Is learning a new language on your to-do list? Are you planning a trip and could really use some foreign language skills. I wanted to share something awesome that I found, and best of all its 100% FREE. An online language program called Duolingo.
With Duolingo, you can learn Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and many other languages. There’s a mobile app and a website, and the courses are completely free.
I took French way back in high school, but I have forgotten most of what I learned. Last summer my husband and I had the privilege of hosting a foreign exchange student from France. It was a wonderful opportunity and it rekindled my interesting in speaking French. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a Rosetta Stone program. A friend told me about Duolingo and I love it.
I have the app on my phone and I spend just a few minutes each day to practice some French. Through a variety of speaking, reading and writing, I practice French. The lessons are quick and easy in a game-like format, usually taking less than 5 minutes to complete. Duolingo even keeps track of your lessons and lets you post your ‘fluency’ in a language on your LinkedIn profile. Right now I am 25% fluent in French.
The best part of using Duolingo is that it doesn’t have any annoying pop-up ads. By using the site individual users are helping to translate sections of the internet. Created by Luis von Ahn, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Forbes magazine describes how Duolingo uses a crowdsourcing model to translate content from Buzzfeed and CNN, which generates the revenue to keep the program free.
If learning a language is one of your goals – I recommend you check out Duolingo.