel the same way, sometimes when I go on google they say 'duolingo??' i just gave you 2 lingots btw enjoy them

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mrBOBcook

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.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JanetteClarke64

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.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Carinaloves_13

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!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/0-3
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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. :)

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CheshirePat

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/merkavar

Maybe don’t tell them your username or have a user name that appears to be your first and last name

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ronald-B-Weasley

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! ;)

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NonDesistas

Ignore them. The ones who pursue education are among the best of us.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mikey814181

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)

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Fawwaz495

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Howie493017

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!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Skyberri1

You've always got fellow duolingo-lovers by your side :3 <3

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulRichardsTX

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!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JABL-BCL

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.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LiaR.22

Well i do not see any trouble on learning a new language. Tell them to get a life in various languages.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Outlaw_fox_1

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 ^-^)

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Teagan12390

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EthanKosse1

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!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Free_Shavacadoo

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

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/braydenburns8

Thanks.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

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. :)

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

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.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/b05aplmun.ca

If your local governmental structure includes a school board, you might want to contact its members before escalating to your city counselors.

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/_Pensando_

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/YujiKono

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!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/StephenL1

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!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PannasOwen

Simply ignore them and they'll get bored. An effective method that worked many times with siblings

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/macombdag

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Warren579807

Anyone who would go through that effort to make fun of someone is not worth your consideration.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KazimierzR5

heres a lingot ,nice job m8

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/fruitytwoqoof

Don't listen to those people. Your going to be more successful in life by doing this app. They won't. Block them if possible, but remember that you are helping your self by doing Duolingo.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/larryfitzp

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ParkerP58

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MS_Genius88

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.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Annie442034

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.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/germangurl119

Just keep up the good work, you got this bro!!!!!!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ezra288217

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.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AbbyLuvsSpanish1

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!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaHarri526125

JUST IGNORE THEM. have they ever done Duolingo before? Duolingo is great, and teaches you a lot.

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jisoo_teahyung

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 ☺️☺️

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JamieBrint1

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.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nayt502827

nice streak

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jisoo_teahyung

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

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SidneyCrosby-87

go to the block page

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Seyasoya

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Chartreux

Change your user id so they won't know who you are.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/kohoutseks

If they do that the posts will still show Up though. Unless a new account is made and this one deleted.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/lakie2016

Don't take notice of them.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ICECOLDDRINK

Well i have the same experience as you, but think about you are doing yourself a favour of languages, or just don’t care.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GandalfThe752294

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DylanDeD

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jay303427

Don't tell them what you are doing. They only know what you tell them. What they don't know won't hurt YOU!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LingualLightning

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Christiane1037

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...

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JaylaThoma10

Ignore 'em.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/kraezday

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Cat5STORM

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TheTrueGlitch

(CONFUSION INTENSIFIES) just ignore 'em.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AndresGarner

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/braydenburns8

Thanks you for the upvote, advice, and lingot!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AmyGwen1

Have a lingot for being you.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/braydenburns8

Thank you! Nice streak btw.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SciFi2495

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.

Paul

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/braydenburns8

Thanks you for the advice, good guess on the age, next year= high school. :)

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SciFi2495

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CarsonWolf11

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

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/braydenburns8

I'm Seriously considering speaking in Spanish to them.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Tosha812304

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/braydenburns8

Truth.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Anatoly30195

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

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MathsRobot

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

And better yet, twice the languages = twice the memes.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CalebCromp1

good job

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DimensionalCat

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!!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ianthewizard28

bro. I feel for you. just don't let it affect you . and keep on going! (:

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SashaSolov1

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. :)

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/nomnamjoon

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?

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Riley771322

Please tell the teacher about these classmates. Bullying shouldn't be tolerated!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EoinKelly20

they're only teasing you because they know they're probably too stupid to do something like this

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Scripit

They're just jealous because you're learning a new language and they're not.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ArticTheTiger

Never be ashamed of trying to learn new things!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/justheaven7

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LorneG1

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zericity

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 (:

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May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SpeakyBoi2

Ignore what they have to say until they can say it in Spanish ;)

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ZenovajXD

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lex.is.prettyodd

That is such a mood lol. It's true tho.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyLK

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Krullmoro

Honestly, I don't see why people go out of their way to cause trouble.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RASLC

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

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

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Stardust103158

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/blurflux

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.

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruby360784

That sucks :-( IDK how to help, maybe yell at them in Spanish?

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Deadpool723

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

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/germangurl119

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!!!!!!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/griffindavis263

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Allen_Mirzoev

This happens to me too. #relatable

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaleidiope

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!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/annefrank_301

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!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/peytonhelton

LIFE HACK: use your new profound spanish skills to call the cartel on 'em. Problem Solved!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/memeysadisticboi

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!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LouisHill14

Maybe a lingot will help you feel better.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Russian_Duolingo

people who do that chose not to be acculy popular and learn diffrent things

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/_rxlinguist

This is a first time I'm hearing this. Where do you live to have apparently so many ignorant people around?!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JacksonWri19

sorry man i think its great for you to learn new languages senor

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/David510466

Start training in Jui Jitsu. Problem solved....

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mudisloud

I have been there on other platforms. Just know that you are clearly the better person here.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/long.grace

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

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RoseVELAZQ1

Listen it takes a lot to learn another language. People make fun of things and people when they dont understand them.It was happening to me at work with my spanish so I sought out learners at my level who I could trust and would support me,

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SUPER_SWEEDEN

don't listen to them. They probably just have sad lives because they are mad at you for learning a new language

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Selah439681

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.

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/amoeba953

Roast them in Spanish, they won't know what hit them!

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/heygirlitsme

Don't listen to them, I get made fun of and get called a Nazi for learning German.

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jasmine32845

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.

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Scarl33t

hi friend its ok, i am bullied as well for using duolingo. everyone hates me. i need lingoot to be happy again. pls :)

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/braydenburns8

I understand, have a lingot!

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BLRT2000

Lol let them try now. Do they think it's cool being a ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ or something? People can be terrible sometimes.

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/memeysadisticboi

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!

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RileyWoods13

I say fight back!!!!

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Itz.Sara.x

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.

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/caedmonfire

you can block them and not be friends with them

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EthanA135

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nayt502827

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TheTrueGlitch

lol, that actually works. i did it before

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JonnyLikesDaniel

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EnsignLedo

Guess what? You're learning and they aren't.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DontKillMe337573

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Scripit

If I were you, I'd practice every day.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda103868

As my dear departed mom used to say: " Consider the source". They are simply jealous because you are self-motivated.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CBTFreeElvin

Tell them that at least you are doing something productive with your life.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TheSaltlyFry

Don't let them bother you, they are only trying to get a reaction out of you.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lin_Worldweit

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!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Eloise841147

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!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/spencer-gr

Same bruv.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Leosunfox

Don't listen to them mate, they're just jealous.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/olivergroovster

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

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/milanezi

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JonnyLikesDaniel

Old town road helps all my issues

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LeocadiaRoles

Hey mate, don't let them keep you down!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Shea2392

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CadencePul

aww dude how

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elissaleann

YAY!!!!!!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Squirrel379065

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/lisadude11361

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.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BLAZINGLEA1

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. ._. ...........

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/allyYUH

You're learning new languages. They are probably jealous that you're actually doing something productive with your free time.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Shea2392

They are jealous

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/wanderingtiger

Keep going, man! You're awesome!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HermanAnderson

I think you're doing something they're jealous of and that is why they make fun of you. Keep going and do it for you. I, for one, am proud of your success.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/dairasaenz

don't worry about them, haters gonna hate

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DorchiDee

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

you know, there are now duolingo events

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NegativeKe

lol!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/niemikalle

They might have missed the "the" word on their phrase "duolingo is the sh*t!".

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Monzta-

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!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/tonytonyttonnyy

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Alone2gether

Make other accounts to dislike them so you can turn the table

That probably won't work but it's still funny.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AndyG10

what a streak you have there!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Gordons543

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ClaireCond4

i like the dog in your profile pic

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CourtneyWebb_30

Don't listen to the haters, they are just jealous that they can't speak the language

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SiggiB007

unfortunately there are a lot of haters out there, and paying them any attention just encourages them. This sort of behaviour is usually rooted in envy and insecurity. Your best option is to ignore them.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/brightpiggy

Your writing reads like you are in high school and these classmates sound like they are 10 ... weird world.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jill474249

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Filiper2

Don't respond to haters. Block them.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/cathesmgc

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

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KALLEESMIT

Wow. They are rude. no advice. same problem though. Sorry.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KaiserEvan420

Why would someone honestly make fun of you for making the effort to learn a language?

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Elise.Aponte

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ThomasLegr7

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JaCobyBrow4

they must hate you cause you prolly new and stuff

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Apple250773

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

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Apple250773

Heyyyy we got the haters into supporting you. have lingot I’m proud:)

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Audrey_Barry

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!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SamohtSMA

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jesuisimpair

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!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ethancumby1

Don't worry about it lol, being multi-lingual is a great life skill, jealousy is not.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/FLchick

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Aiden934423

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!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Maureen.7

It does not matter what they say or think. Learning should be life-long. Good job and keep it up.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jamie367354

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.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/san_yong43

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. :(

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Scarl33t

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

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/germangurl119

And really.... WHAT’S WRONG WITH LEARNING!!!!????? Those nasties need to GO AWAY. Really tho it makes me mad.

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/John954215

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!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CarlBruce1

Never let anyone get you down for wanting to better yourself. You do you and don't worry about them. I know that may seem hard to do but believe me I was there myself long long ago

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/germangurl119

Maybe make a post that lists the bully’s usernames. That will keep others on your side alert to them

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

@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.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/germangurl119

Oh ok. I'm new to DuoLingo so I did not know this, thanks for the note!!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ben28756

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

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TristanSynth

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.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Brick440078

learn danish, say you viking

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JABL-BCL

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.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Welogo

Those people are negative and think people who aren't like them is bad. Do you

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria943694

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 :)

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/injailoutsoonlol

yikes

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/FamousAmos1738

i'm broke too!!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/karolynbutterfly

Do what they do to you: they laugh at you, you laugh at them. That's what I do.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LouisHill14

What's happening that you are getting made fun of?

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/applesaucemaps

That is unacceptable. You should show them your post and all the replies!

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BriahnaEri

Hope it gets better! hAve a HaPpy LiFe brO.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulPallaz

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.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulPallaz

You get another lingot for your efforts. keep the owl happy.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CB___

it aint from your heart their mouth draws words
what they say reflects more who they are than anything

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielMur725044

???

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/notaduck1919

bad

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elizadeux

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.

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KevinCarmichael

Don't worry, I get made fun of too by my friend @SabrinaCre19 :(

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SabrinaCre19

OK KEVIN. WHY WOULD I MAKE FUN OF YOU IF I DO IT TOO.

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/pooooooooopsies

The memes don't help I'm sure. Just say that you are trying to keep Duo happy.

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sadness

Stop lying.

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AlejandroMolina9

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

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Pascal447824so

you are learning. they are not. you're the winner in this

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TheAlex67

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.

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Miguel499176

Ignore them, they are jelly

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Arianator915798

They're just jealous because they can't speak Spanish & Italian

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Tuna4242

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.

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/looneyclune

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)

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ChayChay1247

don't​ listen to them they are just jellous

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Koezumi

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 !

May 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kasenom

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.

May 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GeoPlayer123YT

honestly the only thing people do when they see is do that boi point and say "really?"

May 13, 2019
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