https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

The Verge about Esperanto on Duolingo!

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The Verge just published quite a long article about Esperanto with prominent mentions of our Duolingo course! You can read it here: http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/29/8672371/learn-esperanto-language-duolingo-app-origin-history

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https://www.duolingo.com/mbalavi
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Great article Chuck! I will be part of the Esperanto baby boom :)

I've been interested in the language for about 15 years now and the Duolingo course makes it too convenient to pass up this opportunity. Thank you so much!!! Here's to 200,000 others like me by the end of the year!!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo
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Already up to 7,500 now! :-D

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https://www.duolingo.com/jim3cantos
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La fina venko estas proksima...

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https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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And now over 8000!

I'm glad to say that I was one of the first users to start the course :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/m.tastic
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Now it's over 9000! (I just had to say that :P)

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XD

I wanted to say that but it was not true when I posted the comment haha

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https://www.duolingo.com/mbalavi
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Amazing! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sie00
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That was an excellent article.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ibekee
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Awesome! The course is not bad either. ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/jakeylingo
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"This would be great for computers to learn, was the first thought that Chuck Smith had about Esperanto. It was 2001, and he was in college, taking a class called Models of Mind. With its logical structure, Smith thought Esperanto could work as a bridge language for translation, especially between two languages like Finnish and Turkish, that are unlikely to have a large overlapping dataset that a machine translation program could use. Just as Zamenhof intended, Esperanto would be the metamedium of communication across tongues."

This is actually what my senior thesis is going to be about. I was really happy to see it in this article. :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo
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Is your thesis about how computers learn languages or as using Esperanto as a bridge language between other languages?

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https://www.duolingo.com/jakeylingo
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About using Esperanto as a pivot language in statistical machine translation. We're on break right now, so I'm spending the summer gathering some resources and learning Esperanto. In the fall I'll be setting up my tests (so working with aligning the parallel corpora) and hopefully running some tests. I'll be writing (the rest of) the report in the spring.

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https://www.duolingo.com/dgulledge
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Are you aware of this project:

http://www.mt-archive.info/Witkam-2006.pdf

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https://www.duolingo.com/jakeylingo
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I was not---thank you for that bit of history. (:

It seems that what I'm doing is a good follow-up from where that paradigm shift from more AI-based machine translation to the newer data-driven approach (the "statistical" part of statistical machine translation) left off. If you're interested in this stuff, look up a 2010 paper called "Climbing the Tower of Babel: Unsupervised Multilingual Learning" by Benjamin Snyder (and check out his PhD thesis---this is more about how computers learn languages) and then read a few papers by Phillip Koehn (who writes about statistical machine translation).

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https://www.duolingo.com/InsaneCule
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That's so cool! I would love to know more if you have any other information. :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/Scriptease
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Dankon tre interasaj

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https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo
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inter-asaj = between aces

You wanted to say Dankon, tre interese. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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What an ace article, it was a great pleasure to read! This is so much better than most German journalism =)

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https://www.duolingo.com/m.tastic
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Dankon, mi legis ĝin kaj ĝi estis mojosa!

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https://www.duolingo.com/ImJacob
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+10,000 now :)

Wohoo!

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https://www.duolingo.com/5H00T4

That article also got me interested in starting this course on Duolingo. Very well written. Let's see if it catches on. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/dgulledge
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I just saw it and started another discussion before I saw that you'd mentioned it here. The article made the Hacker News site (https://news.ycombinator.com/news). That's going to get noticed.

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https://www.duolingo.com/YosunChang
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Post your yc link here for us to upvote?

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https://www.duolingo.com/DestinyG

This article is fan-freaking-tastic (I wish there was a way to say that in Esperanto) and so well-written. I'm curious about the number of Esperanto learners on Duolingo now that we're coming to the end of the year! Will there be an update on that after the New Year?

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https://www.duolingo.com/YosunChang
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Super exciting! Some typos in the Esperanto beta and not yet on iOS so I have to use the web browser version on my iPhone, as would many Verge users

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