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Incubator Stories: Meet Elladus and luke51991

We'd like to introduce Elladus, a moderator for the English < Korean course and luke51991, a moderator for the Norwegian for English speakers course (which just graduated from beta!).

<h1>Meet Elladus</h1>

What country are you living in?
United States

What are your interests? Where do you work?
I am a student genuinely interested in history, languages, art, gaming, football/soccer and computer science. I also translate for the USDA and Khan Academy.

What's your native language?
Korean

What languages do you know?
English, Korean, French and a wee bit of Japanese

What is in your toolbag for translating on the Incubator?
(Listed in order of importance)

  • Computer

How would I translate without it?

  • Dictionary

This has to be one of the most essential tools when translating. I normally use a Korean->English, Korean->Korean, English->English, and a Korean->Japanese dictionary, as I personally find (my rather limited) knowledge of Japanese useful in translating and localizing text in Korean.

For Korean->English and Korean->Japanese, I use the Naver Online Dictionary. It might not be the best dictionary out there, but it has a plethora of information and a vast database. It also provides many example sentences and grammar tips, which is always useful when translating.

For Korean-> Korean, I usually use the The Standardized Korean Language Dictionary from the NIKL. It is the official dictionary of the Korean language and contains all words in the language (except for curse words, slang, etc.).

And lastly, for English->English, I just use the Oxford Dictionary.

  • Something to drink, usually water

  • A game of footy whenever it is on TV

  • And an occasional gaming break :)

When do you translate on the Incubator?
Anytime I have during the day.

What's your greatest language related accomplishment?
Modding a default German-speaking subreddit, translating for Khan Academy, translating for the USDA, translating for Duolingo and taking 4 consecutive years of French. If I had to pick a favorite out of all of them, I would definitely choose Duolingo.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself with the rest of the community?
I would like to use this time to first give a shout out to the Duolingo Staff, especially Luis, Myra, Chenxi, Hideki and Andre. I will never forget the times you helped the team and me contact community members, clarify translation guidelines, give tips and help fix errors and issues while translating. This would have never been possible without you guys, and I will always thank you for what you guys did for the team and me. Again, Thank you for everything. ^^

Translating in the Incubator has taught me a lot of lessons, especially since the Korean->English course is one of the most challenging courses to develop due to the sheer number of differences between Korean and English. I feel honored to be a part of Duolingo's mission in bringing free language education to the world, and I will always thank Duolingo for giving me a chance to share my talents with the world.

<h1>Meet luke51991</h1>

What country and city are you living in?
Minneapolis, MN USA

What are your interests? Where do you work?
All I'm up to now is Duolingo. Normally I'm a web developer... but I also like mapping.

What's your native language?
English (New England variety with some Yiddish mixed-in)

What languages do you know?
Norwegian and German. I can also get by in Danish, Swedish, and Yiddish.

What is in your toolbag for translating on the Incubator?
A cup of chai latte in my Duolingo mug, the University of Oslo online Bokmål dictionary, and very occasionally a news website (like NRK.no or Aftenposten) for some inspiration as to what to write sentences about. I'm not gonna lie, Whitney Houston, Pink, Amy Winehouse, and Adele have accompanied me through some long nights on the Incubator. Helping to create a whole course is an emotional endeavor, and Youtube is often a big help.

When do you translate on the Incubator?
I translate whenever I am physically able to do so. I would probably translate sentences in my sleep if someone invented a machine for this purpose. Aside from the Incubator Summit and the Polyglot Gathering, I haven't skipped more than a day or two since I've started.

What's your greatest language related accomplishment?
At least two Swedes (no Norwegians yet) have told me that I sound like a native Norwegian. "You even have the intonation right!" one of them said. I'm skeptical, but I thought that was a very nice compliment. Norwegian phonology can be a little tricky.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself with the rest of the community?
Hold on tight to your dreams, in all your endeavors! I would never have learned Norwegian if I had listened to all the people who told me it was "pointless" ('they all speak English over there anyways'). Learn the language that you want to learn, not the one you tell yourself you ought to learn. That's the only way you'll have the motivation to take it to fluency. To repeat another great cliché, practice, practice, practice, whenever possible.


To get involved in the Incubator apply here: http://incubator.duolingo.com/apply

Did you miss previous Incubator Stories? Get caught up here: Meet Simius and Vortarulo Meet Kippis and JanisaChatte, Meet Bruno_de_Brito and SebastianMolin, Meet Eey91 and mhaaz, Meet amuzulo and niskigwun, Meet KaiEngle & Wilvandal, Meet AlexinIreland and GunnyTunes, Meet Jojomotion & Libragold, Meet MThoriqMalano & ckhadung, Meet Selcen_Ozturk and Lavinae, , Meet jitengore and Damascene, Meet johanneswilm and yonoleo, , Meet bjarkehs and runem, Meet odoinn & Nitram15, Meet ElOtroMiqui & DXLi and Meet WynonnArdiansyah & Aygul

August 11, 2015

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

Honored to work for Duolingo :) Also, nice to know more about you luke51991! Congrats for graduating from beta... now for our course :)

August 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

Congratulation on lovely stories.

Thank you for in this sharing,

instilling and motivating towards

this creating a true community.

August 11, 2015

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

Always honored :)

August 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

to the honour is to you

some lingots in gratitude

August 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/m.tastic

Awesome stories! It's great to learn about the people who put so much time and effort into making these courses. A big cheer for Elladus and luke51991 :)

August 11, 2015

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

Thanks! :D

August 11, 2015

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

I love learning more about the people behind the courses. Thanks for posting these!

Congrats to the Norwegian Team!

August 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

It's great to read more about both of you! Luke, I loooove chai! Great playlist too :D Elladus, wow didn't realize you knew so many languages, or that you had translated for the USDA. Intense!

August 11, 2015

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

I only claim fluency in English and Korean. Although I know French enough to read and write, but when I speak... oh boy I am terrible at it. I met a group of tourists from Quebec and France recently and I was speaking Franglais all the way.... maybe nerves? IDK. Japanese... I only learned for 1.5 years so... I can't really say I am good at it.

USDA was sort of a (volunteer) side project, and I finally finished it today :D So happy :)

August 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

I'm still very impressed. :) Way to go finishing the project!

August 11, 2015

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

OMG, is that the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in the background, Elladus? I have been their numerous times. Their new wing is great!

August 11, 2015

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

Yes, it is :) In fact, I had just cleared the "Medical" skill in the cafe there before I took the picture :)

August 11, 2015

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

Elladus! So many interests! So many dictionaries! So much incubator talent! :D Your sentences are awesome ( ;) ), so nice to learn more about you. You can do it! With such a great mindset your course will graduate soon. I feel it!

Mr. Skywalker! (I hope I can call you like this :/) You are an example for many, many people on here; you had an opportunity to learn a language, took it, used it a lot, practised whenever possible, and now you sound like a native! And now you [shared/are sharing] your knowledge with thousands of people all over the world! That's awesome! (P.S. Don't feel ashamed of your music. Never.) Gratulerer!

August 11, 2015

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

Dank je wel David!

P.S.

[shared/are sharing]

That compact form

August 11, 2015

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

Good job to both of you, Elladus and luke51991! It was great to learn more about you :)

August 12, 2015

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

luke51991:

Learn the language that you want to learn, not the one you tell yourself you ought to learn. That's the only way you'll have the motivation to take it to fluency.

This really is a great point and well expressed.

I would never have learned Norwegian if I had listened to all the people who told me it was "pointless" ('they all speak English over there anyways').

Nothing opens you to a culture (and society) like speaking the native tongue.

Thanks to both of you guys for your efforts.

Thanks Myra for compiling these stories and supporting the course builders.

August 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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First off, you two Elladus and Luketa99a - are AMAZING !
For me the touch stones were :
- the clarity of vision that Elladus focused on of "bringing free language education to the world"
- and "Hold on tight to your dreams, in all your endeavors!" by luke51991

Thank you also to Myra, and the ENTIRE team of duolingo, and the CARING and KIND community that as a mob we make, for shining such a bright light in providing the opportunities for the future for the sake of our world.

August 12, 2015

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

God I really hate the argument that you shouldn't learn language X because in Y everybody learns English.

Hey, people in country Y, we want to learn language X because we like you!

OK, yes, I understand I might need to work on how convincing my argument is...

August 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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I think you have expressed it well. I agree with you, It is really important for humanity, that we also encourage people in country Y , to be able to learn language X , for a multitude of reasons.

Currently I am really admiring the significant group of Arabic speakers who are trying to do the leap to learn French, from speaking English tree - and some of them (or possibly more than some of them - maybe) are not yet fluent in English. I am so looking forward to when we have emerge out of the incubator Learning French from Arabic. (although I will be also ecstatic when we get French from Arabic into the Incubator).

Just imagine how hard it currently is for these learners of French whose first language is Arabic. I am so in awe of them. But I hope we as a community are able to assist them in this journey of language acquisition in this huge mountain they are trying to climb - that we cheer them on, and help them where-ever we can.

This is only one example - for all those communities that speak Language Y and are having a go at learning language X, from a language such as English. They are GIANTS who deserve our admiration and support, and to be welcomed and encouraged by our wonderful community.

And I look forward to the day when the language connections in duolingo looks like an amazingly interconnected web of language learning, rather than the star burst that it is at the moment. It can happen - but it will also require us - as the supporting mob we strive to be - to make that effort to welcome and support these amazing people into our community.

If only I could find that time machine of mine, and get to see it now .....

August 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.Quizzical

This is so cool. Thank you so much. These are like the DuoCeleb interviews but with Incubator people.

August 11, 2015
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