https://www.duolingo.com/wilbward

Duolingo helped me get a job!

After months of searching, I have finally found a job thanks to my foreign language education! I want to send a huge thank you to the Duolingo team because it may not have been possible without this platform. My job requires proficiency in Spanish and preferably several languages. I have used Duolingo to refresh my Spanish skills and to learn Portuguese and French!

After my first week on the job, I've seen the value of being Duolingual first hand. My job is at a medical clinic where there are patients from all over the world, many of whom don't speak English.

How many languages can you recognize in the welcome sign?

People who come through the front doors are often sick, uncomfortable, and direly need to see a doctor. As a front desk worker, there are a limited number of things I can do help patients feel comfortable. But, from what I have seen, knowing someone's first language can provide more instant psychological relief than perhaps any medication. This week, I couldn't believe the relief and comfort that I saw in patient's faces when they were greeted and helped by someone speaking their native language.

Knowing someone’s native language is such a powerful tool.

I don’t want to stop with the languages I know now. It would be absolutely amazing if I could at least have a basic conversation with everyone who walks in.

I’m so grateful for everything that Duolingo has taught me. I can’t wait to see where Duolingo will take me and other Duolinguists.

Thank you Duolingo!

EDIT: Thank you everyone for the incredibly nice comments! I'm so happy to be a part of this community :)

I think all of the languages have been named. Good work!!

November 9, 2014

42 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

Wow, that's awesome! I think it's awesome that you have a chance to brighten someone's day, and, even if for only a minute, make them feel great!

Chinese, Spanish, English, and Vietnamese are on the sign, that's all I have. :)

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tmarvin

And Amharic, Hindi, and Thai?

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore

Congratulations, wilbward!

tmarvin, what you are considering as Hindi is actually Punjabi written in the Gurumukhi script. In Hindi you would see "स्वागत" for "Welcome."

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

I said that's all I have for a reason, I couldn't recognize and place names. :P

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Yerrick

መርሓባ isn't a word I recognize; is that Tigrinya?

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97

አዎ፣ ትግርኛ ነው።

May 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion

I believe "soo dhawoow" is Somali—I live in an area with a lot of Somali immigrants.

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME

Haha, those languages are exactly the ones I have (or was able to recognize).

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/snowangel1992

Wow Amazing. Congratulation!!! I have just started courses here and your post motivated me a lot. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences.

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/johnysunday

Truly inspiring

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack

Excellent! Good luck!

It's amazing how breaking down the language barrier helps in so many very diverse areas!

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November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT

Your story is amazing!

On the other hand, I can see English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Vietnamese, Russian?, that's all I can recognize.

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Inspired1982

Your post is awesome and so you are : ) Congratulations for the new job and all the very best!

For me you are a kind of symbol of the Duolingo community; self-motivated, inspirational, positive, grateful, and happy to make others happy!

Keep the great work and thanks for sharing : )

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/makiminami

Congrats on the job! Very inspiring story, thanks for sharing! :)

I can see Tagalog, Spanish, English (of course), Chinese, Hindi (?), Russian, Vietnamese, and Thai. :)

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex

Awesome. I hope I will post something like this by the mid or end of next year. Truly inspiring. All the best to you!

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/NoNameHaveI

This is beautifully awesome and inspirational. Great job!

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/annaannaannaan

congratulations! ...on the new job, your language skills, and most of all your great attitude :D

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/pschatten

I got chills reading this. Gefeliciteerd en veel succes op jouw baan! ;-]

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tonywangtj

Thanks for sharing with us. ;)

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JenniferNarzt

That's awesome! :)

As a nurse, I'm hopeful that Duolingo will help me to communicate better with some of my patients who don't speak English (eventually, anyways; I'm not quite there yet).

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/GlamMom

I cannot imagine the fustration of not being able to communicate "what's wrong". Someone like you is a Godsend in the medical field. Good luck, enjoy your job and I am sure you will be rewarded every day. I am an EMT who volunteered with a fire dept. my sign language abilities were instrumental in assisting with a patient in a car accident. I have never had my hand held so tightly and my heart held forever. Touching people's lives is powerful and never forgotten!

November 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/wilbward

wow, thank you for sharing your story :)

November 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MadRad2

Congratulations :D

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JackedTortoise

Congratulations and thank you for that post. i feel motivated again :)

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Varsha1729

What an amazing story! Have a lingot!

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Kalitvintseva

Congratulations! Carry on :)

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/vessiecakes

Congratulations :) I would love to use different languages as part of my job.

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MaeeSafaee

Wow! Congratulation! :)

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/laspanishgirl

good luck!

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Spencer_Grace

Oh my gosh! Thats amazing! :D

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/RowaidaEzzat

congratulations!

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JTofSpades01

That is really, really awesome! Congrats. Maybe I can get a job like that....

November 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/nicfishe

Incredible!! Congratulations :) I feel really excited for your new job

November 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Lisa_Kuhn

That's wonderful! What a great story to show how incredible DuoLingo is. Thanks for sharing your story... it's very inspiring! ...and what great comfort you give the patients. Great job!

November 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/yimantuwingyai

This was very heartwarming! Congratulations!

November 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/sonialong24

very inspirational story, thank you for sharing...it definitely motivated me to work harder. congratulations on the job! ;)

November 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/rewong

I remember accompanying my non-English speaking grandparents to the medical clinic as a child and bearing the sole responsibility of translating for them--it was always a daunting task for someone my age, so I am forever grateful for the multilingual angels like you who make the process go so much smoother. Congrats on your new job, and Seattle representttt!

November 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Vhthfesf

ENGLISH! SPANISH! RUSSIAN! VIETNAMESE!

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/a-muktar

Spanish, Somali, Chinese, Russian... that's all I can recognise :P apart from English of course lol

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/OnesimusUnbound

Mabuhay, bienvenido, welcome.

I feel great for you landing in a job that you can help people of various languages.

Best wishes with your job!

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/wara357

In Spanish we don't say you're welcome aka bienvenido, instead we say de nada= it's nothing.

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/OnesimusUnbound

I'm using "bienvenido" as I meant it: to greet someone, not the standard reply after some one thanked another.

November 10, 2014
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