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Luis talks about Duolingo

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A friend just linked me to a TED talk the CEO gave a while back - Duolingo comes up near the end, but the whole thing's really interesting if anyone wants to check it out:

http://www.ted.com/talks/luis_von_ahn_massive_scale_online_collaboration.html

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lyarra
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That TED talk is how I found Duolingo. It's fantastic!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mc_nugg
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I found it via the TED talk too and was incredibly impressed from the start. Having now used duolingo for a few weeks I'm even MORE impressed. Talk about symbiotic! For those of you who don't already watch TED talks, they're free web based videos of really interesting and inspiring and often cutting edge talks organised by the not for profit Sapling Foundation. They're BRILLIANT and often where I get my daily dose of inspiration and 'wow that's so cool' from.

Definitely check out the duolingo talk and then explore more TED talks. I guarantee you'll be impressed with at least one talk on there (or your money back!)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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This is also how I found Duolingo, and I shared it w/ just about anyone I could think of, right away. Unfortunately, not one of them actually joined. :( But I did. :)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stillbjorn

I know how you feel. I made multiple posts and invites about how incredibly useful this website was, and I only had two people genuinely interested enough to try to teach themselves. Two is more than zero, though.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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Good for you. I must not have the right kind of friends and relatives. The one avid language learner in the bunch said he did not like the TTS audio. Myself, I've only tried French and Spanish, but the audio works for me just fine as far as I am concerned.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stillbjorn

There really isn't any expression in it... but that's not really a fault. A programmed voice compiling thousands of words into sentences isn't expected to convey whether or not a question is going on etc... but for what it's worth it's pretty damned useful.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/liamtbrand
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I found duolingo by this too, I think a lot of people originally found it via this, and then shared with their friends..

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ckyle8
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TED talk is what introduced me to this site as well, and I love it! I had looked at all sorts of apps and whatnot, but even the semi-decent free ones were just trying to get you to buy the full version. The fact that we can use a program this thoughtfully designed for free is amazing!

I just look forward to seeing what other languages get included in the near future. I mean, how would Japanese even fit with this learning style?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sigmacharding
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Same with me. I was at my schools careers night and on telling some of the speakers afterwards that "I wished to become a programmer" and that (having gone on a foreign exchange) would be able to become a programmer in a spanish speaking country abroad if I so chose.

Then one the speakers suggested that I have a look at a TED video which they said I might find "highly interesting" It was my introduction to duolingo (and being a linux man loved the idea of free crowd sourcing)

At this time students of a french exchange were going to arrive at my school hence i set myself to learn french as well as improving my spanish

And thanks to duolingo it worked!!!

I took to french like a duck to water and I am now going to take it as an extract subject for leaving cert and all thanks to duolingo!

5 years ago
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