Duolingo: Learning Languages Made Easy

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There are thousands of different languages spoken around the world. Learning a new language may be intriguing and fun, but at the same time it’s not quite easy. Going to classes to learn a language seems time consuming and lets be honest many of us aren’t willing to attend classes with all that extra work. Its always beneficial knowing and understanding the language spoken in a foreign country when travelling. You might be thinking of carrying around a pocket dictionary, but thats just annoying; finding one word takes ages, imagine how irritating it would be to form or even understand a sentence. So how about learning a new language through a more convenient alternative that’s also free? With the modern technology, there are multiple ways to learn new language skills. Duolingo is one of the many online platforms used for learning new languages.

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What is Duolingo?

Duolingo makes learning a language fun and easy. It offers 27 different languages to choose from including spanish, french, italian, vietnamese and etc. I chose to learn spanish since I’ve always found it fascinating. To start off, the site gives you an option between doing a placement test or starting as a beginner. Considering I’ve never learnt spanish before, I chose beginner. After this, the site allows you to select how many minutes you want to dedicate towards learning daily. While going through the lesson, I liked how they provided pictures with every word, which is helpful for visual learners. I also liked how the voice feature repeated every sentence which helps with pronunciation.

The site has several different skill tests that teach you not only the basics, but also complete phrases. It allows you to translate the sentences from spanish to english or the other way around.

What are some Pros and Cons?

Pros:

  • The online site + mobile app are convenient and easy to use.
  • It makes learning a new language fun and interactive.
  • The voice feature is very helpful when it comes to pronunciation.

Cons:

  • Limited selection of languages: If you’re looking to learn a language that isn’t as widely used, duolingo probably doesn’t offer it.
  • You can’t tell if your pronunciation is correct.
  • It focuses more on the basics of a language, therefore won’t be as useful for advanced learners.

Overall, I really enjoyed using Duolingo while learning some spanish and would definitely recommend this application to others.

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