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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.

July 11, 2014

31 Comments


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

I didn't know cats could speak Vietnamese.

July 11, 2014

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

Now you do. Meow!

July 11, 2014

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

@MThoriqMalano: Wow another young person in incubator team :)

@Ckhadung: "Eventually some users’ reports haunted me in my dream…" xD

July 12, 2014

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

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.

July 12, 2014

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

Thanks. I'll give it a try :)

July 12, 2014

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

"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

July 13, 2014

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

In fact, it was alexinIreland who said that! xD weird

July 13, 2014

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

Hi, welcome to the Duolingo community! Thanks and good luck on contributing! :)

July 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S.Chx

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!

July 12, 2014

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

Hahaha thank you :3

July 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eey91

A lot of courses have been developed these days! Congratulations to your teams and thanks for sharing your knowledge for free language education! =)

July 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nkn15

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

July 12, 2014

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

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!

July 11, 2014

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

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 :)

July 11, 2014

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

Aww, I'm sorry about that. What breed?

July 11, 2014

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

I don't know. :)

July 11, 2014

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

Well, the important thing is that she was your cat. :)

July 11, 2014

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

Right. The only cat that loves staying still and looking at the rain outside the window. ;)

July 11, 2014

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

I'm sorry, too.

July 17, 2014

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

At least, Incubator has a cat ;)

July 11, 2014

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

Actually...that wasn't my answer though....oh well haha

July 13, 2014

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

OH MY GOD HE LIVES IN SEATTLE :D:D:D:D:D:D:D

July 11, 2014

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

Seahawk guy, eh?

July 12, 2014

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

Yes, I am.

July 12, 2014

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

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

July 12, 2014

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

So good to meet you!

July 12, 2014

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

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! :-)

July 17, 2014

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

That cat looks so much like mine! It's really nice to hear about the both of you!

July 11, 2014

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

MThoriqMalano, where did you learn English? Knowledge of English in Indonesia is usually very weak.

July 12, 2014

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

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

July 13, 2014

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

ckhadung is a cat! How did I not know?

September 21, 2017
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