Incubator stories: Meet MThoriqMalano & ckhadung
This week, we'd like to introduce you to two moderators from the Incubator team, MThoriqMalano, a mod for the English for Indonesian speakers course and ckhadung, a moderator for the English for Vietnamese speakers course.
Thanks to these two community members and the entire Incubator community for helping bring free language education to the world!<h1>Meet MThoriqMalano</h1>
Contributor for English for Indonesian speakers course
What country and city are you living in? Jakarta, Indonesia
What are your interests? Where do you work? I just graduated from junior high and I am now in senior high. I love learning languages, cultures, and seeing things from different perspectives.
What's your native language? Indonesian
What languages do you know? Indonesian and English. I am currently learning Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, and German.
What is in your toolbag for translating on the Incubator? Starbucks, Soundrop, my iPad, a giant dictionary and...food.
When do you translate on the Incubator? In the afternoon while browsing the web.
What's your greatest language related accomplishment? Being a part of English for Indonesian team. :3
Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself with the rest of the community? Do not be afraid of making mistakes, make as many mistakes as possible, and learn from them. Once you learn something, never give up on it. Because one day, your hard work will pay off.<h1>Meet ckhadung</h1>
Moderator for the English for Vietnamese speakers course
What country and city are you living in? I live in the rainy city of Seattle.
What are your interests? Where do you work? I work for a Marketing Outreach Team at a college in Washington State for about 5 years now. My special hobby is old music, as I became obsessed with 50s to 80s music in ANY languages and I think it contributes a lot to my motivation of studying languages.
What languages do you know? Besides Vietnamese and English, I know French at intermediate level and a little bit of (Thai, Italian, German, Spanish)
What is in your toolbag for translating on the Incubator? I love to work on Incubator in Starbucks or before bedtime, with Spotify, a warm bed, a cup of tea, a laptop and a tiny lamp (you know, the cozy feelings ;) )
When do you translate on the Incubator? It depends on when I finish my work. Sometimes in the afternoon, but most of the time before the bedtime. Eventually some users’ reports haunted me in my dream…
What's your greatest language related accomplishment? So, after a few months studying French on Duolingo, one day I was listening to my favorite collection of old French songs, I suddenly realized: "Hey, I understand the lyrics now!” To me, that was a very happy feeling of accomplishment.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself with the rest of the community? I know Duolingo just by the iOS app, but I couldn’t believe now I, with my team, are actually building an English course for our Vietnamese fellows. Duolingo is not perfect, and still has lots of things to improve, but I believe we can overcome such obstacles to bring free language education to the world. After all, we are too small to change the world, but as a whole, we can contribute our little effort to make it a better place. :)
To get involved in the Incubator apply here: http://incubator.duolingo.com/apply
Did you miss previous Incubator Stories? Get caught up here: Meet AlexinIreland and GunnyTunes, Meet Sofiadcs and Rhynn, Meet bjarkehs and runem, Meet johanneswilm and yonoleo, Meet Libragold and jojomotion, Meet KaiEngle & Wilvandal, Meet jitengore and Damascene, Meet Selcen_Ozturk and Lavinae and Meet Frankyska.
@MThoriqMalano: Wow another young person in incubator team :)
@Ckhadung: "Eventually some users’ reports haunted me in my dream…" xD
Great to meet another young contributor in you, MThoriqMalano!
ckhadung, I don't know about the genres in other languages, but the Bollywood music had the best decades in the 60s and the 70s. No, I was not born when it all began, but even today, I find the music from that era very scintillating.
p.s. sorry to learn about your cat.
"What is in your toolbag for translating on the Incubator? Starbucks, Soundrop, my iPad, a giant dictionary and...food."
Actually, I didn't put this when I answered the form though... I don't know why it was written like this. Haha
Hi, welcome to the Duolingo community! Thanks and good luck on contributing! :)
Thank you Myra for the great stories!
@MThoriqMalano A promising young man! 'Do not be afraid of making mistakes' - great motto! @ckhadung Adorable cat, and he/she is BILINGUAL! xD
Thanks for all of your contributions!
Thank you so much, Myra! I just LOVE reading Incubator Stories! They are so interesting and fun to read. Thanks for being an admin and thanks for everything you do for all us Duolingoers. Same to all you moderators and contributers. :D
Thanks for sharing your stories, MThoriqMalano and ckhadung!
@MThoriqMalano: Food is essential for life and study. ;)
@ckhadung: Does your cat do work in the Incubator as well? :) And I know exactly how you feel with song lyrics. One of the best.
And of course, thank you, Myra, for posting!
Haha, I wish she could. My cat passed away when I was about to start Duolingo, and this is her final picture. I always set it as my profile picture :)
Right. The only cat that loves staying still and looking at the rain outside the window. ;)
Hello guys, nice to meet you! Thank you very much for your contributions! :) I'm sure your courses will be amazing, good luck with everything! ;D
Oh no! How did I miss this thread?
Hello MThoriqMalano and ckhadung! It is so wonderful to meet you and to hear your stories. Good luck in the incubator and thank you so much! :-)
That cat looks so much like mine! It's really nice to hear about the both of you!
MThoriqMalano, where did you learn English? Knowledge of English in Indonesia is usually very weak.
There are lots of English classes around my city. I took English classes when I was in kindergarten, so you could say that I got used to it. Haha :3