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How did you find out about Duolingo?

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December 3, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/procrastinating_

I think an AMA from Luis would get even more people on here (if it hasn't already happened). I only saw it on a thread comment.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oowowaee

I agree, duolingo comes up fairly often in /r/languagelearning. I think there was an AMA a while ago, but the people want another one!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bf2010
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Luis´ TED talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/luis_von_ahn_massive_scale_online_collaboration.html) in which he presented how Duolingo was started via RECAPTURE, and the idea to translate the web. His enthusiasm convinced me...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daviderivola

A colleague, who has seen the TED talk


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/peter_chant

I also saw the video, but I don't recall what pointed me at it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bsteinbrook

reddit for me also


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pumori

a friend told me about it... since then i have probably enthusiastically told 10 of my friends!


[deactivated user]

    Believe it or not, I was playing Minecraft at the time, when a friend whom I was playing with, started speaking Spanish. I was frustrated because I couldn't understand him, and every so often I would ask him to translate for me, which he did. We sort of got talking, and he mentioned Duolingo, and I decided to check it out. And now, I'm here!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SD-77

    Minecraft is awesome, isn't it? :D


    [deactivated user]

      LOL yah. I'm kinda a Minecraft Freak and play for hours on end! XD


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SD-77

      4 months later?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UseYourIllusion

      I went on Chrome Web Store to look for random things, and then I found a section in education called Foreign Languages. I went there, and boom, Duolingo was at the top so I tried it.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/monzac

      My friend, TED.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Camerican

      Your CMU lecture in NYC this past September. Great work!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bananarama14

      I found out about it from some friends, and then I've told lots of my friends and family!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmyCAD

      Chrome Web store


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Katiana16

      I want to be an actress and so I need to learn a new language. I was looking on a site and saw this as a recommendation for actor. I thought what the heck and tried it out and I love it.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kirandhillon77

      A friend who was using the beta version told me about it. Now i've spread the word!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Awesum_Domo

      My sister told me about Duolingo!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dagurlgurl

      Mine did too! :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dagurlgurl

      Yeah! Slap the computer YEOW!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jcbos

      A friend recommended it to me.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vwlj

      Zite - then told ElderCollege class I teach plus friends and family.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flinda

      Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PatL

      I saw a presentation on You Tube-I think-and signed on wherever I saw it and was then sent an email. Not sure if it was on You Tube or if I just chanced on it online.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BeshoreBlue

      A friend recommended it. No idea how he found it...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ErnestoEnrique

      Can't remember for sure, but it was probably the TED talk.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/itrysometimes

      Google, like 2 or more years ago


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rocko2012

      Reddit. I think it was an IAMA of a former Rosetta stone employee and some Redditer mentioned duolingo.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TigerT

      Despite searching for German courses Duolingo never showed up for me. I didn't find it until a friend at German class told me about it. I'm glad they did!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/logica

      One of my postdocs told me.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doriangray

      apple iTunes store :) and then tried out the homepage, which i prefer to learn. duolingo app always for waiting situations :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jmartin7930

      I saw you TED talk and went straight from there


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/appeltaart

      someone at facebook asked me where he coult learn Spanish online. One of his friends suggested your site.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SallyBrisbane

      an article in an Australian PC magazine


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arc4oiris

      From the original TED "Presentation" which you made -- "Massive-scale online collaboration"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1997Vanessa

      A friend recommended O(∩_∩)O


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ddyson

      I heard about Duolingo on the radio program "Spark" on CBC radio.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kelvinma13

      New York Times article


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rondinella01

      Brick City Weekend presentation at RIT this past October.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Santi5150

      Tim Ferriss posted it on Facebook.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Melo0o

      an article in Teenstuff magazine (an English magazine in Egypt)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cheetah_pita

      TED talk. Actually, an email from a friend who linked the TED talk.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/di4na

      From my daughter


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimnicolson

      Definitely an RSS feed and around July 2012. I saved the link and returned about a month ago. Possibly Technology Review or Ars Technica.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pangaea

      I heard about Duolingo from a friend. He showed me the Ted talk and I was very interested. I have wanted to learn Spanish for a long time and suddenly here was the perfect opportunity to take it up and try out a new idea at the same time :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SongOfTheAges

      Youtube comment, on a video about the benefits of learning a new language.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/helenvee

      From a friend.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sjl197

      The TED talk, it was very good. Think i stumbled on it, maybe through Netflix?. However, while i like the duolingo lessons, perhaps a bit of web-translation should be compulsory to level up, or those web-translation points count in another way, such a rewards.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leon64

      Ted Talk. This site is on-par or even better than today's leading language programs such as Rosetta Stone. Keep up the good work.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chubbard

      I learned about the site when I stumbled across Luis' TED talk two or three months ago. Since then, I've kind of spread the word about it at work, but, so far, no takers.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/waiting3013

      the same, i am chinese , american friend recommended it


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kjelra

      IIRC, someone posted about it on Twitter


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Darryllex

      a iceland Musician call olafur arnalds


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maryjack

      I saw an article about Duolingo in June 2012 on a business page and then I googled Duolingo to find more information.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ConverseCrew

      I think i just stumbled upon it whilst googling for Spanish leaning resources


      [deactivated user]

        TED talk from Luis..


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nuevo2

        Was listening to the Tux Radar Podcast by the guys who produce Linux Format magazine here in the UK and they chose Duolingo as one of their "discoveries of the fortnight". Ich mag Linux Format. Ich mag Duolingo.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RunSpanish

        From a friend I don't know where they found it, but I am glad they did!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gmeacher

        Tekzilla Podcast


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iamsophiet

        I have always wanted to learn new languages so I was browsing the internet looking for the best places and here it is :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimonK

        A friend told me about it


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lingodiva

        Ashton Kutcher tweeted about it.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gapper

        TED talk by Luis.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SillySeaturtle

        My friend mentioned it in class the other day


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yannahthis

        was referred by a friend. :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/linda52

        Found out about Duolingo from a PC Magazine article evaluating foreign language computer programs.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/litecrush

        IIRC I was searching for a free language learning website on google and came across it on either a random forum or lifehacker. Joined in late July.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J_rob01

        MIT Tech Journal


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J_rob01

        MIT Technology Review


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/agentvenom

        ted talk was awesome


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brett_McS

        From a link on Instapundit about new types of education


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LightningEagle

        Coworker linked me to the TED Talk.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Delta13

        A post on a Japanese forum. The fun thing is that there isn't Japanese support yet, but this site started me on German. I'm loving it so far :3


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eszti.b

        I was browsing through the app store for language learning apps last week. Your rank is getting better on the chart :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnnemiekeH

        my son told me about another language site, memrise, which he found on http://noexcuselist.com/ and when I went to that site I found Duolingo


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janellb

        Browsing apps for leaning Spanish on my ipad i saw how good the ratings were and decided try it. Glad i did it is now my favorite app i have for learning Spanish and I like that im not limited to using it on my ipad.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janellb

        Browsing apps for leaning Spanish on my ipad i saw how good the ratings were and decided try it. Glad i did it is now my favorite app i have for learning Spanish and I like that im not limited to using it on my ipad.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janellb

        Browsing apps for leaning Spanish on my ipad i saw how good the ratings were and decided try it. Glad i did it is now my favorite app i have for learning Spanish and I like that im not limited to using it on my ipad.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janellb

        Browsing apps for leaning Spanish on my ipad i saw how good the ratings were and decided try it. Glad i did it is now my favorite app i have for learning Spanish and I like that im not limited to using it on my ipad.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janellb

        Browsing apps for leaning Spanish on my ipad i saw how good the ratings were and decided try it. Glad i did it is now my favorite app i have for learning Spanish and I like that im not limited to using it on my ipad.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janellb

        Browsing apps for leaning Spanish on my ipad i saw how good the ratings were and decided try it. Glad i did it is now my favorite app i have for learning Spanish and I like that im not limited to using it on my ipad.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfdoc

        TED talk, love it!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfdoc

        TED talk, love it!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bellasfortuna

        a friend mentioned it on google+


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/learn007

        you are genius reCaptcha man...I am big fan of yours .... I like Duolingo very much I come to know from Tech crunch, Youtube video..... I was actually searching for Google Image Labeler game which I played few months back then i come to know it is now discontinued by google ..... then i come to know you are inventor of that game ..then my interest increase and i searched your name in google and found your Wiki page and then I youtube your name and found ted talks video and from that I come to know about Duolingo...after long research journey I come to know about Duolingo :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharlesOnDemand

        A while ago Tim Ferriss mentioned DuoLingo on his podcast "The Random Show" which he does with Kevin Rose. He talked about how great it was so I had to check it out.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharlesOnDemand

        A while ago Tim Ferriss mentioned DuoLingo on his podcast "The Random Show" which he does with Kevin Rose. He talked about how great it was so I had to check it out.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharlesOnDemand

        A while ago Tim Ferriss mentioned DuoLingo on his podcast "The Random Show" which he does with Kevin Rose. He talked about how great it was so I had to check it out.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharlesOnDemand

        A while ago Tim Ferriss mentioned DuoLingo on his podcast "The Random Show" which he does with Kevin Rose. He talked about how great it was so I had to check it out.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharlesOnDemand

        A while ago Tim Ferriss mentioned DuoLingo on his podcast "The Random Show" which he does with Kevin Rose. He talked about how great it was so I had to check it out.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharlesOnDemand

        A while ago Tim Ferriss mentioned DuoLingo on his podcast "The Random Show" which he does with Kevin Rose. He talked about how great it was so I had to check it out.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MsLagerkvist

        I read about it in the NYTimes and tried it immediately. I was frustrated by bugs in the system and gave up on it immediately. I came back to it a month or two later and some bugs had been worked out. Recently I have become frustrated again so am laying off a bit, but you seem to keep working on the site!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mitcorb

        I participate in a Forum called SketchUcation. It is a friendly cooperative site based on the use of a program called Sketchup. The administrator mentioned in a subforum that he had seen the TED talk and that Duolingo was looking for beta participants. The fact that this venture was all about cooperative effort (give to get) and its stated purpose to help translate the web is what got me interested.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sanda.golcea

        My fiancee told me about it.. and he found out... because he's interested in Luis von Ahn (your) work :) ..I do remember the discussion where he went on to tell me about ReCaptcha and then recognizing me as a language freak and suggesting I join duolingo ^^


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/huntra728

        Tim Ferris posted it on Facebook a few days ago


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/huntra728

        Tim Ferris posted it on Facebook a few days ago


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/malvika

        A friend saw the Ted talk on duolingo and he told me about it. Good Job guys !


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/malvika

        A friend saw the Ted talk on duolingo and he told me about it. Good Job guys !


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/malvika

        A friend saw the Ted talk on duolingo and he told me about it. Good Job guys !


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/malvika

        A friend saw the Ted talk on duolingo and he told me about it. Good Job guys !


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/malvika

        A friend saw the Ted talk on duolingo and he told me about it. Good Job guys !


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/malvika

        A friend saw the Ted talk on duolingo and he told me about it. Good Job guys !


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elae

        A blog post I stumbled upon: http://www.uberlin.co.uk/learn-german-with-duolingo/ Not sure how I got there to begin with, of course!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heather_Watkins

        I watched the Ted talk on YouTube.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oemv

        I read news about it in Prensa Libre and decided to give it a try


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heidihu

        I searched for "learning foreign languages" on the Google Chrome web store :) I'm telling all my friends about Duolingo, and they're all very excited to start learning a foreign language after their exams are done! Keep up the great work, Duolingo!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oowowaee

        also on the reddit


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blobber

        Saw duolingo new app come up in appshopper.com, then was disappointed it was online only and then discovered the computer version. Still hoping for a bit of offline functionality for my ipod touch though.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nuztorad

        Twitter - someone tweeted about it :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/petiteoiseau

        I have a page of RSS feeds devoted to news about learning languages. One of them is a google search feed. In there I saw an article about Duolingo acquiring a $17 million investor or some such. I know some French so gave it a try, but the language I'm really interested in at the moment is Chinese. Any word on when that will be added?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NormanC

        I also saw it mentioned on Tim Ferriss's blog post some months ago.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juanita

        Heard about it onCBC radio in Canada( program called Spark.) About a year ago. Waited for 3 months for the invite and have really enjoyed the opportunity. Thanks!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/perkinson.p

        The Ted talk, recommended by someone on the Guatemalan Scholars Network site.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/krzys

        Some article about duolingo start-up on Hacker News about a year ago. news.ycombinator.com/


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TiagoMoita_PT

        Facebook post by a friend.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/snorcack

        I read about duolingo on coursera.org. Someone suggested it to learn languages. A month later I am already on French Level 8. Thanks to every one who makes Duolingo happen !


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ilanita.

        google chrome store


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/svpepper

        A friend who heard about it from her friend (no I'm not being sarcastic).


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SDL_1987

        fluentin3months aka Benny Lewis. Since I have been here 3 months ago I try to practice daily. So far I have managed to improve my French and German. Now I'm dealing with Italian. Great stuff :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pinkduckling

        A friend's post on Facebook


        [deactivated user]

          I was looking for learning language apps, and Duolingo was there :)


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spalatus

          I found it by searching for a Spanish learning app in App Store


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Music4Ever15

          My sister told me about this site.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mptmpt

          From an article recommended by Google-Reader when duolingo was first released to the public (possibly lifehacker article). Sadly google reader is gone now.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Noe010101

          Si la memoria no me falla I think I was looking for a brazillian portuguese course and somehow I chanced upon DL.


          [deactivated user]

            Wow, this post was really 'posted' a year ago? lol whoa


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andy.the.Hippie

            my school introduced us to duolingo


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SmileyMileysHere

            I am now homeschooled, but when I was in private school, my spanish teacher showed me it


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heather_MLB

            Someone old my mom about it. I think It's cool:)


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenjyPlayzYT

            My parents found out and want me to get a head start on German when I go to Walnut Hills Middle


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saurabh_

            A friend recommended it to me.


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/geta17

            a friend told me about it and I am really enthusiastic about it


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kseniakorneeva

            iv heard it from my brother, hwo heard about it from a frien hwo searched Learn Spanish on google


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IvanaJurasinovic

            A friend told me and since then I have been sharing the knowledge of Duolingo with everyone who might be interested in learning a foreign language :D


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/calebfsl

            my French teacher... it sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            Learn a language in just 5 minutes a day. For free.