Duolingo's language revolution

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The rise of Duolingo

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A language revolution

More people than ever are learning another language, largely because technology has allowed lessons to be available to almost anyone. But what's really surprising is that it's us in the UK reaching out to better communicate with the world. We speak to the tech pioneer behind Duolingo, the Elon Musk of language, Luis von Ahn.
 

Learning from the past

More than 20 years after the damning report on Stephen Lawrence's killing, his brother Stuart tells us that he's still waiting for Met Police chiefs to see the problems staring them in the face.

 

Also inside:

  • As lockdown eases we look at the light at the end of a very long tunnel for those looking for new jobs
  • Steve Trent of the Environmental Justice Foundation writes that warm words from international governments are not enough to cool the climate crisis
  • Sit down and read this week's Letter To My Younger Self with James frontman Tim Booth
  • Prolific bestselling author Wilbur Smith used to shoot lions on his family farm growing up in Africa. Today, he's writing books about environmentalism. He talks us through that evolution
  • Vendor Expert Rob Lovett explains how we can have a bash at woodwork and Clive in Plymouth tells us about how he's been volunteering at a local vaccination centre

Plus much more!

 
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How Duolingo sparked a language revolution

Duolingo saw language learner numbers rocket in lockdown. But what's really surprising is that it's us in the UK who are reaching out to communicate with the world. Steven MacKenzie speaks to founder Luis von Ahn

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Met police yet to reckon with institutional racism, says Stuart Lawrence

As a new government report says institutional racism doesn't exist in the UK, Stuart Lawrence warns the Met are yet to fully learn from his brother Stephen's death

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Enough meetings and speeches about the climate crisis. It's time for action

The world's poorest communities are hardest hit by the climate crisis they contribute least to. They need more than good intentions from wealthier countries, says the Environmental Justice Foundation's Steve Trentnts to go further - so are electric vehicles really the future?

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 Being a Big Issue vendor during the Covid-19 crisis

One year on, we take a look at how coronavirus has affected our vendors – and how we responded

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