I am Luis von Ahn, the creator of reCAPTCHA, those squiggly characters all over the web, and the co-founder and CEO of DUOLINGO! Duolingo has become the most popular way to learn languages online, for free, and has overtaken expensive and gimmicky...
Hello Reddit! I’m the co-founder/CEO of DUOLINGO, which is now the most popular way to learn languages in the world. :)
Today I’m especially excited because we can finally say that Duolingo is available on the 3 biggest smartphone platforms (see below for links!), giving everyone access to completely free language education with no ads or BS hidden fees.
Education can make people’s lives better. Unfortunately, those who don’t have a lot of money, or live in poor countries and neighborhoods end up getting shafted with bad education. I believe everyone should have an equal right to learn.
We also recently launched the Duolingo Test Center, a new app created to replace expensive standardized English tests that take advantage of students and job-seekers with absurd prices, like the TOEFL and IELTS.
More about me: I'm a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, and I'm from Guatemala. I developed CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA (acquired by Google).
Check out the Duolingo apps:
- Duolingo for Android
- Duolingo for iOS
- Duolingo for Windows Phone
- Duolingo Test Center for iOS
- Duolingo Test Center for Android
I'll start at 2pm ET, so ask away!
Edit: Severin would kill me if I didn't mention we're hiring!