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Donate to Duolingo

I know that Duolingo is a non-profit free organization, but would you be able to add an option of donating to Duolingo? If good willed users start donating, Duolingo can be advertised. And advertising Duolingo will bring more users to Duolingo that did not know it existed.

October 12, 2013



I thought they made money from the article translations. Is this not so?

edit: I guess they aren't making money yet, but they have more than enough without the need of donations.




I was just thinking that it would be usefull.


Not sure they have "more than enough money". Duolingo is incredibly expensive to run. But of course it would be best if they could cut even with translations. Which reminds me I should do more immersion.

"It [Duolingo] has raised $18.3 million in funding to date, and Von Ahn says it costs $500,000 a month to run." http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2013/09/25/duolingo-takes-online-teaching-to-next-level-by-crowd-sourcing-new-languages/


Buy a shirt from their "gear" store (there's a link at the very bottom of every page) and post to Facebook every once in a while, then you can advertise.


We're not a non-profit organization. We offer free language learning and at the same time are able to translate real-world articles through the help of our incredible community of language learners (those translations are sometimes from people that pay us). We believe both sides win. Our goal is to offer the best language learning service in the world. You can learn more about how Duolingo works in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyzJ2Qq9Abs. And here's our most recent Duolingo video if you're interested! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZAsZogpl4c


Duolingo makes its money in other ways. Once you bring in donations, you begin to take away the egalitarianism of the site, I mean that Duolingo might be tempted to give "rewards" for donating, like advanced features or something. Then it just becomes like every other site.

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