I’m a lapsed Duolingo devotee, which is not really a reflection on the tech but more on my own sloth. I’d add it to my weekly habit tracker, but the only critique I have of this awesome journal is that it doesn’t give me enough lines to track all of the daily habits that I need to hold myself accountable for. Maybe I need to come up with some shortcuts, like create a separate journal for online learning and then make that its own line…
Anyway, back to Duolingo: the founder and CEO of Duolingo and inventor of CAPCHA, Luis Von Ahn, recevied the 2018 Lemelson-MIT prize, which “honors outstanding mid-career inventors dedicated to improving our world through technological invention.” Duolingo is addictive because Von Ahn incorporated insights from gaming and gambling into the platform. It’s crowd-sourced, leveraging the knowledge of thousands by allowing fluent speakers to create the exercises. It’s also dedicated to being a free resource – you don’t get better content if you pay more.
I’d like to see a Latin added as a course. If you think that sounds a little crazy, consider that both High Valyrian and Klingon are both available and currently have 496K and 298K users respectively.
Like Dothraki, Latin is not in any of the incubation phases yet. I think I’d get a kick out of helping to create the course (Latin, that is), so if that sounds cool to you, too, let me know. In the meantime, I’ll be getting back into the habit of 10 minutes each on German, French, and modern Greek. Maybe Klingon. I’m old school like that.