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Duolingo

During my childhood and later during my high school and college years, I was always drawn to learning languages. For me, it was always comparable to discovering a completely new world and then drawing parallels to the origins of different languages. It was always good fun and experience and I loved it.

Cartoon Network

This was my first English language teacher. Growing up in Serbia, we had access to a few foreign channels, and Cartoon Network was one of them. There was no Serbian subtitle but nevertheless, I really liked the channel and this is when I let the English language start planting its roots into my brain.

Video Games

I always loved playing video games. Of course, all of them were in English so I got used to reading and writing in English.

Philological High School of Belgrade

This is where I continued learning English but where I also started extensively learning the Italian language and literature.

Faculty of Philology

This was my next stop when it comes to learning languages. I polished my English language skills and I dove deeper into Italian.

Italian Call Centre

During my 4th year, I started working in an Italian Call Centre. Looking back, I am fairly sure that this is when I actually really learned Italian. Speaking to Italian folks every day for 8 hours allowed me to level up my Italian skills ūüôā

Devana and Automattic

I’ve already described the path I took in the IT industry and this is where I got a chance to use the English language on a daily basis.

Enter Duolingo

A couple of years ago, I learned about the Duolingo app and I got completely blown away. I always wanted to learn some French so I used Duolingo and I got to the A1 level fairly quickly. I also took a few private French lessons and I was surprised how much Duolingo actually taught me.

Even though my French faded quite a bit (I stopped learning after a ~5 months), I never forgot Duolingo and the potential it has when it comes to learning a new language.

German Language

Since my wife is German, I’m currently living between Germany and Serbia. We still haven’t decided where we’re going to settle for good but nevertheless, I had to start learning German. I started with Duolingo again and this is the result I achieved in November 2021:

During this time, I also borrowed a few books from the Goethe Institute, I practiced my German speaking skills with my wife, and I watched movies and tv shows with German subtitles.

I have passed the official A2 German exam in November. I am currently preparing for B1 ūüí™ and I am on a 469-day streak in Duolingo.

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On Clear Reality

Awareness is often enough to motivate change. 

Simply tracking your food intake will motivate you to alter it. Merely writing down your problems may spark ideas for possible solutions. 

The process starts with seeing reality clearly.

James Clear

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About Tomorrow

Tomorrow becomes never. No matter how small the task, take the first step now.

Tim Ferris
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About Career and Mission

A man on the moon surface

The most extraordinary people in the world today don’t have a career. They have a mission.

Vishen Lakhiani

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On Excuses and Habits

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What starts as an excuse can easily become a habit.

Don’t let a bad day become a lifestyle.

James Clear