Duolingo Team Stories: Meet Gina & Chenxi
This week, we'd like to introduce you to two Duolingo team members. Gina, the head of Communication | International Growth, who helps bring our free language education to the world. Chenxi, the Community Manager and Language Specialist, works on mentoring and building our Asian language courses.<h1>Meet Gina</h1>
Where are you from? Brazil
What languages do you speak? Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and some Mandarin
Why do you love language learning? Learning languages helps me see the world from other perspectives, understand other people and explore different places in a way that would be otherwise impossible.
What do you have on your desk? What are your tools? I don't actually have a desk! I work remotely a lot of the time, so you will often find me at a café with my computer, charger, mobile phone and a hot beverage.
Do you have a language learning tip you'd like to share with the community? Be shameless. Making mistakes should not be feared - everyone makes mistakes, and those inhibited by them are the ones who continue to make mistakes the longest.
What's your favorite part about working for Duolingo? Knowing that my work has a direct impact on millions of people's lives looking to improve themselves through education.
What do you like to do in your free time? Play with my dog, a shetland sheepdog called Luka, catching up with friends, sleeping, and eating delicious foods.
What's a common mistake you still make in a certain language? I speak Spanish fairly fluently but like a good Brazilian, make up "portuñol" words every time I speak, invariably. It's embarrassing but doesn't keep me from communicating!<h1>Meet Chenxi</h1>
Where are you from? Xi’an, China
What languages do you speak? I speak Chinese, English, Japanese and some Chinese dialects. I am currently learning French on Duolingo.
Why do you love language learning? When you speak a foreign language to a native speaker, you can actually feel that you are getting closer to him/her, to the language as well as the culture. That feeling is why I love language learning. :)
What do you have on your desk? What are your tools? I have to confess that I have a messy desk… Besides my laptop, there are a lamp, some chargers, my phone, an e-dictionary, headphones, coffee, a bottle of shampoo (I have no idea why it is here!), well, and my dog...
Do you have a language learning tip you'd like to share with the community? It’s never easy to learn a language that you don’t like or even know, so my suggestion is to find more interesting stories about the language you are learning and its related culture that attract you.. It could make your language learning way easier.
What's your favorite part about working for Duolingo? It’s always amazing to see so many people from all over the world love and be able to speak multiple languages. It encourages me to keep learning and never stop.
What do you like to do in your free time? I prefer movies and spending relaxing Saturday nights with my buddies.
What are some common language errors your still make? I still have some problems with the English comparative form; Japanese Sonnkeigo(尊敬語) gives me a headache too.
What is your favorite show in any other languages you speak? I am a big fan of "The Simpsons"!
Did you miss previous team stories? Catch up below :)
To Gina and Chenxi, thank you for all your hard work. You've have done so much for Duolingo!
I agree with Chenxi, it is great to see so many people all over the world learning so many different languages! Also my desk sounds strangely familiar to Chenxi's =)
I also agree with Gina, where she says, "Making mistakes should not be feared - everyone makes mistakes, and those inhibited by them are the ones who continue to make mistakes the longest." Sometimes I'm discouraged by the many mistakes that I make, but I know that the more I work at them the fewer there will be. Thank you for your encouraging words.
Is that owl that Gina is holding in the Duo Gear store? I may actually get that!
Hola y gracias! Quiero uno de esos buhos de Duolingo que Gina tiene para Navidad.
Thanks for the update, myra. It's always nice to get to know the new team members.
Chenxi, the Community Manager and Language Specialist
Is everybody on the Community team considered a "community manager", or is Chenxi taking over Kristine's responsibilities?
Hi, I'm not taking over Kristine's responsibilities. We are working on different parts of the community and she is a great leader of ours, also an amazing person. ;-)
also an amazing person. ;-)
Good to know that the community team isn't shrinking though. Thanks for the info!
Hahaha, I do think she is amazing! If you meet her in person, you will agree with me. :)
I love getting to learn more about everyone. I appreciate the time you all took to answer these questions. Good to meet you Gina and Chenxi. Gina I appreciated the encouragement and you're right! Staying nervous really does result in more mistakes further down the line. I'll work on that. Chenxi, I loved reading that you could feel yourself become closer to a person by speaking their language. Yes!
Great article really helps get a sense of the people that contribute most to the community :)
Gina I can totally relate to the "Portuñol" I do the same but "Espangues", I think "portuñol" sounds better most of the time I just feel I Spanish with a Portuguese accent instead of Protuguese. :D
Chenxi! Thanks again for helping out when I posted my 1st discussion on the boards about Japanese course for English speakers pretty sure you still get a ton of those questions. :D I haven't practiced my Mandarin though, I was away from Duolingo for a couple of months. Trying to get back on track.
Thank you guys for sharing your stories!!! :D
Congratulation on all the nice things already done
smiles for all the things that are yet to come
@Gina, so glad to meet you
@Chianxi: Finally your story is out :), I thought you were a big fan of Hongkong zombie movies rather than The Simpsons :P
Hi Chenxi, I like the dog on the desk part, I used to take mine to work and she used to sleep on the desk, occasionally waking up and walking over the keyboard....
Yes, that happens to me too! Standing on the keyboard and staring at me, that's her. :)