Duolingo Saved My Reputation
Hello everyone! I’m about to share a weird and surprising story with you.
As some of you may know, school started 2 weeks ago, and I had my second Spanish quiz last week. My Spanish instructor, Señora Rachelle, was giving us a quiz similar to the school 2 lessons on Duolingo for review. Anyway, my Spanish class is mostly full of intellectual, intelligent, and interesting people. Except this one kid. He was the son of one of the Physics teachers, and thought he owned the school.
When we had our first quiz, everyone got a 100 (the quiz was- and I can’t stress this enough- SO EASY) but one person. Guess who? This kid (let’s call him Aaron- that’s his Spanish name) failed it. He literally got a 74 on it. It was super easy, and was over the most basic fundamentals of Spanish. Anyway, you have to understand that besides being not super bright- which would have been fine with me- Aaron was extremely annoying. He would always pester me for the answers on the worksheets (I’m a very patient person, and I would have been fine with him asking for help once in a while, but with every other question on our practice worksheets, he would ask for the answers) and at first, I let him. But I only tolerated it for about three days. One day, when we were reviewing family terms (nieto, sobrino, tío, and so on), he literally said to me “What’s the answer to like, all of these?” But the funny thing about this was that there was a large word bank full of all the terms related to the questions smack dab at the top of the worksheet. I just told him to stop pestering me.
So, the second quiz rolls around, and I’m ready. I have all the terms memorized, I studied all the vocab sheets, and I’m pretty much ready to go. When I walk in to the room, I notice that Aaron is looking around nervously. I breeze through it and finish early. I hand it in and relax.
The next day, I get a slip that says I have to go to Señora Rachelle’s room. I wonder what happened, and I hurry over there. Aaron and Señora Rachelle are both in the room. She tells me to take a seat. I am getting really worried. She stares at us and says “I noticed that one of you cheated off the other.” I am really confused. She says that we got the exact same answers wrong. She gives us our quizzes and points at the questions. I look at my quiz. A 98. I look at the questions I got wrong. One of them I just put the accent in the wrong place. Half a point off. The other one I spelled a word wrong. 1 point off. A match the word the phrase question wrong. Half a point.
She takes Aaron’s quiz and shows me the questions he got wrong. He put the accent in the same place I did. He got the exact same word to phrase wrong as I did, and he spelled the word wrong the exact same way that I did. Aaron cheated off of me! We both sit side by side, so it would be easy for any of us to cheat. So how do we figure out who cheated? Aaron’s mom, the physics teacher, comes in and argues that her perfect boy couldn’t have possibly done anything wrong because he’s such a good kid and blah blah blah (I’m so thankful that I don’t have that teacher for physics).
Keep in mind that the review quiz had similar material to the Spanish 2 lessons in Duolingo. Of course, Señora Rachelle has a suspicion that Aaron cheated because he failed his last quiz, but she can’t just make that assumption. So I show her my Duolingo. I go through a School 2 practice on Duo, and don’t get anything wrong. Señora Rachelle asks for Aaron to do the same lesson as I did. (It was a bit different, of course, but still vastly the same material.) Aaron does it and gets only 4/12 right. But of course, she has him do it again, just to be fair. The same thing happens again, except this time he only gets three right. This seemed to inspire our teacher to grill us with questions about the material, and of course I passed, but Aaron obviously didn’t. She gave him a zero for cheating. His mom still didn’t believe that her amazing son cheated, so besides that zero, and a referral, he didn’t get reprimanded.
Anyway, if I hadn’t suggested doing a Duolingo lesson and made our teacher realize that she should ask us questions, I might have been found guilty for cheating because of his pushy mom.
Thank you Duolingo!
Wow there are so many unseen benefits to Duolingo! May it continue to help.
P.S. Are you in Spanish 1B or 2?
Spanish 2? Spanish 1B? I'm confused. Which Duolingo course are you talking about?
I believe that this is some school Spanish-level terminology or something around those lines.
At our school we have Spanish 1/2 (Beginner course), 3/4, 5/6, and AP, as well as some various Spanish literature courses and the like sprinkled in.
CEFR levels are A1-C2. This is probably 1A = first semester of Spanish 1, 1B = 2nd semester. Or (more likely given it's September) sometimes middle schools offer Spanish and they cover the material that's done in one semester of high school Spanish but spread it out over the year, and call it 1A. Then the content that high school students get in the second semester is learned the following year and they call it 1B. This is most likely what they are referring to.
Yes, that's nice, but what are lingots good for? So far, the only things that I have been able to do with lingots is buy streak insurance, have an opportunity to buy a practice round about flirting (No thanks, I'm married.), and give them to people as "likes" in this discussion forum. Couldn't they offer us pdfs of some of our achievements at least? Those little screen shots where they say, "Congratulations, you did ____!" I would pay lingots for pdfs of those, just because there is nothing else to do with lingots.
Why am I laughing so hard at the “No thanks, I’m married” like that is some next level loyalty.
My girl doesn't mind if I read the menu, because she knows I always order her, eat and savour every piece.
Loyalty is normal, and flirting with your partner is awesome - it keeps things fresh and fun (she sends me her lessons and it says, "I am not wearing any pants" so I send her my lesson where it says "I like this view" it's duolingo being a device for lols and the conversation turns into "dan aku sangat mencintaimu, selalu. Kamu ingin menghisap kontolku?" and she will say, "IYA DONG!!!" and duolingo started a running joke - it's part of our lives and is helping us communicate, while having fun with flirting and messing around :)
Idk what to do with lingots. Timed tests and then what? Throw them all in the air, roll around in them and go yeaaaahhhh i'm rich!!?
Streak is the real currency on duolingo - you can only spend it by not saving it! Lingots are the tool to say, "oops I have a busy day tomorrow" - I just wish they would allow a month, because traveling means no internet.
I trust my friends to water the plants, but I do not trust them with my computer passwords, pins and snooping into my private life, underneath all the porn.
If they want my data and research - they can hack into it, like I would.
My girl doesn't mind if I read the menu, because she knows I always order her, eat and savour every piece.
I hate everything you just said.
If I were you I would ask the teacher to switch seats so you don't have to sit next to Aaron anymore.
Luckily, I did. She moved us and put Aaron in the front so she could keep an eye on him while he was test taking.
I'm laughing because I actually get this reference. Now I want to see that Key and Peele skit again...lol
Hah! Yes, they should make this into an advertisement! Hire me Duo!
This is super sad, dude. Aaron, I promise if you try in class you will get AT THE VERY LEAST a HIGH B! But that's if you put effort into it. Don't cheat, dude. Don't lie. I'm glad that the coulprit was rightfully unmasked!
Here is a lingot for your troubles!
Thank you! I hope Aaron has learned his lesson and won’t cheat off of people again. Thank you very much for the lingot. I appreciate your kind words.
By the way, your profile pic is very cool!
That is an awesome story! Now the idea of Super Duo being described as a fearless feathered crimefighter makes a bit more sense. ;D
I'm old so I'll just tell you cheaters never prosper....Love your name!
Haha, thank you! That’s true, they never do. I’m just glad he was caught in the end.
Yes, Aaron will find it much harder to cheat in college. Not just because they watch you more (which they do), but because he won't be prepared for college because he is depending on cheating in high school. Also, once he is in college, they won't care what his mother thinks. If they catch him cheating, he will be expelled.
very clearheaded of you to suggest using duolingo in that situation! Great writing too, I was captivated by your story as it unfolded.
Sorry that Aron's mom has lost perspective, and she is holding on to the idea that Aron doesn't need some help. Meanwhile he's hiding what he doesn't know – instead of asking for real help.
Hopefully both she and Aron will use this reality-check to help him actually learn, and not cheat himself from learning. Maybe he'll benefit from duolingo, or maybe he has other issues that interfere.
I'm so happy the teacher sees through it, and you stood up to show your own integrity. Well done!
thanks! It is the front of "A New Spanish Grammar," a book printed in London in 1725!
I gave you a lingot, I would rather give you a bottle of henna. You're good.
Thanks man. Also, careful with your pfp Ray, my mom is on this app!
This story is legendary haha
I honestly don't know why Aaron wanted to cheat on the test. If he really cared about passing then he would've tried to make an effort. Good to know that Duolingo helped you out in some way.
Yes, Aaron barely ever worked in class, even though our teacher gave us plenty of time to study and lots of resources. I think he was just lazy and didn’t want to put in the effort.
Awesome! Extra-curricular studying definitely pays off.
Thank you very much! I enjoy sharing my stories. I’ve had a few Duolingo related endeavors.
Ouch. Aaron sounds pretty lame if he cheats off other peoples school. Best thing to do if you are struggling is to apply yourself and sort out your priorities. Well great job on the test!
I'm glad it was able to save you. XD Unfortunately we've all had to deal with people in school that are dishonest but their parents refuse to believe that to be true.
Brava! That was a hell of a story but I'm so glad you were able to defend your honor (and grade).
Thanks Johnny! Nice way of putting it. I’m not one to back down so easily lol.
Loved the story! But don't hate the Physics teacher, Physics is Awesome!
Hehe, I don’t hate her per se, I just dislike her. I’m just happy I don’t have her for physics. My professor is a guy and he’s very cool, super chill, and nice. I love his class.
Thanks, I changed it! I honestly didn’t know that, I might have gone through my life not knowing the correct way to spell per se. Learn something every day!
This is so inspiring. But it's annoying how that boy's mum thought he was so perfect. Also, your school started 2 weeks ago?! My school starts tommorow.
wow. That's strange. Of course, I wouldn't know because I'M HOME SCHOOLED! OH! Dab on 'em!!!
Anyway, it IS sooo annoying that his mom thinks he's perfect. UGH. XD
I love your profile. I want to eat the cupcake. Mmmmm. Haha!
When I was in high school the lazy kid that cheated was seated next to me and always tried to copy my answers but I got good at body blocking his view. Then one class we had a multiple choice test and it was a really difficult one. He ended up with the highest score! He was just really good at cheating and guessing which block to check off. Everyone in the class including the teacher knew he was not learning anything. It was hysterical that he scored so high.
Unfortunately, Nepotism is alive and well as is the parents' blind near-deification of their children which I fortunately haven't been subject to. I was constantly criticized which spurned me to become better and now my parent is proud of me for what I have achieved (and currently the number of languages I have on Duolingo). If Aaron had any integrity, he would put in the work to learn the language. Out in the real world where he'd need to apply Spanish there will be no more tests and no more opportunities to cheat and write off someone.
I have always tried to help people and I can recognize it when someone is really putting in an effort and wants to learn and improve and I know that people do try and they're often grateful and I can see them grow.
If Aaron isn't willing to change then less power to him but more to you for thinking outside of the box during a difficult situation and to Duolingo for making language learning so accessible.
Maybe Aaron should try Duolingo. It would help him greatly! And kudos to you for your language learning!
If you are good at cheating, you can go far. Only your empire built by cheating will be an empire built of sand. If you are bad at cheating, as this man certainly was, you'll get crushed before you even begin.
It does not sound like a level playing field with Aaron's mum in attendance while there was no one there to support your innocence; power politics in the classroom. My only memory of a cheater being caught in school was in a Spanish class in high school when the instructor requested that one girl retake a test during our regular class at which time she was caught red handed. Our 50th reunion is next month. I wonder if she will appear.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your comment, and love your pfp! :)
I hope she does show. Hopefully she has found success in her life and doesn’t go around the office copying people’s PowerPoints.
What a spoiled kid. That is so mean. It just angers me to see people like that.
I know. He was so entitled, and so was his mom. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Great story. I also find that Duolingo helps me with my schoolwork. I hate that kind of situation when kids who are just fooling around in class and not even trying to learn get off easy, and I am glad that you were able to solve your problem.
May the owl be always with you. Also that Aaron guy got his just deserts, although I get the feeling a certain owl might be coming for him tonight ,here's a link with a clue written all over it https://www.boredpanda.com/funny-duolingo-bird-memes/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic
This story is amazing thank you for sharing! Also congrats on killing it in your Spanish class! Sounds like you are a great student!
Thank you, I see we are both level 16’ers! And thank you for making me smile.
Good thinking to have him try and do the lesson on duo! Bet his mom's face was priceless!
I sat by a kid in high school just like this. There's always one kid who puts in zero effort and then expects someone to give them all the answers. It got to the point I just straight up told him to figure it out himself when he asked for help/answers (it was especially pathetic because all our tests were open book...)
He really did. I was hoping he would get disowned by his mom though, who is a teacher and knows the severity of cheating, but she refused to believe that her perfect boy could have done such a thing.
Love your comment, btw!
Also, I didn’t really want him to get disowned, it’s just a fun play on words to this comment. :)
Good luck! Spanish is a great language! I’m focusing most of my energy on learning Spanish.
Can you ask the teacher to seat you next to someone else? Or to move him?
You can't blame kids - only their parents.
Aaron is a product of his environment, genetics and upbringing. He has had little choice in this, as he has been a child with parents.
Only orphans, abandoned or self-raisers are an exception to this.
So, even if he is annoying - go easy on him and lead by example.
Likely he is lonely and looking for an escape from overbearing parents who put pressure to excel at THEIR school. This crushing demand is too much for a kid sometimes.
So support to ease it will help and you will find a good friend in him if you lead by example, by ignoring the irritation and pushing him towards understanding himself, rather than give simple answers.
It's really the teacher's job to do that, but - as the parent is a teacher - due to the perception of "teacher" and "parent" being similar... Aaron may not see that teachers aren't parents who boss around and are to be ignored, since the consequence isn't severe (as it was when I was a kid - you messed around, you got smacked - school didn't matter, it was behaviour that was the principle).
I am going to guess that you are from USA.
Cheating is good, but only if it helps (eg, I do both Bahasa Inggris and Indonesian, to cheat and get double lessons :p). Giving answers is not cheating - it's LAME!
Many people have much knowledge (google that) but little understanding (can't google that - need brain).
This trend is continuing.
It is good to hear that you have taken initiative and introduced a tool to your learning guide - this is a good quality to have.
Extra-curricular learning is the key to surpassing expectations.
Continue in this manner and I am sure that you will do well.
Forget about petty matters such as someone else cheating and failing - that is their problem.
If you want to make it yours, then you might find a friend because of your support - but you will neglect yourself in some way to do so.
I think that Aaron needs to go through the school of hard knocks, because he has is very easy right now - college or oxycodone will teach him how to survive or not, if USA.
His mom will push him that way, as he has no choice and no consequence.
It is a sad situation...
My love to you both.
Que historia tan interesante. Felicitaciones por salir airoso de ese problema. Sigue así. Buen trabajo!!!
I'm old so I will just tell you that cheaters never prosper...Keep up the good work. Big fan of Lucy and Rickey!
Why didn’t the teacher just get you to do the original test again. Aaron would not have been able to remember all the answers he cheated on? No need for DL.
As a teacher, I would rather flush out the cheater like was done here rather than having to supervise a whole new test as well as regrading it again. It's just more efficient. Most of the time, the cheat is pretty obvious based on history, but you can't just go on hunches, as was mentioned. It's unfortunate that this pushy teacher-mom made such a mess of things to begin with. I hope this Spanish teacher has enough spine to not be pushed around by her, and I'm happy to see a student stand up for themselves in a proper, indisputable manner. It makes things so much easier.
Thank you for teaching our schools! We really appreciate that. And thank you for providing Philip with more perspective.
I appreciate your kind words ma’am. Have a wonderful day :)
Hold on, she showed us the quiz, so she assumed we memorized the incorrect answers.
If he was that good at memorising answers to a language test I wouldn't have thought he needed to cheat anyway. If he's as bad as you say, I doubt he be able to answer 98% of the questions the next day, whereas you could easily get 100%. Also, a far better method of finding out who the cheat was would be to simply watch the pair of you the next test. Of course, the simplest method of all would be to ask each of you similar questions to the ones in the test - that would quickly expose the cheat. I feel that it's a pretty poor teacher who needs to rely on one student happening to be able use some 'net app to demonstrate she didn't cheat.
Simon. If Señora Rachelle just “watched us closely” next test, who knows if Aaron would cheat? The accusation alone would scare him off, especially if he knew he was being watched. Who’s to say he would cheat again?
social experiment! in one week, how many lingots will this comment get? how nice are people on this forum? if you give a lingot, comment your name below, and i'll give it back!
I’m one sucker for a social experiment, but maybe don’t ask for lingots, it’s a surefire way to get downvotes. The social experiment will have several fallacies if there is lingot asking involved. But nice cat meme pfp anyway.
I would like to hear Aaron's side of the story. I am not convinced he cheated.
He copied me word for word. Honestly, if I was going to cheat, I would make sure I got a few wrong just to throw people off. It was very obvious that he cheated because our test answers were identical and he didn’t know the material.
Of course, if you cheated, you probably wouldn’t put this story here!
well there's always the possibility that she just made this up to get a bunch of likes (tho I believe that the story is true)
Well I suppose so, but I doubt it, considering how specific the detail is. And there is no reason to get likes, they don’t get anything, except maybe a few lingots (79) which are useles.
Well maybe, but only for a bit. Plus, all her comments look real, and I believe it. She wouldn’t write a story that long if it was fake. If I wanted upvotes, I’d do a thing about Duolingo saving (my life, depression, my reputation), not about cheating.
Everybody's the hero of their own story, whether this story is true or not, I don't know. I just want to hear the other side of the story. I hope this story is made up, because it is pretty rotten that she called out this "Aaron" guy on a public forum. Even though she changed the name, everyone at her school can easily figure out who this guy is. It's the son of the Physics teacher...This is not a post that people should be applauding.
True that. Author really disrespect and humilliate Aaron in the post - "the only stupid guy in the class". If he faces such hatred everyday, I'm sure he doesn't care about learning and cheating, he just want to survive.
fair point about not calling out someone who is easy to guess, though you'd sort of have to be on duolingo to know about the story in the first place.
First off, we pick our Spanish names from a specific selection so some people will have the same names, so Aaron is anonymous.
Second, nobody at my school knows my Duolingo account- except one person.
Third of all, the teacher keeps cheating private. Fourth of all, I’m using my teacher’s first name, so she is anonymous too. Rachelle is a common name.
And finally, nobody at my school does Duolingo!
@mz147 But then again, it’s totally his fault. He cheated and was dishonest about it. I could have been in a lot of trouble if I hadn’t been believed. It would wreck my grade in Spanish and my teacher’s opinion of me. My parents would be extremely angry and would have punished me severely for a crime that I didn’t commit. So does that make me a bad person just for saying that he’s not bright because he cheated off me and lied about it afterwards? If I was found guilty of cheating, that could have messed up a lot for me. I’m in NHS, so I would have been kicked out. My Model UN also has a zero cheating policy, so I would have been kicked out of that as well.
I have no sympathy for him. As much as I can understand his actions, I feel nothing because he could have messed up my school year for me.
He was constantly bothering me and wasn’t willing to put in work. So I think we here should end the pity party for Aaron. You have no idea what drastic consequences his decision could have had on me.
Same. If I was to be a cheater, I would at least cover up my work. And if I do look at the answers. I would really make sure to get an A- or a B+ just to make sure the teachers didn't know I was cheating.