Meet the Duolingo Verified Streamers!
Hello Duolingo learners,
We have partnered with Twitch to showcase streamers from around the world as a resource for language learners. For those of you who don’t know, Twitch is a live streaming platform that allows viewers to watch others play video games, paint, cook, or do any of their favorite hobbies in real time. Viewers are able to interact with the streamers through their chat to comment and ask questions.
You can check out our new channel twitch.tv/duolingo
Many language learners find that exposure to a variety of media like books, movies, and music enhances understanding and enjoyment of a new language. Watching someone talk as they cook, play video games or paint is a fun and interactive way to expose yourself to languages and to connect to people all over the world.
Who are the streamers?
Duolingo streamers are Insiders (part of the Global Ambassador program, just like Hosts and Contributors). They are not language experts, nor are they language teachers. They are multilingual, or learning a second language, and encourage their viewers to practice the languages they know in the Twitch chat. These are people who agreed to share their regular stream with us to offer our community a way to engage with foreign languages. They want to provide somewhere fun for you to listen, practice, and learn your chosen language. You can learn more about some of our verified streamers here and see if they are live here.
What kind of content will be streamed?
Duolingo streamers offer a variety of content like cooking, art, video games, esports, travel, and more. Some streamers may incorporate Duolingo lessons into their stream, while others might cook with recipes in other languages, or try speaking foreign languages with locals as they travel.
We hope you enjoy this new way of complementing your learning. There is no right way to use this resource—whether you set it up in your calendar as a study session or leave the stream on for company while you are cleaning the house, we think it will be beneficial to your learning goals. Let us know your thoughts and ideas around this in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!
Please note that you have to jump over to the streamer's channel to chat directly with them. Also, a reminder that Twitch is intended for audiences 13 years or older, and might contain some mature language.
If there's ever a competitive gaming section i'm sure im going to learn tons of profanity lol
There are times where I am convinced that Counter Strike is a better way to learn Russian than Duolingo. Especially if you want to learn profanity.
middle school is the place to be when you want to learn profanity in any language.
People at my school think the C word isn't profanity.
Drives me crazy, ya know.
If it's the C word I'm thinking of, its much less profane depending on where you live.
Windrammer: If you were talking to me, then yes. It is used ENDLESSLY here, but it's still regarded as vulgar.
If it ends in 'nt' then it's the most profane word we have in the English language. Just because some people use it so much that it's not effective anymore, doesn't somehow elevate another word to stronger swearing status. I'm yet to hear a word that is regarded moreso as swearing than that, except maybe the N word but that will probably always be attached to a race thing so people won't be able to use it as a general insult like PewdiePie did that time haha.
- EthanPalme3? Who were you talking to?
30 lingots is loose change for me.
if you want to learn turkish i can help in one condition teach me russian :D
No there are so many activities and events which make you learn languages along with fun . Duolingo is the best app to learn a language, other apps are like no fun at all and it makes you feel boring
In that you are right. I remember in my Spanish class at school, there was a kid who would rather learn Russian. My Spanish teacher: "Yes, this is Ru--NO! OF COURSE WE'RE NOT IN RUSSIAN! laugh"
I agree, I tried learning a language at school but couldn't concentrate on writing lines in a book doesn't exactly keep the brain occupied. Such a good app!
Maybe not the most useful part of a language to learn if you want to visit a country, but go for it.
How cool is this? I'm not a gamer (AT ALL - they bore me to tears) but I know I'm in the minority. I would be super interested in some other topics like cooking and travel and can't wait to check them out.
I took an initial peek and while I don't know my way around Twitch yet, this person was streaming (I didn't have to click on anything -- she was just there). Check out the Duo plushie and sticker on her bookshelf :D :D :D
I am a gamer but I still think I'd be more interested in seeing the cooking and travelling thing.
Same here. And I'd like to hear the commentaries in a language other than English.
This Twitch thing looks great but unfortunately at this time doesn't offer anything for me, because I'm not interested in gaming, and the few streamers who do culture do it in English. I watched Jaystreazy in Japan for awhile and it was fun to walk around with him virtually, but he spoke in English the whole time, except for about 15 seconds when he switched to French. I hope you'll find more collaborators who speak other languages than English, and who are interested in things other than gaming. Great potential.
oh I got excited about this new thing but there is no speaking German streamers who arent into those games. Now Im feeling a bit disappointed
Here were my ideas back in 2016: Duolingo plushie, Duolingo sticker, Duolingo Magnet, Duolingo T-Shirt, Duolingo Hat, Duolingo Necklace, Duolingo socks, Duolingo flashcards, Duolingo pens and pencils, Duolingo eraser, Duolingo 3D printed mini models, Duolingo mouse pad, Duolingo video game, Duolingo board game, and Duolingo bracelet. Ooofda I had lot's of ideas, and later they have some of them!
YES! The Duolingo store is lacking in so many things! I would buy lots of these items, if available!
I think those are some really great ideas, you should try emailing Duolingo your ideas.
If you use Android, connect a Bluetooth mouse to your phone and use it with the mousepad. Or get a USB OTG adapter and connect your phone to a wired mouse.
Maybe we could buy some staff and get rid of our lingots? At the moment I have 7689 of them and really don't know what to do with them all!!
I'm not a gamer (AT ALL - they bore me to tears) but I know I'm in the minority.
:( I definitely think you're in the minority there.
That's cool how much Duo stuff you can see in the Twitch stuff. Thanks for the pic, Lrtward!
I'm another minority weighing in. Been there briefly - Rather boring and consider it another major time-waster.
Another minority weighing in.... was somewhat a gamer in the 90's... As a kid, you have more time and patience for these things (Sadly, my fave game- original Rayman - was borrowed and returned to me faulty after an illegal burn, with no background classical music).
Been thinking about starting twitch with anylazing Hebrew online articles (since they don't Hebrew up there). But what's the point- if Duolingo learners can't find it ? :-(
I can see Duolingo's growing quickly! I'm guessing they'll have a school and campus in the future! And seriously a whole community!!! I'm surely exited 'bout this!
That's one of the things excites me! (Twitch)... But never even heard of it!
Actually, or better still a global convention... DuoCon to unite all these polyglot nerds.
Linguist school? If it were affordable and gave some type of certification, it would be interesting, even if only learning one language.
It's unofficially a gaming stream platform, but what it actually means is for Twicher users to stream their hobbies - and in Duolingo's case it means you can interact with a native speaker via chat (or just listen in). The person who streams can read a newspaper or a book in the target language.
When you have a native streaming, it's like a class with a teacher - but you don't have to worry about not doing your homework.
If you don't enjoy video games, you probably won't find it too useful. Of course, I do think it expands the options Duolingo users have for more exposure to their language of interest. You can also interact via chat with the streamers. You should try watching some streamers, like mickanplays, and see if you like it.
Dia dhuit! Noticed Irish wasn't on your list. I would love to be considered to showcase Gaeilge on your Twitch channel. I'm currently the only person in the world who streams regularly in the Irish language. I've been a Duolingo member for years. Would love to make this happen. Go raibh maith agaibh.
This seems like a great idea!
I do have a question, What language(s) will be used on this channel?
Writing grammatically-questionable comments in different languages in twitch chat is all I've ever wanted
I find, very cute. Who the heck draws all these cute Duo pictures!?! Jus' love 'em!!!
Like how they dropped the "F" bomb 10 seconds in and my 6 yr old was walking by my laptop. Nice really nice. ):
One minute in, the guy started talking about sextoys/dildos when I was watching :/ The stream has a tag saying "family friendly" so I'm not 100% sure how they define that right now.
Twitch is not family friendly... Don't let Duolingo pull you in to that absolutely vile website. My advice = stay away. There's plenty other resources that are better.
Oh for sure! At the moment I'm not looking for any resources anyways, not until I actually start learning a 3rd language at least. But when I do, I'll just use my same methods for my second language :) The best resources are probably YouTube and Discord for me to be honest.
that sounds awful. What I find strange about it is that it will appeal to the children being mostly about games yet is a completely not suitable place for kids to be, I used to hate my children even as teens to be around swearing.
Hi sara, I don't know if you're actively watching this thread but I see you jumping around a couple comments so I figure I'll ask anyway:
What are the requirements to be partnered with Duolingo for twitch?
Unironically asking for a friend kinda thing. I am not a twitch streamer myself nor do I have the time/resources to do it haha. But I am very curious! Is there a guideline you guys were working by or was it kinda random-ish?
For our initial streamers, we sought out streamers based on a multitude of factors, including their language abilities, community engagement, and number of followers. We don't have set requirements, since we are searching for quality rather than quantity, and therefore our streamers span a variety of different languages, content types, and follower ranges.
The first stream I go to listen to, and they are talking about doing weed and shrooms. LOL.
Twitch is more focused on the aspect of streaming than Youtube. All content, even videos (they're called highlights on Twitch), are from a stream. You can't upload "edited" videos to Twitch. All content comes from live streams.
Hi Duolingo, How do other people become a streaming ambassador? Although I have done a lot of vlogging and streaming on youtube, I could easily do so on Twitch instead, especially to spread language.
I would be able to host in German, as it seems most are hosting in English? Then also practice and speak Spanish, how do I get involved?
im actually interested myself too, although Swedish would have to be the choice
Really appreciate duolingo's constant effort to try and add more services. Anything which increases exposure to real world use of the language is a huge plus in my opinion. Hopefully more content not related to video games pops up
I was about to actually start streaming Duolingo, the timing was great! Since there are not many German "sources" to expose myself to this can be really helpful in my learning!
Exactly what do you mean by not many sources? There is literally hundreds of thousands of hours of legitimate German content out there, and if you want to be able to interract with the person, there would be tonnes of YouTubers who livestream in German... I mean if you can't find sources in German then definitely make sure you never move on to anything that resembles an obscure language.
That sounds awesome!! Maybe you guys can upload some clips onto the duolingo website as well? That would be even better!
There is no shortage of Russian streamers on Twitch, same with Brazilian Portuguese. Just try "Browse" and click on "Add filter +" and filter by "Russian".
They aren't "verified", but Duolingo has not defined that term or explained why it matters. Maybe it means they promise to keep the content family friendly?
I didn't find Twitch streamers particularly useful for language learning though. Lots of brief snippets of mumbled dialog on so-so quality audio. YouTube has much more to offer in terms of listening comprehension, and even their dumpster fire of a comment section offers lots of opportunities to learn slang.
THANK YOU. If Duo + Twitch isn't a waste of time, then I don't know what is.
I am gonna check out dat new channel
Just had a quick look but didn't see a Swedish cook yet. Hope someone will be up for the challenge
The only one I can think of is the Swedish Chef from the Muppet Show. Sorry!
Feature suggestion: 1. Add auto captioning & auto subtitling (translation) 2. when clicking on captioned word it gives a definition and/or translation of the word.
p.s. #addGeorgiantoDuolingo https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/10727793/English-for-Georgian-speakers
Oh I did not find any channels for Dutch and Swedish :( But I am sure there will be very soon. Oh yes and a channel for the upcoming Finnish course ;) Thanks for that one :)
Gaming and learning languages, two of my favourite things rolled into one
So basically we will see girls with low cut tops, as she tries to learn Korean or Japanese?
It never occurred to me as a livestreamer to use livestreaming to learn languages. >_< facepalm Now, I'll never go back.
okay but the image of duo playing on twitch at the end of the post is so dang cute
Thank you! Thank you to all of the Duolingo workers for making this happen! :D
I tried to post this in the Twitch chat, but it keeps getting erased. I get nothing but error messages when I click on anything in Info. And I can only see one video. Is this a Twitch app issue?
Lol I literally just posted that I was getting error messages. Nothing even remotely close to inappropriate. :P (I'm a GA and would never. )
"Erased" was the wrong term for me to use. The entire chat is constantly blank for me. Everything disappears after closing the app. I'm looking for help. I really want to use this and participate, but I get tons of error messages.
E.g.: Webpage not available The webpage at http://bit.ly/DuolingoAbout could not be loaded because:
Webpage not available The webpage at twitch://open?link_click_id=683020271267608349 could not be loaded because:
I've sent feedback to the app developer (using the official Twitch app) but haven't received a response. I was wondering if anyone else was having the same issue or if that's anything else I can do. Would appreciate any assistance. Thanks!
Not be related- but I think most people (?) who are gamers themselves (?) are using a computer, and not mobile ... I've used a very old laptop when I saw the news about this & watching twich (motherboard from 2007, Xubuntu linux).
I hope Twich will be paying attention to your report (didn't know it was also an app!).
Me, too. Thanks! I've reported it two different ways but haven't heard back. However, I think the problem is specifically with Duolingo's channel, as I tested it, and it's working for others.
I like video games, but I usually enjoy watching people play more. This is right up my alley. :)
looks like a pretty neat idea!
I will definitely give it a whirl. Thanks Duo!
Helpful Duo, I believe that this new initiative is a GREAT IDEA!!! I have not been able to answer lesson questions that ask me to use the microphone prompt to check if I can pronounce words right.
Also, I would absolutely like to converse with another language lover in real life so I can learn more about them and test my language skills!
Edit: I just joined Twitch and it was AMAZING!!! It's just like live youtube, but it's live from around the world. Would definitely recommend!
Wow! This is such a cool idea to further expose Duolingo users to their language of interest. Recently, I've been watching mickanplays and she is so fun to watch and to communicate with. Plus, I really enjoy Nintendo video games! I'm eager to see if other Spanish speakers will stream with Duolingo!
A bit surprised that duolingo created this, i really never thought about this idea. I think this will be great for learning languages more easily and understand native speakers.
Welcome to all efforts to encourage or enhance our self-study.
My personal version of the twitch tv use described here is to type in keywords for my target language on YouTube and the web. I discover static and live events, news, and live weather reporters. Some examples are France 24 which offers news and stories in French, English, and Arabic. For German, I visit DW for current affairs, to watch live it recorded interviews.
I'll take a look at twitch tv. Reluctance is only because it requires installing another app and concern on my part about data needed to live stream.
dpatkat - how dare you suggest that people could have done this all along with just the tiniest bit of considered effort!
sounds interesting. I'll probably check this out. thanks.
edit. no German no gamer channel :(
How do you apply for the program? Is there some way to enroll in it? I’m learning High Valaryan & would love to stream some lessons to not only help remind myself to do them more often, but to interact with my chat too. Outside of Duolingo, I’m hoping to learn the native tongue of my tribe as I’m 1/4 Mohawk Indian. I would love to incorporate this into my streams.
hopefully I can start a YouTube channel and a twitch channel and play Duolingo for the meme…
Ugh, I've learned two to three hindi words by only watching Russell Peters's stand-up .and yes, i agree and support the alternative way of learning other languages like playing games ...
I met the most beautiful streamer in the world on Twitch. I've fallen for her completely. Sadly, she doesn't speak English and I don't speak Korean. Although, now that I'm #1 in your Ruby League, the future actually seems quite bright.
Hello fellow gamers not forget to practise your russian the game is loading or if you are waiting on your team mates to show up.
It seems to be interesting though the website is not accessible behind the GFW.
Are there any Dutch streamers? Looked through and couldn't see any but might have missed them haha.
I really need app to be matched with this site pleasee do that. Some parts like dictionaries ,words, stories and etc... Also time to have PERSIAN course too beacuse many persians are here . The language of poem. Eng from persian and vice a versa. Thank you ❤
How do we apply to join the team? I have been thinking of starting all my streams by doing my German lessons live on stream to help me stay consistent and not lose my streak! And my goal is to eventually be conversationally fluent enough in multiple languages to have a multi-language chat. Currently learning german, after that touching up my French and then moving on to Welsh and Portuguese
i really appreciate this thank you, because i always love a bit of games in my life.
I have a suggestion for Duolingo's developper, that provide Persian to English learning for Persian people language
there seems to be an awful lot of ❤❤❤❤❤ on your channel at the moment...
looks like you're hosting a SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash stream.
I wonder if people would watch someone using duolingo lessons. But streams would only last like an hour or so.
I guess there could be interaction with chat members in the process to spread out the lessons some and encourage more learning and practicing.
I think this would be a nice way to start a language practicing group, if people were to be able to find it. If you were doing Italian lessons, I'd join your stream often.
Maybe if you get enough people interested, you could do a quiz that your chat can participate in, or something akin to that.
Oooooh that’s a great idea! I was looking for a way to link the language part with some sort of sub perk. That could be interesting...
Did not know people still used twitch past just looking at thots do nothing.
Oh my god, this is AMAZING! I just wish there were more people involved. I would love to see some interesting Spanish streams.
yeah so ture!!! guys add me and give me LINGOT cuz i'm gonna buy some idioms and cool items ! thnaks
If you are a native Lingala speaker, apply here if you are interested in a lingala course: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply
This isn't on the topic at hand, but to answer your question. I had responded to you previously when you asked about this here: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33126901$comment_id%3D33138711
Well, we won't know about Farsi until it is in the Incubator, IF it ever goes into the incubator. Only staff has that knowledge, and they can't share it even if they do.
Um, I was just posting it to let Potatoagen1 know where they could ask. I know I don't know much, but they have better chances there than here.
I wonder why ppl are down-voting this comment so much; like dude, this guy is just asking a question...
Because it has nothing to do with the given topic, and therefore is hijacking the discussion. Usually not cool in online discussion boards.
I don't see the issue with it (though I agree it would be better to suggest it on a new discussion post) but ppl are weird, so w@ever.
I assumed questions would be welcomed even if it doesn't have to do with a certain board.
Not unless it's a reasonable question for what the discussion is about.
Well, that's not true. If they have a question related to the thread they can comment here, but otherwise, it would be best if they put it in a new thread. Have a great day!
@Potatoagen1 I understand what you mean, I don't think DL Officials are ignoring it or hate it, but if they don't have an answer for you, I don't think you'll get one. One other thing: They can only put up a language if there are at least two people fluent in it who are willing to put hours of their day in everyday for months. And those people have to be volunteers who won't get paid. Have a great day!
well,you should see from our point of view and the frustration we get from Duo. There are more than 1,000 threads about Farsi, and absolutely none of them were answered by a Duo's officials. They just ignore it, as they hated the language or the people who are speaking it.
When there in absolutely no open topic by Duo officials, where should I put the question? Where? Is there a place when A Duo official opens an topic saying: Hey people, Duo here, We want to hear you! Talking with Duo is harder than making an appointment with Kim Jun owl or whatever his name is!
P.S : Kim jun oul is the DICTATOR of North Korea and I am not implying anything!!!
Just put is in the Duolingo forum and don’t complain. If Duolingo hears you they hear if you, if not they don’t. So complaining won’t do anyone good.