Duolingo (Or What I'm Doing When I Should Be Working)

Living in London, the more people I meet, the more embarrassed I am to be staunchly monolingual. The number of people I talk to that speak not just two, but three or four (or more!) languages both shocks me and makes me embarrassed by the hole in my own education.

So every two years or so, I decide to recommit to learning French for real this time, building off my four years of high school French that taught me verb conjugations, slightly dirty phrases, and not much else.

That urge has come around again, and Duolingo, my attack plan du jour, is my favorite so far.

What I believe started as just a website now has an app that is perfect for getting little bits of learning in when you need a study break from your real work or when you have some time to kill.

The interface feels a lot like a game, with a tree of skills where one leads to the next and you can only move forward when you've completed your current skill. Each skill is broken down into several lessons, where you get three "lives," and you are awarded points for successfully completing the lesson. If you're the social sort, you can connect it to your Facebook, add friends, and compete with them based on points earned and longest streaks of activity.

AND its FREE- like totally free. No app download cost, no membership fee, no paying to get full access to a member's only section, no annoying ads.

What I like best about it, though, is that the mobile app is perfect for keeping you at your language learning because one lesson only takes a few minutes. So you can go a "play" a level when you're waiting for an appointment, or on a long bus ride, or when you're waiting for your Candy Crush lives to regenerate (damn you, Candy Crush, why are you so addictive?!).

If you're looking to learn a language, or you've beat Kingdom Rush and are looking for a new app to keep you occupied, you should try it out- I've been having a lot of fun with it (and it's a guilt free way to procrastinate since "Hey, I'm learning!"). If you try it out, let me know what you think! Xo!

1 comment:

  1. A friend recommended this to me recently, and I forgot about it until now. My high school French could use a massive reboot, too. I'm going to check it out!