https://www.duolingo.com/profile/corporalraffyoli

I became a minor trend setter because of Duolingo.

Just wanted to share this story from college.

In college we were required to take one foreign language class in order to graduate, so like many others I chose Spanish because of how easy it would be to learn because of my native tongue (Filipino). I, being the competitive person that I am, decided to supplement this class with the Spanish course on Duolingo. Soon I was acing quizzes frequently.

Some classmates asked about how I did so well and what techniques I used to study the language. I pointed them in the direction of the scary green owl and by the next class I saw most of my classmates waiting outside the classroom, all on their laptops or phones and learning from Duo. We all got a lot better at Spanish from then on.

It just warms my heart how this app is so accessible and easy to use, I'm glad I came across it all those years ago.

August 8, 2019

68 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mwbrand1

Very clever of you to use Duolingo and very nice of you to share with your fellow classmates. Good story. Thanks for sharing.

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Little_Tatws

Haha that's awesome! I'm glad I came across it all those years ago too.

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mkingmking

me too

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LVnHip71

ME too.!!!

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bobtheswag

I am a highschool student taking spanish and I also use duolingo along with my regular class. You are correct, it really does help ace quizzes! I am the best speaker in my class, except for the native spanish speaker of course. No one else wants to take the time to use duolingo, so I am unchallenged.

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Inkaberry

Lol! Nice story.

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UTRol

I love how this app is so easy to use and how people can learn so easily with it :) It's really fun to use. No wonder people love using it.

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheAweToTheEye

Yeah. The Doulingo Bird has taken all of us under its wing.

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BERMELYNPE1

that is so true

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SoniaNashi

Yeah! You are so right. The invention of this app is so incredible!

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Locky-

Thank you for sharing! I am also grateful for this app. Te felicito por llevar Duolingo a otras personas. :)

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

So many Owl Pacinos on campus...

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/For_I_am_Jess

I like these types of stories on Duo Discussions, they're really encouraging :)

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LMoores

Great story - I can only imagine how helpful it would have been back when I started high school Spanish, 2003 feels like a long time ago!

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MamaMia26

So glad that it's helping you with your college studies! The internet was not accessible to the general population when I was studying Spanish in school, laptops didn't exist, and cell phones were only used for phone calls. :)

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jason.mp4

I remember a couple years back a few of my friends were racing each other and trying to speed run their native languages ¯ (ツ)

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/corporalraffyoli

okay i snorted really loudly at the office reading this lmao

(on that note, i hope one day there's a duolingo esports tournament or speedrun contest haha)

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DogKnife

Honestly? I thought of this concept myself, and I was curious to see if anyone has ever considered streaming Duolingo on Twitch.

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IndigoDuolingo

lol scary green owl

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/corporalraffyoli

duo being a threatening cryptid is the funniest meme

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Purplepixiedust

Wow! I didn't realize there's much Filipinos using Duolingo, too. Nakaka-inspire ang story mo. Too bad, hindi lahat ng sinabihan ko gumamit ng App na to, pero yung iba, gusto naman nila. Duo really is a great app for your desired language to learn. Mabuhay! ^^

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BelizetheGBryce

Indeed it is.

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Memerose123

Haha, Tagalog is my desired language and it's not out yet xD Can't wait for them to bring out English for Tagalog speakers next year!

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kelvin401862

Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tenshikan

It's great that Duolingo really emphasizes Spanish, wish it would do the same for other languages!

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tharindu51316

Heartwarming to see people from different backgrounds joining together for an educational cause in this day and age. Humanity still has hope! :D

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kelikaku

@corporalraffyoli

... just warms my heart ...

I would suggest you repay the folks at Duolingo
with an annual subscription. I'm not telling you
what to do. It's only a suggestion. I just think it's
a possible way to repay them for all the good
they've done me, and perhaps it would work for
you as well.

When I did it a few months ago, it cost about
$85 for the year.

Great topic. Thanks for posting. Very inspiring.
בס״ד

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/corporalraffyoli

i'm sad you're getting downvoted. i agree with you completely!

i currently got my first job so now i'm saving up to pay for stuff i've always wanted to pay for. duolingo is on that list haha

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnnikaQED

Is it true that Duolingo has revolutionized foreign language instruction in the USA, at least at the high school level? It would be a snap for teachers to assign lessons on Duolingo, and easy to check who did the assignments.

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NicholasMc904140

that would be a dream class

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheAweToTheEye

That's what happened when I was a kid. My parents wanted me to learn Spanish, so we took Spanish lessons, every single week. My brother and I mostly got homework, upon homework, upon homework. So, our parents decided something- Doulingo or Senor Wooly, every single day, for at the very least, 15 minutes. Once that was figured out, we became a lot better. Doulingo went into areas of learning that we use every single day, without even thinking about it. In other words, we learned things we couldn't learn from a teacher.

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Dizma

<3 <3 <3

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FLchick

What a wonderful testimonial for Duolingo. I love it and recommend it to people all the time. TFS

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LamiaSage

"pointed them in the direction of the scary green owl" sounds a bit like you're an NPC in a game giving the player a quest xD

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaddyLuvsToLearn

I have two comments for you. 1) how is duo 'the scary green owl'? he is adorable! 2) nice of you to share with other classmates! you could have been the best in class, but you wanted your fellow students to do well too! you are so nice!

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/uphilldweller

Way cool!

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Riley338009

Lol, I am doing the same thing!

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tanpopopopo

Congrats on your success!

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Divvivia

That's awesome : D

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KoolKidLiv

Great story! Good luck in college (if you are still in college)!

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweetvictory16

Scary owl? Well, the first time it tried to encourage me I almost fell out of my chair so i guess...then again I'm a talking fox so who am i to type?

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OliverXD46

People clown on Duolingo way too much.

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/priyanka.sriv

Wonderful! I agree with you that this app is really very easy to use and as a beginner it really helps ya out in understanding the basics of a language. Moreover it's fun to use.

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yetanothername

the scary green owl

¡Me lo encanto!

I took Spanish in college because I was lazy and needed some easy credits...I've worked harder at Spanish in the last couple of years than I did back then thanks to Duo.

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pawpawpandoraw

That's a cool story ! I am so grateful for this app !

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HamishCamp12

I agree, Duolingo really does make things easier if you are a beginner. thanks for the story!

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julesgarr

I use Duolingo to "learn" Spanish after taking classes in the classroom, for now, my 6th year. There are some words in the very early lessons my teachers never bothered to teach us, to my surprise!

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

What a lovely story! I like your attitude to learning, it's great that your enthusiasm spreads to others.

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KarloLuka

I love this story :) Thank you for sharing it with us! :D

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TessaJagge

I know in high school teachers are starting to adopt this philosophy.

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Justin_Case_71

Duolingo is the best!

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/airjaws

You are a star bro. They should have given you some lingots in RL haha. Cheers

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zaynin1

I wish I knew how effective DuoLingo is when I used to take Spanish in school. I dropped out after Spanish 3 though because I stopped caring. Unfortunately my school does not provide an Arabic class.

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UmangHere

That's amazing. Good job.

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/erikleertspaans

nice

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmmaIngels

Magandang hapon! Salamat! Great story, thanks for sharing. I would like to there to be a course in Tagalog and maybe also a course in Cebuano from English or Spanish here on Duolingo. I have studied a lot of words in Tagalog at Memrise but I didn't learn enough grammar.

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/William277514

lol

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/korebii

Amazing! I'll be doing the same thing with French next year! I think it's incredible how languages and platforms like Duolingo can influence people.

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrandonNos4

I actually just started using Duolingo with the goal of learning enough Spanish to be able to test out of having to take a Spanish class at uni.

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RoseBTSarmy

That was a lovely story. Smart idea telling your classmates about Duolingo.

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luan528100

nice

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aurora_W.

That is amazing. I too have to take a second laguage to graduate, and I decided that I was going to try and knock out spanish one and two in my freshman year. Wish me luck, I have just a few weeks before I start my first year of highschool!

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/babuocampo

Saan school po kayo? Similar story with me, Nihonggo and Mandarin naman. PSBA-QC ako.

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chris_caines

That's great!

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jada153069

Tu para bueno. (I tried to speak in Spanish :)

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LVnHip71

That's awesome.!!!

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HannahGrishom

This is awesome :) I use Duolingo to help me study as well, I practice my French on here while also taking a French class in college. It's helped me a lot

August 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AquaZet

How many exactly were with their laptops or phones learning with duo outside your classrom?

August 12, 2019, 1:13 PM
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