Duolingo turns two today!
We launched the Duolingo website two years ago at 10:08am EST. It was supposed to be at 10:00am -- lots of people were waiting -- but Tony, Vicki and Severin were still making last minute changes. And then Ryan wanted to change the background color of the whole site. But in the end it worked out, and we were only 8 minutes late :) We couldn't believe we had a whopping 17,000 users that first day.
A lot has happened since then:
Thanks for all of your support! We are spreading free language education together.
All Confirmed :)
1st from left: Luis von Ahn.
2nd from left: Severin Hacker.
3rd from left: Beth Morris.
4th from left: Gregory Hartman.
5th from left: Tyler Murphy.
6th from left: Sean Chin.
7th from left: Denis Meinert.
8th from left: Alicia Ledden.
8th from right: Rémy Marechal.
7th from right: Myra Awodey.
6th from right: David Klionsky.
5th from right: Tony Navas.
4th from right: Karin Tsai.
3rd from right: Vicki Cheung.
2nd from right: Hector Villafuerte.
1st from right: Burr Settles.
1st from left: Pamela Cardona.
2nd from left: Monica Raffaelli.
3rd from left: Kerley Tolpolar.
4th from left: Marcela Benitez.
5th from left: Kristine Michelsen-Correa.
6th from left: Rogelio Alvarez.
7th from left: Gina Gotthilf.
8th from left: Antonia Scheidel.
8th from right: Max Putas.
7th from right: Brendan Meeder.
6th from right: David Andrews.
5th from right: Franklin Ditzler.
4th from right: Art Chaidarun.
3rd from right: Caitlin Lownes.
2nd from right: Brooke Chan.
1st from right: Matt Streeter.
Happy Duoversary to Luis and the team! I only joined a couple of weeks ago and I am already hooked! It has been a great tool and I hope it continues to be as I progress.
I am using it to learn a few languages so that I can communicate with my patients, especially in Spanish and French as I hope to join Médecins Sans Frontières at some point after I graduate and hopefully Duolingo will be a big part of that, communication is such an important tool when someone is ill or in distress so thanks Duolingo!
¡Felicitaciones! I love this site, and can't wait to see all that you have in store for language education in the future!
I have learned more in nearly two months here than in months of formal teaching, and it's all for free. Thank you for this great idea, Luis. Here's to many more!
Wow. I can't believe how much I've missed :( I've been here since late April 2014 (at the earliest, on another account) and I really wish I was able to see all of this. 4 million the first year. 30 million the second year. That's basically 7 and 1/2 times the amount from the previous year! Surpasses Rosetta Stone (totally not worth it, heard it just threw vocabulary words at you) in Google searches. Won "iPhone app of the Year" during its second year (an impressive feat). Wins "Best Educational Startup at the 2014 Crunchies (same year). And with a team of only 32 employees! All in 2 years... just amazing. Duolingo team, you have really worked so hard to get all this recognition. And 30 million! Think of it as 30 thousand thousand people who signed up for free language education! Thanks a bunch, Duolingo team, for making free language education around the world more accessible to everyone. Happy #duoversary!
Danke schön, Duolingo! I have been here since 3rd March 2013, and learning German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and will soon be improving my Irish (and hopefully learning Maltese soon!). So vielen dank' für alles, Duolingo - but just one thing - why isn't 'StrapsOption joins Duolingo' marked on the timeline for 3rd March 2013? †
† Ich scherze!
Congratulations on 2 years! I still send people to your TEDxCMU talk because it does such a great job of framing the questions that motivate my work as well, and it was a pleasure to see that (and your Show & Tell presentations) live. It's great to see where it's come since then, and there's still a lot of room left to grow!
2 years now? Impossible! That was too quick :)
Je dois vous remercier pour votre site web! Je ne suis pas parfait mais avec l'aide du duolingo et sa communauté j'ai appris assez français pour faire le bac! J'espere toujour pour l'opportunité de parler le français. Quand on ira en france cet ete je parlerai tout le temps!
He mejorado mi espanol y ahora puedo charlar y hacer bromas. Hice un intercambio con espana y gracias a ti, yo pude disfrutar de la vida, sabiendo que pude hablar bien el Espanol. Encontré la gente que fue asombrado de mi abilidad en el idioma. Siempre estuve hablando el Espanol (y mis discursos estuvieron llenos de errors pero) cada persona me pudo entender!
Asi, hace falta declarar que duolingo es simplemente el mejor sitio de internet para aprender las lenguas y como las lenguas te dan tanto confianza, experiencia, inteligencia y sentido en la vida, aqui estamos aprendiendo por la vida
Ta orm deir go bhfuil is fearr broduil me!
Finally a chance to learn what should be my native tongue! Go raibh mile maith agaibh agus is athas orm mar chonaic me "an gcursa gaeilge" sa pictuir ón goradáin (The pic from the incubator!)
So now thanks to duolingo the world has many more aspiring polyglots, aiming to learn for work, holidays, willingness to preserve cultures, improve their minds, making them want to get out more and live life through language. Still full of errors but who wants perfection? Now I feel I still have loads more to go, a reason to keep going and its good!!!
Gracias, danke schoun, merci, go raibh mile, grazie, obrigado, ačiū,labai and thanks loads. Gratias tibi ago.
And one big happy birthday
The timeline is not completely correct, the 3rd and 9th of october 2013 should be switched. For the rest, I really enjoy spending time on duolingo despite the critics and eagerness of a lot of people on the forum for making improvements too slowly. Just keep the steady peace (Y)
I've been using Duolingo for a little more than a half year. I regret not having know Duolingo earlier, so I try to introduce Duolingo to more people, including my mum. It's great to see Duolingo make the world a better place where people could communicate a lot easier.
Please keep the good job and I'm looking forward to the next two, five, ten years with Duolingo!
Can I coin the term Duoversity? It just hit me, reading this story in the WSJ while waiting for family at the airport in Des Moines, about this Venezuelan entrepreneur whom created Open English, and is making a lot of money, and planning to launch an online university. Once proved to the world that you can teach and learn any language "for free", why not doing the same with formal courses in different fields? We can reach the sky some times. The university of the future is Duoversity! http://online.wsj.com/articles/online-school-has-100-000-students-one-subject-1403050947
@jorma1998b I love when people creatively link words to Duolingo. This is the first time I've heard of "Duoversity". It now joins the list I'm keeping in my head:
EDIT: I'm sad to be the bearer of such news to you: First time "Duoversity" showed up on Duolingo, coined by user Atanaa.) https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2051755
- Duolingoer--A Duolingo user
- Duolingoter--A Duolingo user who gives away a lot of lingots (??)
- Duoredditor--A Duolingo user who is also involved in the Duolingo reddit (I'm not sure if this is any user or just the D.R. moderators.)
- Duoversary--Duolingo's 2nd birthday (though, I wonder if people will use it to mark the passing of each year regardless)
- Duowikian--A Duolingo user who is an editor at the Duolingo wiki. and now Duoversity! :D
Pretty soon you guys and girls will be turning 3! Wow! :) Just passing your toddler years and as they say "the toddler years are a time of great cognitive, emotional and social development" (wiki). In that sense, you are a perfect toddler any mom would be so proud to have! :) It would be nice if you could update the previous timeline, I am sure a lot has happened in these past 12 months! :) I strongly believe that "knowledge is the only treasure that increases on sharing". Thank you so much for being an online treasure for almost three years!
(Sorry for of topic comment, but this is important, but I can't get Duolingo's attention on these for months now)
This is official post https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/10727793 to get votes for English for Georgian speakers course.
700+ votes from that post are gone, https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25398737 and Doulingo hasn't fixed this.