Duolingo Brings the Joys of Lists Around the World

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Duolingo Brings the Joys of Lists Around the World

Oct 15, 2013

THIS CAT'S OUT OF THE BAG: Sites like Edudemic prove that nothing gets clicks like lists. Over the past years, no one's been better at making irresistable lists than BuzzFeed, which recorded 85 million unique visitors in August. But it has grander ambitions. As part of its expansion plan to launch new sites in French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, Buzzfeed is turning to Oakland, CA-based language learning startup, Duolingo, to help translate cat lists and other buzzworthy content. Duolingo offers a free language learning app that boasts over 10 million users (and a popular following on Reddit). As part of this partnership, Duolingo users will be asked translate trending BuzzFeed posts as part of their language learning exercises. Duolingo founder Luis von Ahn (also the brains behind reCAPTCHA) believes this will be useful to translate cultural idioms like "the straw that broke the camel's back," which in German reads something like "the drop that makes the barrel overflow." Duolingo is also working with CNN under a similar partnership.

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