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!!
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. :)
tmarvin, what you are considering as Hindi is actually Punjabi written in the Gurumukhi script. In Hindi you would see "स्वागत" for "Welcome."
I said that's all I have for a reason, I couldn't recognize and place names. :P
I believe "soo dhawoow" is Somali—I live in an area with a lot of Somali immigrants.
Haha, those languages are exactly the ones I have (or was able to recognize).
Wow Amazing. Congratulation!!! I have just started courses here and your post motivated me a lot. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences.
Excellent! Good luck!
It's amazing how breaking down the language barrier helps in so many very diverse areas!<h1>Duolingo Rocks!</h1>
Your story is amazing!
On the other hand, I can see English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Vietnamese, Russian?, that's all I can recognize.
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 : )
Congrats on the job! Very inspiring story, thanks for sharing! :)
I can see Tagalog, Spanish, English (of course), Chinese, Hindi (?), Russian, Vietnamese, and Thai. :)
Awesome. I hope I will post something like this by the mid or end of next year. Truly inspiring. All the best to you!
congratulations! ...on the new job, your language skills, and most of all your great attitude :D
I got chills reading this. Gefeliciteerd en veel succes op jouw baan! ;-]
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).
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!
Congratulations and thank you for that post. i feel motivated again :)
Congratulations :) I would love to use different languages as part of my job.
That is really, really awesome! Congrats. Maybe I can get a job like that....
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!
very inspirational story, thank you for sharing...it definitely motivated me to work harder. congratulations on the job! ;)
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!
Spanish, Somali, Chinese, Russian... that's all I can recognise :P apart from English of course lol
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!
In Spanish we don't say you're welcome aka bienvenido, instead we say de nada= it's nothing.