Megan Moran



Welcome to senior year

and welcome to

something else to stress you out.

Welcome to Duolingo.

¿Cómo estás?

How are you doing?

In your classes and in your

Spanish lessons?

Duo is disappointed.

Your parents are disappointed.

You aren’t getting into college.

But anyways,

how are applications going?

¿Cuántos años tiene?

How old are you again?

Last time you checked,

you were sixteen. How are you

an adult already?

Where did the time go?

124 day streak. How

have you been learning

Spanish for half a year?

How old will you be when you

get your acceptance letter?

¿Quién es tu amigo?

Who’s your friend?

And who hates you?

It’s really hard to tell lately.

High school is stupid.

Duolingo is stupid.

You can’t wait until college

when you don’t have to ask

who your friends are.

¿Cómo está el clima?

What’s the weather like?

Hot. Pretty normal

for summer.

Lots of rain.

You’re told it’s going to snow

a lot when you’re Upstate.

You’ve never been Upstate.

You also hear there are lots

of owls. You don’t

want to think about


You wonder some more

about the weather.

¿Cuál es tu color favorito?

What’s your favorite color?

It’s an easy question.

So, why can’t you answer?

It’s just an ice breaker for the first day.

Just pick a color,

any color.

Say green. Like

that stupid owl.

It haunts you.

Green is not your favorite color.

Eres un estudiante de primer año.

You are a freshman.

Everybody knows it

and they all

hate you for it. Except

the other freshmen.

They are just like you.

But they don’t have a

348 day streak.

Because, after all,

they’re only freshmen.

No hablas con nadie.

You don’t speak to anyone.

No one but

that stupid owl,

the collection of

stupid pixels

that harasses you

to learn Spanish.

Maybe if you do

your lessons, you will

know another language

that you won’t

speak to anyone in.

¿Cuándo estarás bien?

When will you be okay?

Day 365?

Day 416?

Day 573?

You don’t know

a lot of things.

You still feel

like you don’t

know Spanish.

All you know is

that now,

on day 639,

you’re doing

better. So

maybe two years

is when you will,


feel okay.

Dar gracias.

Give thanks

to Duolingo

for giving you


and your friend group

a common enemy.

Thank it for

the virtual

high-fives and

the stupid quests.

Thank it for

your sanity.

Megan Moran is a sophomore English major at SUNY Geneseo. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, and doing her Duolingo lessons.