How'd you come across Duo?
I'm big on self learning, and as I was searching for new methods I stumbled upon a talk Tim Ferris was giving over his DSSS method. He mentioned Duo, it piqued my interest so I checked it out. I haven't looked back since!
How were you introduced to Duo?
Got accepted for a conference in Italy (with two month's notice) and was desperately trying to find online language learning services, went so far as to subscribe. You know the ones. On those services, however, people were talking about how great Duolingo was. I have since thrown them to the curve. Granted, I won't be able to speak Italian at all, but as long as I can roughly understand the signs around me, I will consider it a success.
Ironically, however, it turns out that Duolingo is headquartered literally a block from my house and above the coffee shop I frequent. So I guess I've been coming across it for a while. Go figure.
I found this on the Art of Manliness blog on being a life-long learner, an autodidact.
The blog is a really good read, Duolingo is linked at the bottom of the blog along with a few other good resources for the self-learner.
I'm pretty sure I discovered it on reddit through the subreddit /r/languagelearning.
There is a subreddit now dedicated to duolingo - http://www.reddit.com/r/duolingo/. I recommend it - there are some good discussions there and good links to articles on duolingo. Plus Luis has done one or two AMAs there (interviews where anyone can ask a question).
Review in The Economist
I wanted to learn german online so i googled 'best ways to learn german online' and stumbled upon this blog post http://venturevillage.eu/7-cool-new-ways-to-learn-german
I was reading blogs by Americans who moved or who take extended trips to Germany. One woman mentioned Duolingo as a great resouce to learn German. I love this site! It is more interactive and fun than a lot of others. I currently use 4 different learning programs to learn German. They all have good qualities and different approaches to learning.
Get both Scientific American and M.I.T. Technology journals online. One of them had an article (with discussion) about the future transformation of education. In the discussion Duolingo was mentioned as an example of an approach that should, and soon will be, widespread.
Checked it out and signed up for French.
Currently trying to work with the government, administrative, political apparatus that manages public education here, to set up advanced placement French language classes where completion of Duolingo is a prerequisite. My goal is to see Duo a precondition for any publicly funded foreign language classes that are in languages that Duo offers.
My goal is to see Duo a precondition for any publicly funded foreign language classes that are in languages that Duo offers.
I really don't want to see people using duolingo because they are 'forced' to be here. This community is great because everyone is here voluntarily and from a place of self motivation.
The Immersion section is monetized to at least some extent (it's effectively a donated translation and Duolingo profits on it). I could see some complexities with mandating a specific test to enter a foreign language class, though it would be interesting to see what happens.
A friend posted a link on our group ( http://florinrosoga.ro/blog/cursuri-gratuite-online/ ) .... Self learning, free....kind of like a game.... I like it! ;)
Surprisingly, I didn't know about the TED Talks video on Duolingo. I had tried looking for some form of language learning that didn't cost hundreds of dollars. I found an app on the phone and gave it a try and because it was the free version, it took me from lesson 1 to 15 and I was not having that. My husband is subscribed to Vsauce on Youtube and he heard about Duolingo on one of their episodes and I downloaded it on my phone and fell in love.