Duolingo selected ‘I’m mentally exhausted’ as phrase of the 12 months, and we could not agree extra

The 2021 Duolingo Language Report exhibits language-learning tendencies all year long.
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Thinking again on 2021 — the persevering with COVID-19 pandemic, billionaires going to area, NFTs — I can not assist however really feel drained. And Duolingo agrees.Duolingo launched its 2021 Language Report Monday, and “I’m mentally exhausted” is its phrase of the 12 months. The firm stated it selected the phrase, featured in its Japanese course, “to mirror the tone and general feeling of the 12 months by which we witnessed record-setting burnout and fatigue induced by the continuing pandemic.”Read extra: Best language studying apps of 2021However the report is not all doom and gloom. Duolingo stated cultural occasions just like the Tokyo Olympics, TikTok movies and tv exhibits like Netflix’s Squid Game helped drive language studying, particularly Asian languages. Japanese — the fastest-growing language to review within the US and UK — handed Italian to turn out to be the fifth hottest language studied worldwide. Korean remained the seventh hottest language, and Chinese handed each Russian and Portuguese to turn out to be the eighth. And as extra Asian-language films, exhibits and music hit the airwaves, Duolingo expects this development to proceed.Duolingo additionally stated extra various languages are being studied. English, Spanish and French are nonetheless probably the most studied languages worldwide, however Swahili and Swedish are within the high 10, too.Like Apple and Spotify, Duolingo is providing customers a have a look at their studying habits in 2021. If you have accomplished 10 Duolingo classes within the cellular app, you may see your Year in Review, which exhibits what sort of language learner you’re. It additionally exhibits what number of programs you have taken and the way a lot time you have spent studying.For extra, try our Duolingo overview. If you are involved in studying one thing new, Duolingo added a Yiddish course this 12 months, or you may study Star Trek’s Klingon language.

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