Awesome Duolingo Moment
I had a cool moment that only could have happened through my use of duolingo, and I figured some of you guys might find it cool!
After moving into college, I get to meet my two roommates. One guy is just your typical American, but I notice the other one has a slight accent. I asked him where he was from, to which he replied "Oslo, Norway." In a stupid amount of excitement, since id been learning Norwegian on duolingo, I reply "snakker du norsk...?" The astonished look on his face was priceless, and he began talking to me in Norwegian. He apparently thought I was native from the first few sentences, but then of course the cracks started to show as the conversation progressed XD. Anyway, this guy and I became great friends, and he introduced me to other Norwegians on the campus. He unfortunately had to leave due to scheduling errors, but we still maintain contact, and I would always stop by and say hi if I were to go there!
Without duolingo, I don't know if I ever would have made such an amazing friend! To me, this highlights the invaluable "opening of doors" one sees in language learning... thanks Duo!
That's so cool! You have just proven everybody wrong who says that Duolingo doesn't teach you anything!
"The borders of your language are the borders of your universes" Wittgenstein.
He meant it in a more philosophical way (something like "you can not know or understand things that can not be put into words") but it is still cool quote.
I mainly started learning Swedish because I have so many Swedish friends and often spend my holidays there. But due to laziness we still all speak English to each other when we meet.
So last summer I was in Sweden again, and I met with this friend of mine who has three little kids. And there was a situation when we stepped out onto the street and it was some kind of dangerous situation and I knew as the only other adult I had to grab at least one of the children... but at the same time that I HAD to speak Swedish to them since they didn't speak English yet. So for the first time in Sweden I bravely spoke Swedish and said to that little 5 year old boy: "Kommer du med mig?"
And to me the best gratification of that whole language learning progress was that the boy immediately understood what I said and reached for my hand so that I could safely guide him over the street.
I'm actually stunned that I can understand what that means from learning German. (,,Komm mit mir" auf Deutsch)
My mother tongue is German. I keep making jokes that I learn Swedish vocabulary by just writing German words in a weird way. :D
So yeah, knowing one Germanic language helps a LOT in learning another one.
That's how I knew some words in Norwegian before I started learning it. One of my closest friends speaks Norwegian so I'm trying to learn so I can be fluent with them. I'm taking German currently and I'm learning it here. Plus one of my grandma's are from Germany so it's fun to speak with her.
So glad to read your story....I think I could also make one Spanish friend one day.....that's a happy dream to me....
I wish I could do the same thing... When you´re online-schooled, you don´t have the same opportunities you know?
There is this Swedish guy in training (swimming), and he swims quite better me, so I we are never at the same time or place so that I can approach him, and even if we are, I always think: am I doing this to make friends, or to use the Swedish I barely know? And after thinking that, I get stuck and end up not approaching him; it´s the same thing everyday.
Look at it from another angle. Most genuine friendships happen by accident, which is why dzmojeejajiij and his new Norwegian chum hit it off - they were both genuinely and suddenly surprised to have a connection, so mental guards were momentarily dropped and a bond was formed.
This probably has to do with an innate human wariness of anything which seems too staged (stealthy, like a predator on the ancient Savannah pretending to be idly grooming its fur as it chooses potential human prey).
If you wish to approach your swimming acquaintance simply to practice your Swedish skills then do so. Be natural. Don't pretend that you are doing it for some other reason. You can still be friendly and may end up as friends anyway. ;)
I'm an elderly lady that is trying to learn Spanish. One thing I know, life is short. So give your swimming potential friend a try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You might be surprised. Also, don't over think your motives.
I do appreciate your comment Miss. I will try to not overthink my motives. My next opportunity will be next week.
I was happy to read your story, it is very inspiring. Yes, we can learn a language with Duo... up to a level. Best is to combine different methods with conversations with native speakers.
This is a really nice post, this is the stuff I love to read on the forums, as another user has already said "best forum post this week" Thank you for sharing your story with us! Lingot 4 you.
Have nice. I have friends in Germany that speak wonderful English but I hope to surprise them one day by speaking to them in Deutsch.
Life is all about able to connect with people .making the effort to learn a language. Well done you.
Very cool! I am American and have a lot of friends in Sweden and Norway. Their English is near perfect because they start learning it at a young age and a lot of TV shows / movies are in English with Swedish / Norwegian subtitles. That has always been a bit intimidating to me, but they always appreciate when others try to use their language.
A great story. Some of the best friendships often develop from such small and random connections. Have a lingot for making me smile. ;)
That's great. I hope I make friends later in life by speaking French to them
That's so cool! It really shows the influence of Duolingo! Even though it may seem pointless when you're learning it, you're learning experience really paid off!
Love the story. You make me hopeful that I can learn too. Thank you for sharing!
Great story!! I'm so glad that Duolingo was able to help bring you together with such great people.
It must be great to have a native friend who you can speak with in your target language.
Wow. Out of the weird corner of my brain, it reminds me how Han Solo And Chewbacca met, in Solo.
Recently got this phone call, obviously advertising, in Chinese. Interestingly I could understand the first word "nihaou" from learning it on Duolingo many months ago.