Saturday, July 22, 2023

Duolingo and its sentences about where people learned a language

I started Spanish in November 2020, but I only started using Duolingo this June. And I only went to take a course in Spain this month. Right now, Duolingo has many sentences about where people learned languages: they learned German in Dresden or Spanish in Mexico. As someone who laid the groundwork for all his non-native languages in countries where the language isn't spoken every day (French and then German in the United States; Spanish in Switzerland), it struck me as odd that a website that wants to help people learn languages wherever they are has so many sentences that imply that you should learn a language where it is spoken. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 22 July 2023)

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