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More people are taking time to study Ukrainian as the Russia-Ukraine war continues.
Duolingo, a popular language learning app, reports that it saw a 577% global increase in Ukrainian language learners since the war’s start on Feb. 24 to March 20.
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"Most of the spike in interest is coming from the US, which is what we would expect because it’s where Duolingo has the most learners," the app’s CEO Luis von Ahn wrote in a blog post from March 14, when the app had seen a 485% global increase in Ukrainian language learners.
In a statement provided to FOX Business, Duolingo Senior Learning Scientist Cindy Blanco said that people around the world have different "motivations" for learning Ukrainian.
While the U.S. reportedly has the "most learners studying Ukrainian," interest in the language has surged in Poland with a 2677% increase in that 25-day period, according to Duolingo.
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"For our learners in Poland, knowing Ukrainian is a way to welcome refugees and connect with them during this devastating time," Blanco wrote. "For our U.S. learners, learning Ukrainian is a way to engage with what is going on, in a place that can feel so far away, and show solidarity for Ukraine."
She added, "It’s also worth noting that many Ukrainians also speak and understand Russian, which can account for the smaller increase in Russian learners as well."
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