Featured App - Duolingo | Boomer Web School

Featured App - Duolingo

One of the most popular language learning apps—and it’s free!
Every Fall, when kinds are going back to school, I get the urge to tackle a learning project of my own. This year I plan to improve my Spanish speaking skills.
 
 
Researching language apps, I quickly settled on Duolingo. Since it’s launch in 2012, Duolingo has grown to 70 million users. They must be doing something right! 
 
Duolingo is free and has over 40 courses in total with more on the way. English speakers can learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Swedish and Danish.
 
Using Duolingo, you develop a “tree” of skills, going from one challenge to the next. Duolingo perfected this method by examining how users react to learning one skill, for example verbs, before another, such as adjectives, and figuring out what is the most beneficial.
 
After mastering the highest level of achievement, you will not be fluent, but will be able to communicate in familiar situations. Just the amount of immersion I want. 
 
Here’s how to get started with Duolingo:

Step 1 - Choose a Course

 
 

Step 2 - Set a time committment goal from five to twenty five minutes a day

 
 

Step 3 - Take a placement test to determine your level or start from the beginning

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Step 4 - Start learning!

Duolingo is so much fun that you feel like you are playing a game.

 

The lessons include:

  • Pictures
  • Translating sentences and words
  • Speaking or typing phrases you hear and see

Duolingo reinforces learning by using several methods and applauds you after each lesson. 

 

You earn lingots after completing a lesson and can use them to:

  • Access bonus skills
  • Get Power-ups
  • Change your Duolingo character's clothes
 

Duolingo does not replace talking with native speakers, but is a great place to start learning a language with minimal time commitment. I'm sure you can find snippets of time in your day to do something for yourself--learn a new language!

Download the Duolingo app and visit our App Index to find other apps that we find useful.