The Infamous Briefing In The Duolingo WhatsApp Group

As promised in our previous post Learn French for Free with Duolingo , we have officially kick-started our French classes. I did an audio recording and for those of you who could not stand my incredible Céline Dion’s voice, you can find the transcript below:

Hey people, you’re welcome to our French Community slash Course for Beginners. My name is Dan and I will be taking you through these two weeks of classes.

I believe by now, all of you must have successfully installed the app and tried a lesson or more.

To those of you who already had the app this is nothing new. What this group does for you is just to motivate you and create some form of accountability to making sure that you finish the course that you started since “Kojo ho”

What is Duolingo?

Duo is a bird and lingo means language. Duo also expresses the idea of a pair. Speaking two languages makes us bilinguals and which we all are by default and speaking more than two makes us polyglots.

We are using Duolingo as our language learning app. It is available on both iOS and android devices and can be used on the web.

Duo offers a total of 94 different languages including 35 for English speakers. It won the Apple’s iPhone App of the Year in 2013 as well as the Google Play’s Best of the Best for two consecutive years: 2013 and 2014.

What to expect?

You are presented with an app that turns language learning into a game to make it more fun and effective. As students, Duolingo gives you lots of freedom to personalize your learning. You get to learn at your own pace.

The least, I personally require from you is a daily dedication of 10 minutes and nothing more. It could be through one sitting or five minutes in the morning and the rest in the evening. Whatever works for you!


Lest I forget, I expect you to have a notepad, a pen or pencils, an exercise book just to write down the new words you would be coming across and that will enable you remember your lessons when you’re offline.

Download an offline dictionary if you’d like but keep your writings in a book. I am also a student and I know what that means.

When you are taking your lessons, repeat each sentence out loud—-this helps with pronunciation and memory!

You would have realized by now that this isn’t your traditional classroom setting. There’s no starting time for classes nor are you marked for being late or absent.

What happens in the classroom ?

As a tutor, I will be creating assessments for you and assessing your progress. Most of you would have been able to follow easily and receive notifications and reminders if you had access to a computer. However, I didn’t want that to stop you guys from learning so using a smartphone for starters is just fine.

I will be sending you weekly reminders of the assessments until Duolingo fixes that. For now, everything you will be doing will be through the app. For those of you who have not joined the class as instructed in the group’s description, I will be posting the link here.

Please note that if you don’t join the class, I cannot track your progress.

Now, I wanted to keep this as short as possible but I am exceeding two minutes. So remember, this is a language learning process, you will make mistakes but the “importantest” is to learn from your mistakes.

I don’t promise you near native fluency by the end of this training, because once again, it’s a language learning process.

Above all, be very easy on yourself, be patient and enjoy the process, take one lesson at a time. Thank you so much for doing this. By the end of this week I will teach you a song, how about that?

Please should you have any questions, suggestions or ideas, feel free to send them to me.

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