Duolingo Clubs January 29, 2017 11:31 AM   Subscribe

Duolingo has added clubs, to allow people to learn languages together. So for Mefites who'd like to all come and Duolingo together I made a club. Come join a club and we can all learn together.

I think clubs are only 15 people, so we may end up needing other clubs, I'm not sure how many active Duolinguists there are on MeFi.
I am learning dutch, so I guess if we hit the limit we can split out by language?

Anyway, to join the Metafilter club you can use the code: MCXQ9T
posted by Just this guy, y'know to MetaFilter-Related at 11:31 AM (82 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

Well Gouda you like them apples? I tried joining but it said I had to be learning Dutch to join. I can start a Spanish club later if no one else does.
posted by Room 641-A at 12:09 PM on January 29


¡Estoy a bordo de un club español!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:29 PM on January 29 [1 favorite]


Oh, this would totally get me back on the Duolingo Spanish train again. I have been neglecting it for a long time and looking for some encouragement to get back in.

I created a Metafilter Spanish club, here's the code: EQS46W

Also, for anyone not clear on how to access Duolingo clubs, you have to be using the iOS or Android app (not the browser/website) to join or create a club.
posted by nightrecordings at 1:14 PM on January 29 [2 favorites]


I'm also in for a Spanish club! In fact, I was just about to do some practice. I'll set it up now. :) Thanks, nightrecordings!
posted by daisyk at 1:15 PM on January 29 [1 favorite]


No problem! I am headed over to the gym right now but I solemnly swear to start practicing tonight when I get back. (Yep, hold me accountable!)
posted by nightrecordings at 1:18 PM on January 29 [1 favorite]


I've been working on Swedish, let me know if anyone is interested!
posted by Chrysostom at 1:19 PM on January 29


Yay okay! I was on a big Duolingo kick a few months back (Spanish mostly) but sort of petered out, this is just what I need. Thanks folks.
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape at 2:03 PM on January 29


Is anyone else doing Russian? I doubt it in the current political climate, but I just find it a really interesting and pretty language regardless of the situation, so I'm doing it on-and-off in my spare time and it'd be fun to have someone else to do it with. :)
posted by winterhill at 2:35 PM on January 29


MetaFilter auf Deutsch: YMQW8S

I used to do Duolingo Dutch, but stopped for now while I focus on German. I'll join MeFi Dutch when I get back on my Dutch train!
posted by tickingclock at 2:56 PM on January 29 [3 favorites]


I'm making progress on French, if anyone would like to join
posted by peppermind at 3:36 PM on January 29


Me uni el club espanol. I seem to have a really hard time sticking to a project like language but I have come back to the duolingo app a few times. Now what we need is a "news in slow spanish" style simplified el mifi, with mods who have infinito conjugation paciencia. :-)
posted by sammyo at 4:27 PM on January 29 [1 favorite]


Ugh, Duolingo has KLINGON in development, but still no sign of Japanese. Alas.

(And yes, I know there are other Japanese resources out there and I'm taking classes but it feels like everyone else gets to hang out on Duolingo!)
posted by bowtiesarecool at 4:46 PM on January 29 [1 favorite]


I've been doing Spanish and am thinking of picking up Russian again. (Took two years of college Russian and still remember the alphabet, but my vocal and grammar are super rusty.) I'd join clubs for both!
posted by ActionPopulated at 4:48 PM on January 29


Peppermind do you have a code for your french club? I would join!
posted by Tandem Affinity at 5:22 PM on January 29


Oh I just saw it's been a while since peppermind was here so I've gone ahead and set up a French group - the code is BKD36J for metafilter en français...
posted by Tandem Affinity at 5:27 PM on January 29 [4 favorites]


I'm learning Spanish, so I'm in!
posted by Kitteh at 5:27 PM on January 29


I started German but then dropped it pretty quickly...was just noodling around with so I'd have some German to possibly use in improv. I may try some Russian, though.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 5:58 PM on January 29


Goddag - I made a Danish club with the code WDKP9N.
posted by moonmilk at 6:16 PM on January 29


I'm doing German. Es ist nicht schwer. Leute, bitte!
posted by cazoo at 6:47 PM on January 29 [1 favorite]


Ah, Norwegian, anyone? SWAVFZ is the code for interested parties. Vi ses!
posted by angeline at 10:12 PM on January 29 [1 favorite]


Signed up for the German club (gah, I haven't been drilling and they've added some new lessons or something and my trophy is gone!), would be psyched for Swedish as well.
posted by ubersturm at 10:34 PM on January 29


Swedish at: CU92VX
posted by Chrysostom at 11:21 PM on January 29 [1 favorite]


I'm in on the Swedish club. Vad spännande!
posted by twirlypen at 2:51 AM on January 30


(It took me far too long to figure out that the clubs are only available on the mobile app. But I'm there now!)
posted by twirlypen at 3:04 AM on January 30 [1 favorite]


Just joined the Spanish club, yay! I didn't even know clubs were a thing.
posted by rawrberry at 4:24 AM on January 30


I think they've only been a thing for about a month.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 4:53 AM on January 30


Could someone tell me how to join a club? I've been poking around on the website and I don't see any way to join one. Can you do it only through the app?
posted by holborne at 9:40 AM on January 30


Just joined the Spanish club! You do need to be on one of the apps, not the website, to join. I never use the website myself - I don't know if clubs are available there after you've joined one from the app.
posted by expialidocious at 9:44 AM on January 30


Whoops, belay that question, sorry -- just saw that nightrecordings answered my question above. Missed it the first time.
posted by holborne at 9:46 AM on January 30


Looks like nightrecording's Spanish club is full. I created a second one: VFCG8K
posted by The Man from Lardfork at 9:58 AM on January 30 [1 favorite]


Woo hoo, I'm in the first one! Long live the Spanish Club of Metafilter!

The MetaFilter Spanish Club are wankers!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:13 PM on January 30 [8 favorites]


If anyone wants to join the Russian club, it is GPSBKU.
posted by winterhill at 1:40 PM on January 30


Anyone else doing Italian?
posted by PussKillian at 1:53 PM on January 30


Ugh, Duolingo has KLINGON in development, but still no sign of Japanese. Alas.

Still no Chinese either; it's why I haven't moved from Memrise.

So, not to poop on the Duolingo love, but if anyone is on Memrise, c'mon and follow me here. I will rule my own leaderboard!!!!
posted by chainsofreedom at 5:01 PM on January 30 [1 favorite]


I've joined the Judean People's Front second Spanish group, and am following the only Lardfork name on there, hope that's you, o fearless group leader.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 11:17 PM on January 30

Still no Chinese either; it's why I haven't moved from Memrise.
I noticed the lack of Chinese on the list when I first got the app. Perhaps it's down to the difficulty of typing in Chinese on a Western computer or smartphone/tablet? It's fun enough in Russian - I've had to download a second keyboard to be able to do the Duolingo exercises on my tablet.
posted by winterhill at 1:07 AM on January 31


Takk for the Norwegian club, angeline! I'm going to get back to my half-finished tree and get to the end so that I can do more than tell people the wives do not like the cats.
posted by carbide at 1:20 AM on January 31 [2 favorites]


Joined the Norwegian club :).

(One of the things that keeps me doing Norwegian is just such things as the wives not liking the cats. Best so far is 'I am sitting on the floor crying and eating bread', but I also like the persistent interest in whether or not I am wearing underwear, 'I want a girl with a short skirt and a long jacket', and 'The dress is blue and black!')
posted by you must supply a verb at 4:32 AM on January 31 [3 favorites]


That's what keeps me going in Danish, too. Especially the Danish bears.

The bear rides a motorcycle.
The bear gave birth to a duck.
The bear takes the attorney's wheel and runs away.

posted by moonmilk at 7:09 AM on January 31 [4 favorites]


So Duolingo's exercises are as absurd in other languages too? I nearly gave up when my phone started predicting that whenever I typed the word "eat", the next word should be "butterflies".
posted by peppermind at 7:59 AM on January 31 [4 favorites]


moonmilk: you're killing me with the bears, I have Danish on my list but am trying to close out some languages before working on others!
posted by carbide at 8:11 AM on January 31


Thanks for starting this up!

I'm surprised how much I've retained even though I've been away from it for months and months. There was a comment somewhere recently that said in order to speak a new language you really need to talk and the new bots really illustrate this. I definitely think differently when I'm conversing. I've realized that most of the time I speak Spanish with someone else it's mainly by rote with stock phrases otherwise I fall into Tarzan-speak territory.

And is it just me, or is there a lot of clicking in Duolingo?
posted by Room 641-A at 8:20 AM on January 31


Dutch is predominantly obsessed with ducks.

The first Duck, the important duck.
The 21st Duck.
I have a duck. I have YOUR duck.
The Duck has a colourful hat.
DUCKS!

Oh also
"Honden houden niet van hoeden." (Dog's don't like hats)
It just a lovely phrase.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 8:32 AM on January 31 [4 favorites]


I joined the German club, may join French or a Spanish club if I can get back into them too. Really wish they offered Somali though.

By the way, if you join on your phone, then do lessons on your computer, it works fine (just doesn't tell you where you are competition-wise until you're back on your phone).
posted by Margalo Epps at 8:50 AM on January 31


Anyone studying Portuguese? I'd join a club for that or create one if there's interest and one isn't created yet.
posted by tdismukes at 8:53 AM on January 31


And is it just me, or is there a lot of clicking in Duolingo?

¡Sí! Hay mucho ehhhhh…¿como se dice "clicking"?
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:53 AM on January 31 [2 favorites]


It's true, duolingo's phrases are kind of bananas in many languages. I especially appreciated that time when my Spanish lesson tried to push me towards serial killing.
posted by ActionPopulated at 10:58 AM on January 31 [6 favorites]


Swedish ones that I've screenshotted:

* The nineties called and wanted its shirt back.
* What a big sausage you have!
* There is a monkey sitting in the bed.
* My sorrow is like a darkness.
* Everybody dies in the end.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:20 PM on January 31 [7 favorites]


This is great! Just joined the second Spanish club & hope this gets me back in gear. I've let it languish since November, like a lot of other things.

My favorite duolingo cleverness so far, in a chapter on clothing: "According to my cousin, the dress is blue and black."
posted by miles per flower at 1:13 PM on January 31 [2 favorites]


The wolf eats five chickens in one day.

(a lesser-known Crowded House song)
posted by you must supply a verb at 1:47 PM on January 31 [5 favorites]


Yeah, the obsession of the Norwegian lessons on underwear (mine and others) and bears does have me a LITTLE worried about my eventual plans to vacation there.
posted by angeline at 1:51 PM on January 31 [2 favorites]


- I cry at night.
- He is just a mean old man.
- You have mean children.
- You have many boring books.
- My brothers are playing with the moose.

(also I got the other one wrong - it's 'I am eating bread and crying on the floor.')

But also? 'She has a beautiful wife' makes me very happy.

Obviously I need to get back to Swedish, though. I hadn't gotten to the good bits yet.
posted by you must supply a verb at 1:53 PM on January 31 [3 favorites]


Is anyone studying Greek? I would totally join (or make, whichever) a Greek club (now that Greek has apparently graduated to the app, yay)!
posted by jfaulkner at 2:45 PM on January 31


French duolingo is obsessed with telling me that les hommes sont riches et calme.
posted by halcyonday at 1:53 AM on February 1


I've been keeping screenshots of hilarious Duolingo sentences. Album here. My favourite set of sentences are:

- It is over between us. (picture of two women)
- She will forget me. (one of the two women from the previous sentence)
- You look like my next girlfriend. (same woman as earlier)
- After she had left me, I could not sleep anymore. (different woman)

Also, as a freshly minted PhD in the sciences, I appreciate:

- Is that really science?
- The course of studies takes eight years

Also, is anybody else also amused by how limited the interactions are in the Duolingo Clubs? You can only comment or react to automatically generated posts, and the comments/reactions are limited to a set you can choose from.
posted by tickingclock at 10:45 AM on February 1 [2 favorites]


Most of the duolingo languages I've dabbled in have those cartoon characters that are visible in tickingclock's funny screenshots - but for some reason, Danish doesn't have 'em. I'm grateful for that!
posted by moonmilk at 11:05 AM on February 1


Joined the Russian club. There is a lot of borscht.
posted by otherwordlyglow at 3:36 PM on February 1


Cou cou! So happy to see everybody at french club! (The limit on comments is hilarious; also, where is 'Cou cou'?).

I feel like duolingo has changed a bunch - I've worked through the entire french course previously (btw I did not become magically fluent on finishing) and I remember the first time around, a good proportion of the questions were listening to French spoken and then writing it out (no translation). My oral comprehension skyrocketed from doing this. I can see it might not be so great for someone naive to a language but for anyone whose (American education) language instruction was heavy of the written and lacking in speaking and conversation, I feel like it's ideal. It's there somewhere I can get more french dictation quizzes?
posted by Tandem Affinity at 7:59 PM on February 1


That's true, "cou cou!" is essential. This whole club thing was my final motivation to give Duolingo a shot. I joined the French club and then did the checkpoint tests and apparently that means I got like a lot of XP very quickly??? So, um... sorry about that guys... :D (Strangely enough there wasn't a pre-prepped comment to express this sentiment!)
posted by snorkmaiden at 8:37 AM on February 2


I'm augmenting my Norwegian course with listening to NRK, watching Norwegian television (okay - it's SKAM, I'm just watching all three seasons of SKAM over and over), and translating articles on Aftenposten into English by the simple expedient of writing them out in a notebook.

I like Duolingo, it's very helpful, but definitely you can't rely only on it for language learning. The clubs and social aspects keep me motivated to study, but my external augmentation helps keep me motivated to continue learning because OH MY GOD WHAT ARE THEY SAYING UGH.
posted by angeline at 8:42 AM on February 2

Also, is anybody else also amused by how limited the interactions are in the Duolingo Clubs? You can only comment or react to automatically generated posts, and the comments/reactions are limited to a set you can choose from.
I actually like this. I'm not really on Duolingo to have long discussions with friends, I'm there to do fun language classes. It would have been very easy for them to omit any sort of 'social' features on that basis, but I enjoy that limited interaction, it's at about the right level for me in that context. There are lots and lots and lots of other places online to chat.

When I'm doing my Russian practice, I tend to be sitting in my car in the work's car park at lunchtime. There's not a lot around - it's on a bleak industrial park on a motorway junction. There's nowhere to go and nothing to do. It can feel very solitary. Having someone post a little smiley face or a fun comment makes me feel like I'm not doing it all by myself. :)
posted by winterhill at 9:39 AM on February 2


you have to be using the iOS or Android app (not the browser/website) to join or create a club.

Oh, FFS.

All I have is a Windows laptop. And gloom.
posted by pracowity at 11:34 AM on February 2


+1 for Greek and Dutch once clubs come to PC/Kindle Fire. I've been letting it lapse in recent months for reasons of obsessively reading about world politics, but this has reminded me that dogs and hats are a lot more fun.
posted by Otto the Magnificent at 11:49 AM on February 2


I just started Irish. Lots of bread and rice eating.
posted by Lucinda at 8:43 PM on February 2


Is this feature not available on Android?
posted by treehorn+bunny at 12:13 AM on February 3


Yes, I'm on android.

It's on the bottom menu, icon shaped like a shield.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:56 AM on February 3


The wolf eats five chickens in one day.

(a lesser-known Crowded House song)


Total Duran Duran ripoff.
posted by Room 641-A at 4:36 AM on February 3 [1 favorite]


The Spanish club is full but I joined Russian. Annoyingly, I have two duolingo accounts because when I installed it on my phone it wouldn't let me login to an existing account (wtf?) so... two accounts, one for the phone, one for the iPad and laptop.
posted by bile and syntax at 8:17 PM on February 3


We need more people in the Danish club! Danish is famous for being nearly impossible for English speakers to pronounce! How can you turn down a challenge like that? That number again is WDKP9N. Today I learned that bjørnen forsøger at returnere kjolen.
posted by moonmilk at 8:51 PM on February 3


So, I'm sure this will piss off any Danish MeFites, but my wife and I have been watching the Danish series Dicte, and to my ear, Danish doesn't seem super different from Swedish? I definitely recognize a ton of words as being the same or very close to the Swedish.

In fairness, I imagine my Swedish accent is awful.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:49 PM on February 3


Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian are pretty closely related. I can make sense of reading Danish and Swedish even though my main focus is Norwegian.

I don't know how true it is, but I read somewhere that if you speak Norwegian, it's relatively easy to get along in Swedish or Danish as well. It is evidently somewhat more difficult coming to Norwegian from the other direction, though? Maybe someone can shed light on that.
posted by angeline at 6:24 AM on February 4


I just joined the French club - there doesn't seem to be a place to say hello over there, so I'm saying it here. Hello! Bonjour!
posted by betweenthebars at 11:06 AM on February 4 [2 favorites]


Last night when I was practicing Spanish, there was one Duolingo practice session in particular that kept insisting on words like, "the wall" and "the guard", as well as "the best", "facts", "sad", "wonderful", and - wait for it - "he is not an honest man." Maybe I'm just a conspiracy theorist, but Duolingo, are you trying to tell me something?
posted by nightrecordings at 8:17 AM on February 5 [3 favorites]


I have joined the Dutch club, too! I've been lazy of late so maybe it will help keep me moving.
posted by percolatrix at 5:21 PM on February 5 [1 favorite]


Hooray! (I've welcomed you with the limited subset of tools allowed by clubs)
I think there are 4 dutch Duolinguists now.

There isn't a lot of interaction available, but I like that it's a place to look to see how other people are doing and maybe encourage you on a bit.
Jus, no one do like too much dutch, because then we'll all get sad that we can't keep up. :)
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:55 AM on February 6


If anyone else is out there learning Turkish, QDVJRF is where you want to be :)
posted by invokeuse at 11:53 AM on February 6


Wow. Things are getting dark in Norwegian Duolingo. Hva faen?!
posted by angeline at 9:08 AM on February 8 [1 favorite]


Oh this is very exciting. I'm happy I found this. Maybe now I'll get back into my daily Duolingo habit that I slacked off on after finishing the German course. I joined German, French, Dutch, and Russian clubs, so if you're in there, hallo, bonjour, etc. I've also started the Spanish course, but I don't care for it. And I'm taking Polish as well. Anyone else doing that?
posted by kevinbelt at 6:40 AM on February 21 [1 favorite]


Wow. Things are getting dark in Norwegian Duolingo. Hva faen?!

Too much Scandi noir for Duolingo?
posted by mushhushshu at 10:16 AM on February 21


It's actually getting worse.
posted by angeline at 2:59 PM on February 21


Yep.
posted by Chrysostom at 8:41 AM on February 22


They're blaming me for Denmark's problems now
posted by moonmilk at 11:15 AM on February 22 [2 favorites]


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