Duolingo interprets 2021, with TikTok and Squid Game inspiring users to learn new languages

duolingo interprets 2021

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Language learning app Duolingo said its phrase of the year is “I am mentally exhausted,” which appears as part of its Japanese course and does seem to nicely sum up 2021.

Like Spotify and Apple, Duolingo is giving users a look back at the year that was. Starting today, anyone who completed at least 10 Duolingo lessons in 2021 can get a personalized look at what kind of language learner they are, based on when they practice their lessons, how many courses they’ve taken, and how many hours they spent learning on the app.


Duolingo’s Year in Review will tell you want kind of language learner you were in 2021.

In its 2021 language report and survey, Duolingo said the top five languages learned on the app…

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