Incubator Stories: Meet odoinn & Nitram15

This week we'd like to introduce you to odoinn, a contributor to the Irish for English speakers course, and Nitram15, a contributor to the English for Hungarian and Hungarian for English courses.

Thank you to all of the Incubator volunteers. Together we can help bring language education to the world!

<h1>Meet odoinn</h1>

Contributor to the Irish for English speakers course

What country and city are you living in? Dublin, Ireland

What are your interests? Where do you work? I am pursuing a PhD in techno-pedagogy focusing on second language acquisition and my passions include languages, brewing and gardening.

What's your native language? English/Irish

What languages do you know? English, Irish and French

What is in your toolbag for translating on the Incubator? I use a variety real world and online resources to help with my translations when I get stuck but I mostly rely on my knowledge of the language. I usually say things out loud to try to see if the translation sounds natural.

When do you translate on the Incubator? Whenever I get the chance.

What's your greatest language related accomplishment? My greatest achievement was having a spark fiction published in an Irish language literary magazine.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself with the rest of the community? I truly believe that Duolingo is of immense value to language learners, and I am immensely grateful for the opportunity that they have given me to share my language with the world.

<h1>Meet Nitram15</h1>

Contributor to the Hungarian for English and English for Hungarian speakers courses

What country and city are you living in? Budapest, capital city of Hungary

What are your interests? Where do you work? I am a 16 year old high school student in a Catholic school in the outskirts of Budapest. I am also a musician, I play the piano (and even have a YouTube channel where I upload soundtracks I play). My hobbies are programming (Java only) and learning languages.

What's your native language? Hungarian, but I've been learning English for about 10 years now.

What languages do you know? I speak English quite fluently, and I speak Italian rather fluently (far from perfect :P). Currently, I am learning French and Japanese.

What is in your toolbag for translating on the Incubator? Well, it depends... I always listen to music while working, listening mostly to my favourite Italian songs. Apart from music, I sometimes have some yoghurt drinks next to me and (quite rarely to be honest) I have a bowl of cereal as well... I used to eat cereal when I did immersion but unfortunately I don't have much time to do immersion anymore.

When do you translate on the Incubator? It also depends :D During schooltime I contribute in the evening, and can't do too much anyway... But now there's no school MUHAHA, so I can contribute throughout the day.

What's your greatest language related accomplishment? It was when I got a "surprise trip" to Italy last summer by my grandparents. They noticed that I had been learning Italian for a while and thus wanted to give me a surprise. We went to Caorle, a little town in Veneto province, near Venice. We also visited Venice. I spoke to lots of natives (and practiced my Italian) and ate a lot of pasta and pizza. :) It was truly a fascinating week of my life that I may never forget. Note: the picture was not taken there. It was taken in Hungary near Lake Velence, the name of which coincidentally translates to Lake Venice in Hungarian :)

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself with the rest of the community? People often say my nickname must contain my age. That's far from the truth. I created this nickname when I was eleven and chose these numbers 'cause they looked "cool". As for Nitram, I'll let you decipher it... It's easier to decode than you'd ever imagine. ;)

Want some motivational-philosophical stuff, eh? ;) Knew it. Here, take this phrase. I find it appropriate for most parts of our life (including language learning of course), brought to you by Lao Tzu: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

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July 18, 2014


Thanks for sharing!

@Nitram: You can never go wrong with pasta and pizza. I never realized there were so many younger contributors. Great going, Martin. ;)

July 18, 2014

Thanks! :)

July 18, 2014

Another PhD!! And a writer! Congrats on getting published Odoinn! Its such a great feeling when that happens. :D You look so joyful in your picture! It is contagious just to see the expression. ^_^

Nitram16!! I love that food is one of your translation tools xD Can we hear one of your piano tracks? (Piano is one of my favorite instruments. However, Cello wins for this bunny ^_~

July 18, 2014

Sure thing, take a look at my channel (link under my response to Trang, above)

EDIT: By the way, I know I promised you a video a looong time ago, and don't worry I haven't forgotten it ;)

July 18, 2014

Yes, you did. Beauty and the Beast in fact. (I haven't forgotten. I just couldn't confirm if that was you because you changed your username ^_~)

July 18, 2014

No way! My username is the same as when i registered... -.- so as my profile picture (which is due to a change, btw)

July 18, 2014

O.O OMg... I really thought it was your username. But I just peeked and you're right. It's right there still!! (This bunnies poor bunny head -_-)

PS I blame this on not having you on my follow list. I always tell people my list is to help me remember stuff because the bunny mems is shakey from all of the bouncing >.>

July 18, 2014

No problem ;) The last bit of my story actually tells all about my username (not much anyway).

July 18, 2014

I also love that food is one of his translation tools is food ;)

July 18, 2014

odoinn looks like a great guy and I'm totally impressed by Marti---, ahh, Nitram15 - very good at learning languages, is able to play the piano, to code and the quotation is also a great one. Course contributor with 16. Wow! And he lives in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been to... Way to go ;-)

July 18, 2014

Thank you very much! :)

July 18, 2014

Wow, I think odoinn was very well placed as a incubator contributor based on core competence. Perhaps, once the course is included Odoinn can serve as a Duolingo advisor, in terms of devising language courses and acquisition of L2.

I'm just not sure of one thing, is Techno-pedagogy teaching using technology?

Nice to see our contributors can be very young and/or very knowledgeable.

July 18, 2014

@odoinn and @Nitram15, it's so nice to meet both of you!

To anyone who is curious about that Chinese saying from Lao Tsu: 'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.' Its Chinese is "千里之行,始于足下。"


July 18, 2014

It's really great to finally see you guys. Oshin, another PhD pursuer. And @Nitram, another excellent teen in our team yay. May I ask what your youtube channel is ._.?

July 18, 2014

It's no secret of course (at least it gets some attention...):

As for its activity, I know I haven't uploaded things for a long time... The point is that I'd like to upload a new video quite soon... I still have to practice it.

July 18, 2014

thank you

getting to know you



July 18, 2014

I'm glad to see you. We want to get to know the other contributors of the Hungarian team, here in Hungary.

July 18, 2014

Well I also hope that eventually they would fill out the form the Duo team sent us...

July 18, 2014

Thanks, kristinemc for this.

July 18, 2014

Maith an fear, a Dhoctúir Uí Dhoinn ;)

July 18, 2014

Hi guys! So nice to meet both of you. :) I am very thankful for your contributions, keep the great work up! :D

July 20, 2014

Great to know you!

July 18, 2014

Wow this is great! I'm surprised every time seeing how well qualified contributors are. Congratulations for your courses!

And "Martin.....?" hehe, as a musician myself I cant tell you I like your covers, disney's and videogames' music is great, subbed to your channel =).

July 18, 2014

Thank you so much! ^^

July 18, 2014

Cool! @Nitram15's story was fun to read and @odoinn's picture was also funny. :P

July 19, 2014

Salut odoinn and Nitram15 !
Irish and Hungarian- two very unique and interesting languages!

@odoinn: Send me some samples of your brew! ;-)
@Nitram15: (It's Martin, isn't it?) Good to see another young and accomplished person!

Thank you both so very for your contributions.

July 19, 2014
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