Duolingo is changing the way people learn languages. It is a free service which helps you learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese or Italian with your friends. Learning is quickly moving online and Duolingo provides a unique, fun, effective way to visualize and learn a new language while simultaneously contributing to translate real-world content from the Web. Duolingo is great for learning through techniques such as repetition, rhymes, songs, and playing games.
It’s scientifically proven too. An independent study found that Duolingo trumps university-level language learning. 34 Hours of Duolingo = 1 University semester (11 weeks). If you are a junior certificate student, this will be an effective learning tool to practice and build your vocabulary.
The learning is done through the ‘skill tree’ which allows the learner to track their process and build upon their knowledge.
If you are a visual learner, this type of learning is definitely for you. Duolingo introduces you to new words along with images that will help you understand and retain the word in your mind.
The best part: It’s free – forever. No ads, hidden fees or subscriptions. How? “Some language learning websites claim to be free, when in fact they are only free to use for a limited time. Duolingo has a different philosophy. Our language learning tools are completely free, because while you are learning you are also creating valuable translations for the world.”
Got an iphone or an ipod? You can also learn on the go with it’s free app.